Engineers, just like their employers, are operating world wide. Most engineers who work for a global company will find themselves interacting across borders with colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

In order to help students gain an international perspective early on, the College of Engineering has developed a number international programs.

German and Engineering

Programs for Freshmen: In 2015, the College will conduct its ninth annual tour to Germany. During the program, up to 18 students will take Calculus III, taught by a UK mathematics faculty member. In addition, students will visit engineering companies in Germany and have opportunities to travel on weekends. Students will stay with host families in the city of Karlsruhe. The 2015 dates for this program are June 13, 2015 to July 18, 2015. Interested? E-mail

Global Energy Issues course summer exchange:  In the summer 2015, UK will offer a course on Global Energy Issues (EGR 240) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).  UK engineering students will have the opportunity to learn alongside German engineering students from KIT about fields such as logistics, materials and energy issues. It is anticipated that German engineering students who sit in on EGR 240 will then spend up to a semester studying at UK. Please contact Dr. Tom Lester or Dr. Lawrence Holloway if you are interested in finding out more.

Semester Exchange: The College of Engineering has established an exchange program with the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. This exchange allows our students to conduct research and study at the University for seven months from January to July. Credit for courses will be given through bypass exams taken after a student’s return to UK. To find out more, please e-mail Ilka Balk

Research Programs: Each summer, our engineering students have the option to participate in a Nanotechnology program at the Center for Nanonintegration in Duisburg-Essen/Germany (CENIDE). The University of Kentucky has a partnership with the University of Duisburg, which will accept 2 students a year for a research summer project. To find out more, please e-mail Ilka Balk or check out Duisburg’s CENIDE program website.

Another option for undergraduates and graduate student to gain research experience in Germany is the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD’s) Research in Science and Engineering Program (RISE), which funds about 300 students a year to join PhD candidates in Germany to help them with their dissertation research ( The application deadline for RISE is on January 31 of each year for the following summer.

Work in Germany (Co-op or Internship): Students who are proficient in German had the opportunity to apply for co-op or internship positions in Germany. Some of our engineering students find internships in Germany with engineering companies through Cultural Vistas, a non-profit organization working to expand work abroad opportunities for college students.  The College of Engineering also has established partnerships with several employers to help place students in industry. also lists a number of internships (as well as full time opportunities) with employers across Germany. Contact for more information on how to get started finding work in Germany or other countries.


Summer Experience in Renewable Energy in Pamplona Spain

The College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky is pleased to partner with the Pamplona Learning Spanish Institute to present an education abroad opportunity this summer, a renewable energies course in Pamplona, Spain. The Navarre region of Spain generates 70% of its energy from renewable resources, so this course will provide a unique perspective on the local application of green energy resources. The course is lecture-based, but includes site visits to various renewable energy installations.

Students participating in the program will receive four credit hours from UK in CME599 (credit as 599 from other departments may also be possible). For most UK majors, this will count as an Engineering Science Elective.
Information on the course is found at:

Study Abroad Program, INTI College, Malaysia

This program is designed for students early in their studies. Students have the opportunity to take math, physics, chemistry as well as Thermo I and other engineering classes at INTI College in Malaysia and receive UK credit for their work. Course offerings also include non-engineering classes, which might count towards USP credit at UK. The program starts in early January and ends about April of each year.

Cost of living as well as tuition is relatively affordable at INTI. The campus is located outside of Kuala Lumpur, and is very safe and international. All courses are taught in English.

More information on INTI College in Malaysia can be found at their web site.

You might also be interested in a paper presented at the 2007 “Frontiers in Education” Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he discusses many aspects of the INTI study abroad program.

To discuss this program, please contact Dr. K.C. Mahboub, Associate Dean for Outreach and External Partnerships, at or 859-257-1687.

Programs at the University of Nagoya/Japan

NUSIP: Nagoya Summer Program in Automotive Technology: Join NUSIP for six weeks and experience the full range of Japanese cultural life. Course-related excursions will provide you with an opportunity to discover Japanese culture and engineering. The program consists of seminars on the latest technology and tasks in Automobile engineering, an elementary Japanese language course and visits to an automobile industry factory and laboratory. The cost for this program is $1600, excluding air fare and meals. Housing, public transportation pass, social activities, course fees and excursions are included in the program fee. The application deadline is February 15 for the following summer. For additional details, visit NUSIP’s web site.

NUPACE: Nagoya Semester and Year-long programs: NUPACE offers a unique and flexible curriculum consisting of Japanese language instruction, Japan area/intercultural studies and a wide range of courses in the student’s major field of study. Most classes are taught in English. Provided that students meet the minimum requirement of 12 credits per semester, they are free to design their own curriculum, balancing their interest in Japanese language and Japan area/intercultural studies with their desire to pursue their “major” or independent research. Students who are proficient in Japanese are eligible to register for any course offered to degree-seeking students at Nagoya University. Additional information is available at NUPACE’s web site.

To discuss this program, please contact Dr. K.C. Mahboub, Associate Dean, at or at 859-257-1687

BS/MBA Dual Degree Program International Study

Students who are admitted into the BS/MBA Dual Degree Program at UK participate in a 2 week international study in Europe immediately following the completion of their MBA. Students go as a group and participate in business meetings with company executives from a variety of industries; and are immersed into the culture with English-speaking guided tours. Trips have included travel to Spain, Austria, England, France, Germany and Czech Republic.

To find out more about admission into the BS/MBA program, please contact Ms. Kim Sayre, Director of the BS/MBA program, at or by phone at 859-257-3343.

More information is also available at the BS/MBA web site.

Study Abroad Program, Vicosa/Brazil

The Dept. of Biosystems Engineering offers a semester long study and research project in Vicosa, Brazil. To find out more, please contact Dr. Tim Stombaugh at

Exchange Program, Dundee University, Scotland, United Kingdom

Dundee University has one of the top engineering schools in England, and they offer engineering programs in Civil Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Renewable Energy.  University of Kentucky engineering students may spend one or two semesters at Dundee under a student exchange agreement.  For more information please refer to the Dundee University’s School of Engineering: , or contact Dr. K.C. Mahboub, Associate Dean for Outreach and External Partnerships, at or 859-257-1687

Internship Partnership, University of Catania, Italy

The purpose of this internship is to provide the trainee with experience of the practical application of theoretical knowledge he has already acquired and to acquire new skills and knowledge.  The activities will expose the trainees to current research issues and provide them with invaluable experience in understanding what are the future trends and issues that the profession will have to address.   For more information please contact Dr. Nick Stamatiadis:

Student Organizations

The College is home to a very active chapter of Engineers Without Borders:

Engineers Without Borders:

Engineers Without Borders supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. EWB-UKY was started in Fall of 2008 and has since completed a road project in Nkuv, Cameroon. They are currently working with the community of El Carrizo, Honduras to develop a water distribution system. If you would like to find out more, or get involved, please visit our site (, contact EWB at or join the Engineers Without Borders – University of Kentucky group on Facebook for information on upcoming meeting times and locations.

Other Resources

UK International Center

The UK International Center’s Education Abroad office handles all for credit study and work abroad program registrations. If you are interested in studying abroad, please view their extensive program catalog and/or contact an advisor at their offices in Bradley Hall.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

University of Kentucky is a member of ISEP, which would allow UK students to attend a large number of universities across the globe.  For more information please contact the UK Study Abroad Office   and ISEP

KIIS Language and Cultural Immersion Programs

The University of Kentucky International Center offers many more exchange programs that are not specifically geared towards engineering students, but are nonetheless great opportunities to study abroad. Recent engineering student programs have included participation in KIIS language programs to Germany and Austria, as well as ISEP student exchanges to Hungary, Australia, Argentina and Sweden