Many Ways to Study Engineering Abroad

Engineering is a global profession, so global experience matters.

45% of  St. Thomas engineering students study abroad.

The School of Engineering provides several opportunities for you to study abroad as an engineering undergraduate student, while allowing you to graduate on time. In addition, your financial aid usually carries over to these study abroad programs, making them more affordable than you might think.

Semester Abroad 

Programs are offered in Australia, Ireland, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Scotland and Spain.

The School of Engineering has developed several opportunities for a semester abroad. Most of the programs are offered in English. Programs have pre-approved transfer equivalencies, so the credits you take abroad will count toward your St. Thomas bachelor's degree.

Also, we are currently working with German universities to provide a five-year B.A. in German and B.S. in Engineering dual-degree program that would allow you to earn two bachelor's degrees simultaneously, spend one semester at a partner university in Germany and a second semester at a paid internship at a global German engineering company.

J-term or Summer Session

St. Thomas provides faculty-led study abroad options during J-term or summer session. These shorter, focused courses provide experience in a different culture to learn more about global problems and solutions. Engineering in Rome is a regular option.

Hands-On Global Learning

As an Ashoka Changemaker Campus, St. Thomas offers students many ways to contribute to social innovation and sustainability. The School of Engineering offers a global option for the Senior Design Clinic where student teams will work in a significantly different culture with community leaders.

  • It is never too early to start planning. Stop by the St. Thomas Study Abroad Office located in Murray Herrick 212 to get your questions answered in person or email studyabroad@stthomas.edu. Sign up for a "First Step" session and use their library to begin researching destinations.
  • Set some goals. There is not one best suited for all Engineering majors. You need to determine which one fits you. Prioritize your goals. Consider your long term academic, professional, and career goals.
  • Think about what you want to learn from (and what you can contribute to) the program, college, and country where you want to be.
  • Prepare academically. You may need to take prerequisites or plan for classes upon your return.

 

Future and Recent Study Abroad Opportunities:

Roman Structures, Engineering and Society - J-term 2019

Students enrolled in the J-term 2019  ENGR 271 class will travel through Italy to Rome, Naples, Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, Modena, Pisa, Carrara and Milan to discover the origins and evolution of engineering and design. The class will travel to Italy to learn about Italian engineering including early engineering methods, early engineering materials, engineering in the Renaissance, contemporary Italian engineering design, Italian manufacturing, and Roman engineering of stadiums, aqueducts, roads, and bridges. Students will post their experiences on the Rome ENGR 271 blog.

This course is an engineering elective and may serve as a Fine Arts core curriculum course by request. For more information contact Dr. Deb Besser in FDC 310 or at deb.besser@stthomas.edu

Alternative Energy Generation for a Sustainable Future - Summer 2018
This course exposes engineering students to the cutting edge of alternative energy in the areas of wind, nuclear, hydrogen, and solar power generation. Students will experience alternative energy in action at several different power plants in the United States, France, and Germany.  In addition to technical knowledge, the students will grow in their understanding of other cultures and how those cultures address different types of alternative energy generation on both a political and societal level. View the summer 2018 blog.
Questions? Contact Dr. Greg Mowry.

Senior Design Summer Abroad in Amman, Jordan – Summer 2018
A team of engineering students will complete the first half of their required senior design capstone to develop engineering solutions that meet a community need in Amman, Jordan. This program will explore current issues in Jordan and encourage students to work across cultures to address real-world problems through innovative, project-based coursework.
View the student blog. Questions? Contact Dr. Tiffany Ling or Dr. John Wentz.

Math and Mechanics of Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Islamic Architecture - J-term 2018
Dr. Mike Hennessey (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Cheri Shakiban (Mathematics) led a group of students to Spain, Greece and Italy to learn about mathematical and mechanics concepts used by Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic cultures to create magnificent architecture in Toledo, Granada, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, Florence, Pisa and Venice. View the J-term 2018 blog

Roman Structures, Engineering and Society - J-term 2017
Dr. Deborah Besser, Dr. John Walker and Barbara Zell guided students through experiential learning in Rome, Pompei, Naples, Florence, Sienna, San Gimignano, Modena, Pisa, Carrara, and Florence as they study Roman structures, engineering and society.  Students posted their experiences on the Rome ENGR 271 blog. 

Questions? Please contact Dr. Besser at deb.besser@stthomas.edu

Math and Mechanics of Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Islamic Architecture - J-term 2016
Dr. Mike Hennessey (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Cheri Shakiban (Mathematics) led a group of students to Spain, Greece and Italy to learn about the mathematical and mechanical engineering used by Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic cultures to create magnificent engineering and buildings in Madrid, Toledo, Granada, Barcelona, Athens, Rome, and Pisa. View the J-term 2016 blog. 

ENGR 298 Roman Engineering and Structures - J-term 2015
Dr. John Walker and Barbara Zell traveled to Rome, Italy with a group of St. Thomas students to study Roman engineering and architecture. Students posted their experiences on the Rome 2015 blog. View the ENGR 298 J-term 2015 syllabus for more information.

Sustainable Alternative Energy Sources and the Future - June 2014
Dr. Greg Mowry and Dr. John Wentz traveled to France and Italy in June 2014 with students to study alternative energy in the areas of biofuels, wind, nuclear, hydrogen, and solar power generation. 

Sorghum Syrup Production in Mali - Peace Engineering in J-term 2014
A team of four senior mechanical engineering students worked on processing juice out of sorghum stalks and concentrating its syrup as a sugar or honey substitute to be used in Mali, Africa to benefit children by supplementing sugar in their diet and increasing family income for the producers. Read the student blog. 

Mathematics and Mechanics of Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic Architectures - J-term 2014
Dr. Mike Hennessey  of Engineering and Dr. Cheri Shakiban of Mathematics led a group of students to Spain, Greece and Italy to learn about the mathematical and mechanical engineering used by Roman, Byzantine, Greek and Islamic cultures to create magnificent engineering and buildings in Toledo, Granada, Athens, Rome, Florence and Pisa. View the student blog.

Sustainable Alternative Energy Sources and the Future - June 2012
Dr. Greg Mowry and Dr. John Wentz traveled to France and Italy in June 2012 with students to study alternative energy in the areas of biofuels, wind, nuclear, hydrogen, and solar power generation.  See Flyer for sign up dates and more details.  

Mathematics and Mechanics of Byzantine, Greek, Roman and Islamic Architectures J-Term 2012
Dr. Mike Hennessey of Engineering and Dr. Cheri Shakiban of Mathematics led a group of students to Greece, Turkey and Italy during January 2012. 

Mathematics and Architectures of Incas in Peru - J-Term 2010
Dr. Mike Hennessey of Engineering and Dr. Cheri Shakiban of Mathematics led a group of interested students to Machu Picchu and other significant Inca locations in Peru in January, 2010. Peru_2010-jterm.

Rome
Every other year, ENGR 298 - Roman Structure and Art travels to Rome during J-Term.  Most recently, 20 students went to Italy in January, 2011. Read about the adventures of the students in their blog. See the class syllabus.

Iceland - Spring 2008
ENGR 381 Thermodynamics offered an opportunity to travel to Iceland in Spring 2008. During spring break, the course traveled to Iceland for 10 days. The trip was an interdisciplinary effort between the geology and engineering departments. Students of thermodynamics and oceanography explored Iceland’s use of its unique geological setting to provide much of its energy needs in a clean and sustainable way. The group visited Reykjavik University and the University of Iceland for lectures on the impact of climate change on glaciers, carbon sequestration and binding with basalt, hydropower from glacial rivers, geothermal energy and the issues Iceland faces with the challenges of powering their fishing fleet.
See Description, Itinerary and Iceland Application for more information. Contact Dr. Camille George to discuss this further.

International Service Learning
ENGR 480/481 Senior Design offers students opportunities for international service learning. Over the past several years, student groups have contributed in Mali (Africa), and St. Vincent (Caribbean). In 2008-2009, a team improved the design of a food grinder. See also http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/cmgeorge/