Engineering Departments

International Programs

Programs by Department

Departments in the College of Engineering offer a variety of faculty-led international opportunities for engineering students:

Aeropace and Ocean Engineering
Biological Systems Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
College of Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering Science and Mechanics
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Mining and Minerals Engineering
Materials Science Engineering


Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Boeing Leadership Program
Program: The highlight of the Boeing Leadership Program is a two-day leadership program at Tsingua University in Beijing, China. The program also includes two weeks of travel including university and industry visits focusing on engineering in a global context.
Dates: July 10-24, 2014
Recommended level: Undergraduate Standing: Senior
Prerequisites: Deformable Bodies, Statics. Minimum GPA 2.9
Cost: Semester Contribution: 230 Euro
Health Insurance: 65 Euro/month
Housing: 265-365 Euro/month
Scholarships available
For more information: http://sites.uci.edu/boeingsld/
Semester at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Program: Courses in Aeronautical Engineering taught in English
Dates: March-July 2015
Recommended level: Undergraduate Standing: Junior or Senior
Prerequisites: Deformable Bodies, Statics. Minimum GPA 2.9
Cost: Semester Contribution: 230 Euro
Health Insurance: 65 Euro/month
Housing: 265-365 Euro/month
Scholarships available
Application deadline: TBA
For more information: http://www.aoe.vt.edu/undergrad/study-abroad/gencontent/hamburg-univ-applied-science.html

Biological Systems Engineering

Europe Exchange Programs
Program: Academic exchange Athens, Greece; Dublin, Ireland; Bari, Italy; Madrid, Spain
Dates: Academic year or one semester
Credit hours: varies
Recommended level: Rising Juniors
Cost: pay VT tuition; living expenses similar to Blacksburg
Application deadline: 6 months before the start of the target term
For more information: Dr. Mary Leigh Wolfe, mlwolfe@vt.edu
Water Resources Engineering and Watershed Management; Vitória, Brazil
Program: Faculty-led Summer II program at Federal Univ. of Espirito Santo and Federal Univ. of Santa Maria, Vitorio, Brazil. This program is taught in English and is a joint program with Brazilian engineering students combining course work and field trips
Dates: July 1-August 4, 2015 (tentative)
Credit hours: 6 credit hours in watershed modeling, and water resources engineering
Summer Session II study abroad program taught in English; 6 credit hours
Recommended level: rising Juniors or Seniors; CEE majors with appropriate backgrounds can also participate
Prerequisites: course in hydrology
Cost: $3200 plus tuition
Application deadline: December 1, 2014
For more information: Dr. Conrad Heatwole, heatwole@vt.edu
Brazil Semester Exchange Program
Program: Academic exchange wtih Federal Univ. of Espirito Santo and Federal Univ. of Santa Maria, both in Brazil
Dates: One semester, Term 1 (Jan.-July) or Term 2 (July-Dec.)
Credit hours: 12 credits minimum
Prerequisites: none
Cost: VT tuition; living expenses are cheaper than Blacksburg; visa; airfare ~ $1,500.
Application deadline: 6 months before the start of the target term
For more information: Dr. Conrad Heatwole, heatwole@vt.edu

Chemical Engineering

Summer unit operations lab at the Technical University of Denmark
Program: Exchange program designed for a 4000 level chemical engineering lab and easy transfer of credit
Dates: Summer 2015
Credits: Students receive transfer credit for the course (not a grade).
The transfer credit satisfies the 5 credit U.O. lab requirement for the B.S. degree in chemical engineering.
Level of student who can apply: Undergraduate Standing: Junior
Prerequisites: Given on ChemE check sheet
Cost: 3200 Euros
Application deadline: February 2015
For more information: http://www.che.vt.edu/about_UO-Lab(Denmark).php

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Program: Water Management and Airport Engineering in the Dominican Republic.
Requires participation of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 students.
Dates: Summer I study abroad program 2015
Credits: Six (6) credit hours available for undergraduate students
Three to 6 (3-6) credit hours available for graduate students
Estimated Cost: $2800 plus VT study abroad tuition rates for summer plus airfare
Application deadline: Applications will be available in Fall 2014 and will be accessible through the Global Education Office website (https://www.educationabroad.vt.edu)
For more information: Lindy Cranwell: lindycra@vt.edu or 540-231-7296
NEW PROGRAM: Germany/Switzerland Study Abroad
Program: Faculty-led program during Summer I for undergraduate civil engineering students. 
Dates: Travel dates: June 15 - July 6, 2015
Summer I classes begin electronically on May 26th
Credits: 3-6
CEE 3404 Theory of Structures
CEE 4984 Bridges, Their Builders, and Society
Eligibility: Pre-requisite ESM 2204
Cost: $5100+airfare+summer study abroad discounted tuition
Application: Apply online through the Global Education Office website (https://www.educationabroad.com)
For more information: Lindy Cranwell: lindycra@vt.edu or 540-231-7296

College of Engineering

Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP)
Program: Combines a semester-long course with a two week in-country experience. The class is designed to introduce students to global teaming and leadership in engineering. The course emphasizes the importance of achieving cultural competency as engineers, as well as the cultural, social and economic aspects of practicing engineering abroad.
Dates: May 2015
Credits: 3 credits
Elegibility: Prerequisite ENGE 1024, Co-requisite ENGE 1114 OR 1104
Cost: approx. $4,000 includes airfare, program fee, lodging, some meals, and in-country travel. Scholarships are available.
Application deadline: Oct. 2014
For more information: http://www.eng.vt.edu/international/rsap

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shandong University, China
Program: Research experience: 1-5 Fellowships available for undergraduates, 1-2 for graduate students (Fellowship amount approx. $1600 per student)

Dates:

Application:

Choose 30 or more days anytime between May and August 2015

Send resume and statement of purpose to Dr. Rolf Mueller by March 20, 2015

For more information: Dr. Rolf Mueller, rolf.mueller@vt.edu
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Program: Research Experience
Dates: Summer
For more information: Dr. Dushan Boroyevich, dushan@vt.edu
Nanjing University of Posts & Telecommunications, China
Program: Research Experience
Dates: Summer
For more information: Dr. Tom Hou, hou@vt.edu

Engineering Science and Mechanics

Milan, Italy; Politecnico di Milano
Dual degree programs available
For more information: Dr. Scott Case (scase@vt.edu)
Dr. Muhammad R Hajj (mhajj@vt.edu)
Calcutta, India; Dual-degree program with Jadavpur University
Available to PhD students; requires thesis and two committees
For more information: Dr. Muhammad R Hajj (mhajj@vt.edu)
NEW PROGRAM: Global Experience in Science, Engineering, and Technology
Program: Winter study abroad program in Thailand
Dates: Dec. 26, 2014 - Jan. 18, 2015
Application Deadline: September 26, 2014
For more information: Dr. Scott Case (scase@vt.edu)
Dr. Muhammad R Hajj (mhajj@vt.edu)

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Program: Study Engineering, Computer Science, Economics or Business in Germany. Pre-approved courses for ISE students with easy transfer credits.
Dates: Academic year Fall 2014-Spring 2015; Spring only is also an option but may limit course selection
Level of student who can apply: Targeted towards ISE students in their 3rd year (or 4th year on 5 year plan), but open to other students in Engineering, Computer Science, Economics or Business.
Prerequisites: Required completion of 2000 level German classes before departure.
Cost: VT Tuition, travel, housing and food.
Scholarships are available
For more information: Dr. Chris Wernz (wernz@vt.edu)
Nantes, France; École des Mines de Nantes
Dual Masters degree program offered
Collaborative senior design projects available
For more information: Dr. Joel Nachlas (nachlas@vt.edu), or click here for program information and degree requirements.
Parana, Brazil; Engineering in Brazil

Option 1:

Students take Portuguese in the fall semester at VT and leave for Brazil the 2nd week in January. The semester begins in March, allowing time to adjust to life in Rio de Janeiro and study Portuguese daily before studies begin. In Rio de Janeiro, this is their summer and Carnival time. Students even get 2 weeks off during Carnival. Students continue to study Portuguese during the academic semester and also take either ISE and/or Business courses. At the end of the semester, students can choose to take the Brazilian Government Language Certification exam to be certified as proficient in Portuguese.

Option 2:

Students take Portuguese in the spring semester at VT and leave for Brazil the 2nd week in June. The semester begins in August so students live in Rio De Janeiro and study Portuguese daily for approximately six weeks. Studies in Portuguese continue and students take ISE and/or Business courses during the semester. Unfortunately, the Brazilian Language Exam is only given in April.
For more information: Paula Van Curen, pcuren@vt.edu
Eileen Van Aken, evanaken@vt.edu

Mechanical Engineering

Opportunities in Germany and Australia
Information about ME study abroad opportunities can be found on the department website.
Point of Contact: Prof. Jan Helge Bøhn, Ph.D.
114-H Randolph Hall
TEL: +1-540-231-3276
bohn@vt.edu

Mining and Minerals Engineering

 
Mining is currently working on developing new programs for studying abroad, please check back frequently for updates or contact Dr. Emily Sarver.
For more information: Dr. Emily Sarver esarver@vt.edu

Materials Science Engineering

The MSE department currently has opportunities for students to participate in summer cultural exchange programs at two universities. For more information: Dr. Bob Hendricks robert.hendricks@vt.edu or http://www.mse.vt.edu/AcademicGroups/MSEInternationalPrograms/tabid/904/...

MSE Academic Advising: Michelle Czamanske, mczamans@mse.vt.edu

Tianjin University, China: School of Materials Science and Engineering
Summer 3 week cultural exchange program: no language requirement, 3 credits
Semester(s) abroad: language required, Jr. status or higher, receive academic credit & graduate on time
Tecnische Universität Darmstadt, Germany: Department of Materials and GeoSciences
Summer 3 week cultural exchange program: no language requirement, 3 credits
Semester(s) abroad: language required, Jr. status or higher, receive academic credit & graduate on time
International research experience program: 10 weeks, no language requirement, typically during summer,  no academic credit, paid
VT BSME Rising Sophomore Program: Intro to German Engineering (Open to MSE students) - 3 weeks of German Engineering from May-June (Instruction in English) http://www.tud.vt.edu/TUDsummer/