New SLU Global Aviation Degree Program Prepares Graduates for International Careers
March 14, 2012
Aviation Science, Parks College News
Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology plans to launch their global aviation degree program in Flight Science in Fall 2012. Students at SLU have the unique opportunity to earn a bachelors degree with a concentration in Flight Science-Professional Pilot which focuses on preparing graduates for flight careers across the globe. SLU is proud to be the first university to offer this unique, internationally concentrated aviation program, which begins in Fall 2012.
Taking advantage of the SLU campus located in Madrid, Spain, the degree provides a foundation and skillset for graduates to transition into the international aviation market as global professionals and citizens. The program includes a freshman year at the SLU campus in Madrid followed by three years of undergraduate education and flight training in St. Louis, Mo. at the SLU Midtown campus.
Courses concentrate on the highest standards in aviation, both in theory and flight. Students complete the FAA Instrument and Commercial, Single and Multi-Engine ratings in tandem with Air Transport Pilots License (ATPL) theory courses at the level required by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). SLU graduates are prepared for flight careers across the globe with this degree program.
“This program allows SLU to educate and train pilots to be qualified for minimal transition between any certification standards in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It is a new initiative that combines the best of U.S. and European training and a U.S. bachelor’s degree – effectively providing the experience that allows for global certification,” said Terrence Kelly, Chair in the Department of Aviation Science at SLU.
SLU students earn more than 200 hours of flight training, including more than 100 hours of solo flight time. They also gain the flight and ground experience necessary to conduct the transition to the European ATPL theory and CPL-IR licenses. The experience enables graduates to qualify for worldwide certification with minimal transitional training.
SLU is accepting students into the program to begin courses in Fall 2012 at the SLU Madrid campus. The program meets global standards in aviation and increases the quality and rigor of aviation at SLU.
For more information, please visit the Global Aviation Degree Program website.