May 18 – July 27, 2019
(arrival and departure dates)
Program Fee*: $5500
(includes 4 days of meals per week, housing, field trips, and mandatory insurance)
Tuition: $4008 (in-state)
and $4258 (out-of-state)
Student Fees: $651
*Airfare not included.
The application is available online at http://oie.gatech.edu/sa/application. Applications are processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. The application deadline is January 11, 2019. Enrollment in the program is limited to 90 students. Be advised that the wait list for this program has started as early as late December, so students are encouraged to apply ASAP.
The West of Ireland has become the European capital for the healthcare and medical device industries. The majority of the companies (e.g. Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Abbott, etc.) are international. This program, a collaboration between the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and the National University of Ireland, Galway, seeks to leverage this remarkable concentration of medical device companies. It is designed for third and fourth year BME students who are interested in an international experience which enables them to combine classroom learning with field trips to medical device companies to learn first-hand their R&D and manufacturing practices.
The program is based at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Since the University opened the doors of the Quadrangle in 1845, the campus has been constantly evolving to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of students. The main campus today has over 90 buildings on 260 acres of land situated on the banks of the River Corrib. Classes for this program will be held in one of the newest of those buildings, the Engineering Building, which was voted by architects as the favorite new building in Ireland in 2012.
Galway Ireland has a unique combination of a bustling city and a thriving university means that has something to offer everyone and caters to young people like few other places. Galway was recently ranked as the top destination to visit in Ireland by The Lonely Planet Guide. They describe Galway as being steeped in history yet with a contemporary vibe.
Students benefit from all the facilities that a modern city has to offer including extensive shopping outlets and entertainment venues, two cinemas, cafes and restaurants, nightclubs and an abundance of music venues to choose from. Galway is the most international place in Ireland with 1 in 4 people born outside of the state.
Galway is a great sporting city. Whatever you are into, from horse racing, Gaelic games, soccer and rugby to rowing, motorsport, greyhound racing and more. The city has hurling and Gaelic football teams at all levels, and major matches are played at Pearse Stadium located in the city.
Galway is renowned for its natural beauty, including its Mountain Ranges with the Twelve Bens dominating the Connemara skyline. There are many islands off the coast with the Aran Islands being the main attraction. Galway has lots of freshwater lakes, with trout and salmon in abundance. County Galway has several Blue Flag beaches. Galway is also home to the greatest array of castles in Ireland, some in ruin, but some magnificently restored.
Students must register for a total of 9 to 12 credit hours.1
Session 1 (May 20 – June 21, 2019)
- BMED 4802 Special Topics – BME Medical Device Industry [2 credits, prereq: none]2
- BMED 4803 Special Topics – Intro to Neuroengineering [3 credits, prereq: BMED 2400 & CS 1371]
- BMED 4823 Special Topics – Fund of Medical Device Development [3 credits, prereq: BMED 2310]
- ECE 3710 Circuits & Electronics [2 credits, prereq: PHYS 2212]
- PUBP 4440 Science, Technology & Regulation [3 credits, prereq: Pol 1101 or INTA 1200]
Session 2 (June 24 – July 26, 2019)
- BMED 2400 Intro to Bioengineering Statistics [3 credits, prereq: MATH 1552 AND CS 1371]
- BMED 4751 Intro to Biomaterials [3 credits, prereq: MSE 2001]
- BMED 4758 Biosolid Mechanics [3 credits, prereq: BMED 3400]
- BMED 4812 Design Ideation & Tabletop Prototyping [2 credits, prereq: BMED 2310]
- BMED 4833 Tissue Engineering [3 credits, prereq: BMED 3100]
- MGT 3662 Management in the Healthcare Sector [3 credits, prereq: none]
Session 1 & 2 (May 20 – July 26, 2019)
- BMED 3520 Biomedical Systems and Modeling [3 credits, prereqs: (MATH 2403 or 2552), BMED 2210 and 3100]3
- BMED 4801 Learning Through Narratives: A Lens for Galway, A Tool for Engineering Design [1 credit, prereq: none]
- BMED 4900 Special Problems [1 credit, prereq: none]
1 Some financial aid providers require students to register for 12 credit hours
2 Required for ALL students participating in the BME Galway Program
3 Students taking BMED 3520 may take no more than 5 additional credit hours of courses in a session.
Payment Schedules and Cancellation Policy
The payment schedule for the program fee is as follows:
- January 11th - Application and $500 deposit are due
- February 15th - 1st payment of program fee ($2000) is due
- March 29th - 2nd payment of program fee ($3000) is due
Tuition and student fees are due on the dates published on the Bursar's Calendar.
Students who choose not to participate after being accepted into the program will be subject to the following fee schedule if their place in the program cannot be filled by a student on the waitlist:
- Students canceling before February 15th will lose their $500.00 deposit.
- Students canceling from February 25th to March 29th must pay 30% of the program fee.
- Students canceling after March 29th must pay 100% of the program fee.
Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the entire program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.
For more information contact Prof. Paul Benkeser (firstname.lastname@example.org).