Boston University has expanded its study abroad programs for engineering students by adding a program in Grenoble, France that will begin in the spring of 2012. The one-semester program joins two existing engineering study abroad sites in Dresden, Germany, and Tel Aviv, Israel.
In 2001, Boston University was one of the first to offer study abroad programs just for engineering students and nearly 400 students have participated over the last 10 years. BU remains unique in the quantity and quality of engineering-focused study abroad programs available. Engineering students who choose to study abroad will complete a full semester of the same engineering courses they would be taking while on campus at BU, allowing them to maintain their pace toward graduation. Study abroad opportunities also offer students the chance to become immersed in other cultures, further preparing them for technical careers in the global engineering marketplace.
All of the engineering study abroad programs are ideally suited for second-semester sophomores and carry no prior language requirement; engineering courses are taught in English. Students take a course in the local language to help them integrate into local society and time is built into the program to allow them to travel and explore the culture.
In France, classes will be held at the Université de Grenoble, which hosts one of the largest student bodies in France, including 7,000 foreign exchange students every year. The Université offers a wide variety of classes in science and technology and is the leading research center in France outside of the Paris region. BU students will enroll in four required courses: French Language (students will be placed according to their individual level), Approaches to Contemporary French Society and Culture, Electric Circuit Theory and Differential Equations. Students also choose one elective: either Modern Physics or Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology. French students will be enrolled in many of these classes along with students from BU, offering a richer student experience.
Grenoble is a lively, urban area in the French Alps, close to many cultural and outdoor activities, including approximately 30 ski resorts. Unlike the existing engineering study abroad programs where students live in campus housing, students in the Grenoble program will live with host families throughout the city.
Applications can be submitted starting April 1 and are due by October 1. More information is available through the Office of International Programs.