In addition to fulfilling academic requirements abroad, mechanical engineering students are encouraged to intern, conduct research, take language courses, and explore new academic disciplines. The long-term and short-term study abroad programs listed below offer engineering courses that could likely be substituted for some of your major requirements. (See the “Academics” tab for information about overseas course approvals.) Also listed are a few funded internship and research opportunities for engineering students.
If you would like to take language courses while abroad, information about language-intensive study abroad programs is available on the General Education Program MAP. You can also search our programs database (using the language filter) for information about language programs.
Students interested in taking non-engineering courses while abroad are encouraged to browse the programs database (using the discipline filter) and consult our Steps to Studying Abroad advising page. You are also encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Resource Room (located in International Programs, 1111 University Capitol Centre), where a peer advisor can help you research study abroad programs.
Semester and Yearlong Programs
Collaborative International Projects
SEMESTER AND YEARLONG PROGRAMS
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Exchange
HKUST is prestigiously ranked for engineering worldwide. Participants choose a single engineering department that best matches their UI focus, which is then assigned as their home department for the semester or academic year. (Mechanical engineering students would likely be assigned to the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.) Exchange students can take a combination of courses across different disciplines to fulfill their academic needs. Individual course descriptions are available on the HKUST website. All engineering courses are taught in English.
Iowa Regents Semester in Australia: University of Newcastle
The University of Newcastle hosts several Engineering programs, including multiple Mechanical Engineering programs. For information about individual course offerings, browse the University’s course handbook. This program is offered in both the spring and fall semesters. (Keep in mind that semesters at Australian universities generally run February-July and July-November.) Participants can stay for a semester or for the academic year.
Iowa Regents Semester in Wales: Swansea University
Swansea University offers engineering courses in several subjects—including Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Product Design, and Aerospace Engineering, among others. Participants in this program take a British Culture & Politics course—which incorporates various local field trips—then enroll in regular courses at the university. You can attend for a semester or for the academic year.
CIEE Madrid Engineering & Society
This program is hosted by the Universidad Carlos III, one of Spain’s top-ranking engineering schools. Participants take a series of elective courses—mechanical, industrial, materials, and aerospace engineering courses are offered—as well as a Spanish language course and a Spanish culture course. Most courses can be taken in English or Spanish. (The aerospace engineering courses are only taught in English.) You can also complete a for-credit, Engineering-related internship via this program. The program duration is for a semester or for the academic year.
IES Madrid Engineering, Architecture, & Science
Program participants take between 15-16 semester hours of courses taught by IES, including a required Spanish language course. Both English-taught and Spanish-taught engineering electives are offered. Participants can also elect to enroll in courses at two local universities—the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and/or the Universidad CEU San Pablo. Both universities offer most courses in English. The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid offers several courses relevant to mechanical engineering students. More information about the program’s academic requirements and offerings is available on the IES website—linked to above.
IES Shanghai Engineering
Study engineering in Shanghai! Participants take a required Chinese language course, either at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) or through IES Abroad, and 2-3 English-taught courses at the University of Michigan-SJTU Joint Institute. The Joint Institute’s course offerings vary by semester, but several relevant to mechanical engineering students have been offered in the past. Participants can also elect to take English-taught IES Abroad courses in IES’s 21st Century China Program.
CIEE Dublin Engineering, Technology, and Society
Participants take one CIEE study abroad course, “Seminar on Living and Learning in Dublin or History” or “Culture of Modern Ireland,” and four courses at Dublin City University, one of which may be an engineering-related internship. The university offers several courses relevant to mechanical engineering majors. For current course offerings and syllabi, visit CIEE's syllabi web page. Local excursions are included!
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Exchange
HKUST’s summer program is a great opportunity for Engineering students who don’t have time to study abroad during the academic year. The program is 8 weeks long and offered only to UI students. Participants take up to 9 s.h. of courses while participating in various cultural activities. The university’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers courses relevant to mechanical engineering students. You can look up individual courses by department on the HKUST website. (All summer courses are taught in English.)
CIMBA Italy Program
Participants in this 4-week program take two courses from the following disciplines: engineering, business, economics, journalism, communication studies, and beginning Italian. Individual course descriptions are available on the CIMBA website. Typically, the engineering course offered is Statics. (For information about engineering courses that will be offered in the future, contact the CIMBA office, located in the Pappajohn Business Building Suite W230, or email email@example.com.) Faculty and students are drawn from American universities, and the instruction is in English.
IES Shanghai Engineering
Participants spend 13 weeks (mid-May to mid-August) studying engineering at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute. Students take 3-4 English-taught courses alongside students from other U.S. universities. For a list of course offerings, click here.
General advice about interning abroad is available on the Internships Abroad page.
COLLABORATIVE INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
Virtual International Project Team (VIPT)
The Virtual International Project Team course is an opportunity to complete your senior design course as part of a collaboration with the University of Provence (UP) in Marseille, France. The course involves substantial interaction between students from the two universities on a collaborative project that lasts for two semesters, typically during your senior year. The admission process for VIPT takes place during the spring semester. For more information about the course and how to apply, click on the above link.
The Stanley Awards for International Research
The Stanley Undergraduate and Graduate Awards are given annually to outstanding UI students for the pursuit of learning activities in international studies that are not available on the UI campus. Awards are given to undergraduates who have developed small-scale independent research or fieldwork projects on international topics that require travel abroad, and to graduate students who are in the early stages (pre-proposal stage only) of conducting research abroad for a master’s thesis. Award stipends vary depending on merit and the travel and living costs associated with the research project, but generally they reimburse expenses between $1,000 and $3,000. Awards recipients are typically announced in April. Once the award is offered, recipients must complete their travel within the calendar year.