Although it takes some careful planning, it is easy to arrange to spend a semester studying abroad, and the School of Engineering is committed to making it as easy as possible for students interested in this unique opportunity. In the academic years 2012-2014, over twenty engineering students spent a semester abroad at a variety of programs in England, Spain, France, Germany, and Italy. Over the past five years, an average of slightly more than 12 students per year have studied abroad. In previous years, students have also enrolled in engineering studies in New Zealand, Brazil, Hong Kong, and several other countries.
Because of the large number of requirements in the Sc.B. engineering degree, study abroad needs to be planned carefully, and students should start thinking about this as early as possible, preferably during your first semester of your sophomore year. In many cases, it is relatively easy to find classes at foreign universities that can be used for engineering concentration credit, but each of these courses must be approved before a student travels to ensure that it meets the scope and standards of the Brown-based course.
Brown University organizes several programs, and our students have participated in:
- Brown in U.K.: London, Edinburgh, Lancaster, Manchester, Glasgow, Cambridge, King’s College
- Brown in France: Paris V (courses in French), Ecole Central Paris (some courses in French, some in English)
- Brown in Italy: Bologna, Rome
- Brown in Spain: Barcelona, Cantabria (courses offered in both Spanish and in English)
- Brown in Hong Kong
In addition, engineering students can petition to join study abroad programs that are coordinated by other universities, Council on International Education (CIEE) and Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA-Butler). In the past few years students have studied in:
- Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New South Wales
- Ireland: Galway, Dublin, Belfast
- South Africa: Cape Town
- New Zealand: Auckland
- Germany: Dresden
- China: Beijing
- Greece: Athens
- Turkey: Istanbul
If you are interested in study abroad, think about when you want to go abroad and plan, get the information you need and what classes you need to take in order to ensure that your engineering curriculum at Brown is not disrupted. Please consult with your concentration advisor. In many cases, the study abroad program will have similar classes that you can use as a substitute for the Brown course, but you must get approval before you go abroad from your concentration advisor.
For additional questions, please feel free to talk with the School of Engineering’s liaison with the Office of International Programs:
Professor Joseph Liu
Barus & Holly 429
The Office of International Programs maintains a wealth of study abroad information and often organizes general informational sessions.