Would you like to spend a school term in Europe, and take University of Waterloo mathematics courses taught by University of Waterloo mathematics professors?
Each spring term, two University of Waterloo Professors of Mathematics take a small group of University of Waterloo students to Europe. They teach the core 2A UWaterloo mathematics courses. The main goal of this initiative is to provide the opportunity for the students to live in a couple of European cities while they continue with their studies in mathematics and take a French language course as an elective.
Duration: 90 days (late April- late July)
Requirements: Math students (not ELAS) having successfully completed both MATH 135 and MATH 137 with a minimum of 60/100, and registered in MATH 136 and MATH 138 (or equivalent) or having a minimum of 60/100 in each of these courses.
Why would I do this?
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in two different European cities for an extended period of time: one month in Rome and two months in Montpellier. You will be able to wander the ancient streets; become immersed in the local environment and culture, visit historical monuments, museums and art galleries; have lunch at the local trattoria and coffee at the café on the corner; and shop for fresh produce at the local market, all this while being a full-time student taking three math courses.
During this three-month period in Europe, you would be taking exactly the same three mathematics courses offered in Waterloo, and thus would not fall behind in your studies relative to your peers. The courses will be offered in English by two University of Waterloo professors who will accompany you in Europe. You will receive a numerical grade for the math courses (as you would have in Waterloo) counting towards your GPA. You would also take one French language course as an elective credit - whose cost is included in the program fee – and receive a pass/fail credit for it. This is a great way to learn a new language or brush up on your French skills!
Participation in this program would fulfil the International Experience component of the Global Experience Certificate and give you some transferable asset, which you can add to your resume.
Where would we be going?
One month in Rome at the University of Waterloo Campus Building, situated at walking distance half way between the Coliseum and Vatican City, and two months at the University of Montpellier 3 Paul Valery. It is an extension of one of the oldest universities in Europe (1289) and is situated 2 km from the center of the city of Montpellier, and 10 km from the Mediterranean coast.
How many students will be going?
The minimum number of students is 20. The maximum is 40.
What courses would be offered?
MATH 235, MATH 237, and STAT 230 will usually be offered.
Then depending on sufficient demand from the students involved in the program, MATH 239 and/or AMATH 250 could also be offered.
Will there be time for additional travel?
Yes, lectures will be scheduled to provide the occasional three or four day-weekends. There will be three trips organized as part of the program and enough free time for students to engage in own travel in Europe.
What is the cost involved?
The cost to participate in the Math in Europe program consists of:
- Fee for three University of Waterloo courses (the amount is identical to the one paid if you took the same courses in Waterloo)
- About $1,000 to $1,500 for airfare (Toronto-Rome, France-Toronto- group travel tickets will be available to students).
- €4100 (about $6,000) Program Fee. This fee includes
- Accommodation in Rome and Montpellier
- All organized trips (accommodation and transportation included)
- Some meals (breakfast and four weekly dinners) in Montpellier
- One French course as an elective (Pass/Fail credit transferred) – level to be individually determined once in Montpellier.
What is not covered?
I. UWaterloo incidental and co-op fees.
II. Books, stationary.
III. €2,000 (about $3,000) personal living expenses (this is an approximation for the remaining cost of food/meals, sightseeing, visits to museums, souvenirs – this amount will vary based on lifestyle of each student)
IV. Additional (optional) trips, other than the ones organized by the program, taken while in Europe.
- The total of items 2, 3, and III is $10,500.
- We estimate that the additional cost, compared to a student taking the same courses, having the same co-op and incidental fees, and living in Waterloo, is less than $5,000, i.e. approximately $55 per day to spend this 90-day period in Europe.
- All costs depend on the exchange rate (from CAD to EUR), student’s personal expenses, and a variety of other factors.
- This is a non-profit program. The students’ program fees do not cover expenses of the accompanying professors.
Is there an application process?
An information meeting will be held towards the end of September or the beginning of October. Students interested in the Math in Europe program will have to contact Conrad Hewit before the end of October, this will indicate their interest in the program, and put their name on a list so that all information can then be forward directly to them.
Any student who is making reasonable progress in their fall 2016 studies will be allowed to make the refundable deposit in December. By the second week of January, only the students having passed with a 60/100 both MATH 135 and MATH 137, and being registered MATH 136 and MATH 138 (or having already passed these courses with a 60/100) will be allowed to make the first non-refundable payment.
What are the timelines involved?
- October 31st – an email must be sent to Conrad Hewitt indicating the interest to participate in the MIE program.
- December 1st – $500 refundable deposit.
- January 15th – Last day to withdraw from the MIE program and receive the refund (full) deposit.
- January 15th – first non-refundable payment $2,000.
- February 15th– second non-refundable payment $2,000.
- March 15th – third non-refundable payment $1,500.
Who are the accompanying University of Waterloo Professors?
Conrad Hewitt has taught Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, and St. Jerome’s University for the past 27 years. He was awarded a Distinguished Teacher Award in 1997. He has a Ph.D. in Inhomogeneous Cosmology from the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He works in the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing and has interests in classical cosmology and differential equations. Conrad has completed numerous triathlons in Europe.
Francine Vinette has taught Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, and St. Jerome’s University, York University, and Wilfrid Laurier University for the past 27 years. She has a Ph.D. in Symbolic Computation and Quantum Mechanics from the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. She works in the Dean of Mathematics office. Francine is fluent in both Italian and French, and has lived and travelled extensively in Europe.
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