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Study Abroad for Engineers

Early planning is the key to making a semester abroad happen!

Engineering undergraduates are eligible to study abroad for a semester, summer, or winter (opportunities depend on engineering discipline). Take advantage of this unique and enriching opportunity!

Want to learn more? Follow these steps:

  1. Read the information below carefully.
  2. Attend a Study Abroad Essentials meeting, held twice a day at 70 Butterfield Terrace  (see schedule).
  3. Schedule an appointment with Stacy Lutsch, IPO Director of Academic Initiatives, or an IPO Peer Advisor, during office hours in Engineering (126 Marston) via our on-line appointment booking system. Note that you must attend an Essentials meeting before scheduling an advising appointment.

Engineering Semester Abroad:

The highly structured, sequential nature of engineering curricula is often the biggest obstacle to students studying abroad for a semester. With advanced planning, this year more than 30 UMass engineering students in all disciplines are studying abroad for a semester, taking some of the 130 approved engineering and engineering-related courses at universities in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. [NOTE: You will need to sign in with your UMass NetID and password to view the list of approved courses.]


Recommended semester abroad timing by discipline*

Civil & Environmental Engineering 2nd semester sophomore year Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland), University College Cork (Ireland), University College Dublin (Ireland), Swansea University (Wales)
Chemical Engineering 2nd semester sophomore year Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland), University College London (England), University of Glasgow (Scotland), CEA Paris (France)

Computer Systems & Electrical Engineering

1st semester senior year

University of Queensland (Australia), Deakin University (Australia), University of Wollongong (Australia), University of Cape Town (South Africa), ISA Columbia, University of Auckland (New Zealand), Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand)

Industrial Engineering 2nd semester sophomore year Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), University College Dublin (Ireland)
Mechanical Engineering 2nd semester sophomore year CEA French Riviera (France), Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, University of Swansea (Wales), University College Dublin (Ireland)

*This timing has been approved by Engineering departments. It may be possible for students to study during a semester other than those listed above on a case-by-case basis depending on a number of factors (major, requirements completed, etc.) 


Summer/Winter Abroad Options:

During the summer, engineering students can opt to take engineering classes or minor and gen ed requirements. It is also possible to conduct research abroad in the summer and winter.