Study Abroad Options for Engineering Students
Engineering is a global profession, so global experience matters.
Did you know 45% of St. Thomas engineering students study abroad?
The School of Engineering provides several opportunities for you to study abroad as an engineering undergraduate student, while still allowing you to graduate on time. Course credits earned from these study abroad programs can easily transfer to your St. Thomas engineering program.
Talk with your advisor to view sample study abroad plans for your engineering major. In addition, your financial aid may carry over to these study abroad programs, making them more affordable than you might think.
Our study abroad programs include:
Global Summers - Engineers for World Health
Spend summer 2020 repairing hospital equipment in Rwanda, Tanzania or Guatemala:
In cooperation with the Engineering World Health (EWH) - Summer Institutes, students selected for this program will engage in a two-month summer service abroad. The Summer Institutes place participants in the hospitals and clinics of low-resource countries. Participants will repair equipment, conduct preventative maintenance, take inventories, and train staff on how to maintain old, and operate new equipment.
For the first month of each program, participants will complete intensive language and technical training in-country. This training prepares participants for their work in hospitals during the second month of the program, providing hands-on skills needed to troubleshoot and repair vital hospital equipment in a low-resource environment. Teams of two or three participants are then placed in hospitals, working closely with hospital staff to asses each hospital's needs and improve their healthcare technology situation.
The program is open to any student who has had two semesters of Calculus and two semesters of Physics. Scholarships are available. This is a co-curricular (non-credit) offering through Engineering World Health.
For more details on this program, please view the Summer Institutes Program Overview YouTube video.
Application Deadline for the summer 2020 program is January 22nd, 2020.
Apply Now. Ample financial aid is available for this summer 2020 program. Please mention that you are from the University of St. Thomas.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Camille George at email@example.com
View the St. Thomas Engineers for World Health Blog.
Global Summers - Senior Design Abroad
As an Ashoka Changemaker Campus, St. Thomas offers many ways to contribute to social innovation and sustainability. The School of Engineering offers summer programs in the countries of Jordan and Peru where you and a team of students can engage in social entrepreneurship in collaboration with local communities to complete your Senior Design Clinic.
Global Summers Senior Design Programs - Summer 2020:
Global Summers Senior Design programs are available in Amman, Jordan and the Sacred Valley, near Cuzco, Peru in summer 2020. Senior Design Global Summers 2020 in Jordan and Peru consist of two teams of five students. Final deadline to apply for either program is February 1st, 2020.
Students participate in the 2020 Global Summer Senior Design Study Abroad Programs for a variety of reasons:
- Start your Senior Design project in summer 2020 and use your engineering skills to partner with a non-U.S. community to make a better world.
- Explore a global engineering career.
- Live the St. Thomas Mission For the Common Good. Engineer for the social domain.
- Spend seven to eight weeks of your life living, learning and immersing yourself in a culture and environment very different from your own.
All Senior Design students who participate in these programs will gain international experience, complete the first semester requirements for Senior Design course ENGR 480 plus earn a Global Competence Certificate (GCC).
- The Peru team will work with the Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development on a high-altitude environmental project; these students must have successfully completed Spanish 211 prior to applying for this study abroad opportunity. Peru program lasts eight weeks.
Learn more about this program and apply here: https://link.stthomas.edu/peru-senior-design
View the Global Summers: Senior Design in Peru Blog.
- The Jordan team will continue work on the Jameed dehydrator with the Amman, Jordan community; survival Arabic is taught on-site. Arabic language encouraged. Jordan program lasts seven weeks.
Learn more about this program and apply here: https://link.stthomas.edu/jordan-senior-design
View the Global Summers: Senior Design in Jordan Blog.
- Both programs have an appointed on-site representative who will take care of local logistics.
View the KMSP-TV interview with the Jordan 2018 Senior Design team below:
Questions? Please contact Dr. Camille George at firstname.lastname@example.org
Semester and Year-Long Study Abroad Programs
The School of Engineering has developed opportunities in Australia, Germany and South Korea that incorporate transferable coursework for many engineering majors. Talk to your advisor to see which program may be right for you.
Reasons to participate in a semester or year-long study abroad program:
- Challenge yourself and gain additional self-confidence by living in a culture a bit different from your own.
- Gain international work experience through the Germany program - German and Engineering Dual Degree Program.
- Experience living in and taking classes from a big, internationally respected university. And of course there may be the opportunity to travel on weekends.
- Ability to swap out spring and fall programs due to a collaboration between St. Thomas and Australian and South Korean universities.
Semester-long study abroad programs -- Plans of Study:
Semester-long study abroad programs are available for our engineering programs including civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
BS in Civil Engineering
Fall semester study abroad in Australia - Civil Engineering Plans of Study:
BS in Computer Engineering
Fall semester study abroad in Australia - Computer Engineering Plan of Study:
BS in Electrical Engineering
Fall semester study abroad in Australia - Electrical Engineering Plan of Study:
Fall semester study abroad in South Korea - Electrical Engineering Plan of Study:
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Fall semester study abroad in Australia - Mechanical Engineering Plans of Study:
- University of Melbourne
- University of New South Wales
- University of Sydney
- University of Technology Sydney
Year-long Germany Study and Internship Abroad
We are partnering with the German university, TU Darmstadt, to provide a five-year B.A. in German and B.S. in Engineering dual-degree program that would allow you to earn two bachelor's degrees simultaneously, spend one semester at a partner university in Germany and a second semester at a paid internship at a global German engineering company in Germany.
Dual degrees in this five-year program include:
- BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in German
- BS in Electrical Engineering and a BA in German
- BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in German
- BS in Computer Engineering and a BA in German
Questions? Please contact Dr. Camille George at email@example.com
January (J-term) or Summer Session Study Abroad Opportunities
St. Thomas provides faculty-led study abroad options during J-term or summer session. These shorter, focused courses provide experience in a different culture to learn more about global problems and solutions. Engineering in Rome is a regular J-term option. In addition there are opportunities to receive credits for learning the German language and engineering at host institutions in Germany during the summer session.
J-term Abroad 2020:
- MATH 298/ENGR 298 Mathematics and Mechanics of Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Islamic Architecture
Dr. Mike Hennessey (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Cheri Shakiban (Mathematics) will lead a group of students to Spain, Greece and Italy to learn about mathematical and mechanics concepts used by Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic cultures to create magnificent architecture in Toledo, Granada, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. Download more information on this J-term 2020 study abroad opportunity (PDF flyer). View the J-term blog.
- It is never too early to start planning. Talk with your Engineering academic advisor to find out how you can fit study abroad into your study plan at St. Thomas.
- Stop by the St. Thomas Study Abroad Office located in Murray Herrick 212 to get your questions answered in person or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for a "First Step" session and use their library to begin researching destinations.
- Set some goals. There is not one best suited for all Engineering majors. You need to determine which one fits you. Prioritize your goals. Consider your long term academic, professional, and career goals.
- Think about what you want to learn from (and what you can contribute to) the program, college, and country where you want to be.
- Prepare academically. You may need to take prerequisites or plan for classes upon your return.
- Start a budget. See Study Abroad Financial Information.
Students enrolled in the J-term 2019 ENGR 271 class traveled through Italy to Rome, Naples, Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, Modena, Pisa, Carrara and Milan to discover the origins and evolution of engineering and design. The class traveled to Italy to learn about Italian engineering including early engineering methods, early engineering materials, engineering in the Renaissance, contemporary Italian engineering design, Italian manufacturing, and Roman engineering of stadiums, aqueducts, roads, and bridges. Students posted their experiences on the Rome ENGR 271 blog.
Senior Design Summer Abroad in Amman, Jordan – Summer 2018
A team of engineering students completed the first half of their required senior design capstone to develop engineering solutions that meet a community need in Amman, Jordan. This program explored current issues in Jordan and encouraged students to work across cultures to address real-world problems through innovative, project-based coursework.
Alternative Energy Generation for a Sustainable Future - Summer 2018
This course exposed engineering students to the cutting edge of alternative energy in the areas of wind, nuclear, hydrogen, and solar power generation. Students experienced alternative energy in action at several different power plants in the United States, France, and Germany. In addition to technical knowledge, the students heightened their understanding of other cultures and how those cultures address different types of alternative energy generation on both a political and societal level. View the summer 2018 blog. Questions? Contact Dr. Greg Mowry.
Math and Mechanics of Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Islamic Architecture - J-term 2018
Dr. Mike Hennessey (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Cheri Shakiban (Mathematics) led a group of students to Spain, Greece and Italy to learn about mathematical and mechanics concepts used by Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic cultures to create magnificent architecture in Toledo, Granada, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. View the J-term 2018 blog.
Roman Structures, Engineering and Society - J-term 2017
Dr. Deborah Besser, Dr. John Walker and Barbara Zell guided students through experiential learning in Rome, Pompei, Naples, Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, Modena, Pisa, Carrara, and Florence as they study Roman structures, engineering and society. Students posted their experiences on the Rome ENGR 271 blog.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Besser at email@example.com
Math and Mechanics of Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Islamic Architecture - J-term 2016
Dr. Mike Hennessey (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Cheri Shakiban (Mathematics) led a group of students to Spain, Greece and Italy to learn about the mathematical and mechanical engineering used by Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic cultures to create magnificent engineering and buildings in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, and Pisa. View the J-term 2016 blog.
ENGR 298 Roman Engineering and Structures - J-term 2015
Dr. John Walker and Barbara Zell traveled to Rome, Italy with a group of St. Thomas students to study Roman engineering and architecture. Students posted their experiences on the Rome 2015 blog. View the ENGR 298 J-term 2015 syllabus for more information.
Sustainable Alternative Energy Sources and the Future - June 2014
Dr. Greg Mowry and Dr. John Wentz traveled to France and Italy in June 2014 with students to study alternative energy in the areas of biofuels, wind, nuclear, hydrogen, and solar power generation.
Sorghum Syrup Production in Mali - Peace Engineering in J-term 2014
A team of four senior mechanical engineering students worked on processing juice out of sorghum stalks and concentrating its syrup as a sugar or honey substitute to be used in Mali, Africa to benefit children by supplementing sugar in their diet and increasing family income for the producers. Read the student blog.
Mathematics and Mechanics of Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic Architectures - J-term 2014
Dr. Mike Hennessey of Engineering and Dr. Cheri Shakiban of Mathematics led a group of students to Spain, Greece and Italy to learn about the mathematical and mechanical engineering used by Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic cultures to create magnificent engineering and buildings in Toledo, Granada, Athens, Rome, Florence and Pisa. View the student blog.
Sustainable Alternative Energy Sources and the Future - June 2012
Dr. Greg Mowry and Dr. John Wentz traveled to France and Italy in June 2012 with students to study alternative energy in the areas of biofuels, wind, nuclear, hydrogen, and solar power generation. See Flyer for sign up dates and more details.
Mathematics and Mechanics of Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Islamic Architectures J-Term 2012
Dr. Mike Hennessey of Engineering and Dr. Cheri Shakiban of Mathematics led a group of students to Greece, Turkey and Italy during January 2012.
Mathematics and Architectures of Incas in Peru - J-Term 2010
Dr. Mike Hennessey of Engineering and Dr. Cheri Shakiban of Mathematics led a group of interested students to Machu Picchu and other significant Inca locations in Peru in January, 2010. Peru_2010-jterm.
Every other year, ENGR 298 - Roman Structure and Art travels to Rome during J-Term. Most recently, 20 students went to Italy in January, 2011. Read about the adventures of the students in their blog. See the class syllabus.
Iceland - Spring 2008
ENGR 381 Thermodynamics offered an opportunity to travel to Iceland in Spring 2008. During spring break, the course traveled to Iceland for 10 days. The trip was an interdisciplinary effort between the geology and engineering departments. Students of thermodynamics and oceanography explored Iceland’s use of its unique geological setting to provide much of its energy needs in a clean and sustainable way. The group visited Reykjavik University and the University of Iceland for lectures on the impact of climate change on glaciers, carbon sequestration and binding with basalt, hydropower from glacial rivers, geothermal energy and the issues Iceland faces with the challenges of powering their fishing fleet.
See Description, Itinerary and Iceland Application for more information. Contact Dr. Camille George to discuss this further.
International Service Learning
ENGR 480/481 Senior Design offers students opportunities for international service learning. Over the past several years, student groups have contributed in Mali (Africa), and St. Vincent (Caribbean). In 2008-2009, a team improved the design of a food grinder. See also http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/cmgeorge/