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Academy for Women in Engineering – Student Application

Student Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

Program Summary:

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION are a major focus of the Nova Scotia Community College. As part of this work we are presenting the sixth year of this exciting program opportunity!

This intensive two-week program combines sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in engineering and natural sciences. The program also includes the topics of social, cross-cultural and gender issues discussed through lectures, seminars and workshops. Participants will also partake in a social/cultural program with site visits to attractions in Upper Austria.

The Academy in Engineering for Women is open to women between the ages of 17-26. The academy will take place July 2020.

Program Qualifications:

This program is open to first and second year NSCC Engineering Technology students (all streams). The students must be women between the ages of 17-26

  • Student must be in good academic standing
  • Student must have a valid passport or able to get one

About Wels, Austria and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Located in the very heart of Upper Austria, Wels today is a busy centre for trade and industry, right between Munich and Vienna, Prague and Salzburg. With a population of 55,000 and located 25 kilometres west of Linz (the capital of Upper Austria, population c. 180,000 ), Wels is a dynamic business location based on high-tech industries (mainly SMEs), many of which operate worldwide. The annual Wels Trade Fair in September is more than just a European event as it is attended by companies from all over the world.

The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria (UASUA) is the largest university of applied sciences in Austria and is an integral part of the tertiary education system. The institution is defined by the requirement s of regional employment and research needs and is divided into four campuses (in Wels, Linz, Hagenberg and Steyr).

The University of Applied sciences Upper Austria (UASUA) Wels Campus (School of Engineering and Social Sciences) has been working with NSCC since 1020 exchanging students into Tngineering Technology Programs such as Mechanical Engineering Technology, Environmental Engineering Technology and Electrical Angineering Technology. NSCC has also welcomes two interns from UASUA completing projects in the Applied Research Lab.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To develop and refine the skills needed to prepare for and participate in an international learning experience including research, organization, risk management, teamwork, interpersonal communication and cultural competence and sensitivity.
  • To identify and reflect on the differences and similarities between Canada and Austria in regards to the industry of engineering and the role of women in engineering.
  • To strengthen academic and portfolio profiles through enhanced research, analytical thinking, planning, communication, innovation, entrepreneurship and applied learning.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application (see below)
  • Current Resume (uploaded to application form)

Students should complete their application on or before November 22, 2019.  Following interviews with shortlisted candidates, students will be notified in the second half of November if they are accepted to participate in this program.  After receiving approval students will be given a payment schedule and will be expected to pay a $500 deposit as their first payment in January. At this time a learning contract will also be distributed to be signed by students and faculty outlining roles and responsibilities.

Project Timeline (subject to change):

October 2019 Student Application (Call for Submission)
November 2019 Student Selection
December 2019 Student Learning Contracts finalized and signed
January 2020 Research and planning phase initiated
January 2020 Online Pre-Departure Course begins
April 2020 Pre-Departure Conference
July 2020 International Learning Program in Austria
July 2020 Debriefing and Reporting


  • Students accepted into this program must participate in the pre-departure online course and one-day pre-departure conference on April 17, 2020.
  • Students must follow the NSCC international travel policy

Wait List:

Those who are interviewed but not selected may have the opportunity to be placed on a wait-list until all deposits are received.

Program Cost:

The approximate costs associated with this program are outlined below.  The exact costs will be confirmed by NSCC and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, and will depend on the exchange rate of the Euro.  The following costs will be included in your Program Fee payable to Nova Scotia Community College.

Program Fee

Program Fee (includes accommodations, cultural program,

social program, site visits and some meals)

TOTAL (payable to Nova Scotia Community College) $1,200

Additional Individual Costs (may vary depending on individual):

Airfare (approximate cost) $1,000
Passport and Passport Photo $100
Guard.me Travel Health Insurance (mandatory purchase through guard.me). Cost will vary depending on amount of time abroad. $100
Immunizations and Prescriptions $100
Additional meals and expenses (not covered by the program fee) $500
TOTAL $1,800

Participants are responsible for the costs of their airfare, passport & passport photos, immunizations and prescriptions, Travel Health Insurance) and any meals or other expenses not covered in the program fee.

Student Bursary

Students will have the opportunity to receive a bursary of up to $500 from NSCC International (made possible through funding from the NSCC Foundation and NSCC International’s externally funded projects) to participate in the program. Details will be sent to those selected to participate in the program.


Students who withdraw from this program after they have confirmed their participation will forfeit their deposit.

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