- Study abroad can enhance your career opportunities by giving you international experience and making you more marketable to future employers.
- Studying engineering in a country that is known for developments in a specific field can open you up to new ideas and give you a competitive edge.
- Knowledge of a foreign language can open new doors in your career.
- Studying abroad can provide you with an opportunity to network within your field, creating new relationships that will help you after graduation.
VCU has partnered with several universities around the world in order to facilitate exchanges between the schools. Several of our partnership institutions offer engineering courses or modules.
Details of the partnership exchanges vary from school to school. In general, tuition and fees are paid at standard VCU tuition rates. Other expenses — such as room, board, airfare, health insurance and spending money — are the responsibility of the student.
While many of the universities offer courses in English, some may require a high level of proficiency in the local language. Please visit the websites for further information and language requirements.
University of Sao Paulo
University of the West of England
University of Cordoba
Curtin University of Technology
University of Guadalajara
University of Messina
ISEP is a network of 275 universities in 39 countries. Students may study at the member university for a semester or a year, while some universities offer summer programs.
As an ISEP student, you pay a program fee based on VCU’s tuition, fees, room and board, which creates a space for an international student to study at VCU for a semester or a year. For example, you could study in France, while a French student studies in Argentina, while the Argentine student studies in Korea, etc.
Many ISEP universities offer courses in engineering. Students may choose to study in English or another language. See the chart in the link below for engineering offerings in locations as diverse as Austria, Finland, Chile, South Africa, and the United Kingdom:
Study abroad at a foreign university! Many students choose to use an independent program provider. Many of them include on-site staff, multiple excursions, medical and life insurance, cell phones, student services, transcripts and much more. See the list below for a few options that are especially for engineering students:
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Skema Business School, Sophia Antipolis
Leuphana University, Luneburg
Christ University, Bangalore
University of Limerick, Limerick
Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman
Korea University, Seoul
James Cook University, Singapore City
Linnaeus University, Växjö/Kalmar
United Kingdom (Scotland)
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Semester at Sea
University of Virginia, United States
Financial aid such as federal loans, grants, scholarships and veteran’s benefits can be used to study abroad. Here are some links to engineering scholarships to get you started:
Association for Women in Science Scholarship
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Edward D. Hendrickson SAE Engineering Scholarship
Myrtle and Earle Walker Scholarship
For more information on studying abroad, contact VCU Education Abroad at 804-827-7882 or Abroad@vcu.edu