In today’s global marketplace, there is an increasing need for broadly educated engineering graduates with cross-cultural skills, international understanding and proficiency in more than one language. The College of Engineering is committed to providing international opportunities that will assist engineering students in obtaining these important skills.
Engineering students can go abroad on programs through the College of Engineering, International Academic Programs or any others for which they meet the eligibility requirements. Students are awarded P/F grades for programs through the College of Engineering, whereas they will earn A-F grades on programs through other advising locations.
Geological Engineering Course Considerations Abroad
- Given your structured and highly sequential curriculum, extra planning will be required. Remember that many required classes are only offered in either the spring or fall semester. Talk with your academic advisor early to talk through potential courses and consider which College of Engineering programs may offer the courses you need.
- Since GLE majors also have the GeoScience degree, many courses taken abroad on College of Engineering programs will be posted with A-F grade, and not P/F.
- Get courses equated before departing.
College of Engineering Course Considerations Abroad
- The GLE curriculum has a specific list of engineering electives that can fulfill degree requirements. You should plan carefully with your advisor that the engineering courses you take abroad will meet degree requirements. If you are hoping to take specific courses abroad that haven’t already been equated, it is strongly recommended that you equate them before applying to go abroad, when possible. You can do so by sending a request with the host institution’s course info and the proposed UW equivalent course to the program’s Enrollment Specialist Advisor (ESA), which you can find listed here.
- CEE/GLE 291: You are not likely to find an equivalent course abroad. Plan to take this course in Madison.
- Physics 202: GLE majors can sometimes fulfill this course abroad. While it doesn’t usually equate to five credits, CEE often allows the requirement to be complete with only four credits. Check with your advisor before planning to fulfill this course abroad.
- InterEGR 397: Plan to take the required InterEGR 397 (Technical Communication) course in Madison. It is rare to find an equivalent course or department abroad.
Mapping Your Study Abroad Experience as a Geological Engineering Major
- Not recommended to study abroad unless it’s in the summer after your first year! You must complete your first year at UW in order to apply for progression and be admitted to your department and going abroad can delay your progress and jeopardize your progression status. Programs through the College of Engineering require that you meet progression before applying.
- Not recommended to study abroad unless it is over winter intersession or during the summer.
- Many departments prefer that their students fulfill engineering electives abroad and complete core courses in Madison, though this varies by major and GLE is more flexible than other departments in this regard. Completing engineering elective courses abroad also gives you more flexibility to take unique courses that aren’t offered in Madison. You are also encouraged to look at programs that offer Civil & Environmental Engineering courses for additional options.
- Most engineering programs have a senior design requirement in their last year. It is not likely this design requirement can be met abroad, and students should check with their advisor when considering studying abroad in their second-to-last semester. Please note that engineering students cannot study abroad in their last semester.
- Due to the College’s residency requirement, engineering students must complete their last two semesters in Madison. It is possible to request a waiver to study abroad in your second to last semester (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this possibility), or in your first senior year if you will have more than one!
Questions to Ask
Your Academic Advisor
- What classes must I complete for my degree (breadth/depth, major requirements, etc.)?
- Do I need to be on UW-Madison’s campus for any courses in my major?
- Are there any courses required for my degree that are only offered in a specific semester at UW?
- Are there any courses required for my degree that I must take in a specific sequence?
- How many engineering electives are required for my degree?
- Does my department have a preference that I take certain courses in Madison or abroad?
Your Study Abroad Advisor
- What classes can I take abroad on a particular program?
- How and when do I select courses for my program?
- Can I establish new course equivalents for my program?
- What is the class structure like abroad?
Certificate in International Engineering
The Certificate in International Engineering provides recognition for your efforts to prepare for an international career by learning about one or region outside the United States. An undergraduate student in the College of Engineering or the Department of Biological Systems Engineering can earn the certificate by completing at least 16 credits worth of courses with a primary focus on the language, culture, history, geography, society or institutions of a particular country or region of the world. Students are encouraged to submit applications as soon as they have met progression requirements. The one-credit capstone seminar required for this certificate is offered in the fall only, and must be completed after one’s international experience.
Identifying Programs That are Right for You
Courses offered as part of these programs may not be guaranteed to be the best fit for you depending on where you are in the major. Make sure to verify in which semester courses are offered, as many courses are offered in one semester or the other but not both, or may no longer be offered by the host institution.
China, Hangzhou: UW China Summer Engineering Program
Hong Kong, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Exchange
Singapore, Singapore: Nanyang Technological University GE3 Exchange
Denmark, Lyngby: Danish Technical University Exchange
England, London: University College London Exchange
Hungary, Budapest: Budapest University of Technology & Economics
Iceland, Reykjavik: University of Iceland Exchange
Netherlands, Wageningen: Wageningen University Exchange
Norway, Trondheim: Norwegian Institute of Science & Technology Exchange
Spain, Valencia: Universidad Politecnica de Valencia Exchange
Argentina, Buenos Aires: Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires Exchange
Australia, Brisbane: University of Queensland Engineering Exchange
New Zealand, Auckland: University of Auckland
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Research all programs using the Program Search page. The above is not an exhaustive list of all programs that offer Engineering courses. There may be other programs that are a better fit for your individual needs or interests.
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