Global Readiness -Information Systems - Carnegie Mellon University

Global Readiness

Study Abroad

Carnegie Mellon affords a number of ways for students to study abroad and we strongly encourage students majoring in Information Systems to consider the opportunity.  Given the global nature of software systems and services delivery, a semester abroad can give IS students new insights into the world marketplace of ideas, cultures and languages.   Students interested in a study abroad experience in Information Systems may consider taking advantage of relationships CMU and the IS faculty have established with other universities, most notably Singapore Management University.  Many other opportunities exist; the Office of International Education maintains unit level advisories for specific majors. In the past, students have studied in Australia, Qatar, Israel, Singapore, and the UK.

Students are encouraged to visit the Office of International Education's Study Abroad Library to read through brochures and other materials related to study, work, and volunteer opportunities abroad.  The library is located on the third floor of Warner Hall and is available between 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Students considering a study abroad semester should consult with the IS program's major advisor, Ms. Carol Young, or the IS faculty and the Office of International Education well in advance to begin their planning.  The IS program will work closely with any student going abroad to make sure their credits transfer back to CMU and to make sure they find the courses they need to keep on track for on-time graduation.

Our advice: Take advantage of the opportunity if you can.  It may be years before you'll have another opportunity to immerse yourself in a serious experience abroad.

Qatar

Along with Carnegie Mellon's world-renowned degree programs in Business and Computer Science, Information Systems is offered as a full undergraduate degree program at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.  Like its counterpart in Pittsburgh, the IS degree program in Qatar gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to build information and communications systems that solve real world business problems.  Given the opportunities available in the Gulf region, students completing the IS degree in Qatar will be naturally positioned to assume positions of leadership throughout the region.


Students interested in management of information technology, development of sofware systems, design of cool web-based applications, international business and applications in business IT tailored to the needs of the Gulf region will find the IS degree program in Qatar to be right for them.

Information Systems students at CMU in Pittsburgh and CMU in Qatar have the opportunity to study at each other's home campus for a semester with seamless continuity of curriculum and progress toward their degree programs.  Courses offered at the CMU Qatar campus match courses offered in Pittsburgh in units, core content, and sequencing.

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar is part of the Education City project, a visionary campus in Doha, Qatar, hosting world renowned universities offering a range of degree options. CMU in Qatar is housed in a beautiful, new, state-of-the-art building designed especially for Carnegie Mellon.

Pittsburgh based IS students should consult with the IS major advisor to explore this opportunity.

Singapore

Singapore Management University is one of Asia's newest, most innovative and dynamic universities.  SMU offers a full range of undergraduate business degrees and a growing number of professional master's degrees and doctoral degrees.  Established in 2000, SMU occupies a beautiful, state-of-the-art campus in Singapore's historic, cultural, and business center.  Singapore is one of the most economically and culturally lively countries in Asia.  English is the language of instruction at SMU.


SMU's School of Information Systems (SIS) offers a leading edge program with dual emphasis on the technical, business and project management skills for the design and deployment of effective business information systems.  SIS interacts closely with business, industry and government partners to deliver a unique vision of highly integrated and relevant learning experiences.

Carnegie Mellon University and Singapore Management University are proud of the partnership and the strong ties that have developed between the two institutions, at both the university and program levels.  For students majoring in Information Systems or Business at either University, a path for a seamless study abroad exchange program has been established.  Application is simple, units are fully transferrable, joint advising simplifies decision making and planning, and the wide range of possible courses makes an exchange in either direction a remarkable experience.  If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please see your IS major advisor.

Carnegie Mellon, through its 'Fast Track' agreement with SMU, is also proud to host some of SMU's top student scholars as they complete their undergraduate studies in Information Systems at CMU in Pittsburgh and then enter Master's degree programs in Information Systems or Information Technology.

Rwanda

Carnegie Mellon, in partnership with the Government of Rwanda, is embarking on an exciting opportunity to transform graduate education in East Africa. With a history of excellence in higher education and as a global thought leader in technology innovation, Carnegie Mellon is the first U.S. research institution offering degrees in Africa with an in-country presence.

Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda (CMU-R) is introducing new models of education, research and development, and the commercialization of information and communications technology (ICT) in a region booming with opportunities. CMU-R is offering a Master of Science degree in Information Technology (MSIT) with a multidisciplinary curriculum that strikes a fine balance between technology, business, and innovation, preparing the next generation of IT leaders in East Africa.