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.  

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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 Rutgers Global-Study Abroad for important application deadlines. http://global.rutgers.edu/study-abroad 
  • 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 courses here: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5upPtG5aflW7SUC 
  • 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.  
     
  • Japan - Nagoya University - Nagoya University Summer Intensive Program - Latest Advanced Technology in Automobile Engineering (5 week program for 6 credits for Mechanical Engineering students).
     
  • Germany - Pforzheim University - Engineers Made in Germany Summer School (6 week program for 9 credits for Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering students)

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Summer 2022 Humanities/Social Science Elective Options

Engineering students can apply to various programs conducted by Global Education to earn lower level and upper level humanities/social science credits.
Programs for 2022 include Art in Paris (France), Art History in Rome (Italy), European Summer Institute (Germany), Berlin Theater (Germany), Shakespeare in England (U.K.), Asia-Pacific Relations in Multi-dimension (Japan), Creative Writing (UK), Social Welfare System (China), Romania Revolution (Romania), Greece in Transition (Greece), How Sweden Works (Sweden), Microbiology of Wine and Cheese (France), Human Health (Thailand), The Art and Science of Black Tea (India).  
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Students can search for Summer programs or Fall/Spring programs approved by Rutgers here:  https://global.rutgers.edu/program-search

Fall/Spring Programs:

  • Australia - Various Universities  - Queensland University, University of Melbourne, Macquarie University
  • New Zealand – University of Auckland 
  • Germany - Technical University Munich (may need to speak German to take upper level courses)
  • Hong Kong - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Ireland - University College Dublin 
  • Israel - Technion (all year or spring semester)   
  • Technion Plus Internship (spring only) 
  • South Korea - Pohang University of Science and Technology, Yonsei University, Seoul National University
  • Spain - University of Valencia, Polytechnic University of Valencia (may need to take upper level courses in Spanish)
  • Sweden - Royal Institute of Technology
  • United Kingdom - Various Universities - University College London, University of Manchester