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 +Meeting with Lyn Lawrance, including Liz Treacy Bascunan, Rob Jarman (director of undergraduate programs in engineering),​ Wayne Brookes (associate dean of engineering and information technology).
  
 +Engineering and Information Technology are separate groups reporting to the same dean (Mark Bradford).
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 +Googling the course numbers with school prefix works well to find course materials.
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 +IT for them means business computing. ​ Software engineering is in both schools.
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 +There is no compiler course ("most businesses don't need students to write compilers or be familiar with the concepts"​).
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 +They emphasize programming with patterns.
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 +IT is a three-year program; Engineering is a four-year program.
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 +Java taught in first course.
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 +Graphics courses have some fundamental on building systems, but then use Maya and other tools. ​ Some students are employed in the special effects business.
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 +Four subjects is a full load.  Expectation is that more work is required outside class (e.g., than for US courses). ​ They use 12 hours as time estimate for courses, rather than 9.
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 +Exchange students are assessed by UTS before coming, to determine meeting of prerequisites. ​ There are some courses not available to study abroad students. ​ Since not all courses are offered each semester and there may be other difficulties,​ students are advised to choose 6-8 courses, so that four are likely to be approved.
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 +UTS has an orientation program for exchange students. ​ Exchange may be one or two semesters. ​ European schools are migrating toward longer exchange programs (e.g., full year).
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 +Housing is a problem, but they are building more rapidly. ​ Suburban trains terminate across the street. ​ Chinatown is nearby. ​ Backpackers are widely used for pre-housing. ​ Students don't need to have housing nailed down before arrival. ​ City tours help students find housing.
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 +A draw for Purdue and other similar schools: Foreign students are searching for the "​authentic American experience"​. ​ Purdue, small college town, marching band, etc. offers this experience. ​ Purdue co-rec is "​fabulous"​ by their standards. ​ Another big draw for Purdue is international reputation of faculty (Spafford and Comer specifically mentioned).
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