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.
“While my education at the UW expands my technical engineering skills, studying abroad promoted personal growth and shaped the necessary soft skills that anyone would need in the workplace or in research.”
— Madison Gallagher, Bioengineering (B.S., 2018)
Semester Abroad in Ecuador
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 Engineering Study Abroad Info Sessions
- Visit the UW Study Abroad Fair during winter 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.
- Talk with other engineering students that have studied abroad and learn about their experiences, such as these students that studied ancient structures in Rome.
- Request an advising appointment Request an advising appointment for engineering study abroad with Mike Engh in the College of Engineering.
“Through studying abroad, I far exceeded the boundaries of what I thought I could do. In the classroom, I feel I am better able to understand how the concepts I have learned relate to a range of contexts different than that of the US.”
— Aaron Joya, Human Centered Design & Engineering (B.S., 2017)
Semester Abroad in Scotland
Study Abroad Programs
While the UW has many more Study Abroad programs, these programs work well for engineering students:
Broadening Your Search
These sections provide tools for planning a study abroad experience and more international opportunities:
- UW Study Abroad Scholarships
- Information on scholarships specifically for UW students studying abroad, including awards for STEM students
- 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 Study Abroad
- 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.
- UW Global Travelers
- A UW office to help facilitate safe and successful international travel for the UW community, with travel planning and registration, global travel notifications, and insurance.
Additional Public and Private Exchange Programs
- Chateaubriand Fellowship - STEM (France)
- Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
- The Fulbright Association
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
- Monbukagakusho (Japanese scholarship program)
- NSF International Programs
- Peace Corps
- RISE Germany - Research Internships in Science and Engineering
"My time in Berlin has been such an amazing experience! Not only have I grown as a student and engineer, but more importantly as a person and I am forever grateful for the experience I have gained while studying abroad."
— Taylor Goade, Mechanical Engineering (M.S., 2017)
Semester Abroad in Germany