Too often technical knowledge is removed from the context of direct delivery of health care, which can lead to negative and costly outcomes. The North American Consortium on Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology for the Individual (NARETI) program was specifically designed to address that gap and extend semester-long study abroad options to upper class biomedical engineering students to excellent universities in Mexico and Canada. It provides students the opportunity to get to know our closest neighbors.
NARETI is composed of partner institutions: Marquette University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Calgary, the University of Toronto, the University of Guadalajara, and Tecnológico De Monterrey (ITESM) Guadalajara and Chihuahua. Funded by a grant from the U.S. government, this partnership provides opportunities for students to enroll in any of the partner schools outside of the United States.
The focus of this project is to increase awareness among biomedical engineers of the differing individual, family and community rehabilitative health care needs throughout North America. Program goals are:
1) to pave the way for the development of accessible innovations that meet individual needs;
2) to enhance the potential for technology/knowledge transfer leading to innovative approaches to healthcare delivery within North America and,
3) to increase study abroad opportunities in North America.
University of Calgary
The University of Calgary offers a beautiful park-like setting covering an area larger than Calgary's entire downtown. This comprehensive research university is ranked one of Canada's top seven research universities and continues to grow one of the strongest and most comprehensive biomedical engineering programs in Canada.
University of Toronto
The largest university in Canada, the University of Toronto is ranked first among Canadian universities and 13th globally for its engineering and technology programs. The combination of the university and its 10 partnership hospitals creates one of the world's largest and most innovative health research forces with more than 1,500 researchers and 5,000 graduate students and post-doctorate fellows.
University of Guadalajara
Among the largest and most respected institutions of higher learning in Mexico, the University of Guadalajara boasts a robuts engineering program including an expansive electronics area with numerous research interests. The city of Guadalajara is known for its strong economic potential and is the perfect place to experience authentic Mexican culture and language.
Tecnologico De Monterrey: Guadalajara and Chihuahua
Founded in 1943, the ITESM university system has 33 campuses around the country and promotes student and faculty exchanges with prestigious universities world wide to develop academic research projects. It strives to form globally thinking professionals who are competitive in today's market and research environments.
All biomedical engineering juniors and seniors in good standing; 3.0 GPA; Students must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.
Classes are taught in English in Canada and English and Spanish in Mexico.
An orientation will be held prior to departure.
All exchange participants will have contact with physicians, patients or applied researchers through a variety of academic opportunities. Depending on the interests of the students, these opportunities may include:
Historic Course Equivalencies
Please note that the courses listed here have been approved in general for Marquette credit. However, because each individual academic record is unique, depending on the college, the major and courses taken previously, not every course will qualify to be used toward a Marquette degree. Therefore, current Marquette students must have prior approval from the their college office, before enrolling in these courses. Without this prior approval, any course taken at another institution will likely not be accepted toward the Marquette degree.
Thanks to the support of the United States, Canadian and Mexican governments, $5,000 scholarships are available to support these semester-long study abroad experiences. Additionally, all Marquette scholarships and financial aid apply.
Housing type and availability will vary depending on the partner institution chosen.
The program is available in the fall and spring semesters. Specific dates will vary depending on the partner institution chosen.
Students participating in this program are expected to make their own flight arrangements. You must wait until you have been officially accepted before purchasing airline tickets. Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) and STA Travel (www.statravel.com) are two travel agencies that can often help students find flexible, discounted tickets.
The costs below are based on the costs for the University of Toronto. Costs will vary based on the partner institution chosen.
*Other costs include a student fee, country-specific insurance and estimated personal expenses.
Billing: Tuition and CISI insurance costs are billed and paid through Marquette University’s Bursar Office. All other costs, including housing, are either paid directly to the selected university by the student or are out of pocket expenses. Meeting the selected university’s payment deadlines for any costs are the student’s responsibility.
Please note: all cost and financial information are provided to the best of our knowledge and should be considered as approximate estimates only.
This program is a Marquette program, so most financial aid and scholarships apply. To learn more about how the program will affect your specific aid package, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.