Over the past decade, engineering has become a more global profession. The College of Engineering at the University of Iowa (UI) is partnering with Aix-Marseille University (AMU) in Marseille, France and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in Hong Kong to provide international project experience for undergraduate engineering students called Virtual International Project Teams (VIPT). The admission process for VIPT takes place during the Spring semester.  Students apply on ICON by clicking on Mechanical and Industrial Senior Design Sign-up under Ongoing semester (you will need to click on the "semester" drop-down list and change the current selection, ex: "Spring 2013 to Ongoing"). To sign up, go to the Dropbox and upload your resume to "Request for Resume" and then go to Surveys to complete the survey form.

The VIPT program involves substantial interaction between students from UI, AMU, and HKUST on collaborative projects that lasts for two semesters (in the senior year). It accounts for a total of six semester hours (6 s.h.). Students should register for ME:4086 ME Design Project (Section 3: VIPT) for 3 s.h. in the Fall semester, and for ME:4186 Enhanced Design Experience (Section 2: VIPT) for 3 s.h. in the Spring semester.

Students who are selected for the VIPT program cannot participate in the PEDE program. However, the VIPT program satisfies the PEDE requirement for students who are in the Design EFA.