Spending time abroad opens a window to a world of new experiences. Students who incorporate overseas study into their academic programs deepen their knowledge and understanding of global, political, economic, and social issues.
Study abroad promotes academic enrichment and personal growth. It also enhances your employment prospects. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates who have studied abroad. Students who have returned from a successful study experience abroad possess skills that are valued in today's competitive workplace: international knowledge and second language skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and deal constructively with differences. Study abroad returnees have demonstrated that they can thrive in new and often challenging environments.
Why do you want to study abroad? You may have some very specific reasons: to improve language skills, for example, or to prepare for graduate school. Other reasons may be more general or abstract but are just as valid: to learn about another culture, to enhance your education, to meet new people, to travel. Your self-assessment and candid responses to the following questions can guide you to the kind of program best suited to meet your academic and personal goals.
The Dean of Engineering initiated the Study Abroad Program in 1989. Engineering is now a global force in nature and this is one of the main reasons for this program. Any type of international study/travel abroad can impart a new attitude towards life, field of study and career.
In the past, the Engineering School has sent students to London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Hamburg-Germany, Osaka-Japan, Ghana, Spain, France,
Italy, & Greece.
To apply, a student must submit an application form as well as other background information. Applications are reviewed here and forwarded to the universities who seek out openings for students who qualify.
This eight-week research program is open to a limited number of students, in good academic standing, who have completed their second or third year. A student can earn six credits of independent study (EID 300) by participating in a project under the supervision of faculty at one of these universities.
Students are responsible for their travel, food, and accommodations.
Upon return to Cooper, each student must submit to the Dean, a formal report of his/her activities. This report is in two parts—the first covers project-research activities and the second cultural experiences.
Participants are encouraged to sightsee and take part in the cultural life of the host city. Students who want to travel an extended period (a week, etc.) should do so after their required 8 week research project is over. Weekend trips are fine during that time, as long as it does not interfere with one's study. At the end of the assignment, many have traveled the European, Australian, and Asian continents. All students return full of enthusiasm for this program.
Applications are due in early December. Interested students may contact the Office of the Dean, Albert Nerken School of Engineering for more information.
Students who are planning to study abroad are encouraged to learn
about foreign language study options via their School's Academic
Adviser or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' Academic