What is a capstone project?

The capstone project is a multifaceted assignment that involves many steps and serves as a “culminating academic and intellectual experience for students at the end of an academic program.” The term comes from architecture: A capstone is the final stone, usually flat, that is laid at the top of a wall or building to protect it and to symbolize it is finished. A capstone experience is the final “stone” laid on an education that symbolizes the completion of a program and the peak of accomplishment. In addition, it allows your teachers, peers and future employers to recognize your competency.

Capstone projects are generally designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting—i.e., skills that will help prepare them for modern careers, and adult life. In most cases, the projects are also interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills or investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge. Capstone projects also tend to encourage students to connect their projects to community issues or problems, and to integrate outside-of-university learning experiences, including activities such as interviews, scientific observations, or internships.

Most undergraduate students do not have the opportunity to travel abroad and experience and develop communication skills with others cultures. However, in this global world, today’s engineer, professional, or practitioner is likely to have to work in global international teams with colleagues from other nationalities. The challenge for many university curricula is how to include, in a realistic way, this global dimension. INODEV lifts up your education to this globally coveted dimension.

Guide to completing a
thesis/capstone project.

Where will capstone abroad take you?