Summer Study Abroad Program

Dresden, Germany Atocha Railway Station in Madrid, Spain Atocha Railway Station in Madrid, Spain Atocha Railway Station in Madrid, Spain
Dresden, Germany

As the practice of engineering has become increasingly globalized the Albert Nerken School of Engineering has sent its students around the world to better enrich their work, their lives and the lives of others.  Established in 1989, the Study Abroad Program has sent students to Iceland, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Ghana, Israel, Singapore, South Korea & Japan. Current students can study in Dresden. Hamburg or Karlsruhe Germany, the cities of Burgos or Madrid, in Spain, or Iceland.

During each summer we offer a 6-8 week study abroad experience. This is open to a limited number of students that are in good academic standing and have completed their second or third year. A student can earn six credits of independent study (EID 300) by participating in a project under the supervision of faculty at one of the below universities.

Students are responsible for the cost of travel, food and accommodations.

Participants are encouraged to sightsee and take part in the cultural life of the host city. Students who want to travel an extended period (a week, etc.) should do so after their study abroad program is finished. Weekend trips are fine during that time, as long as it does not interfere with one's study. At the end of the assignment, many have traveled the European and Asian continents.

Upon return to Cooper, each student must submit to Associate Dean Raja a formal report of his/her activities and an evaluation form. This report is in two parts: a technical report covers project-research activities and a cultural report documents their experience with the country. 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.

Application & Deadlines

Application forms for the summer of 2017 are here and are due January 11, 2017.

For more information about the Summer Study Abroad program please contact Associate Dean Anita Raja (

Tentative Timeline for study abroad, click here.

Partnership Institutions


Universidad de Burgos




Universidad Pontificia Comillas– Madrid

Fact Sheet-only Sections 1,2,5,10, and 11 are relevant for the summer exchange program.

Research Projects for Summer 2016



Research Projects for Summer 2016



Technische Universitat– Dresden


Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences








Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

New York Times article on TU-Dresden

Interested students should contact Anita Raja directly about projects


Presentation on the campus, classes, and research at HsKA

Research projects for Summer 2016



Study abroad also includes the opportunity to take part in the 2-week program HAWtech Summer School focusing on automotive engineering


There are two summer research spots in bio-chemical engineering. Interested students should contact Anita Raja directly

Fact Sheet

Faculty-led Programs

For more information contact Professor Robert Dell.




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