Engineering Study and Work Abroad Programs

Summer Faculty-Led and Non-GVSU Programs

All Engineering, Computing and Information Systems students may participate in any faculty-led or non-GVSU summer program, even if it isn't in your major (some restrictions may apply). These programs fulfill the general education World Perspectives requirement, and may fulfill up to 6 credits of the general education Issues requirement upon submission of the required reflection paper and form. In order to fulfill the entire general education Issues requirement, look for programs marked as "Issues Friendly." 

Faculty-led programs typically range from 2-8 weeks and take place during the spring/summer semester. Students will travel and take courses with a GVSU faculty member and a group of students.

Browse GVSU Faculty-Led Programs

Students may choose to participate in a Non-GVSU program sponsored by another institution or study abroad organization. While participating in a Non-GVSU program, you will maintain your GVSU student status, earn credits toward your GVSU degree and have access to your GVSU financial aid package.

Browse Non-GVSU Programs

Further questions? Contact a Study Abroad Advisor

Visit the Padnos International Center website for more information on Spring/Summer Study Abroad Scholarships and Grants


Engineering Co-op and Study Abroad in Germany

In partnership with the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg – Lörrach, the School of Engineering offers an opportunity for students to complete their third co-op experience during the fall term in Germany. DHBW offers more than 25 industry partners in a variety of industries. In addition to the co-op experience, students will also be required to take an approved engineering or business course. This program fulfills the general education World Perspectives requirement (3 credits), and may fulfill up to 6 credits of the general education Issues requirement upon submission of the required reflection paper and form.

DHBW Lörrach is located in the tri-national boarder region with Switzerland and France just moments away. You are certain to have a multi-cultural experience!

Germany

For more information about this opportunity and procedures to follow visit: Co-op and Study Abroad at DHBW Lörrach.

Further questions? Contact:

Michelle Lindale
Assistant Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Office: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: 616-331-6260
Email: lindalem@gvsu.edu


Engineering Co-op Abroad Through a Domestic Employer

The School of Engineering has more than 50 West Michigan industry partners that have foreign operations. Whether you have already begun your co-op, or are looking for your first co-op placement, if you have an interest in working abroad, talk to your current or future employer about the possibility of fulfilling one of your three co-op rotations at one of their foreign facilities. This program fulfills the general education World Perspectives requirement (3 credits), and may fulfill up to 3 credits of the general education Issues requirement upon submission of the required reflection paper and form, providing the student takes one (3 credit) Issues course at GVSU.

Please note that the School of Engineering does not have standing agreements with industry partners to send students on foreign assignments. Students must negotiate such assignments directly with the employer. A number of engineering students have been successful in obtaining a foreign assignment through their domestic co-op employers and have found these experiences to be invaluable.

View a list of Co-op Employers with Foreign Operations

Learn more about Jordyn's experience abroad for Dematic

Learn more about Chris' experience abroad for Bosch Emissions Systems

Eiffel Tower Paris

For more information about this opportunity and procedures to follow visit: Co-op Abroad Through a Domestic Employer

Further questions? Contact:

Michelle Lindale
Assistant Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Office: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: 616-331-6260
Email: lindalem@gvsu.edu


Engineering Study Abroad in Switzerland for EE/CE Students

In partnership with the Zurich University of Applied Science, the School of Engineering offers an opportunity for Electrical and Computer Engineering students to complete one semester of full-time study abroad in Switzerland. This program fulfills the general education World Perspectives requirement (3 credits), and may fulfill up to 6 credits of the general education Issues requirement upon submission of the required reflection paper and form.

ZHAW is located in Winterthur, near Zurich, which is in close proximity to the tri-national boarder region of Germany and France. You are certain to have a multi-cultural experience! Additionally, Zurich is one of the world’s financial centers and is widely considered to be the banking and chocolate capital of the world. 

Switzerland

For more information on this opportunity and procedures to follow visit: Study Abroad at ZHAW and be sure to read about the ZHAW Scholarship for semester exchange students.

Further questions? Contact:

Michelle Lindale
Assistant Dean, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Office: 332 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: 616-331-6260
Email: lindalem@gvsu.edu



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