Studying abroad is a great way to immerse yourself into another culture and build the skills and experience you need to become a global engineer. If you are hoping to study abroad, consider the following:
Plan ahead. It is possible to study abroad as an engineering student and still graduate on time, but in order to do so, you will need to begin planning early. Application deadlines vary by program, but you will typically need to apply about 6 months before you will go abroad. Do not wait until then, however. In order to fit a study abroad program into your engineering curriculum, you will need to work with your academic advisor to figure out the best timing of your international experience. Consider saving some of your Humanities & Social Science courses and Technical or Professional Area Electives for your study abroad experience, since these are often the easiest courses to find abroad.
Consider your curriculum. Global engineers need to develop broad knowledge of cultures, languages, and political and economic trends. They also need to understand both global and local engineering problems and solutions. It is possible to find a program that offers engineering coursework abroad and that will allow you to stay on track for graduation. At the same time, we strongly encourage you to take at least one course that explores the local context (language, culture, history, politics, etc.) in which you are studying. As a bonus, these courses often work to fulfill your Humanities & Social Science requirements.
As you are exploring programs, check the Study Abroad Course Pre-Approvals list to see what courses may have already been approved for your major (see the tab “Engineering Courses- All Majors”) or Humanities & Social Sciences (see “Engineering- Humanities & SS”). Don’t worry if the program or courses you are considering are not listed here. We regularly review and approve new courses.
Step 1: Complete a Study Abroad 101 Information Session, either online or in-person
Step 2: Explore program options on the Study Abroad website
Step 3: Meet with a Study Abroad Advisor in the Office of International Education. The Study Abroad Office offers advising specifically for engineering students.
Spring 2014 Schedule: Study Abroad Advising for Engineering Students (all sessions take place on a walk-in basis in C4C S355)
Mondays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 am - 1 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fridays: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Contact Karey Sabol in the Engineering Dean’s Office for additional help in selecting an appropriate study abroad program and courses.
Some good study abroad options for engineering students include the following: