SIUE School of Engineering Students Return from Study Abroad Trip to Turkey
A total of 14 undergraduate students from the SIUE School of Engineering from the Industrial and Manufacturing, Mechanical and Electrical and Computer Engineering departments, studied sustainable alternative energy and history of science and technology at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) during the summer 2013 semester.
After spending their mornings in the classroom, they were able to explore Turkey on field trips to industrial plants using alternative energy, as well as historical sites including the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Bosporus Bridge, and Topkapi and Dolmabahce palaces.
The students were housed in ITU residence halls and granted full access to the university’s facilities. They learned the similarities and differences of the two educational systems and cultures with daily interaction with Turkish students.
“Walking down any street, you are surrounded by ancient buildings that are each accompanied with their own unique story,” said Josh Rasch, a senior mechanical engineering major. “Turkey is a melting pot of culture. You find people from all surrounding countries on a daily basis. This diversity makes every day an adventure.”
“Studying in Istanbul was a great experience,” said Adam Kuebel, a student in the mechanical engineering department. “I really enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of Turkey and learned a lot from the dual diploma students.”
“My study abroad experience was life changing,” said Joshua Tonnies, a junior mechanical engineering major. “A new culture, dorm life and many other things made it very influential to my life.”