Study Abroad

Have you ever wanted to travel internationally and immerse yourself in another culture?  Many engineering students take advantage of Rutgers' Study Abroad educational opportunities choosing to study for a semester, a summer, or an academic year at one of the many international programs open to Rutgers students.  

Students can study abroad as early as sophomore year at locations including Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland, London, South Africa, and more.  Have proficiency in a second language widens the options. SOE students wishing to study abroad must:

  • Meet with the Assistant Dean for Transfer Services, Dr. Robert Ciervo at least 1 semester prior to planning your trip.  Make an appointment by emailing him at robert.ciervo@rutgers.edu  
  • Visit the  Center for Global Education for important application deadlines.
  • The ideal time for SOE students to study abroad is typically the sophomore year.  It is possible to study abroad as juniors, but it requires additional planning to obtain permission from departments for course equivalencies.
  • Courses to be taken abroad MUST be pre-approved by the Transfer Dean in B100 prior to studying abroad.
  • Please complete the transfer authorization form online for Study Abroad here:  http://soe.rutgers.edu/pre-authorization-transfer-credit-other-4-year-sc...
  • If course selection is modified WHILE studying abroad, there is no guarantee that the courses chosen will be approved as transferrable.

Once a school and potential courses are identified, students should discuss their academic plans with the Undergraduate Education/Office of Academic Services.   

Why Study Abroad?

In today's global marketplace working in an international environment is more and more common, particularly for engineers. A study abroad experience provides cultural and economic perspective, develops language and communication skills, builds real-world knowledge, and increases marketability in a global job market. 

Prism Magazine, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, reports on the advantages of an international experience for engineering students.

Student Experiences

SOE students who have taken advantage of study abroad opportunities share their experiences through stories and photos. Find out more>>

Financial Assistance

The School of Engineering will also award financial scholarships of up to $1,000 to any Engineering student studying abroad during the Fall or Spring semesters who at the time of application has at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.  For questions about scholarship opportunities please contact the Assistant Dean for Transfer Services, Dr. Robert Ciervo at robert.ciervo@rutgers.edu   Students can apply here for scholarships  http://soe.rutgers.edu/study-abroad-scholarships

Programs

Summer Programs:

  • Hong Kong - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • HKUST students can take between one and three classes from the institution's Engineering School and Computer Science program.
  • Germany - Pforzheim University - Engineers Made in Germany Summer School (6 week program for 9 credits for Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering students)      

Fall/Spring Programs:

  • Austria - Graz University of Technology
  • Australia - Various Universities
  • New Zealand - Various Universities
  • Germany - Technical University Munich
  • Ireland - University College Dublin
  • Israel - Technion (all year or spring semester), Technion Plus Internship (spring only)
  • Mexico - University of the Yucatan
  • South Korea - Pohang University of Science and Technology
  • Sweden - Royal Institute of Technology
  • Turkey - Bilkent University
  • United Kingdom - Various Universities

Additional International Opportunities

A selection of unique engineering-focused international programs are available in a variety of options from six-week sessions to internships to multi-semester.  

Green Program:  Iceland and Peru ( 10-day summer programs)

Study renewable energy and sustainability in Iceland or Peru.

Iceland: Renewable Energy & Sustainability

Discover Iceland’s innovation in renewable energy, dive into authentic Nordic culture, and participate on adventure excursions you never even realized you wanted to have on your bucket list. This program is accredited by Reykjavik University’s Iceland School of Energy for 1.5 transferable academic credits (or 3 ECTs).  

Peru: Water resource Management & Sustainable Practices

Through recent years, Peru has overcome hardships with water sanitation and flourished with their water resource management and sustainable practices. Join The GREEN Peru Program to discover how Peru utilizes methods from the Inca Empire and modern day technologies for water initiatives and a sustainable future. This program is accredited by Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola with a transcript for 2 transferrable academic credits. The GREEN Peru Program is created for motivate students who are on a mission towards global water stewardship and sustainability solutions. Dive into the rich history of the Inca Empire, Peruvian culture, local entrepreneurial and governmental endeavors, and service-learning projects to put your mind towards a future of water accessibility for our world.

  • Apply directly through the above sites.
  • Once accepted, contact Dean Ciervo (robert.ciervo@rutgers.edu) to arrange for credit transfer.  Students can receive the equivalent of a general elective.  For those interested in receiving the equivalent of a tech elective, it must be approved by the specific department.
  • BE MINDFUL OF THE SESSION THAT YOU CHOOSE AND FINALS WEEK!!!

International Bachelor Degree in Engineering Management (UMANE – EU/US)

Become immersed in Italian and Spanish culture while earning your dual undergraduate degree in engineering management and industrial engineering. The European Union and United States International Bachelor Degree in Engineering Management is a student exchange program that allows students to study toward a joint degree while attending a semester abroad at each of Rutgers’ European partner institutions: the University of Parma (Italy) and the University of Extremadura (Spain). Rutgers University industrial engineering undergraduate students interested in this program should contact Professor Hoang Pham, Department of Industrial Engineering at 848-445-5471 or by e-mail at: hopham@rci.rutgers.edu. Students selected for this program will be awarded a stipend. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Research Internships at Technical University at Graz (Austria)

The Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation is an academic exchange program between the United States and Austria that funds students from the two countries to conduct research, with an emphasis on applied sciences. Undergraduate students in civil, mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering are eligible to apply.  Each year, 12 stipends are awarded in amounts ranging from 3,000 to 10,000 euros to enable research stays, with a minimum duration of three months. Deadlines to apply are in October and March. 

Summer Research Internships with German Academic Exchange Service

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch DienstDAAD) Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of two to three months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with and mentored by doctoral students. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.