Experience in an international setting is something that Penn Engineering strongly encourages students to obtain. By spending time in another country, students learn to see things from another perspective and develop skills in a hands-on way. Two paths that can be taken to have experiences abroad through Penn are by participating in Service Learning projects, and by spending a semester or a year abroad. Read on to find out about these exciting opportunities.
Programs for Penn Engineering Undergraduates:
Service Learning is a unique form of outreach, in which the individual performing the service engages not only in the act of service, but also applies knowledge gained in the classroom in a hands-on way. Two of our best-known International service-learning organizations are the Penn Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and the Global BioMedical Service Program (GBS). To read about international service-learning opportunities, click here.
Penn Engineering is committed to preparing its students to become technological leaders throughout the world. Toward that end, we strongly encourage undergraduates to participate in an international experience- either through traditional study abroad programs or international internships.
Through Penn Abroad, Penn Engineering students are afforded opportunities for study in some fifty countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Eastern and Western Europe, and Latin America. For students who already have proficiency in another language, there are extensive opportunities to study in the language of the host country- and develop the kind of skills that will prepare you for a career in the global workplace. Other programs focus primarily on the enhancement of language skills while offering special opportunities for studying humanities, social science, science and engineering. If you prefer to study in English while simultaneously learning the local language there are programs for students to spend a semester abroad in the sophomore year. For more information, visit Penn Abroad.
Opportunities are available for Penn Engineering undergraduates to participate in summer programs abroad organized by Penn Engineering and in partnership with universities abroad. Several of these programs offer both the opportunity to study abroad and to participate in service learning projects. Summer opportunities include:
- Engineering Summer Program at University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain (new for 2013)
- French Language and Culture Intensive Summer Program at Universite de Technologie de Compeigne, France
- International Summer Program at Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
- Summer Program in Automotive Technology at University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- International Development Summer Institute - Africa program
- Global Biomedical Service Program
- EWB's Global Technology Service Program
International Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (iSure)
Opportunities for undergraduates are available during the summer to spend eight to 12 weeks on a research internship in one of Penn Engineering's partner institutions abroad. The following is a listing of currently available options, including directions for applying. General questions may be directed to Joseph Sun, Penn Engineering Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, at email@example.com.
Korea: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Highly motivated and prepared SEAS undergraduates may apply to spend their summer at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea. This 8-10 week internship will provide students with opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research in the fields of alternative energy and nanotechnology. No prior research experience is necessary. There is no Korean language fluency requirement to participate; all activity will be undertaken in English. This internship is open to all current freshmen to juniors in Penn Engineering. Stipend to cover transportation, housing and living expenses will be provided. This internship is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
- To apply: Email your CV and a short essay (~ 400 words) describing your motivation to participate in this program and your prior research experiences to: Dr. Daeyeon Lee (CBE).
- Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013
Germany: Ruhr University Bochum
The Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) is offering opportunities for up to five (5) Penn Engineering undergraduates to spend a summer (8 to 12 weeks) at RUB as part of their REACH initiative. Lodging will be provided by RUB. Students must provide their own round-trip transportation as well as living costs. Proof of adequate insurance coverage is also required. Learn more, or see a list of openings.
- To apply:
- Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2012
Germany: UROP at RWTH Aachen University
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) at RWTH Aachen University fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from top US and Canadian universities. The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide.
- Download the program flyer
- Download the application instructions
- Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Nano/Bio Interface Center will support all expenses related to
travel and accommodations for a 10-week research exchange in Grenoble
France this summer for graduate or undergraduate research.
- To Apply: Visit the NBIC Website
- Application Deadline: Closed for Summer 2012
Ruhr Fellows Program, Germany
The Ruhr Fellowship Program connects highly motivated undergraduate students from Penn Engineering with a unique experience to expand their portfolio and networks to one of the most dynamic and technologically advanced areas in Germany. As Germany’s “Cradle of Industry”, the Ruhr Area has come to represent creativity and innovation with its internationally renowned companies, universities and research institutes. Ten students will be selected (from a pool that includes students from Princeton, Harvard, and MIT) to gain a hands-on experience in the 2012 summer as a Ruhr Fellow. From June 1st through July 31st you will get to know the German higher educational system through a one-month culture and leadership program as well as the German work environment in a challenging one-month internship with one of the leading German companies and roundtable discussions with executives representing a variety of German global players. This unique opportunity has been made possible through a new cooperation between the Ruhr universities and the Initiativkreis Ruhr. Learn more. You may also download the presentation (3.96MB PDF) from a previously held information session.
The Penn International Internship Program, Multiple Locations
Penn’s International Internship Program (IIP) offers Penn students the amazing opportunity to intern with an established non-governmental or non-profit organization for eight to twelve weeks in the summer. This is an exciting opportunity to work directly for an NGO or a local organization in a developing country. In the past, IIP has sent students to Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Kenya, Rwanda, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Tanzania, India and China. Learn more.
Besides participating in study abroad programs, Penn Engineering students often take advantage of opportunities for international internships and research (see iSure above). A helpful place to start looking for international internships is Career Services.
Programs for Engineering PhD Students:
Summer 2012 Young Researchers Transatlantic Academy (Aachen, Germany)
Transatlantic Excellence in Engineering Research Exchange (EU countries)