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Why Study Abroad?

Engineering is an increasingly global profession. An international experience can provide you with necessary skills to work effectively with people from around the world and give you the opportunity to gain an international perspective of engineering. Employers in engineering, academia, non-profits, local, state, federal and international agencies value the skills and experiences gained by students who go abroad.

A student has two options to go abroad, as well as the opportunity to earn a second bachelor’s degree. The first option is to study abroad at a foreign university. This is the type of experience most people think of when studying abroad. We send students to universities around the world every year, usually on an exchange basis to universities we have partnered with. The second option is to do an international internship through IE3. These internships allow students to gain work experience, and academic credit as well as valuable inter-cultural skills. There are a very limited number of internships available in engineering. If a student is considering attending medical school after graduation then this program provides invaluable experience.

The International Degree allows you to earn two degrees: a bachelor's degree in your engineering discipline, plus a Bachelor of Arts in the International Study of your engineering discipline. The International Degree is a great option for students who want to develop their foreign language skills. This is a winning combination given the global nature of most engineering firms today.

Engineering involves an extremely structured set of courses, but with careful planning, there is an international experience that will work for every engineering student. If you plan on studying abroad as an Engineering student, early planning is essential to matching courses abroad to the structured curriculum here at Oregon State.  It is never too early to start planning. Freshmen who are interested in studying abroad should schedule an appointment with the Engineering International Programs Advisor to create an academic plan even if they don’t plan to go abroad until their 3rd, 4th, or 5th years. Schedule an appointment today!

Below we have displayed the number of students who have been abroad from 2008-2011 broken down by major. Help increase your major’s numbers by going abroad!


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