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Learning Abroad in Mechanical Engineering

“Study Abroad deepens your understanding of other cultures and provides new professional opportunities. In my own case, my undergraduate study in Austria allowed me to improve my German, qualifying for my first engineering job in Berlin. With increased globalization, international experience is becoming essential for engineers.”
—Kim Stelson, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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 Mechanical Engineering before beginning your study abroad research.

Mechanical 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 biomedical 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 Study in South Africa: University of Cape Town 

  • 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 for a South African semester or academic year.
  • Courses may include Engineering Statistics & Drawing, Mechanics of Solids, Materials of Science, Thermofluids, Computer Programming, and more.

 

Asia and Oceania

Australia

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
  • Offers specialized advising and support for science and engineering students. Some courses off fieldwork component
  • Courses may include Fundamental Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Computational Mechanics and Programming, Control Systems, and more.

University Study in Australia: University of Sydney 

  • Modeled after Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the University of Sydney is the oldest and one of the largest in Australia, building its own reputation for excellence in teaching and research
  • The University of Sydney is located right next to downtown, providing students the opportunity to live and study alongside Australian students in the heart of Australia's largest city.
  • Courses offered across all engineering, math and science disciplines.

University of Wollongong (available through Arcadia

  • Ranked one of Australia’s top universities. Located at the foothills of Mount Keira in a beautiful natural setting of streams, gardens, and wildlife.
  • Offers top quality programs, individualized attention, and an inviting campus of 18,000 undergraduates. Sophomores and above are eligible for this program.
  • Courses may include Electrical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer for Mechatronics, Control of Machines, Sustainable Energy, and more.

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

  • Located outside of Melbourne, Monash’s engineering department is known for quality staff and research faculty with a large number of industry links.
  • The engineering department is known for high quality staff and top quality research faculty with a large number of industry links.
  • Wide ranges of courses are available, from materials engineering to general science classes.

University of Western Australia (available through Arcadia Australia or IFSA-Butler Australia)

  • Located Perth, the University of Western Australia is committed to quality and is in Australia’s group of eight research universities.
  • Faculty dedicates their time to help students achieve life, learning, and career goals.
  • Courses may include Mechatronics, Material, Civil, Environmental, and Resource Engineering, Computer-aided Design, and Sustainable Engineering.

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 Study in 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 Foundations of Biochemistry, Biology for Biomedical Science, Bioinstrumentation, Mechanics of Biomaterials, and more.

South Korea

CIEE South Korea: 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 taught in English.

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.

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

Europe

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 (pagel@umn.edu) 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 of Leeds, England (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 and a variety of courses are offered in engineering.
  • Courses may include Calculus & Mathematical Analysis, Linear Algebra, Discrete Systems, Probability, Statistics, Modeling in Statistics and more.

University College-London, England (available through Arcadia England or IFSA-Butler 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 Analytical Dynamics, Computational Methods, Probability & Statistics, Logic, Boundary Layers, Numerical Analysis, and more.

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.

 

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.  

 

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 Experiences

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