4th International IT Student Seminar

Descriptive Site for 4th Annual Seminar



MarquetteMarquette, Michigan U.S.A.
23-26 February, 2009
Prof. Sandra Poindexter
“How to be an IT Professional in a Global Setting”
Approximately 15 students from NMU and 4 students each from the international participants.
A unique lifetime event. This seminar brings together 25-30 upper division IT, CS and CIS students from 4 schools for 4 full days of learning, sharing, international team-building, and socializing. Students are placed into multinational teams representing at least 3 countries to encourage learning about similarities and differences between the computing programs, careers, and student life in other countries. 
Participants: The four schools organizing the event are situated in Denmark, Spain, Finland and the USA.
Programme: Each school is responsible for one full day of the seminar, and picks their own topic within the IT disciplines. The morning sessions include presentations by faculty and showcase presentations of coursework are given by national student teams. Each afternoon the international student teams are given group exercises, problems, or projects in a workshop format. They present their results to the whole to conclude the day. Evenings are for socializing within the international group; one evening social activity is planned by the hosting school. The 2008 Madrid programme is given here as an example.
Local Cost:
The hosting school is Northern Michigan University
Approximately $80 U.S./per night for a double room, breakfast/dinner approximately $16 U.S. total/day
All students and teachers will lodge at the Ramada Inn located in the town centre of Marquette, 1.6 km from the university. It has an indoor swimming pool and hot tub.
Prerequisites: A good attitude, a willingness to learn from your peers in other countries, a desire to experience another culture, 3rd or 4th year status, and good grades.
Requirements:  Presence at all seminar events is expected. After the event, a short reflection report and presentation to at least 2 NMU audiences, such as student organizations or faculty groups. The dates will require you to obtain an excused absence from your classes. Documentation will be provided to show instructors.

Madrid photo 2  Madrid photo 1

For a description of the past events visit:

For more information about the seminar, contact the teacher at your school.
For more information about Marquette contact Prof. Sandra Poindexter (spoindex@nmu.edu).

Page last updated 02/09/2009