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Engineers, just like their employers, are operating worldwide. 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 of international programs. Below are some examples of our study abroad programs, but to see up to date lists of providers, programs worldwide and general study abroad options, please check out the International Center's Eduation Abroad office's program search: http://international.uky.edu/ea

You can also meet with the Education Abroad Office's program advisors in Bradley Hall, or stop by the 3rd Floor FPAT to meet study abroad advisor Olivia Ellis during her CoE drop-in hours. For more information, please contact Olivia Ellis: olivia.ellis@uky.edu

Calculus IV in Karlsruhe/Germany

In 2020, the College will conduct its 14th annual Calculus program in Karlsruhe, Germany. In the program, up to 24 students take Calculus IV, taught by two UK mathematics faculty members. In addition, students visit engineering companies in Germany and have opportunities to travel on weekends. Students will stay with host families in the city of Karlsruhe. Interested? E-mail Ilka Balk at ilka.balk@uky.edu.

Summer Experience in Renewable Energy in Pamplona Spain

The College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky is pleased to partner with Ingenio International to present a summer course in renewable energy, taught in Pamplona, Spain. The Navarre region of Spain generates 70 percent 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 6 credit hours of upper level Engineering electives (CME 599 Renewable Energy Part I & CME 599 Renewable Energy Part II). Information on the course options are found on the Education Abroad Program website: 

4 week program with apartment stay: https://ea.uky.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=13698

4 week program with home stay: https://ea.uky.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=13699

6 week program with Spanish Language component and apartment stay: https://ea.uky.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=13634

6 week program with Spanish Language component and home stay: https://ea.uky.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=13697

To find out more feel free to contact Bruce Cole, bruce.cole@uky.edu

Digital Germany

First offered in 2017, Digital Germany is a two-course (six credits) education abroad program. Approximately 15 students enroll in a Biosystems Engineering course as well as a UK Core in Global Dynamics. Students visit three different cities in Germany: Berlin, Tuebingen, and Munich. This program is not offered every year, so interested students should check with their advisor to include it in their plan of study. Digital Germany will be offered next in Summer 2021. Interested students should contact Joe Dvorak at joe.dvorak@uky.edu.

NUSIP: Nagoya (Japan) 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 trips to an automobile industry factory and laboratory. The cost for this program is $1600, excluding airfare 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 the UK Education Abroad program website: https://ea.uky.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=13511

Summer CUMT Mining Engineering Course (China)

UK Mining Engineering students can take a summer course (typically from mid-June to mid-July: Mining Engineering Technical Elective, 3 credit hours) at China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT). UK students need to coordinate their Summer Semester plans with their UK advisor and the UK-IC Education Abroad office at least nine months in advance of their Summer Semester at CUMT. For more information see the link below.

To discuss this program, please contact Dr.YuMing Zhang, UK’s College of Engineering Director of International Partnerships, 859-323-3282.

Each summer our engineering students have the opportunity 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 two students a year for a research summer project. To find out more, please check out Duisburg’s CENIDE program website and contact the UK Education Abroad Office in Bradley Hall.

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 Ph.D. candidates in Germany to help them with their dissertation research (www.daad.de/rise). The application deadline for RISE is in January for the following summer.

Some of our engineering students find internships abroad with engineering companies through Cultural Vistas and their IAESTE program, a non-profit organization working to expand work abroad opportunities for college students. Please also check out Goin’ Global, where you can do a search for internships and full time positions by country and which is available to all UK students through UK’s job system, Handshake Career Management System.

Turin Polytechnic, Italy

The University of Kentucky is one of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) engineering colleges that partners with the Politecnico di Tornio (PdT) in Torino, Italy. This exchange partnership allows UK engineering students to study at PdT and pay their tuition at the UK rate (Spring Semester only). The UK-PdT exchange is focused on Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering majors, and UK students need to coordinate their courses with their UK advisor and the UK-IC exchange office at least nine months in advance of their Spring Semester at PdT. For more information see the link below.

To find out more, please e-mail Laurence Tuccori at the UK Education Abroad office.

Semester Exchange with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany (German language req'd)

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 Laurence Tuccori at the UK Education Abroad office.

Semester or Yearlong program in Berlin, Germany

With over 34,000 students, seven schools and more than 120 study programs, TU Berlin (TUB) is one of the largest Universities of Technology in Germany and offers a wide range of subjects.

TU Berlin is also a member of the TU 9 Consortium of German Institutes of Technology, a group of nine traditional German universities with an excellent reputation in the fields of engineering, technology and natural sciences.

Take all your classes in English. No German language requirement: https://ea.uky.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgramAngular&id=13494

Study Abroad Program, INTI College, Malaysia

This program is designed for students early in their studies. Students have the opportunity to take math, physics and 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 may count towards USP credit at UK. The program starts in early January and ends in April of each year.

Costs of living and tuition are 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, in which he discusses many aspects of the INTI study abroad program.

To discuss this program, please contact Dr.YuMing Zhang, UK’s College of Engineering Director of International Partnerships, 859-323-3282.

Students who are admitted into the BS/MBA Dual Degree Program at UK participate in a two-week international study in Europe immediately following the completion of their MBA. Students go as a group, participate in business meetings with company executives from a variety of industries, and are immersed in the culture with English-speaking guided tours. Trips have included travel to Spain, Austria, England, France, Germany and the 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 kim.sayre@uky.edu or by phone at 859-257-3343.

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

The purpose of this internship is to provide the trainee with the opportunity to practically apply current theoretical knowledge and to develop new skills and knowledge. The activities will expose the trainees to current research issues and provide them with invaluable experience in understanding future trends and issues. For more information please contact Dr. Nick Stamatiadis: nick.stamatiadis@uky.edu

The college is home to a very active chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which 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 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 (ewb.engineering.uky.edu), contact EWB at ewb.uky@gmail.com or join the Engineers Without Borders – University of Kentucky group on Facebook for information on upcoming meeting times and locations.

All undergraduate and graduate students receiving funding or assistance from the college for non-credit trips abroad (e.g., conference attendances or presentations, research projects, etc.) must register their travel through the UK International Center prior to departure, and be covered under UK’s international medical insurance and evacuation policy. Please contact Jason Hope in the UK International Center’s office of International Health, Safety & Security with questions about this requirement.

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. All non-credit international travel funded or facilitated by the college must be registered through the Office of International Health, Safety & Security.

Arcadia University

Arcadia helps tailor programs and has a host of international programs avaialble for engineering students. These range from research internships to year long study abroad, primarily in English speaking countries. You can find their programs in the program search on Education Abroad's website. http://international.uky.edu/ea

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

The University of Kentucky is a member of ISEP, which allows UK students to attend a large number of universities across the globe.  For more information please contact the UK Study Abroad Office  http://www.uky.edu/international/educationabroad   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 nonetheless offer fantastic 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