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Study Abroad

Engineering students have a unique opportunity to spend a portion of their academic education abroad - taking engineering or general education courses, participating in international internships, or just experiencing another culture. The College of Engineering strongly encourages engineering students to make this a part of their academic education.

To help students do this, the College has an established International Programs Office (IPENG) that works with students to help provide them with programs specific to their chosen field and continue in their degree track.

Why Should Students Have an International Experience?

  • Campus and college commitment - the campus has made large inroads to encouraging its students to spend time abroad from one week to one year with a campus goal of getting 50% of our students to graduate with international experience
  • Internationalizing curricula and students
  • Creates global awareness in students
  • Science and technology is global
  • Companies are global
  • 75% probability that you will interact with someone across the world in job
  • Engineering projects work globally
  • Makes students more competitive in the job market

Other Great Opportunities

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is a private, nonprofit organization that enables students of engineering, architecture, and the sciences to obtain on-the-job training in foreign countries. Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who is enrolled in good standing at Illinois and who has completed at least the sophomore year of study may apply. Generally, the maintenance allowance is adequate to cover living expenses while in training but does not cover transportation costs. Further information about these opportunities may be obtained from the IPENG office or the IPENG Web site.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Illinois works with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing international responsible engineering students. Current international projects include biofuel electricity generation, charge controller circuit design, and wood-stove emissions control. Furthermore, EWB-Illinois holds local events to create awareness on campus of international development and environmental issues. EWB-Illinois is open to all majors and, indeed, is always in need of dedicated people from all fields. For more information, visit the Engineers Without Borders Web site

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