Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to study abroad?
The study abroad program is open to all current engineering sophomores and juniors. It is required that these students are in good academic standing and have never been on academic probation.
Where can I go?
Currently we have summer abroad partnerships with universities in Spain and Germany. We also have one faculty-led program to Iceland during the summer. We have a semester exchange program with India.
How long are the study abroad programs?
The summer programs are approximately 6-8 weeks in length, but the semester program would follow the semester calendar of the international partner university (India).
How many credits could I earn from study abroad?
For the summer program, you can earn up to 6 Engineering Elective credits (EID300). The earning of these credits is contingent upon your submittal of a technical report as well as a cultural report. The technical report on your research project should be a conference quality paper in content, organization and grammar. Submission of the technical report to a peer-reviewed research publication forum (workshop/conference/journal) is strongly encouraged. For the semester program, you would be earning a semester’s worth of credit, enough that will keep you on your academic/major path.
The EE department policy on how the 6 credits will be applied can be found here. Note: EID300 (summer study abroad) requires EE Department approval IN ADVANCE if any credits are to be used to fulfill the non-technical elective requirement.
The ME department policy is as follows: For students in the Mechanical Engineering Department, 3 credits of the 6-credit EID300 (summer study abroad) course will be applied towards Engineering or Science Electives and 3 credits will be applied towards Free Electives."
How much will the study abroad program cost?
Cost is a factor dependent on the location to where you are travelling. However these are the costs students are solely responsible for: travel (plane tickets, taxi to & from airport), food, accommodations, and any extra purchases and/or excursions.
Are there other options for funding?
Many funding resources are available to students interested in study abroad. A few examples are the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, DAAD and Freeman-ASIA. In addition, the Fulbright Program offers a wide variety of programs that are appropriate for students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about them, please refer to their website http://www.iie.org/fulbright.
Where will I live when I get there?
Your choice will depend on the host country. Housing arrangements may be in a residence hall or off-campus.
Should I post updates about my study abroad experience? If so, how?
During your study abroad, you should post weekly updates in the form of pictures to the either the Cooper Study Abroad Facebook group, your personal Twitter page, or via email to Associate Dean Raja (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What submissions are required upon return from my travels?
A technical report and a cultural report are required from all students returning from study abroad. The technical report must be single spaced, double-columned, and a minumum of 5 pages in a format similar to the IEEE research paper format. The cultural report must be single spaced, single-columned, and a minimum of 5 pages.
Are there other resources out there that will help me to prepare for my study abroad experience?
Yes. Below are some helpful links.
State Department’s International Travel
State Department’s Students Abroad
CIA World Factbook
CDC Travelers’ Health