ECE 499 Intersession Program

The School of Engineering is committed to global learning. That's why they are partnering with the University of Dayton China Institute to provide students a two-week, education abroad opportunity in China, held during the spring 2016 intersession.

Over the two-week period, students will take an intensive engineering course - ECE 499: "Contemporary Digital Systems Design" - while exploring the rich cultures of Beijing, Suzhou and Shanghai. To complement the academic and cultural component of this experience, students will participate in corporate site visits. This program is open to Engineering students with Junior and Senior status.

Tours and Excursions

While visiting China, students will experience three major Chinese cities. Students will begin their journey in Beijing, a city of more than 2,500 years of history and China’s foremost political and cultural center. Students will then travel to Suzhou and visit Suzhou Industrial Park, known as China’s ‘Silicon Valley’ and home to the University of Dayton China Institute and one-third of the world’s Fortune 500 companies. Students will end their trip in Shanghai, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.

Course Description

This course is a tutorial in modern design of digital systems. It consists of a thorough analysis of good digital design practices, proper testbench design and execution and digital system prototyping using Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). This course also includes an introduction to the Very High Speed Integrated Circuit (VHSIC) Hardware Description Language (VHDL). Students will be required to design and implement several digital systems designs.

This course counts as a technical elective in either Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or Civil Engineering and toward the 5 year Bachelor's Plus Master's (BPM) program in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering.

Program Prerequisites

Students must be in junior or senior standing, have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, be in good academic and behavioral standing with the University of Dayton and have an interest in studying abroad.  No prior international travel experience is required.

Program Dates and Cost

The spring 2016 intersession program will take place January 2-14, 2016.  Students depart from the United States on Saturday, January 2 and arrive in Beijing on Sunday, January 3.  Students depart from Shanghai on Thursday, January 14 and arrive in the United States on the same day (due to the time change).

The total program cost for this intersession program is $4,700, which includes tuition, international airfare and visa costs, housing and accommodations, meals, transportation and associated tours and excursions.

Application Process

The deadline for this intersession program is Friday, October 16. You may apply for the program at any time. When applying, please make sure to select "Spring", "2016" and "ECE 499" in the appropriate fields on the application form. You may access the application form by clicking here

For questions regarding the ECE 499 Intersession Program, please contact Dr. Eric Balster at For more information on the University of Dayton China Institute, please click here

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