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How will living and studying abroad change you as an engineer, a student, and a citizen of the world?  Visit our international student profiles page to learn more from fellow CU students about their own experiences - and about how pursuing an International Engineering Certificate can make a real difference both in yourself and the world around you.

As technology expands our horizons and connects the world with increasing speed, tomorrow’s engineer must be able to work internationally. This means understanding not only science and technology, but also languages and cultures.

The College of Engineering and Applied Science offers an International Engineering Certificate that enhances the bachelor of science degree in all engineering fields. Certificates are currently available in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese.

PLEASE NOTE: A certificate in International Engineering cannot be awarded if the student is completing a major or minor in the same language.

Purpose of Certificate

The purpose of the certificate, first introduced in 2003, is to provide engineering students training in language and culture, giving them the skills necessary to work effectively with engineers in multi-national teams and to succeed during overseas assignments in today’s global marketplace. Receipt of an international engineering certificate is an indication to prospective employers that the student has a certain degree of proficiency in a language and an understanding of the culture. Furthermore, it indicates that the student developed the necessary intellectual tools to decipher any language and culture they might encounter during their professional lives.

Advantages include:

  • better employment opportunities;
  • higher salaries;
  • leadership positions;
  • an edge over other job candidates;
  • the chance to travel and explore; and
  • experience in a new culture.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the International Engineering Certificate program, students must:

  • be admitted to the College of Engineering and Applied Science;
  • be a student in good standing with a minimum 2.75 GPA;
  • be enrolled or have taken foreign language courses at CU; and
  • contact the Certificate advisor, Karey Sabol.

Select from the following to learn more:

Curriculum Requirements

The certificates in Chinese, German, Italian, and Japanese feature a curriculum that can be individualized for students who have no prior experience in these languages, as well as students who have intermediate or advanced proficiency. Students interested in obtaining the French and Spanish certificates, however, need to have intermediate proficiency upon entering the program.

The International Engineering Certificate includes:

  • three courses in language;
  • two courses in culture or literature;
  • an international study, research, or internship experience is strongly encouraged.

Specific requirements for each certificate are as follows:

The requirements in humanities and social sciences for the bachelor of science degree in engineering can be fulfilled by taking language, culture, and literature classes. With careful planning, students in most majors should not have to take any additional coursework. 

Business/Industry Information

International engineering builds on connections between CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad program and our collaborative research with universities abroad and European companies.

Companies can get involved by:

  • lending their expertise as members of the board;
  • offering internships in the United States or abroad to certificate students;
  • offering scholarships;
  • providing speakers for courses or events; and
  • contacting the director.

“Global diversity is staring us in the face. The more global our company becomes, the more critical our cross-cultural awareness, skills, and behaviors are. If you succeed at educating students to operate in globally diverse environments, we succeed too.”
—Alma Vigo-Morales, Agilent Technologies

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