Global Engineering RAP

University of Colorado Boulder

Be Global.

Comunidad, Globalización, Tecnología informática

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How good does my Spanish, French, Russian or second language need to be?
    You need to have successfully completed at least 3 years of high school Spanish, French, Russian or a different second language or you need to have equivalent language experience through study abroad, immersion programs or cultural exposure to the language. The brief program application asks you for evidence of success in in your second language. We attract a wide range of speaking levels to the program, from “took three years but not yet confident” to native speaker. This RAP is designed to help you advance from wherever you are so that you won’t lose the language skills that you’ve already invested your time in. The RAP is designed to help you keep and improve your Spanish, French or Russian through partial language immersion, casual exposure to language and culture (movies, music, activities, food, etc.) , and a focus on the contexts within which the language is meaningful. While we do not have the support structures in place for other languages, we do accept applicants that do not know any of our three core languages.
  2. What RAP classes will I take?
    In the fall semester, you participate in HUEN 2020 "The Meaning of IT", an interactive seminar--taught by Faculty Director Diane Sieber--on Information Technology and Global Communications. This 3-credit course fulfills part of the College of Engineering Humanities and Social Sciences requirement. The course will take place in both multiple languages, adjusted to the needs of class members. In this course, we will consider what it means to be engineers and active citizens in a networked digital age. We will examine the big thematic thread of the search for authentic information, whether in digital imagery, viral video, or sound formats. We will look at digital rights management, government regulation of IT and the legal and personal implications of being public on the web, and we will consider the concept of privacy as a recent societal value. The largest portion of the semester will be dedicated to the examination of IT’s modification of our social behavior, and of our means of gathering, interacting with, producing, displaying and using information. We will consider who we are and who we become in social networks, online games, virtual worlds and global collaborative networks. Most fundamentally, we will explore the question of what it means to be human in a rapidly-changing world. You will also get hands-on experience using the basic global collaboration tools used in engineering firms, learn to "read" the cultural cues of colleagues in other countries, and develop your own professional telecommunications presence and style. Finally, you will examine your online presence, clean up anything you find that does not reflect who you think you are, and develop the public professional identity that you wish to project as an engineer.  
  3. How does this fit into the Engineering Curriculum?
    HUEN 2020 - The Meaning of IT fulfills 3 credit hours of the Engineering College Humanities and Social Sciences course requirement  
  4. I’m concerned about living with just engineers, will this be Nerdfest 2020?
    Kitt Central is centrally located among seven major RAP programs representing students from almost every major on campus. At the same time, we have a quiet community retreat within the residence hall and will attract an interesting and diverse blend of engineering students. We have intermural sports teams, musicians, dancers, artists and professional cooks among us.
  5. Do I need to apply to the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program?
    Yes, the brief application is located under the Application tab on this website. We will only be able to accept 80 new students this year, so applying early is key. Over 60 of our current students intend to return to live in Kittredge next year and welcome you, and another 90 students from off campus will continue to participate in the RAP. Our students represent every major in the Engineering College, as well as Pre-Engineering in Arts and Sciences. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible if you feel that the goals and contents of this program are right for you, as we will notify applicants of acceptance on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear back from us within 2 weeks of submitting your application.

    Note: The application process for the Global Engineering Residential Academic Program is completely separate from the general application process for the College of Engineering. We have our own online application and review process. You can apply to our program before hearing about your admission to the College of Engineering, but being accepted to our program depends, of course, on being also accepted to the College of Engineering.

  6. Is the RAP just freshmen?
    No, not at all. In fact, it is really important to live among more experienced students who can help you understand specific coursework and how things work in each of the majors in the college. Over 60 students currently in the RAP will return next year to be mentors and support for incoming 1st-year students. Also, a number of Junior and Senior engineers are joining us to practice their Spanish. RAP Director Diane Sieber and her daughter Isabel also live here, with their labrador Inigo Montoya.
  7. Is there a RAP fee?
    Yes. Like all Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) at CU-Boulder, there is a program fee of $850 dollars per academic year for students who live in the RAP.

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