Planning and When to Go

First-year

  • Start researching study abroad programs and talking with your academic advisor.
  • If you are planning to study abroad for a full semester and would still like to graduate in four years, you will need to make sure that you’re staying on track with all of your core coursework and that you have a good understanding of the department’s prerequisite structure. That becomes less important if you are on a five year plan or would like to study abroad over the summer, although it is still helpful to understand how participating in study abroad will impact your course selections.
  • If possible, save some Technical Electives or Humanities/Social Sciences courses to take when you study abroad.

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Sophomore

  • Spring semester of sophomore year is the best time for EVEN students to study abroad or during the summer between sophomore and junior year.
  • Students planning to study abroad during the spring semester of their sophomore year should either enroll in CHEN 2120 and CVEN 3414 prior to studying abroad, taking them when they are offered during the summer they return, prior to leaving or identify a program that offers an approved substitute.
  • It may also be helpful to complete either APPM2350 or APPM2360 during the summer before your sophomore year, if your study abroad program does not have a math sequence that is equivalent to CU’s.

Junior

  • Consider studying abroad the fall semester of your junior year, although the academic calendar used in some European countries can make it challenging to identify a program that ends before CU’s spring semester begins.
  • If you study abroad during the fall semester of your junior year, you will need to make sure that you have the necessary prerequisites to be able to complete Heat Transfer during the spring semester.
  • If it is only possible for you to study abroad during the spring semester of your junior year, you will need to make sure that you have completed equivalents to all courses needed for fall of your senior year.
  • The summer between junior and senior year is also a great time to participate in a faculty-led global seminar, other summer study abroad program, research program offered through study abroad, or an international internship.

Senior

  • Students majoring in Environmental Engineering may be able to study abroad during their fall semester of senior year; however, going during the last semester is not advised since possible transcript delays would likely delay your graduation. That said, seniors are still eligible to participate in summer programs during the summer after they complete Senior Design.

Getting Courses Approved

  • Remember to first check the pre-approvals lists for major/minor and Humanities & Social Sciences
  • To submit additional courses for review, you will work with your Academic Advisor. You can view more information about the process here.

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Recommended Programs

(see specific course approvals on pre-approvals list)

University of New South Wales—Australia

  • Program is located on UNSW’s main campus in Kensington, which is a suburb of Sydney.
  • Extensive options for both General Technical Electives and H&SS Electives; in addition, some core major courses are available. Course descriptions should be reviewed by your academic advisor prior to departure for review/approval

University of Wollongong—Australia

  • Located in Australia’s seventh largest city, with easy access to nearby beaches and the Mt Keira Natural Reserve.
  • Extensive options for both General Technical Electives and H&SS Electives; in addition, some core major courses are available. Course descriptions should be reviewed by your academic advisor prior to departure for review/approval

American University of Cairo—Egypt

  • State-of-the-art campus located in New Cairo, with excursions to the Red Sea or Alexandria
  • Extensive options for both General Technical Electives and H&SS Electives, all taught in English. Course descriptions should be reviewed by your academic advisor prior to departure for review/approval

Technische Universitat Darmstadt — Germany

  • Located about 30 miles south of Frankfurt, with easy access to the region’s many cultural, historical, and artistic landmarks.
  • The International Research Experience Program (IREP) allows students to work intensively on a project related to their field of study in English. Projects are supervised by faculty, with an emphasis on integrating undergraduate students into existing research teams. Students earn six credits through their participation, with all six credits pre-approved to transfer to CU as General Technical Electives towards the EVEN degree.
  • Recommend for either the summer after sophomore year or the summer after junior year. Also available during the academic year, although it would be difficult to complete a full semester program and still graduate on a 4 year plan.

University College Dublin—Ireland

  • Ireland’s most globally-networked university is located just south of the heart of Dublin with a full university campus, near the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast; at the mouth of the River Liffey.
  • Extensive options for both General Technical Electives and H&SS Electives; in addition, some core major courses are available. Course descriptions should be reviewed by your academic advisor prior to departure for review/approval.

University of Canterbury—New Zealand (though ISA)

  • Located in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island, with nearby access to vineyards, ski resorts, trails, and other outdoor recreation
  • Extensive options for both General Technical Electives and H&SS Electives. Course descriptions should be reviewed by your academic advisor prior to departure for review/approval

National University of Singapore

  • Located in southwest Singapore, one of the smallest and most diverse countries in the world, with easy access to an excellent public transportation network
  • Extensive options for both General Technical Electives and H&SS Electives, all taught in English. Course descriptions should be reviewed by your academic advisor prior to departure for review/approval

National Chiao Tung University—Taiwan

  • A top-tier research university located in Hsinchu (also known as Taiwan’s Silicon Valley), a small and historic city in northern Taiwan, about one hour by train from Taipei and a springboard to the mountains of Hsinchu County.
  • Extensive options for both General Technical Electives and H&SS Electives, all taught in English. Course descriptions should be reviewed by your academic advisor prior to departure for review/approval

Faculty-Led Global Seminars and other summer programs

  • Great opportunity to earn credit towards your H&SS or Technical Electives, without getting off track for your core requirements.
  • Programs offered all over the world, with an updated list available on the study abroad website.