Current Students

International Opportunities

The College of Engineering and its departments support a variety of programs to give students opportunities to study and research abroad and prepare for a global engineering career.

Engineering is an international and collaborative occupation; the most pressing environmental, health, and technological issues cross international boundaries. Today’s engineers need to understand global cultures, issues, and forces to work with projects and clients in an international context.

Tips for Getting Started

Start early! You will need to do significant advance planning to study abroad and should begin your planning process at least a year before you plan to go abroad.

  • Consider what you most want to gain from an international experience. What is most important to you? Academics? Duration? Location? Level of independence? What else?
  • Attend an Engineering Study Abroad Info Session at the start of each quarter.
  • Visit the UW Study Abroad Fair during fall quarter.
  • Begin learning about financing your experience abroad.
  • Talk with your academic adviser about how to fit an international experience into your degree plan. Here are some tips:
    • Ask your adviser for recommendations on study abroad programs, locations, and institutions that would be beneficial for you and your major.
    • Have your adviser review your transcript and degree plan with you to discuss what credits you need to fulfill to graduate on time, and identify quarters when it might be easiest for you to study abroad.
  • If you don’t have one, apply for a passport.
  • Contact Mike Engh in the College of Engineering to schedule an advising appointment on engineering programs abroad.

Study Abroad Programs

While the UW has many more Study Abroad programs, these programs work well for engineering students:

Academic Year Programs   Summer/Fall Exploration Seminars   Summer/Fall Affiliated Programs

Broadening Your Search

These sections provide tools for planning a study abroad experience and more international opportunities:

Funding Opportunities   UW Resources   Additional Exchange Programs

Academic Year Programs

Academic year programs offer study as an exchange student at a partner institution for a semester or an academic year. These universities offer engineering courses in English that UW students can take; engineering departments can award UW credit for courses taken abroad. Research internships may also be available on some programs.

Academic year programs are best suited for students in their junior and senior years, though some are open to sophomores and graduate students. In most cases, participants pay an exchange fee equal to UW tuition and UW financial aid will apply.

If you are interested in participating in an engineering exchange program during the academic year, review the online course catalogs for the universities that most interest you. Compare the courses available to exchange students with the credits you need to fulfill for your degree.

Country Program Engineering Courses

* Check with UW faculty and advisers to ensure departmental credit will be awarded for courses taken abroad.

Australia University of Melbourne Exchange BioE, ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, ME
University of Queensland Exchange AA, BioE, ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, ME
University of Sydney Exchange AA, BioE, ChemE, CEE, EE, ME
Demark Aarhus University Exchange BioE, ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, ME
Egypt American University in Cairo Exchange CEE, HCDE, ME
Germany Technical University of Berlin College of Engineering Exchange AA, MSE, ME
University of Saarlandes Departmental Exchange CSE
Hong Kong Chinese University of Hong Kong Exchange AA, CEE, CSE, EE, HCDE, MSE, ME
Hungary AIT-Budapest CSE, HCDE, ISE
Ireland University College Dublin Exchange BioE, ChemE, CEE, EE, ME
Japan Nagoya University College of Engineering Exchange CEE, CSE, EE, MSE, ME
National Institute of Informatics Graduate Research Program CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE

Graduate program


Tohoku University College of Engineering Exchange

Graduate student option
A&A, ChemE, MSE, ME

Graduate program


Tokyo Institute of Technology Exchange AA, ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, ISE, MSE, ME
New Zealand University of Canterbury Exchange BioE, ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, HCDE, MSE, ME
Norway Norwegian University of Science & Technology Exchange ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, HCDE, MSE, ME
South Korea Yonsei University Exchange CEE, CSE, ISE, MSE, ME
Spain Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Exchange AA, BioE, EE
Sweden KTH Royal Institute of Technology Departmental Exchange CSE
Switzerland ETH Zurich Departmental Exchange CSE
EPFL Departmental Exchange CSE
Turkey Bogazici University Exchange ChemE, CEE, EE, ISE, ME
United Kingdom University College London Exchange BioE, ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, ME
University of Bristol Exchange AA, CEE, CSE, EE, ME
University of Edinburgh Exchange ChemE, CEE, CSE, EE, ME

Summer & Early Fall Programs

Summer and early fall programs let students stay on track with engineering course plans during the academic year. But they do typically require a program fee to cover tuition. Summer financial aid may be available to offset costs.

Note: If you plan to graduate in spring and would still like to participate in a summer or early fall program, there are additional steps you need to take. You can either:

  • Work with your academic adviser to postpone your graduation until December.
  • Inform the UW Study Abroad office that you will apply to the program as a non-matriculated student.

Exploration Seminars

Exploration seminars are 3- to 4-week courses abroad taught during early fall term in August and September. Participants earn 5 credits and study with UW faculty and other UW students. Exploration seminars use the program location to help students learn intensively about the course topic.

Country Program Best for students in these majors
Australia Aeronautics & Astronautics Australia: Autonomous Systems and Robotics for Biological Research & Monitoring AA, BioE, CEE, ChemE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, ME
Jordan Engineering Jordan: Water in an Arid Land AA, BioE, CEE, ChemE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, ME

Find the full list of exploration seminars available at UW Study Abroad. Exploration seminar options change each year; the next year's program options become available in January of the same year.

Affiliated Programs

Affiliated programs are administered by approved partner universities abroad. Programs range from 4 to 12 weeks, and regular UW credit is awarded for course and research work. Most affiliated programs in engineering are taught in English so proficiency in the local language is usually not required.

Country Program Best for students in these majors
Australia University of Western Australia Research Training Program AA, BioE, CEE, ChemE, CSE, EE, ISE, MSE
China Zhejiang University Chemical Engineering Lab Experience ChemE
France GEA Aerospace/Aviation Program AA
Germany Technical University of Berlin Engineering University AA, CEE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, ME
Japan Nagoya University Automotive Engineering ME
Taiwan National Taiwan University Engineering Research Program BioE, ChemE, CSE, EE, HCDE, ISE, MSE, ME

Funding Opportunities

GO! Scholarship
A need-based, competitive scholarship for international learning opportunities for UW undergraduates.
GO! STEMXchange Scholarship
Offers awards to Washington residents majoring in STEM fields who are participating in university or departmental exchange programs.
Dow Chemical Student Exchange Fund
An endowed scholarship that awards up to $5,000 to student STEM students studying in UW exchanges at Asian universities.
Bonderman Travel Fellowship
Offers fellowships to UW graduate students and undergraduate honors students to travel the world without participating in research or classes.
Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program
Promotes and funds the exchange of graduate students in CEE with programs in Scandinavia and the Baltics.

UW Resources

UW Study Abroad Office
A clearinghouse of campus-wide study abroad opportunities and is a great source of information on exchange programs.
UW Exploration Seminars
Month-long study abroad opportunities offered during the summer in a range of academic disciplines.
UW Engineers Without Borders
A student organization that collaborates with communities around the world to design and implement sustainable engineering projects.

Additional Public and Private Exchange Programs