London, England Summer Engineering

View from Waterloo Bridge towards the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and London Eye in London, England.

Program Description

In this 6-week, 6-credit program, you’ll live at Notre Dame’s Conway Hall and go to classes in Fischer Hall — the site of Notre Dame’s Global Gateway — just off the bustling Trafalgar Square in the heart of London.

In addition to classes in Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway, you’ll tour the Tower of London, ride the double-decker Red Bus, visit the British Museum, and attend several high-end theater productions.

This program is open to all engineering students.

The 2024 London 1 program will be led by Notre Dame Professors Anthony Hoffman, Shreya Kumar, and Karla Badillo-Urquiola.

Notre Dame Engineering students in front of the Tower of London

Courses

All students enroll in both of the following courses for a total of 6 engineering credits.

  • EG 3xxx The Science and Engineering of Digital Photography

In this course, students will be introduced to fundamental concepts of light, optics, semiconductor-based image sensors, image quality, and image processing—all at an introduction level. Student learning will be aided by lectures, in-class problem sets, take-home problem sets, and exploratory hands-on experiences using digital single lens reflex (dSLR) cameras. These hands-on experiences are an integral part of the course and are designed to have students look at images differently—from the perspective of an engineer. For example, when capturing a picture of the Milky Way above the Sligo coastline in northwest Ireland, how can we quantify the noise on the image sensor and how does it affect image quality? How can this noise be reduced by the user and what are the limits of this approach? The students will use the dSLRs to capture images, analyze them in Matlab or Python, and report their findings. We will post many of these images online to share with family and friends back at home.

  • EG 44175 Ethical and Professional Issues in Engineering

The purpose of this course is to develop a solid foundation for reasoning about ethical, professional, and social issues that arise in the context of engineering. Emphasis is placed on on identifying appropriate legal, professional, and moral contexts and on applying sound critical thinking skills to a problem. Topics covered include professional codes of ethics, safety-critical systems, whistle-blowing, privacy and surveillance, freedom of speech, intellectual property, and cross-cultural issues. This course relies heavily on case studies of real-world incidents.

Dates

May 21 – June 29, 2024

Housing

While in London, students live in Notre Dame’s Conway Hall, an historic building south of the River Thames, near Waterloo Station and King’s College London.

Conway Hall features modern dorm-apartment rooms.

Conway Hall, London student residence
Notre Dame’s Conway Hall

Program Fee

The cost of the 2024 program is $9,000, plus a $200 University Study Abroad Administration Fee.

The program fee includes the cost of 6 Notre Dame credits; accommodations; program academic outings and field trips; on-site program support from Notre Dame faculty; and international health and emergency evacuation insurance.

It does not include the cost of airfare, meals, or airport transportation; passport/visa fee; or personal spending money.

All students are considered for a need-based engineering scholarship to defray the cost of the program.

Apply

Applications will be accepted between September 25 – November 1, 2023.

Program assignments and waitlist notifications occur before Christmas break.

Questions?

Feel free to contact:

Mike Kitz
Executive Director, Summer Engineering International Programs
mkitz@nd.edu

Todd Taylor
Director, Summer Engineering International Programs
ttaylo24@nd.edu