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Undergraduate-Freshman Booklet

  1. 1. STUDY IN ENGLISH AT THETECHNION-ISRAELINSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGYFreshman Year - Undergraduate Program Technion Israel Institute of Technology International School of Engineering Academic Year 2011/12 & 2012/13
  2. 2. Pages 4-5 Welcome to the TechnionTable of Contents Page 6 Freshman Year of Engineering and Science Pages 7-9 Undergraduate Program Pages 10-11 Semester Programs and Graduate Studies Pages 11-15 Technion Living Pages 16-17 The Technion Advantage Pages 18-19 Study in Israel: Where Past Meets Future Pages 20-23 Engineering with Soul Pages 24-25 Engineering for the Future Pages 26-29 Admissions and Costs Page 30 Contact Us
  3. 3. Nobel Prize Laureates (Chemistry-2004) Prof. Avram Hershko and Prof. Aaron Ciechanover WELCOME TO THE TECHNION! In 1924, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israels first university, opened its doors and began the historic task of preparing young men and women to build a new nation. Today, the Technion is Israels primary science-technology university and the largest center of applied research. The Institutes 13,000 students can choose from 19 faculties, and from 49 undergraduate and 65 graduate programs in engineering, science, architecture, medicine and management. Ranked among the top technological universities in the world, the Technion has a distinguished faculty of 550 that includes two Nobel Prize-winning scientists. These faculty members collaborate with leading scientists on research projects worldwide. The campus houses 40 research institutes and centers and nine interdisciplinary centers of excellence. Visiting academics and some 400 overseas undergraduate and graduate students provide an international atmosphere. The Technion’s semester, summer and year-long programs in English are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world. Academics Location The Technion is consistently ranked as one of the world’s Technion is strategically located in Haifa, Israel, at the leading universities of science and technology. With its juncture of history and high technology. You will get to rigorous academics, excellent teaching and research know Israel as both the source of western civilization facilities and top notch faculty, the institute provides and scientific breakthroughs by travelling through the education at the highest possible level. country, and by daily interaction with Israeli students and teachers. Campus The bustling Technion campus presents a full range of The Full Package “after-hours” activities. Students blow off steam at fully- Foreign students live on-campus, in modern, comfortable equipped sports facilities, are entertained by regularly- and fully-furnished apartments. Guides, advisors and tutors scheduled movies, concerts and shows, and chill out at ease them into life at Technion, helping out with academic Wednesday happenings, pubs and coffee houses. and personal matters. As student safety is our priority, the university’s security network is at work 24-hours a day.4 5
  4. 4. FRESHMAN YEAR OF ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM The Freshman Year of Engineering and Science allows For many students, the successful completion of the freshman Technion aims to train the top engineers of tomorrow by giving them the tools to develop – and implement – pioneering students to study at the Technion for one year in English. It year engineering program represents not an end, but a new technologies worldwide. is the ideal solution for students interested in engineering beginning. At the closing of the year, students have the We Offer a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on: and science, who wish to spend meaningful time in Israel. option to continue at the Technion International School of At the same time, students can explore a variety of general Engineering for a full undergraduate degree in English. • Construction Management • Water Resources and Environmental Engineering courses such as Hebrew language, Middle Eastern history They may also apply to transfer to the Technion faculties of and Jewish studies, which fosters a deep connection to Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology Today, more than ever, society relies on civil engineers to Israel. Extracurricular activities also play a central role in the Engineering, Biology or Mechanical Engineering. In addition, build the complex environment that surrounds us. From freshman year experience. Students have the opportunity to students can also transfer to a university of their choice in narrow canals to huge infrastructure schemes, multi-national Construction take part in religious activities, travel throughout the country their home country (depending on an existing agreement projects are led by civil engineers globally. As populations and participate in seminars and social events. Program or ad-hoc approval). Management grow and urbanization demands advanced interdisciplinary participants live on-campus, with Israeli students, and are engineering solutions, investment in such projects rises. Under a special agreement, Rutgers University automatically fully integrated into life at the Technion. Know-how in fields like computation, materials mechanics, admits to any of its engineering departments those monitoring and GIS is crucial in meeting the challenges of who have completed the Technion Freshman Year of the 21st century. Engineering program. Construction managers lead the teams that design, plan, build and maintain our built environment. Construction projects range from buildings to bridges, from highways to FRESHMAN YEAR PROGRAM STRUCTURE canals, and from dams to tunnels. The program kicks off with an orientation week, to get to know the Technion, your fellow students and Israel. A preparation Water equals life. Entering the new millennium, more than period follows, which lays the foundation for the upcoming program studies. a third of our planet has no access to water resources. Water Resources Chemistry/Biology Track Mechanics/Civil Track Fresh new ways of thinking are needed to supply the liquid & Environmental of life to growing populations, without damaging scarce, First semester First semester Engineering existing water resources and the environment at-large. 104003 - Differential and Integral Calculus 1 104003 - Differential and Integral Calculus 1 104006 - Linear Algebra 104006 - Linear Algebra Water Resources and Environmental Engineering addresses 114051 - Physics 1 114051 - Physics 1 some of todays most crucial problems and applies science 124114 - Principles of Chemistry 104103 - Introduction to Engineering Mechanics and engineering skills to improve the quality and efficiency 324750 - History of the Middle East 324750 - History of the Middle East of natural resources. Environmental engineering studies 324049 - Hebrew for Beginners 324049 - Hebrew for Beginners involve pollution control, recycling, waste disposal and public health issues, as well as the knowledge of environmental Second semester Second semester engineering law and the environmental impact of proposed 104004 - Differential and Integral Calculus 2 104004 - Differential and Integral Calculus 2 construction projects. 234112 - Programming C 234112 - Programming C • This program can be completed within four years. 112052 - Physics 2 112052 - Physics 2 • As part of the program, most students participate in a pre-university period focused on mathematics and physics, which 125801 - Organic Chemistry 014104 - Strength of Materials 1 prepares them for their challenging studies ahead. 134058 - Biology 1 125011 - General Chemistry + lab • Taught completely in English, this program grants students from around the world access to a distinguished faculty, 324863 - Archeology of the Middle East 324863 - Archeology of the Middle East prominent researchers and industry leaders.6 7
  5. 5. OUTLINE OF UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM Orientation Week The orientation week presents you with such “survival Technion – Among the Worlds Best tips” as acquiring a student card, an email address and A recent international review committee of the internet access code. Students are assisted with getting a Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering cell phone, and navigating the sprawling Technion campus, at the Technion (February 2011) stated: your dormitory and your health insurance program. “The academic standing of the Technion Preparation Period Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) places it in an elite set of technological The required 16-week preparation period guarantees that universities of which ETH Zurich, Switzerland; all students begin their studies from the same starting Georgia Institute of Technology, US; Technical point. During this period, the students firm foundation in University Delft, The Netherlands; Norwegian mathematics and physics is reinforced. They also learn basic University of Science and Technology; Korea Hebrew, and get an introduction to life in Israel. Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; National University of Singapore; and Imperial Academic Studies College, UK are also members." The degree, which consists of 160 academic credits, can be completed in eight semesters.8 9
  6. 6. SEMESTER PROGRAMS AND GRADUATE STUDIES Even if now is not the best time for you to study at the Several programs at the Technion are designed specifically Technion, you can still come at any point during or after for international students and are given in English. your university studies. These include: MSc in Environmental Engineering offered through the Studying abroad at the Technion offers numerous advantages. Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Whether you are an engineering, science or pre-med student, you reap the benefits of being at a renowned institution, Technion Master of Business Administration (MBA) which offers an extremely high academic level and world offered through the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and class instruction. Management. While you are still in college, you can take advantage of International Nanotechnology Program for outstanding one of the Technion’s semester, summer or year-long study students who have a BSc or MSc in the natural sciences, abroad programs in English. Open to undergraduate students exact sciences or engineering. Encouraging multidisciplinary from all over the world, these programs are offered in research, the program gives students a broad background Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical in nanoscience and nanotechnology through a personalized Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, program of graduate courses. Electrical Engineering, Biotechnology Engineering, Biology Technion American Medical Students Program (TEAMS) and Pre-Med. offers an excellent opportunity for qualified U.S. or Canadian pre-med college graduates to pursue a career as a physician, You may also choose to pursue your graduate studies at by studying for their MD degree at the Ruth and Bruce the Technion. Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion. Candidates must fulfill the pre-med course requirements and take The Irwin and Joan Jacobs Graduate School offers graduate the MCAT exam. studies in all of Technion’s academic units. Most courses of study and research offer thesis and non-thesis tracks leading to MSc, ME, MBA or PhD degrees. While studies at the graduate school are conducted in Hebrew, many of our teachers are happy to provide extra help to foreign students. In addition, almost all teaching materials are in English and students may write their papers in English.10 11
  7. 7. “…the small classes have helped me develop a close relationship with the other members of the program and the personal attention from the teachers and tutors has helped my academic skills..." Ari Teger, USA/Israel TECHNION LIVING Much of life at the Technion goes on outside the classroom. All students at the International School receive a private As extra-curricular activities play a central role in your room in five-person apartments, which they share with their experience, you will have access to a full and stimulating Israeli peers. Apartments with kosher kitchens are available array of non-academic activities. Social events, like game upon request. nights, pub nights, Wii competitions, and holiday parties, allow you to get to know other students from Israel and around Safe and Sound the world. You may opt to attend movies and concerts, or For us, the safety and well-being of our students is of participate in one of the dozens of sports activities offered on supreme importance. The university’s security network campus. Jewish holidays will take on new meaning for you, works 24-hours a day. Around the clock, security personnel as you celebrate them in the place they originated. And as guard all entrances to the university, while others patrol you live in modern, on-campus apartments with your local the campus. During orientation, students receive updated peers, you will become fully integrated into Technion – and security information and instructions. Israeli – life. All trips organized by the International School are accompanied by the appropriate security authorities. On Campus Living Students at the Technion International School of Engineering reside on-campus. Living on our scenic 300-acre campus is a great way to join the spirit of the Technion, where colleagues, classes and cultural activities are all at your fingertips.12 13
  8. 8. Sports Culture The Technion offers international students a broad spectrum Concerts by Technion musical groups and professional of athletic activities. Facilities include an Olympic-sized indoor performances of classical and contemporary music are pool, three outdoor pools and a full-service gym, as well as held throughout the academic year. The Technion has a tennis, basketball and squash courts. Students participate in symphony orchestra and choir composed of students and close to 50 sports activities and Technion teams take part in staff. To promote participation in these groups, academic collegiate competitions both in Israel and abroad. credit and orchestra scholarships are available. Technion students can take classes in swimming, soccer, Dancers can join the Technion’s Folk Dance Troupe, an basketball, volleyball, baseball, tennis, handball, rugby, acclaimed group that performs on campus and at national gymnastics, mountain biking, salsa, folk dancing, sailing, and international events. Those interested in acting can boxing, bowling, self-defense and other sports. take part in the Technions theater group, which appears on campus, and at festivals around the world. Cinema is a prominent part of the Technion scene, as recent and vintage films are screened regularly on campus. Worship Well-Being Students of all faiths can find places of worship in Haifa, All students from abroad must have complete medical where different religious groups live in tolerance, side-by- insurance coverage during their studies. Students have access side. to an on-campus health clinic staffed by a general physician. Counselors in the dorms and staff members are also available The Ohel Aharon complex, comprised of a synagogue, at all times to help students with any health care issues. theological library and study hall, serves as a house of prayer and religious study center for Technion’s Jewish students and Green Campus faculty. Various activities, courses and lectures are offered in The Technion isn’t just about abstraction, it’s about action. English for international students. Through the Green Campus Project, students find practical ways to protect the environment and its natural resources. In addition, study abroad students can take part in Shabbat As part of this effort, Technion students have helped build services, holiday events, a women’s midrasha and a home devices for saving and recycling water, taken part in waste hospitality program. recycling projects and designed eco-smart buildings.14 15
  9. 9. THE TECHNION ADVANTAGE Technion Engineers – a Commodity in Demand Field Experience Since the Technions inception, it has been guided by a vision: Students at the Technion have the unique opportunity to to be a world-class institute of science and technology that be exposed to and participate in ongoing international serves local, regional and global needs.Technion leaders engineering projects in Israel. Time spent on site gives knew, then as now, that top notch training in science and students a valuable window into the day-to-day realities of technology yields immeasurable returns. managing engineering projects. The Technion International School prepares its graduates to Internship Opportunities be well-positioned to enter the global engineering market Some students want to roll up their sleeves and get to work by combining classroom academics with hands-on field even before they graduate. The Technion arranges internship experience. Our alumni often find jobs in leading international opportunities for engineering students interested in working companies or continue to advanced degrees in the worlds at national or multinational corporations in their field of leading institutions. interest. Along with enriching Israel and the world at large, Technion graduates themselves profit greatly from their education. Research Projects Technion alumni have created the vast majority of Israels Students at the Technion are encouraged to participate in high tech start-ups. Likewise, many major established on-campus research projects with graduate students and firms – like Intel Israel and Teva Pharmaceuticals – are led senior faculty members who have worldwide reputations in by Technion grads. In addition, former Technion students science and engineering. Cooperative research projects hold key positions throughout industry, finance, academia, often lay the groundwork for professional opportunities government and medicine worldwide. after graduation. By combining academic work with hands-on experience, the Job Fairs Technion lays the foundation for a fruitful future. Students can interview for jobs and get hired while on campus. Every year, the Technion hosts job fairs where multinational companies compete for the best engineering students entering the job market. “The Technion International School is wonderful, we have the possibility to meet people from all over the world, to face new cultures and to learn more and more...” Alexandre Bouaziz, France16 17
  10. 10. STUDY IN HAIFA, ISRAEL WHERE PAST MEETS FUTURE Israel, as rich in history as it is in high tech achievements, is one of the most compelling spots on earth. Here, the world’s major monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – emerged, and the foundation for western civilization was laid. Science and technology are obviously not the sole domain of Haifa. The State of Israel itself, despite its small size and limited resources, plays a leading role in this arena. With the highest per capita number of scientists and engineers in the world, Israel ranks among the top five countries globally for patents per person. In addition, Israel far outnumbers its European counterparts in the number of companies traded on NASDAQ, and is home to the greatest concentration of high-tech start- up companies anywhere outside the Silicon Valley. In Israel, nine of every 1,000 workers are engaged in research and development, nearly double the rate of the USA and Japan. The country has proportionately the highest number of publications in science and engineering worldwide. It has a larger share of publications co-authored with foreign scientists than any other nation. For millennia, the Land of Israel was crossed by ancient also gained a name for its diversity and tolerance. Haifa’s commerce routes and conquering armies. This land, the outstanding record of coexistence among its population of meeting place of three continents, has been home to a Jews, Christians, Muslims and other minorities clearly reflects rainbow of peoples, who have left their mark through its cultural and religious harmony. different cultures, customs and traditions. Traveling in An hour’s drive from Tel Aviv, the city is less than two hours Israel, it is impossible to miss the remnants of fortresses, away from Jerusalem. Overlooking the entire northern coast shrines, arches and columns that dot every hillside and line of Israel, Haifa is bordered on one side by forest and on the every lane. other side, sea. In between, sits a bustling center of high Within the colorful mosaic that is Israel, the Technion is tech, housing giants of both Israeli and foreign industry. This located in Haifa, capital of northern Israel. Home to over technological hub has spawned some of the world’s most a quarter of a million residents, the city is considered important scientific breakthroughs. the gateway to the Galilee. Throughout the years, it has18 19
  11. 11. ...” the mix of Israel, English and engineering is a perfect combination.” Ilan Melchior, Denmark ENGINEERING WITH SOUL The Technion encourages its engineering students to look beyond the realm of the classroom and the lab, and to address the needs of developing communities. Today, almost all current engineering design is aimed at the 10% of people worldwide who can pay for it. The remaining 90% do not enjoy the benefits of modern engineering. This unsettling statistic triggered the emergence of the Engineers without Borders (EWB) movement, in which Technion is active. Guided by the saying, “what works when traditional approaches fail”, EWB seeks to instill engineering students and professionals with a social conscience, hands-on engineering skills, experience and leadership qualities. The organization, which has 300 chapters worldwide, including one at Technion, works by executing engineering projects in the developing world. Prof. Mark Talesnick of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Head of the Technion EWB chapter calls it “engineering with soul”.20 21
  12. 12. All EWB projects are geared to the needs of the target resources. By using a simple biogas (GoberGas) device, the communities, and can be implemented along with local villagers now have an ongoing fuel supply that does not residents. While few engineers in the developing world may need to design six lane highways or 50-story buildings, their cause deforestation, water pollution or health threats. "Technion is one of the leading institutes of technology ability to plan slow sand filters, biogas reactors or small The Technion’s EWB branch has also been active in the Negev. in the world and has a great faculty, beautiful on- wind turbines would be a huge boon to their communities. There, study abroad students from the University of Colorado Designed with “exit strategies”, all projects guarantee joined forces with Technion peers to use the region’s natural campus dormitories, and 24-hour computer rooms residents’ independence. blessings: sun and wind. With the help of solar panels and a wind turbine, these boundless desert resources are and libraries." In one project that ran from 2008 to 2010, a group of Snumon Mori, Tokyo, Japan transformed into sustainable energy. Technion students, brought their skills to Nepal. Working in a small rural village, the students helped the local population As an International School student, you are welcome to take to derive cooking and heating fuel without depleting natural part in these exciting and challenging activities.22 23
  13. 13. ENGINEERING FOR THE FUTURE Laying the Foundation for Your Career A degree in civil and environmental engineering allows you to enter one of the worlds fastest growing industries. Worldwide investment in infrastructure projects continues, increasing the demand for highly-skilled engineers equipped with innovative and creative solutions. The Technion International School of Engineering prepares you to be a major player in this lucrative area. As a graduate of the Technion, you can make a difference in shaping our rapidly-changing world. According to the United Nations, the worlds population will expand by nearly two billion people in the next twenty years, bringing it to 8.3 billion by 2030. Sixty percent of those people, or almost five billion, will live in urban areas. This population will need advanced infrastructure in the form of new roads, buildings, public transportation, clean water and renewable energy. As an engineer, you will help improve the way people work and live. Your work can contribute to the sustainable development of countries, influence economic growth, and help preserve the environment. A Technion degree gives you excellent prospects for finding a well-paid job. According to the U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average starting salary for engineers with a bachelor’s degree is among the highest for college graduates. Likewise, England offers relatively high starting salaries for engineers. Israel, a world leader in science and technology, presents young engineers with tremendous work opportunities.24 25
  14. 14. English Proficiency Tests The academic program at the Technion International School is taught entirely in English. Applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency before they enroll. Applicants from high schools where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to submit official copies of their scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an equivalent test, such as the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Technions TOFEL code is 5776. "It is a privilege to be learning from some of Required scores on English proficiency tests the country’s leading experts in the field...." Recommended Minimum TOEFL – Paper Based Test (PBT) 550 500 Hannah Bardin, Canada TOEFL – Computer Based Test (CBT) 213 173 TOEFL – Internet Based Test (IBT) 80 61 IELTS 6 5 ADMISSIONS Transfer Students The Application Process Additional Information The Technion welcomes transfer students from other universities. Transfer students are subject to the same To produce the highest-caliber engineers, the Technion • While the International School does not require SAT/ACT application requirements as first-year students. To receive credit or exemptions for courses taken elsewhere, starts out with the highest quality "raw material": the best scores, it strongly recommends that students submit them. transfer students must submit a detailed syllabus in English for each course in question. Decisions will be made on a and the brightest students. Technions SAT code is 5899. case-by-case basis. • In some cases, the International School may require Realizing the importance of high grades and test scores, candidates to take a mathematics and/or physics test in the school also appreciates personal and social skills. their home countries. It places great value on drive, enthusiasm and extracurricular talents and activities. To apply to the Technion International School of Engineering, students must provide the following documents: • Application form • High school transcripts with demonstrated excellence in mathematics, physics and science • Two teacher recommendation letters • A personal essay and English proficiency test, either TOFEL or IELTS (see table on opposite page) The admissions process will include a personal interview. Application forms are available on our website: www.ise.technion.ac.il26 27
  15. 15. COSTS Registration fee $50 Tuition $12,000 per year Health insurance $650 per year On-campus housing $3,000 per year *Prices are subject to change due to Technion decision, fluctuations in market prices and currency exchange rates. Additional Expenses During this period, students undergo intensive training in Please note that tuition fees do not cover applicants’ mathematics, physics, basic Hebrew and learning skills to airfare to and from Israel or the cost of textbooks. Students lay the foundation for the work ahead. Experience indicates should expect to spend $500-$600 each month on food, that students who take part in an adequate preparation travel and other basic expenses (not including housing, period have a greater chance of excelling, and completing detailed above). Additional expenses include Student their engineering studies. Association costs and security charges. The Technion makes every effort to help students pass the preparation period – and their subsequent degree program. Preparation Period While it provides individual tutors, extra classes and The Technion International School of Engineering seeks counseling, the ISE stresses that students must ready to ensure that all students begin their studies on equal themselves for a challenge. footing. To guarantee this, students must complete a 16- week preparation period. The preparation period helps ensure students smooth landing in Israel. It allows them to get to know both Israel and their peers, and provides informative and fun activities. ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2011/12 - 2012/13 Activity 2011/2012 2012/2013 Round 1 application deadline December 15, 2010 (recommended) December 15, 2011 (recommended) Round 2 application deadline February 15, 2011 February 15, 2012 Round 3 application deadline June 15, 2011 June 15, 2012 Orientation week July 24, 2011 - July 30, 2011 July 22, 2012 - July 28, 2012 Preparation Period August 1, 2011 - November 27, 2011 July 29, 2012 - November 30, 2012 Fall semester December 2, 2011 - March 26, 2012 December 2012 - March 2013 (TBD) Spring semester April 3, 2012 - July 6, 2012 April 2013 - July 2013 (TBD) **Dates have not been finalized and may be subject to change28 29
  16. 16. ABOUT US The staff of the Technion international School of Engineering (ISE) includes Technion distinguished faculty and the following personnel: Prof. Arnon Bentur Head of Technion ISE Prof. Amnon Katz Academic Head ISE Mr. Ariel Geva Managing Director ISE Mrs. Neta Parnas Vizel Administrative Coordinator Mrs. Carrie Golan Student & Recruitment Coordinator Mrs. Talya Teger Marketing Coordinator Mr. Reuven Kawesch Student Guide Mrs. Ayellet Yaron Student Advisor CONTACT US: High School Administrators & College Advisors Mr. Ariel Geva “The Technion is known around the world as an excellent engineering Email: arielg@technion.ac.il school. Since I wanted to be in Israel and study engineering, I was Phone: 972-4-8293325 naturally drawn to this opportunity” David Goldberg, South Africa/Israel Potential Students Mrs. Carrie Golan Email: ischool@technion.ac.il Phone: 972-4-8293325 Postal Address Technion International School of Engineering Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Technion Technion City, Haifa 32000, ISRAEL Israel Institute of Technology Fax: 972-77-8871852 International School of Engineering www.ise.technion.ac.il30 31
  17. 17. Designed by Copy: Protext. Technion Israel Institute of Technology International School of Engineering Contact Information Technion International School of Engineering Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Technion City Haifa 32000 ISRAEL Telephone: +972-4-8293325 Fax: +972-77-887-1852 e-mail: ischool@technion.ac.il website: www.ise.technion.ac.il32