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Learning Abroad in Electrical & Computer Engineering

There is no such thing as a “local” company or issue anymore. An international experience will provide you with the necessary skills to work effectively in industry, academia, and the public sector. Every CSE student should consider gaining international experience through study abroad.

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department before beginning your study abroad research.

Electrical engineering students planning on studying abroad will need to start working on their Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form as soon as they have chosen a program.

Once you have chosen the courses that you want to take abroad (always choose more courses than you intend to take), have descriptions for those courses, and have begun filling out the APSA, you will meet with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in electrical and computer engineering.

You will want to meet with Adam Pagel in 106 Lind Hall to discuss the courses you will take abroad.

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

South Africa

University of Cape Town (available through Arcadia South Africa)

  • Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, UCT is dedicated to educating for life and addressing the challenges that face society
  • This campus is home of the faculties of Science, Engineering, Commerce, and Humanities. Programs are offered for a South African semester or academic year.

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

University of Melbourne

  • Melbourne was recently named the “world’s most livable city” because of its culture and arts, parks, and climate
  • Offers specialized advising and support for science and engineering students. Some courses off fieldwork component.
  • Courses may include Engineering Circuit Analysis, Fundamentals of Signals and Systems, Electronic System Design, and more.

University of New South Wales(available through IFSA-Butler Australia or GlobaLinks Australia)

  • UNSW has established high research standards in engineering and technology.
  • UNSW prides itself as being Australia’s most international campus
  • Courses may include Circuit Theory, Analog Electronics, Digital Circuits, Electronic Signal Processing, Systems and Control, and more.

China

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • An exchange program for science and engineering students, HKUST maintains high-ranking faculty from around the world.
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

New Zealand

University of Auckland

  • Located in New Zealand’s most populated city and the University of Auckland has an excellent reputation for sciences, engineering, and research.
  • Courses may include Electrical and Digital Systems, Circuits and Systems, Software Design, Engineering Electromagnetics, Engineering Design, and more.

South Korea

Pohang University of Science and Technology (CSE)

  • An exchange program for CSE students, POSTECH maintains high-ranking faculty from around the world.
  • POSTECH is Asia’s premier research and teaching institution for science and engineering. Research opportunities for undergraduates with faculty who have received
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

Yonsei University

  • The most prestigious private university in Korea located in the vibrant city of Seoul
  • The University strives to cultivate leaders and provide higher education based on the national ideals. Many activities held throughout the year
  • Courses may include Data Structures and Algorithms, Electricity and Magnetism, Digital Logic Circuit, Random Process, and more.

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Europe

Ireland

Queen’s University (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Located in the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a clean and vibrant city with an excellent cultural atmosphere.
  • Students may take courses such as Electric Circuits, Computing, Analog Circuit Design, and Control Engineering.

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Regarded as one of the leading institutions in Ireland for business, science and engineering.
  • Easy access to Limerick’s vibrant mix of historical and cultural attractions, as well as the scenic landscapes of the surrounding countryside.
  • Courses may include Computer Networks, Engineering, Software, Data Structures and Algorithms, Systems Analysis, Circuit Analysis, and more.

Norway

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (CSE)

  • An exchange program for CSE students, NTNU is an innovation center for technological education and research within the natural sciences.
  • Trondheim is located on the upper eastern coast of Norway. Academic year and semester enrollments are possible for juniors or seniors
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

Sweden

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (CSE)

  • An exchange program for CSE students, Chalmers is where 40% of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects were educated
  • Located on the beautiful West Coast of Sweden. Academic year and semester enrollments are possible for juniors and seniors.
  • Taught in English, a wide variety of courses are available for a semester or an academic year. Contact Adam Pagel for more information.

United Kingdom

University College-London, England (available through IFSA-Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • UCL is a leader in many disciplines.
  • Located in the Bloomsbury section of London, UCL offers a comprehensive social and academic experience. Available to juniors and above.
  • Courses may include Electronic Circuits, Circuit Analysis & Synthesis, Electromechanical/Energy Conversion, Microcomputer Systems, and more.

University of Leeds (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • One of the largest universities in the UK with an excellent reputation for high standards in teaching and research.
  • Research is well supported in topics including muscles, receptor signaling, cancer, and neuroscience. A variety of courses are offered in engineering.
  • Courses may include Mass and Energy Balances, Transfer Processes, Managing Aqueous Effluents, Plant Engineering, Applied Catalysis, and more.

University of Edinburgh (available through IFSA-Butler England or Arcadia England)

  • The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest universities in Great Britain, with an international reputation for academic excellence.
  • Major developments were recently sponsored in artificial intelligence, information technology and microelectronics.
  • Courses may include Signals and Systems, Analog Communications, Circuit Theory and Techniques, Digital Circuits, Electromanetics, and more.

Explore these and many more opportunities using the Learning Abroad Center program search.

Additional Options to Consider

College of Science and Engineering Learn Abroad

  • Students should also look at the study abroad exchanges and programs approved for other CSE departments on which you may be able to take general requirements as well as mechanical and electrical engineering courses. For information on exchanges, contact Adam Pagel, 106 Lind Hall or email.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer (WIV) Abroad Programs (non-credit)

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE)

  • An organization dedicated to developing global skills in tomorrow’s technical leaders. IAESTE coordinates on-the-job training for students
  • The University of Minnesota is one of twenty educational institutions in the U.S. with a local IAESTE committee. Visit their website for more information.

CDS International

  • An organization dedicated to help build careers by giving students the opportunity to gain meaningful, practical training in a number of countries.
  • CDS coordinates on-the-job training that stimulate the exchange of knowledge and technological skills and contributes to the development of a highly trained and intercultural competent workforce.

Engineers Without Borders

  • EWB partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and sustainable engineering projects.

Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN)

  • SPAN students design and conduct an independent research project in one of three countries. Sites vary each year.
  • Spend the year preparing your project at the University of Minnesota, collect information on your summer abroad, and then complete your thesis upon return.

Directed Study

  • Directed Study allows students to create a contract between themselves and a faculty member that outlines a project and credits to be earned.
  • Students work independently on a project of their own design while abroad, under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty member.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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