MILWAUKEE -- Students at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee will be hopping on a flight Friday night, Feb. 15 for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity thousands of miles away. Students will not only get submersed in a different culture, but they'll set themselves up for a successful future -- thanks to a partnership between Foxconn and UWM.
"We won't be leaving before too long," said Liam Brodie, a UWM senior. "All ready to go!"
12 UW-Milwaukee students were ready to travel more than 7,000 miles across the world to Asia.
"I'm a little nervous for it because I don't know the language very well," said UWM senior Austin Wesner.
The students are the first to participate in a semester-long international engineering co-op in Taiwan.
"We're really excited for the opportunity for our students -- both the cultural experience as well as the technical expertise that they're going to gain," said Brett Peters of UWM's College of Engineering and Applied Science.
A sendoff ceremony was held Friday at Foxconn's North American headquarters downtown.
"I'd like to gain as much insight as to what engineering is inside of a different country," said Wesner.
Foxconn is bearing the bulk of the cost -- and UWM students hope it's a foot in the door come graduation time.
"Pretty much as soon as I heard about the program, I knew I needed to get involved," said Brodie.
As the nerves start to settle in, so does the excitement to experience engineering in a different country.
"As a biomedical engineer, before I would have tried to end up in Chicago or something," said Wesner. "But now that this opportunity is here, I think it's incredible."
The students get back July 2nd. Organizers hope to continue the program next year with an even bigger group.