Yes, You Can Study Engineering Abroad

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Ashley Houston

We wanted to dispel the myth that Engineering students can't study abroad—because they can!

Our semester and summer Engineering study abroad programs are designed to eliminate "roadblocks" that seem to get in the way of Engineering students who want to study abroad. Here's how:

Myth #1: "Studying abroad isn't relevant to my studies."

Intern or Study Engineering in Shanghai, China, the world's fastest growing economy and manufacturing center. Shanghai is home to one of China's top universities, and our partner institution, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)known for its strength in Mechanical Engineering.

Or, students can take their Engineering courses in Madrid, the leading center of industry, commerce, and technology research in Spain. Enroll in Engineering courses at the prestigious Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Engineering students can also move their studies to Nice, France. Our Direct Enrollment program at the SKEMA Business School is located 45 minutes from Nice in the heart of Sophia Antipolis—Europe’s well-known science and technology park, affectionately named the French Silicon Valley. Our students take engineering courses alongside French students.

Classroom at Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Myth #2: "I can't take courses in my major."

Our partnership with SJTU in Shanghai allows students to customize a semester-long academic experience at a top engineering school by selecting courses in the following disciplines:

  • Engineering - Take two to three English-taught engineering courses at the University of Michigan – SJTU Joint Institute.
  • Electives - Students have the option to take English-taught elective courses at SJTU.
  • Chinese Language - Fall students are required to enroll in a four-week intensive Chinese language course at SJTU, while spring students take a four-week intensive Chinese language course at the IES Abroad Center.

Students who study abroad in Shanghai during the summer spend 13 weeks taking three to four English-taught courses in Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering, and/or Chinese Language.

In Madrid, students can take between 15 and 19 credits per semester. Each academic experience is customized as students select from the required and optional courses:
  • Engineering courses – Take up to 15 credits in Engineering courses at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Engineering Electives – Students have the option to take English-taught Engineering electives at the IES Abroad Center for up to 8 credits.
  • Spanish Language – Students are required to take a 4-credit Spanish course.
  • Spanish Electives – Students with advanced language skills have the option to take Spanish-taught elective courses at the IES Abroad Center through the Language & Area Studies Program for up to 9 credits

Courses at the SKEMA Business School in Nice are taught in English and are AACSB accredited. Students interested in Science and Engineering, or a combination of Business and Engineering, are able to enroll full-time in SKEMA’s Engineering Science program, among other program options.

Aerial view of Nice, France

Myth #3: "I need to know the language before I study abroad."

Our Shanghai Engineering programs have no language requirement, but offer opportunities for students to learn Chinese or continue developing their Chinese language skills. Think Chinese language courses, university clubs, field trips, and course-related excursions in and around Shanghai.

Engineering students studying abroad in Madrid have no language prerequisites, but a 4-credit Spanish language course is a required part of the program. Students can choose to take Engineering and elective courses in English, or Spanish if they have advanced language skills.

Our SKEMA program in Nice has no language prerequisites, but students will be enrolled and learning alongside students from France and all over the world.

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Myth #4: "I can’t afford to study Engineering abroad."

We offer $5 million in financial aid and scholarships—including a $5,000 Study Abroad Scholarship for Future Engineers!

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Study in China next summer or fall:

Or choose one of our two European programs for Engineers:

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Ashley Houston

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