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Learning Abroad in Chemical Engineering

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 Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science before beginning your study abroad research.

Talk to your adviser

Academic Planning

Guidelines for Choosing Courses

Best time to go abroad:

Liberal Education Requirements

Major Pre-requisites & Courses Outside the Chemical Engineering Department

Core Major Courses

Major Emphasis & Technical Electives

Please Note:


Africa and the Middle East

South Africa

University Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 

  • Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, UCT is home of the faculties of Science, Engineering, Commerce, and Humanities
  • UCT is dedicated to educating for life and addressing the challenges that face society. All courses are in English

Asia and Oceania


Monash University, Melbourne (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Monash is known as Australia’s biggest and boldest university with six campuses, located in the suburbs of the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne
  • The Engineering Department is known for great staff and top quality research faculty with a large number of industry links
  • Variety of courses in chemical engineering

University Study in Australia: University of Melbourne

  • Melbourne was recently named the “world’s most livable city” because of its culture and arts, parks, and climate
  • A wide variety of chemical engineering courses available, including Organic Chemistry, Engineering Analysis, Chemical Process Analysis, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Reactor Engineering
  • Some courses offer a significant fieldwork component


Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • This is a special exchange program open to CSE students
  • Courses include; Computer Programming Fundamentals, Data Structures and Algorithms, Analog Integrated Circuit Analysis and Design, Communication Systems, and Design and Analysis of Architecture
  • All courses are in English

New Zealand

University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

  • Located on the top of North Island with a large, diverse campus and an excellent reputation for sciences, engineering, and research
  • Courses available include; Materials Science, Process Engineering, Transfer Processes, Materials, Applied Chemistry, Process Dynamics and Control, Chemical Reactor Engineering, Engineering Biotechnology, and Studies in Chemical Engineering

South Korea

Pohang University of Science & Technology (CSE)

  • Asia’s premier research and teaching institution for science and engineering. POSTECH offers research opportunities for undergraduates
  • Research disciplines include civil, transportation, environmental, structural, and architectural engineering, among many more

CIEE South Korea: Yonsei University

  • Yonsei University is the most prestigious private university in Korea
  • Seoul, South Korea is filled with museums, palaces, advertisements, and companies, making it a modern, yet traditional way of life
  • Courses available in English include Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Polymer Chemistry Analysis, Biochemical Engineering, Fluid Transport Phenomena, and Reaction Engineering



University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Offers a wide variety of subjects and is regarded as one of the leading institutions in Ireland for business, science and engineering
  • Situated three miles from bustling Limerick, providing easy access to a mix of historical and cultural attractions and scenic landscapes of the surrounding countryside
  • Students may elect to take courses such as organic and inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and computational chemistry


Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim (CSE)

  • The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) was established in 1996, and is an innovation in the Norwegian academic world
  • It is a national center for technological education and research within the natural sciences


Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (CSE)

  • Available for CSE students with junior or senior class standing
  • Located on the beautiful west coast of Sweden, Chalmers University was founded in 1829
  • Approximately 40% of Sweden’s graduate engineers and architects were educated at Chalmers

United Kingdom

University Study in the UK: Queen Mary, University of London

  • A leading institution for teaching and research, Queen Mary is located near the center of London, yet it maintains a strong sense of campus community.
  • Queen Mary has the oldest materials science department in Great Britain and is active in science and engineering.
  • A variety of courses are offered in the sciences, including engineering courses.

Additional Options to Consider

College of Science and Engineering Learn Abroad


Non-Credit Opportunities


  • Non-credit  opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.  


Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

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

  • IAESTE United States is an organization dedicated to developing global skills in tomorrow’s technical leaders. Founded in 1948, IAESTE coordinates on-the-job training for students in technical biomedical engineering. The University of Minnesota is one of twenty educational institutions in the U.S. with a local IAESTE committee. Opportunities for involvement in this committee are available as well.

Engineers Without Borders

  • EWB partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students.

Student Experiences

Zach W. Studies Chemical Engineering in South Africa
Zach spent an entire year in Cape Town, South Africa. He took coursework for major and outside requirements, and spent the summer working with a research group.

James in Austria
James, a Chemical Engineering and German major, studied in Austria for a semester in his junior year.

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