International Studies

International Studies

Engineering is an international and collaborative occupation; today's most pressing environmental, health, and technological issues cross international boundaries. The College of Engineering and departments support a variety of programs to give engineering students opportunities to study and work abroad to gain understanding of regional environments, ecology, and cultures and to work with researchers worldwide.

Study abroad requires significant advanced planning for engineering students. Students who are interested in international study should first contact their departmental adviser or an engineering adviser for guidance.

International students wanting to study engineering at the University of Washington: see International Student Resources.

Study Abroad Programs

This is a sampling of study abroad programs that best apply to engineering students. Keep scrolling down for more study abroad opportunities, UW study abroad resources, and additional public and private exchange programs.

Interdisciplinary STEM in Australia »

Check out the student blog Australia Study Abroad 2015 »

Students use autonomous robotic systems to explore marine ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef and collect data. The course explores both technological aspects of ocean monitoring as well as local cultural, sociological, and ecological factors.

Location Brisbane Australia
Duration 4 weeks, early fall quarter
Application Apply here in early spring
Who should apply UW STEM undergraduates, with emphasis on underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students

Engineering Jordan: Water in an Arid Land »

Students experience living in a water-scarce region while exploring ancient cities to observe pre-modern water gathering and storage strategies, visiting deserts and natural water resources sites critical to northern Jordan, and touring drinking water and wastewater treatment plants in northern Jordan. Local and regional experts teach treatment technologies that are applicable in water-scarce regions.

Location Irbid, Jordan
Duration 4 weeks, early fall quarter
Application Apply here in early spring
Who should apply Juniors, seniors and graduate students with interest in civil engineering, environmental engineering, or water resources

Engineering Rome »

A UW Exploration Seminar that covers Roman and Italian engineering over a range of 3,000 years from Ancient Rome to the present day. It consists of one 5-credit course, CEE 409, that takes place in two sessions. For CEE majors, the course counts as an "Upper Division Engineering and Sciences" course.

Location Rome, Italy
Duration 3 weeks during Summer-Fall quarter break
Application Engineering Rome website. Also see the Engineering Rome Facebook for announcements.
Who should apply Any UW undergraduate or graduate student

Reinhardt Abraham Memorial Foundation Exchange Program

Fellowships for seniors and graduate students to participate in research projects focusing on civil air transport and the associated technology needed for its development.

Location Berlin Germany
Duration 6 months in spring or fall
Application Learn more here
Who should apply Seniors and graduate students

Valle Scholarship and Scandinavian Exchange Program »

The Valle exchange program promotes and funds the exchange of graduate students in UW's Civil & Environmental Engineering and Built Environments programs with programs in the Nordic countries.

Location Various locations in Scandinavia and the Baltics
Duration 1 full academic year
Application Apply here in winter
Who should apply Graduate students in Civil & Environmental Engineering or Built Environments

CSE Study Abroad Programs »

Exchange programs for, primarily, undergraduate students in CSE but also graduate students interested in specific research at one of the participating institutions.

Location Sweden, Switzerland or Germany
Duration 1 or 2 semesters
Application Learn more here
Who should apply CSE students, undergraduate and graduate

AIT-Budapest »

An excellent study abroad experience at UW-affiliated Aquincum Institute of Technology's program for "creativity in computer science and software engineering."

Location Budapest, Hungary
Duration varies
Application Learn more and apply here
Who should apply Any student interested in computing, design, computational biology, or IT entrepreneurship.


Funding Opportunities

  • GO! Scholarship is 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 is 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


UW Resources


Additional Public and Private Exchange Programs