Engineering Study Abroad

Sophomore Year Programs

The College of Engineering offers a number of study abroad opportunities for engineering undergraduates. Engineering students can apply to study abroad in the second semester of the sophomore year in: Dresden, Germany; Grenoble, France; Madrid, Spain; and Sydney, Australia. These programs are structured to replicate the second semester of the sophomore year at Boston University, and all majors can participate. The courses are challenging and students should expect to work as hard as, if not harder than, they do for their coursework in Boston. Specific details for each of the programs are found below, including the specific degree requirements fulfilled by General Education courses (specific to each site).

Approximately 20% of College of Engineering students participate in one of these sophomore study abroad programs. For more information, please contact the Study Abroad Office.

Please note: Students enrolled in the Boston University College of Engineering must be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA and semester GPI of 2.0 or greater) at the point of application, and must maintain this standing in order to be eligible to participate. If good academic standing is not maintained, Boston University Study Abroad and the College of Engineering reserve the right to rescind admission to this program pursuant to Boston University’s Policy on Academic Standing.

The Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), the largest university in the German state of Saxony, was originally famous as an institution of science and technology. Since German reunification, TUD now incorporates a full array of humanities, social science, and pure science departments. The Technical University of Dresden was cited by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany for excellence in the fields of Bioengineering and Biomedicine—the only university in Germany to receive this highly competitive honor in both fields.

Courses

February to mid-March
Students enroll in two, 4-credit courses.

  • CAS LG 113: Intensive Beginning German (General Education Elective)
  • CAS IP400: International Communication (Social Science)

April to mid-July
Students choose three, 4-credit technical elective courses from the following list. All courses taught in English.

  • CAS MA 226: Differential Equations
  • CAS PY 313: Waves & Modern Physics
  • ENG EK 307: Electric Circuits
  • ENG BE 209: Principles of Molecular Cell Biology & Biotechnology
  • ENG EK 304: Energy & Thermodynamics

Housing

Program participants live together in university dormitories. Students receive meal stipends, which may be used to buy food at student cafeterias, or students can shop at grocery stores or markets in Dresden and prepare their meals in the dormitory kitchens.

Admissions

  • Ideally suited for second-semester sophomore engineering students
  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • No prior language study is required
  • Refer to policy on eligibility/admissions: www.bu.edu/abroad/admissions

Program Dates

Spring Semester: mid-February to mid-July

The Université de Grenoble dates from the fourteenth century and has a distinguished tradition of excellence in science, technology, arts and letters. Its beautiful setting in the French Alps provides an excellent university atmosphere for students in the program.

Courses

Required Courses
Students enroll in the following four, 4-credit courses:

  • CAS LF XXX: French Language (Students will be placed according to their level) (General Education Elective)
  • CAS LF 299: Approaches to Contemporary French Society & Culture (Humanities)
  • ENG EK 307: Electric Circuits
  • CAS MA 226: Differential Equations

Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following, 4-credit courses:

  • CAS PY 313: Waves & Modern Physics
  • ENG BE 209: Principles of Molecular Cell Biology & Biotechnology

Housing

All students are provided with accommodations in French households throughout the city, to facilitate language learning and to integrate them into daily life. Students are given a single room, breakfast, and a specified number of evening meals per month in the home. They receive an allowance for local transportation and for meals not taken with their hosts.

Admissions

  • Ideally suited for second-semester sophomore engineering students
  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • No prior language study is required
  • Refer to policy on eligibility/admissions: www.bu.edu/abroad/admissions

Program Dates

Spring Semester: early January to late May

The Comillas Pontifical University (Universidad Pontifica Comillas, ICAI-ICADE), founded more than 100 years ago by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), is one of the most prestigious private universities in Spain. Backed by a rich humanistic tradition and rigorous academics, this University is located in the heart of Madrid, near museums, theaters, culture centers and parks.

Courses

Required Courses
Students enroll in the following four, 4-credit courses:

  • CAS LS XXX: Spanish Language (Students will be placed according to their level) (General Education Elective)
  • CAS LS 241: Spanish Civilization (Social Science)
  • ENG EK 307: Electric Circuits
  • CAS MA 226: Differential Equations

Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following paths:

  • CAS PY 321: Thermal Physics, 2.0 credits and CAS PY 322: Quantum Physics, 2.0 credits. Together, PY 321 and PY 322 fulfill the Natural Science Elective (4.0 credits).
  • ENG BE 209: Principles of Molecular Cell Biology & Biotechnology, 4.0 credits

Housing

All students in Madrid programs are placed in Spanish households, where they have their own room and take meals with their hosts.

Admissions

  • Ideally suited for second-semester sophomore engineering and science students
  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • No prior language study is required
  • Refer to policy on eligibility/admissions: www.bu.edu/abroad/admissions

Program Dates

Spring Semester: mid January to late May

The Sydney Sophomore Engineering Program offers a semester of study and work in the nexus of the Pacific and South East Asian regions. Ideally suited for second-semester sophomores in engineering, this English language program consists of engineering and science courses taught by faculty from the University of Sydney and the BU Sydney Academic Center. Students will gain an understanding of engineering practice in Sydney through a credit bearing internship program. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn a total of 20 Boston University credits.

Courses

Required Courses
Students enroll in the following four, 4-credit courses:

  • CAS EK 490: ENG Internship
  • CAS AN 368: Australian Culture & Society (Social Science)
  • ENG EK 307: Electric Circuits
  • CAS MA 226: Differential Equations

Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following, 4-credit courses:

  • ENG EC 311: Introduction to Logic Design
  • ENG BE 209: Principles of Molecular Cell Biology & Biotechnology
  • Natural Science Elective – one of:
    * GEOS 2111, Natural Hazards
    * GEOS 2114, Volcanoes, Hot Rocks & Minerals
    * GEOS 2115, Oceans, Coasts and Climate Change

Housing

Boston University’s new BU Sydney Academic Center combines student apartment suites, classrooms, offices, a library, computer facilities, and lounge space. Students live in single bedrooms in fully furnished suites of four bedrooms. The BU Sydney Academic Center is located within walking distance of the University of Sydney and the Sydney Railway Station.

Admissions

  • Ideally suited for second-semester sophomore engineering and science students
  • A 3.00 GPA is required for asmission
  • Refer to policy on eligibility/admissions: www.bu.edu/abroad/admissions

Program Dates

Spring Semester: early January to late June

When you are abroad, you will need to register for your returning semester. You will need to:

  1. Communicate with your Faculty Advisor (e-mail, Skype, etc.) regarding your upcoming semester’s course selection.
  2. Once your Faculty Advisor approves your courses, the Faculty Advisor must notify Ruthie Jean (ruthiej@bu.edu) as to your name, the specific courses you have identified and their approval of your course selection. It is recommended that this be accomplished by requesting your Faculty Advisor CC: Ruthie Jean (ruthiej@bu.edu) on a reply to your email about your upcoming registration.
    Alternatively, you can submit your approved registration form to Ruthie Jean prior to your departure (one semester in advance).

  3. Once Ruthie Jean receives all approved registration materials, Ruthie will e-mail you a link to the Faculty Advisor Assessment. You’ll need to complete the assessment and send her a screenshot of the completion screen, to indicate it has been finished. Ruthie will then send you the Academic Advising Code to your BU e-mail account.
  4. Details on your registration time will be available through the Office of the University Registrar. Note that registration times are based on Boston time. You’ll need to adjust accordingly.

 

Junior Year Programs

Juniors can study abroad in direct enroll programs at five sites: National University of Singapore, Dublin City University, Sydney University, the University of Auckland or Sabanci University. In these programs, students enroll in courses already offered at these universities. Student must do the research to identify courses at the abroad site and get approval to use these courses towards their degree requirements. These programs do not work for all students in all majors and require more effort by the student to organize. Interested students may learn more here.