Study Abroad Programs for Engineering!

Why study Engineering abroad?

  • 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:
Program Providers:
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
KSEA Scholarship
Myrtle and Earle Walker Scholarship
SMART Scholarship
For more information on studying abroad, contact VCU Education Abroad at 804-827-7882 or

Exchange Opportunities for STEM Students!

Think you can’t study abroad because you are a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics major? Think again!
The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and VCU Education Abroad have got you covered:
ISEP is pleased to announce new Featured Program resources for students interested in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM fields) through the ISEP Network!
STEM students often claim that it can be a challenge to study abroad because of the highly specialized and specific courses their major requires. Fortunately, the ISEP Network provides broad access to these courses, allowing students to meet the requirements of their major while immersing themselves in a new culture and gaining the cross-cultural skills needed to succeed in an increasingly global society.
The new online STEM Feature provides resources for students, faculty, and coordinators to learn more about the opportunities ISEP offers for STEM students.
Apply today to have the experience of a lifetime!
For information on this and other study abroad programs, contact VCU Education Abroad at

Semester at Sea Short-Term Voyage: Engineering a New Tomorrow

Semester at Sea is offering it’s first ever short term voyage in Spring 2011!

“Engineering a New Tomorrow” is the theme of the first short-term Semester at Sea voyage. The voyage will take an interdisciplinary approach to engineering education to explore the global challenges facing humanity and the opportunities to engineer an equitable and sustainable future.
Operated by the nonprofit Institute for Shipboard Education, Semester at Sea‘s worldwide itineraries offer rigorous coursework coupled with field assignments, service learning in multiple international destinations, and the skills necessary to compete in today’s rapidly globalizing world. Students will earn credit through University of Virginia that can be transferred and used toward their degree at VCU.
The voyage is from May 20, 2011 to June 15, 2011 and will travel to the Bahamas, Trinidad, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. More information on the trip can be found here.

Please contact the Office of Education Abroad at or (804)827.7882 for more information on this and other study abroad options!