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Mechanical Engineering

Study Abroad

Global competency skills are a major focus in the School of Mechanical Engineering. By graduation, roughly 30 percent of ME graduates have international experience (as compared to about 3 percent nationally in engineering). The School of Mechanical Engineering has developed an extensive and multi-faceted study abroad program that ranges from an extensive eight-month experience abroad to a three-week stint abroad. This staged program allows students to pick and choose the program that best fits their requirements and timing. A brief summary of these programs are provided below. Additional information can be found on the School of Mechanical Engineering website.

GEARE Program. The Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) program is the flagship international program. The GEARE program involves an eight-month experience abroad that includes both a domestic and international internship, a semester of study abroad with fully transferable engineering course credits (all taught in English) and a one-semester to two semester design team project with students from the international partner institution.

ETA Program. The Engineering Term Abroad (ETA) program is a one-semester study abroad at a partner institution and includes fully transferable engineering course credits (all taught in English). This enables participating students to continue with their engineering subjects and thus stay on track for graduation while still gaining international experience. Current partner institutions exist in Australia, China, England, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain and Turkey, among other locations and is our most popular international program.

RTA Program. The Research Term Abroad (RTA) program is designed to enable interested students to conduct undergraduate engineering research at a partner institution. Currently our primary partners are Hannover University and Clausthal University of Technology in Germany.

G-PAL Program. The Global Partners in Apprenticeship (G-PAL) program offers a pair of concurrent international internship positions, one for a student from the target international partner country and one for a student from the U.S. Preferably both students will be housed at the international student’s home for the duration of the assignment abroad. The G-PAL students can also come from two different academic disciplines. Internships are typically three months to six months in duration.

MTA. Special Maymester Term Abroad (MTA) programs are available to select locations and provide students with a short three-week stint in a foreign country. Brief stints like this enable students to test the waters to see if they would be interested in a more protracted time abroad. As such, this program compliments other existing programs and provides a vehicle for students experience going abroad without a long-term commitment. Currently, the Maymester program involves international experiences in China.