Education Abroad Programs

Location (Country, City) University Program Schedule Program About
Australia, Melbourne Monash University in Melbourne (Exchange) Academic year program, Fall semester program, Spring semester program

Artistic rendering of a building on the Clayton Campus at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia

Participating students may enroll in classes at Monash University in Melbourne, and they can choose to study for one semester or a full academic year. Engineering students take classes in math, science, engineering, social science, and the arts and humanities. While in Australia, students have the opportunity to travel and see the many wonders of Australia from the outback to the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia, Sydney University of New South Wales (semester EX) Academic year program, Fall semester program, Spring semester program

Photo of the inside of the Tyree Energy Technologies Building in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales.

Participating students may enroll in classes at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and they can choose to study for one semester or a full academic year. Engineering students take classes in math, science, engineering, social science, and the arts and humanities. While in Australia, students have the opportunity to travel and see the many wonders of Australia from the outback to the Great Barrier Reef.

China, Hong Kong Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Fall semester program, Spring semester program

Group photo of MSU Students in a restaurant in Hong Kong, China

Located at the foot of Asia and the southern tip of China, Hong Kong is not only one of the world's major business and financial centers, but also unique in ancient Chinese traditions. Computer Science and Engineering students along with other engineering majors (by permission) may participate in the fall, spring and summer.

Costa Rica, San Jose The Universidad de Costa Rica Winter Break

Group photo of MSU students at the top of a mountain in Costa Rica

Located in beautiful-tropical Central America, this winter-break (two-week 4 credits minimum) program explores the design and performance of clean energy and water systems in the tropics. Traveling on the program will be Universidad de Costa Rica peer faculty and students. Ecological carbon, water and energy footprints for bananas, rice and coffee will be used to categorize and evaluate system designs for sustainable economic, environmental and social systems.

Denmark, Lyngby Technical University of Denmark Fall semester program, Spring semester program, Summer Session

Denmark is a tiny country with castles that can only be described as magical. This country of mermaids, Vikings, delightful pastries and lovely beaches can enchant any tourist, which is why people come here year after year in search of the many pleasures this Scandinavian country has to offer. You will find something here that caters to every taste. Whether it's the Tivoli Gardens or the popular Legoland beaches, there is plenty for you to enjoy in Denmark no matter your age.

MSU College of Engineering students may study Fall and Spring at The Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby. Courses at DTU will be offered in English. The program is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME), however, students from all departments in the College of Engineering may participate with department approval: Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering (BE); Chemical Engineering & Materials Science (CHE, MSE); Civil & Environmental Engineering (CE); Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE). 

THE DANISH WAY: In 1829, when Hans Christian Ørsted founded what became the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), he created an eloquent response to an important need in society: to make use of scientific progress in the service of society by applying technology.  DTU has applied this fundamental idea for the past 177 years. Based on intensive efforts in research, innovation and the transfer of knowledge, DTU has contributed to Denmark achieving a leading position within such diverse fields as design, wind energy, biotechnology, electronics and telecommunication. DTU thereby deserves a substantial share of the credit for Denmark being able, despite its modest size, to create and maintain a welfare society that is the envy of many nations. DTU claims the role as a leading force within the technical and natural sciences seriously. 

DTU provides education, research and innovation at a high international level. Furthermore, DTU has strived since 1829 to build sustainable bridges between academia and industry. In 2005, DTU manifested this by such accomplishments as concluding 350 partnership agreements with companies.  This is a great education abroad opportunity for students at the MSU College of Engineering.

France, Lyon École Catholique d'Arts et Métiers (ECAM) Summer Session

Photo of three female MSU students on a field trip to the CERN laboratory (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire", or European Council for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland

This is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, arranged through the Office of Education Abroad.

École Catholique d'Arts et Métiers (ECAM) is a school of engineering for undergraduate and graduate students with a main focus on mechanical and electrical/electronic & automation engineering. It was founded in Reims, France in 1900 and has been established in Lyon, France since 1940. A member of the National Conference of "Grandes Ecoles” and accredited by the government, it has been sanctioned by the National Commission of Engineering Qualifications. ECAM is located in the very heart of the city, mid-slope of the historical and green Fourviere Hill.

Students will be required to enroll for a minimum of four (4) credits. Students will take courses that include conversion energy for engineering majors, Introduction to Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Introduction to French Language.  These courses are taught in English by an English professor.  Credits will count as non-design electives for ME majors.  All students are required to meet with an academic advisor for approval.

This program is open to MSU students majoring in Mechanical Engineering only. All students must be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of application. Meeting this minimum grade point average does not, however, guarantee admission. Selection for this program is based on an applicant's academic performance, progress in his/her major, and adaptability to the French education system. Preference will be given to students who have achieved junior standing by fall semester. Some working knowledge of French is also required.

Students will be housed on campus in residence halls. A security deposit is required but will be refunded provided no damage/problems occur. Meals can be taken at the university cafeteria Monday through Friday.

Germany, Hannover Leibniz University Summer Session

Group photo of students and faculty in front of a building under green trees at Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany.

Experience 1st class German science and engineering as part of a professional research team at Leibniz University Hannover, member of the nine best technical universities in Germany.

  • Visit major world known companies in the area such as VW, Airbus, MTU Maintenance and Sennheiser and Hannover Messe, the world's leading Trade Fair for industrial technology.
  • Get to know the German mentality by joining the twelve weeks "Science & Engineering Research Projects" program for students from North-American universities. 
  • Time: From May 18th to August 7th, (in 2015) 12 weeks.
  • Students: Juniors and Seniors, 6 Credits
  • Deadline: March 1,   online application submission

This program is fully conducted in English. Very affordable cost, scholarships available.

Germany, Aachen RWTH Aachen University Summer Session

Photo of two people hang gliding in Switzerland while on a weekend break from the study abroad program in Aachen Germany

An exceptional Summer opportunity for Mechanical Engineering students at MSU exists with of the MSU-RWTH (Aachen) Program. Students who have met the stringent academic and self-discipline/self-reliant criteria for acceptance will study and conduct research (ME 490) at one of Europe's premier technical universities: The Rheinisch Westfalische Technische Hochschule (RWTH).

Students will study the German language in the stimulating environment where it is spoken and daily life provides daily practice. It is expected that all students will have taken GRM 101 (or equivalent) and be in the GRM 102 or higher level course.

Most importantly, they will work in the research labs of the RWTH on an ME 490 project. These projects place them in close contact with their research hosts and, through this connection, our students directly contact the German university system. These contacts allow them to learn how different that system is from our own.

An added benefit, embraced by past participants, is to execute this 9-credit study program with opportunities to travel in Europe on the planned three-day weekends.

Germany, Sweden Faculty-led Classrooms in Sweden and Germany Summer Session

Faculty-led classroom. This program will be technical in nature and will address various forms of renewable energies and associated technologies, economics, safety and environmental impacts. Program travels to multiple sites where renewable energy is being used.

Italy, Rome John Cabot University Summer Session

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Located in the center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University (JCU) is an American college. It is committed to providing an educational experience that is rooted in the American liberal arts tradition and solidly international in orientation. Within this framework, the college strives to develop in students the skills and habits required of responsible leaders in an increasingly interdependent world while enabling them to participate in, and contribute to, the richness and diversity of other cultures. International faculty and staff and a student population representing over thirty countries combine to create an unparalleled learning environment in which students are enabled to acquire the academic preparation needed for life-long learning and personal fulfillment.

Students will have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of arts and letters fields as well as business classes. An important focus of the experience is on Rome itself—Rome as a center of international business as well as a focal point of ancient, Renaissance and modern history and art. Students will experience first-hand the Eternal City's treasures and wealth of knowledge and will participate in Italian culture.

Scotland, Edinburgh The University of Edinburgh Fall semester program, Spring semester program

Photo of Jennifer Jones in front of the The University of Edinburgh Old Campus (aka Old College)

Founded in 1582, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland is one of Europe's finest universities, with a great tradition of producing outstanding scholars including such giants as Charles Darwin and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In engineering, there is William John Macquorn Rankine, who proposed both the Rankine cycle (primary in the operation of steam power plants) and the Rankine temperature scale (the absolute scale used in English units). The university is in a short walking distance to the downtown city center that is the cultural hub for concerts, plays, and impromptu musical - dance opportunities, including bagpipers in uniform.

South Africa, Durban University of KwaZulu-Natal Fall semester program, Spring semester program

Photo of a pedal-powered vehicle with the words University of Kawzulu-Natal on the side

South Africa's rich natural and ecological resources, ranging from Kruger National Park to Cape Town's majestic Table Mountain, its multi-cultural population, its inspiring history, and dynamic political milieu are some of the reasons drawing students to this irreplaceable study opportunity. With a tragic history of the apartheid struggle to the inspirational period of truth and reconciliation, South Africa is at the forefront of global awareness, focusing on the need for a more equitable and sustainable world order. The struggle against apartheid and its impact on the country's people and institutions is evident in the work of academics, non-governmental agencies and state institutions involved in these issues.

The University of Natal was founded in 1910 and was a major voice in the struggle against Apartheid. It was one of the first White designated universities in the country to provide education to students of color. With a recent history that parallels the civil rights struggle in the US, South Africa is a nation at the forefront of change, a change reflected at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

You will have the opportunity to study alongside South African students for a semester, gaining not only academic knowledge, but a larger global perspective through the friendships fostered between local and international students. You will be at one of the four campuses of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in your choice of multiple departments. Along with your studies, you can participate in community engagement through placements in local non-governmental organizations and explore the country through independent travel. Now is the time to gain first-hand experience and study politics in action in this fascinating country, a country of a transforming society and a diverse, vibrant culture.

Spain, Madrid University of Politécnica de Madrid Fall semester program, Spring semester program, Summer Session

Group photo of MSU students in Education Abroad in Madrid, Spain 2017

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) is the oldest and largest of the Spanish Technical Universities. UPM has more than 3,000 faculty members, around 37,000 undergraduate students, and around 8,000 graduate students. Much of the history of Spanish technology for over 1.5 centuries was written by the Schools of Architecture and Engineering of this university.

UPM is located in the capital of Spain and the political and financial center of the country. Public transportation within Madrid is convenient and affordable, linking the university to all parts of the city. While studying here, students will also have the opportunity to visit many cities surrounding Madrid, such as Toledo, Seville, and Barcelona.

Testimonials 

Trending Technologies, Spain, summer 2017 - by Rebecca Jones (Jr., Biosystems Engineering)

Photo of Rebecca Jones holding the MSU Sparty Flag while on Education Abroad in Madrid, Spain

After a long week of classes in Madrid, the long-awaited weekend trip had arrived. Myself and two friends boarded the bus to Segovia, Spain. Though I was tired, I couldn’t bring myself to close my eyes, because the drive through the mountains was so beautiful. Huge hills rose and fell, reminding me of how small I am in this world. When the bus pulled into Segovia, a new feeling swept over me; this city was different. Madrid is a bustling city, with beautiful towering buildings, crowded sidewalks, and public transportation that, if I’m honest, can be a bit smelly. Much smaller, Segovia is a walking city, boasting the typical orange buildings of Spain, sprawling up and down the mountainside. Its cathedral and Alcazar complete the view of a picturesque Spanish countryside. Also in Segovia was my best friend from high school, studying abroad from another university. Though the mountains may have made me feel small, this reminded me that the world can also be small if we take the time to see it.

In Segovia, we got a taste of Spanish culture in a closer sense than we did in Madrid. The first difference I noticed was the people gathered in the streets. People gather outside in Madrid as well, but in Segovia, the quiet pedestrian streets provide more of a space to share a meal or a conversation. Also, not as many people spoke English as in Madrid, forcing me to use that Spanish I was learning in my language class. The infamous siesta, which, contrary to popular belief, is not actually a nap time in Spain, was much more prevalent in Segovia. Shops and restaurants alike closed for mid-afternoon, giving the shopkeepers and cooks a time to go home and share the meal with their families. This focus on family time is something that has been lost to a degree in American culture. But in the same way that this part of Spanish culture seems desirable to Americans, in Spain, the American dream is revered as a part of the American culture that they can never attain.

Studying abroad in Spain was a learning experience far beyond the classroom. But I did learn a few things in the classroom that added to the richness of my experience. In our Trending Technologies class, we had the opportunity to hear from ten engineering professors at the Madrid Polytechnic University and then tour their labs. As someone who has done research for two years at MSU, I enjoyed the lab tours the most. Talking to Spanish professors who were doing research in the same field as me brought a new perspective to the work I’m doing. It showed me that people around the world are working to solve the same problems as me, and if we work together, we can change the world. Travelling abroad brought added meaning to my education in America, and taught me that the world isn’t such a big place once you understand another culture.

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Taiwan, Taipei National Taiwan University Fall semester program, Spring semester program

Photo of Maggie Blair-Ramsey standing outside in front of a building on the campus of National Taiwan University

Taiwan is a beautiful island off the coast of China, surrounded by oceans and mountains. MSU College of Engineering students will enjoy the beauty in geography and climate. Taiwan's climate is subtropical, the average summer temperature is 84 degrees and winter temperature is 61 degrees. Students will be taught in English and live in campus housing. The program runs both fall and spring semesters. Early application is a must.

Tanzania, Arusha University of Dar es Salaam Summer Session

Photo of student Madison Routolo standing outside in front of a waterfall in Tanzania, South Africa

A 3-4 credit service-for-learning program shared by Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and College of Engineering (ECE) Departments will give students a field study opportunity in Tanzania. Students will learn by experience how information and communication technologies can be harnessed to create practical solutions that make the world a better place starting in Tanzania.

Here at Michigan State University Education Abroad programs come in all shapes and sizes. While some students may prefer a more traditional education abroad involving classes and multiple 20 page papers due on return, those looking for a more hands on experience may be more interested in working with MSU's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Global Corps in Tanzania. The ICT Global Corps gives technically proficient students an opportunity to utilize their knowledge, and make a real impact in many developing parts of the world.

The ICT4D in Tanzania Education Abroad program has two major objectives. First, you will learn about the life, culture and environment of Tanzania. This will be accomplished through introductory language, culture, history and environment classes in a training institute, and during cultural tours and trips to three national parks. The second objective is to gain hands-on experience by designing and implementing projects to improve the quality of primary and secondary education in rural Tanzanian schools, where previous years' students have installed a network of five schools connected to the Internet. Depending on your background, you will upgrade/maintain software, computers, networking or solar power facilities, train teachers and students in using computers and video equipment, or do other activities. Technical expertise is not required.

While students and faculty are on a very busy work schedule in Tanzania, they still manage to find time to enjoy the region. Many students learn a little bit of Swahili in order to communicate with the locals, but students don't need to be advanced linguists in order to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Tanzanian safari. For many students and faculty this trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with the African wilderness first hand.