Boston University has expanded its study abroad programs for engineering students by adding a program in Madrid, Spain, that will begin in the spring of 2013. The one-semester program joins three existing engineering study abroad sites in Dresden, Germany; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Grenoble, France.
In 2001, Boston University was one of the first to offer study abroad programs just for engineering students, and nearly 450 students have participated over the last 11 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 in Madrid are taught in English by Spanish faculty. 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 on their own and through guided field trips.
In Madrid, classes will be held at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Instituto Internacional en España. BU students will enroll in four required courses: Differential Equations, Electric Circuit Theory Beginning Spanish and Spanish Civilization. Students also choose one elective: either Waves and Modern Physics or Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology.
Instead of being housed in dormitories, all Madrid students are placed in Spanish homes, where they have their own room and eat meals with their host families. These household accommodations facilitate the students’ language acquisition and integration into Spanish society.
Applications for the spring 2013 semester are due by October 15. More information is available through the Office of International Programs.