Information for

Collage of Europe

Country: European Union

Location: Italy and France

Program type: Study abroad

Faculty: Engineering, Mathematics, Science

Tuition: The program cost will be approximately $10,700 plus co-op and University of Waterloo incidental fees

Duration: Spring term: May 1 to August 1, 2015

Requirements: Successful completion of both MATH 135 and MATH 137

Housing: Typical residence you would experience on the program

Housing in program

More info:

How would you like to spend a school term in Europe, and take University of Waterloo mathematics courses taught by University of Waterloo mathematics professors?

In the spring 2015 term, two University of Waterloo professors of mathematics are planning to take a group of University of Waterloo students to Europe. They will teach some 2a level mathematics courses. The main goal of this initiative is to provide the opportunity for the students to live in a couple of European cities while they continue with their studies in mathematics, and take a French language course as an elective.

Why would I do this?

This is a once in a life-time opportunity to live in two different European cities for an extended period of time: one month in Rome and two months in Montpellier. You will be able to wander the ancient streets; become immersed in the local environment and culture, visit historical monuments, museums and art galleries; have lunch at the local trattoria and coffee at the café on the corner; and shop for fresh produce at the local market.

During this three-month period in Europe you would be taking the three mathematics courses that you would have taken in Waterloo, and so you would not fall behind in your studies relative to your peers. You would also take one French language course as an elective credit, which is already included in the program cost — a great way to learn a new language or brush up on your French skills!

Participation in this initiative would fulfil the International Experience component of the Global Experience Certificate.

Where would we be going?

Tentatively: one month in Rome at the University of Waterloo campus building, situated half way between the Colosseum and Vatican City, and two months at the University of Montpellier three Paul Valery, situated two kilometres from the center of the medieval city of Montpellier, and 10 km from the Mediterranean coast.

How many students will be going?

We are aiming for a class size of 30 students.

What courses would be offered?

Initially we will offer MATH 235, MATH 237, MATH 239, STATS 230 and AMATH 250, but we will only teach those courses which have an enrolment of more than 15.

  • Students will take exactly the same math courses that they would have taken in Waterloo, taught at a similar pace.
  • Students will be taught in English by instructors which they can meet, and may even take a course with, in Waterloo before leaving.
  • Students will receive a grade for the math courses (not pass/fail).
  • Students will receive a credit (pass/fail) for the French language course taught at Montpellier.
  • The students will not fall behind their peers who do not take advantage of this opportunity.

Will there be time for additional travel?

Yes, classes will be scheduled to provide the occasional three-day weekend, so that students can engage in, “on-own,” travel in Europe.

What is the cost involved?

The cost will be approximately $10,700 plus co-op and UWaterloo incidental fees.

  • $1,100 for airfare (Toronto-Rome, France-Toronto), and ground transportation in Rome and Montpellier.
  • $2,100 for three UWaterloo mathematics courses.
  • $7,500 program fee.

We estimate that the additional cost, compared to a student taking the same courses, and living in Waterloo, is a little under $5,000, i.e. approximately $53 per day to spend this extended time period in Europe.

What does the program fee cover?

This fee covers the following major expenses in Europe.

  • 13 weeks of accommodation and three meals per day.
  • three-day, two-night transfer trip between Italy and France.
  • One French language course for which a transfer credit will be given.

What is not covered?

  • Incidental expenses.
  • Books, stationary.
  • Additional (optional) trips taken while in Europe.
  • Co-op and UWaterloo incidental fees.

Is there an application process?

A brief application form must be submitted before the end of October, this will indicate your interest in the program, and put your name on our list. Any student who is making reasonable progress in their studies and has passed both MATH 135 and MATH 137 will be eligible for this opportunity. The first 30 eligible students to provide their $2,500 deposit in the winter term will be given priority.

What are the timelines involved?

  • October 31 – Application form due.
  • January 30 – Last day for $2,500 deposit.
  • February 19 – Last day to withdraw and receive a refund (full).

Three non-refundable program payment installments are due as follows:

  • February 27– Instalment one due: $2,000
  • March 27 – Instalment two due: $2,000 
  • April 24 – Instalment three due: $1,000 

Who are the University of Waterloo Personnel involved?

Conrad Hewitt has taught mathematics at the University of Waterloo, and St. Jerome’s University for the past 25 years. He was awarded a Distinguished Teacher Award in 1997. He has a PhD in inhomogeneous cosmology from the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He works in the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing and has interests in classical cosmology and differential equations. Conrad has completed numerous triathlons in Europe.

Francine Vinette has taught mathematics at the University of Waterloo, and St. Jerome’s University, York University and Wilfrid Laurier University for the past 25 years. She has a PhD in symbolic computation and quantum cechanics from the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. She works in the Dean of Mathematics office. Francine is fluent in both Italian and French, and has lived and travelled extensively in Europe.

Conrad and Francine have two daughters at university. Tanya is in third year at the University of Ottawa and Julia is about to start first year at Queen’s University.

For any additional questions or to submit an application contact:

Conrad Hewitt or Francine Vinette in the Faculty of Mathematics.