European Project Semester in general
The European Project Semester (EPS) is a program offered by nineteen European universities in thirteen countries throughout Europe (Finland, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, France, Romania, Austria, United Kingdom and Scotland). The EPS is offered to third year university/college students. EPS is created with engineering students in mind, but other students are also welcome.
Since its start in 1994, EPS has become a huge success. The EPS-program is crafted to address the design requirements of the degree and prepare engineering students with all the necessary skills to face the challenges of today's world economy. Classes are offered to students in a cohort format; that is students participating in EPS meet together as a group each day to build their engineering skills in class and then meet in teams of 2-10 students to work on their dedicated projects. International student teams work on interdisciplinary projects with commercial businesses and industries, selected to match the students' specializations and capabilities as well as to develop their inter-cultural communication and teamwork skills.
European Project Semester at Novia UAS (Vaasa campus)
The projects at Novia UAS are mostly real projects made for an external customer. The tasks have been connected to renewable energy, which is natural since Vaasa has a strong energy cluster. A big part of the semester consists of independent project work. In the beginning of the semester, there are some supporting courses in English language, Project Management, Teambuilding & Cultural differences etc. and, depending on the task, additional courses in various technical topics.
Third- or fourth-year students, primarily in engineering can apply for the EPS, but also students in other fields such as economics, marketing, design, or management may participate.
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For more information, read our course book (in PDF).
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Application deadline for autumn semester is May 1st. The EPS programme usually starts in September, and most likely ends at the end of December.
Application deadline for spring semester is November 1st. The EPS programme usually starts in February, and most likely ends at the end of May.
Some of our earlier projects
- Spring 2021: Health Care Sensors
- Spring 2021: IoT Small Factory
- Spring 2021: 3D Printing Robot
- Spring 2021: Energy Storage
- Spring 2020: Hygrow Aquaponics, Mirka, Kalagro, CAES
- Autumn 2019: 3D printing with an YuMi robot, CAES, Aquaponics part 1 - part 2 - part 3
- Autumn 2019: Energy storage demo environment in Technobothnia
- Spring 2019: Metroview, InMoov Humanoid Robot, Fuel for the Future, Floating Solar Panel Park part 1 - part 2 - part 3
- Autumn 2018: Circular & Sustainable Algae, Active Noise Control, EPS lawnmower
- Spring 2018: Yumi ABB Robot, R3-DFin, FloSoP part 1 - part 2
- Autumn 2017: Tomato Picker, 3D-Printing Robotic Arm, Circular Economy, Korntainer - Wet Grain in Package
- Spring 2017: Algae Energy, Renovation Platform, W33, LNG Infra, LNG Application, University Development
- Autumn 2016: Vaasa Campus Navigator and The ABB Board Game
- Spring 2016: Academill, Renovation Center and Biogas
- Autumn 2015: Fibiod and Westenergy
- Spring 2015: Business Board Game and Smart Grid and Biomap
- Autumn 2014: AVA and IAP
- Spring 2014: Drytec and Power Vision
- Autumn 2013: Energy Commodity Logistics for Greenhouses
- Spring 2013: Mare Purum
- Autumn 2012: EnergyVillage2012
- Spring 2012: Off Grid Energy Supply Solution
Estefanio Kesto who studied on European project semester says; "The faculty who guided my team, went above and beyond in providing my team with the resources and guidance to accomplish the task at hand. Additionally, working in a multi-cultural and interdisciplinary team of engineers allowed me to better understand how different cultures approach academia, work, and day-to-day life." Read the whole blog post Michigan Tech's website
Euan Slevin, who studied one European project semester says;
“I have found it very rewarding and feel I have gained a lot from the experience. I have much more experience working in a team of engineers of different disciplines and how to manage a team with different work ethics.”
Ana María Pérez Torres, who studied one European project semester at Novia UAS says;
“The experience has been super positive; The courses have been very interesting, as well as the usefulness they may have in a future work. Doing such a big project is something that is not usually done in the university, and less in a multicultural team, where you have to adapt to the way of working of people who used to be completely different from yours. A 100% recommendable experience!”
Corinne van den Brink, who is our 200th incoming EPS-student says;
"I think EPS is a great concept, you learn a lot about working in a project group and other people’s way of working, and of course about the project itself. I can definitely recommend EPS for other students!"
Read the whole interview with Corinne here.