Every two year Scintilla tries to organize a study tour to a foreign and distant country to get more insight in the work of an electrical engineer, make contacts in companies and to get to know other cultures. This year a study tour to Canada and the West coast of the United States will be organized. The study tour will be three weeks long and will leave around May 2016. Below more information on how to sign up, the conditions to participate and the organization of the study tour.
To sign up mail firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday 8 January 2015 23:59. Put a short motivation, a summary of your organisational skills and the amount of ECTS you currently own in the mail. Pre-master students are welcome as well.
Between 12 to 23 January intake interviews will take place. Friday 30 January the selection will be made public, Tuesday 03 February the first drinks of the study tour will take place. During these drinks everyone gets to know their committee and the committee can plan their first work.
To participate in the study tour there is one crucial condition, you need at least 75 ECTS. This is to be sure that you can contribute enough during the case studies. Practical skills like programming or designing PCB’s and organizational experience from committee work will be taken into account as well during the selection. Furthermore it will be evaluated if this is the last opportunity for you to participate in a study tour.
Because a lot of money is involved with the study tour every participant needs to sign a contract. In this contract is stated what the financial contribution of a participant is, what will happen if there are problems with the study tour and what is expected from the participants.
Every participant will pay 750 euro spread over three installments. The first 250 euro will not be paid back if the study tour goes away. The second 250 euro can be paid back partially if there is money left after the tour. The third 250 euro is leeway in the case of financial shortages and will probably be paid back.
Any participant that is a student of the University of Twente, which is no ‘langstudeerder’ and has gained 45 ECTS in the year before the study tour can apply for a subsidy for the study tour. This subsidy amounts for around 360 euro. Every participant who can not apply for this subsidy has to personally pay this amount to the study tour on top of his participant contribution.
Furthermore it is stated in the contract that every participant has to keep free a couple of scheduled weekends, say 5 weekends, to work on case studies. It is mandatory to be present during this weekends. Not being present during this weekends can result in a fine. Of course if the participant is sick or has urgent personal matters exceptions can be made.
The study tour at Scintilla is according to the SPOCK method. SPOCK stands for Scintillas Piece Of Cake Kommittee. The idea is that many hands make work lighter. Therefore every participant has to organize a bit of the study tour and contributes to the case studies. The organization of the study tour is divided in four committees: Acquisition, Graphics, Travel planning and Administration.
The Acquisition committee arranges sponsors and case studies. The Graphics committee designs a house style, makes a website, a booklet for sponsors and a booklet for use during the study tour. The Travel planning committee plans the tour, books tickets, arranges staying places and transportation and acts as a travel leader during the study tour. The Administration committee keeps track of the income and expenses of the study tour.
Most of the committee work is done in evenings. Every committee roughly has the same amount of work but the workload of a committee depends on the phase of the organization. The Graphics Committee has work during all of the organization. The Acquisition committee has the most work during the early phase of the organisation. The Travel planning committee is busy just before and during the study tour. The Administration committee has the most work during the study tour.
To get money for the study tour work is done for companies or research chairs of the university. Most of the case study work is done during case study weekends but that depends on the kind of case study. Examples of case studies done during the last study tour are: translating lecture notes, a literature research of Through-Silicon Vias, optimization of packaging cookies on a production line and design of a self-aligning satellite dish.
More information on previous study tours
More information was given during the lunch break of December 10, 2014. The presentation that was given there can be found here.
For information about previous study tours follow these links:
- Sakura Zensen (Japan, 2014)
- Lián Xì (China, 2012)
- Nonomae (USA, 2011)
- Ngoisang (Southeast Asia, 2009)
- Ohiariha (Canada, 2007)
- Shouraizou (Japan, 2005)
If you are still in two minds whether you want to join the study tour, then it will be good to read these two articles about previous study tours. These articles are taken from the periodical of Scintilla: The Vonk. It gives you a clear view of a study tour.