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


Aerospace and Ocean Engineering

Semester at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences
Program: Courses in Aeronautical Engineering taught in English
Dates: March-July 2016
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: Semester at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

Biological Systems Engineering

Europe Exchange Programs
Program: Academic exchanges - Dublin, Ireland; Bari, Italy; Madrid, Spain.
Dates: Academic year or one semester
Credit hours: varies
Recommended level: Sophomores or Juniors
Cost: pay VT tuition; living expenses similar to Blacksburg
Application deadline: 6 months before the start of the target term
For more information: Email: Priscilla Baker
International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Nile Basin and East Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Program: An internship for students interested in water resource management, water quality, hydrology, Nile Basin issues or integration of social and biological sciences
   
For more information: Email: Dr. Zach Easton
International Water Institute (IWMI) Laos
Program: An internship for students interested in water resource management and accounting, water availability, or hydrology
   
For more information: Email: Dr. Zach Easton
World Agroforestry Climate Change Center (ICRAF) Nairobi, Kenya
Program: An internship for students interested in climate impact, adaptation and mitigation, food security, and sustainable development in the context of agroforestry.
   
For more information: Email: Dr. Zach Easton
Chile
Program: A three week program ion Food Process Engineering (BSE equivalent)
   
For more information: Email: Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan
Ghana and Malawi, Zambia or Mozambique
Program: An internship for students interested in peanut processing in developing countries and the opportunity to work with international research institutions
   
For more information: Email: Dr. Kumar Mallikarjunan

Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics

Europe Exchange Programs
Program:

Academic exchanges -

England, Oxford Brookes University

Belgium, Ghent University

Dates: Academic year or one semester
Credit hours: varies, arrange for credit transfer prior to departure
Recommended level: Sophomores or Juniors
For more information: Email: Amanda Stanley
Visit the Global Education office website and go to Programs > Programs by type > Bilateral Exchange
You can also schedule an appointment with the Global Education Engineering study abroad 'Peer Advisor'. 

Chemical Engineering

Summer unit operations lab at the Technical University of Denmark
Program: Summer unit operations lab at the Technical University of Denmark, 5 weeks
Dates: Summer 2017
   
Application deadline: February 2017
For more information: Email: Dr. Aaron Goldstein
Summer unit operations lab at the Ruhr University
Program: Summer unit operations lab at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, 8 weeks
Dates: Summer 2017
   
Application deadline: November 30th, 2016
For more information: Email: Dr. Stephen Martin

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Program: Construction Management
Dates: Winter Session 2017
Credits: 3 credits
Estimated Cost: Program fee ($1,100 - $1250) plus airfare
   
For more information: Email: Lindy Cranwell or call 540-231-7296
Germany and Switzerland
Program: Bridges and Their Buildings
Dates: Spring 2017 (tentative dates May 14- May 28, 2017)
Credits: 3 credits. No pre-requisites
Estimated Cost: To be determined
   
For more information: Email: Lindy Cranwell or call 540-231-7296
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Program: Coastal Engineering or Intro Coast Marine Geotechnics
Dates: Spring 2017
  Some students may elect to complete a project/field trip assignment during Spring Break in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Estimated Cost: To be determined
   
For more information: Email: Lindy Cranwell or call 540-231-7296

College of Engineering

Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) Three Tracks: China, Dominican Republic, Europe
Program: The Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP) combines a Spring 2016 course (ENGE 2984) with a 1 week to 2 week international module abroad in May 2016 immediately following the end of the Spring Semester.  By giving students a taste of an international experience and increasing their comfort level with global travel, the program promotes additional, more extended international academic experiences such as internships, study abroad programs, or faculty-led programs. RSAP also allows students the opportunity to make initial contact with a company or university in another country to further their student experience or career prospects.
Dates: May 2016
Credits: 3 credits
Eligibility: Prerequisite ENGE 1215, Co-requisite ENGE 1216
Cost: China: approx. $4,250, Dominican Republic: approx. $2,000, Europe: approx. $4,000 Scholarships available
Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2015
For more information: Rising Sophomore Abroad Program (RSAP)

Computer Science

Aquincum Institute of Technology, Budapest
Program: Classes in Computer Science, Graph Theory, Combinational Optimization, Data Mining. All courses taught in English. Optional Hungarian courses See: AIT
   
Application Deadline: Nov. 11 and April 1
For more information: Check with the CS department advisors to ensure the courses will transfer

 Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shandong University-Virginia Tech International Laboratory, China
Program: Research experience: 5 Fellowships available for undergraduates ($1600 per student for a minimum stay of 30 days), 5 for graduate students ($4000 per student for a minimum stay of 75 days)

Dates:

Application:

Select a period for your research stay of 30, 75, or more days between the end of Spring 2017 and the beginning of Fall 2017.

Send resume and statement of purpose to Dr. Rolf Mueller by January 31, 2017

For  more information:  Email:  Rolf Mueller


Industrial and Systems Engineering

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Program:

KIT is one of the largest and most prestigious research and education institutions in Germany and is one of the leading universities in engineering & science in Europe. For more information, go to their website at www.kit.edu/english. Students arrive approximately one month before the start of the semester and will spend that time studying German in an immersion class and acclimating to the university and local community.

Duration of study:  October through February; April through July

Language requirement:  Good German language skills are necessary since classes are taught in German. Completion of GER 2106 at VT or equivalent before departure is recommended. In addition to VT courses, students can learn German using VT Library resources. Free tutoring to meet students' learning needs can also be arranged.

   
 

Faculty Lead: Dr. Chris Wernz

Student Advisor: Dr. Paula Van Curen

Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), Brazil
Program: PUCPR is a private, not-for-profit university with a high percentage of students from different countries and a very strong support infrastructure for international students (e.g., language assistance, housing, cultural adjustment, social activities, etc.). The main campus is located in Curitiba, capital city of the southern state of Parana, Brazil. Curitiba is a city of about 2 million people and has received numerous international awards for sustainability and green space/parks within the city.

 

Duration of Study: January through June; June through December. Students arrive approximately 1 month before the start of the academic semester to enroll in a language immersion course and acclimate to the university and local community.

Language Requirement: Good Portuguese language skills are necessary since most classes are taught in Portuguese with some in English. Students may take PORT 1105 & 1106 at VT before departure. In addition to VT courses, students can learn Portuguese using VT Library resources. Free tutoring to meet students’ learning needs may also be available. Students typically learn the language quickly using these resources, particularly if they have studied Spanish previously.

For more information: Email: Dr. Paula Van Curen
Email: Dr. Eileen Van Aken

Mechanical Engineering

Australia, China, Germany
Information about ME study abroad opportunities can be found on the department website.

Point of Contact:

Dr. Jan Helge Bøhn
114-H Randolph Hall
TEL: +1-540-231-3276
Email: Dr. Jan Helge Bøhn
   

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: Email: : Dr. Emily Sarver

Materials Science Engineering

The MSE department currently has opportunities for students to participate in summer cultural exchange programs at two universities. Information about MSE study abroad opportunities can be found on the department website or by contacting Dr. Robert Hendricks.

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
 
Semester(s) abroad: language required, Jr. status or higher, receive academic credit & graduate on time. See: TU Darmstadt
International research experience program: 10 weeks, no language requirement, typically during summer, 6 academic credist, paid internship. See: International Opportunity
VT BSME Rising Sophomore Program: Intro to German Engineering (Open to MSE students) - 3 weeks of German Engineering from May-June (Instruction in English) Summer Programs at the Technische Universität Darmstadt