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.
To be admitted to the International Engineering Certificate program, students must:
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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:
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.
Co-ops in Europe, or other areas as approved, are available for students who choose to participate and who have:
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:
To learn more about CU Engineering's Co-op Program, visit the Co-op website.
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:
“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