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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.

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
  • complete a certificate enrollment form with the director.

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;
  • a corporate or university co-op in Europe or additional areas as approved. (The certificate also can be obtained without a co-op experience.)

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.  If you are enrolled in the International Certificate, this is a concentration and the courses will be counted as Engineering Humanities credits.

International Co-ops

Co-ops in Europe, or other areas as approved, are available for students who choose to participate and who have:

  • junior or senior standing; must be accepted into a major;
  • at least a 3.0 GPA to be accepted for a company placement;
  • foreign language proficiency; and
  • completion of a U.S. internship or co-op before international experience, if student wants to be placed at a company. (Students who have not done an internship at a U.S. company will be placed at a research or university research lab)
  • Note: Beginning in Fall 2011, due to the current world situation, students must register through Study Abroad for the group insurance policy that includes medical and security/political evacuation coverage. The fee is $25 per month, for each month of the internship.

Students may do semester, year, or summer co-ops; however, summer placements are more difficult because of the European university academic calendar. Students are advised to see and begin working closely with the director of international programs at least six months prior to going on an international co-op. Placements can be made to companies or university research labs, such as:

  • Caritas- Minsur NGO- Ayaviri, Peru
  • Jeppesen, A Boeing Company- Frankfurt, Germany
  • Mines Paris Tech- Paris, France
  • University of Heidelberg- Heidelberg, Germany
  • Costa Rican Electricity Institute- San Jose, Costa Rica
  • University of Technology, Compiegne, France
  • Abengoa - Madrid and Sevilla, Spain
  • Airbus Deutschland GmbH - Bremen, Germany
  • BMW - Munich, Germany
  • Carlo Gavazzi Space S.p.A. - Milan, Italy
  • Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) - Cologne ,Germany
  • Infineon - Regensburg, Germany
  • IP Design - Munich, Germany
  • Klebl GmbH - Neumarkt, Germany
  • Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen - Regensburg, Germany
  • Politecnico di Torino - Turin, Italy (university)
  • Raytheon - Germany
  • SGI - Studio Galli Ingegneria, Spa - Italy
  • TU Munich - Munich, Germany (university)
  • Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya - Barcelona, Spain (university)
  • Universidad de Sevilla (university)

To learn more about CU Engineering's Co-op Program, visit the Co-op website.

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 co-ops 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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