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CE Semester Study Abroad (12 cr.)

The CE Semester Abroad is designed to provide a one semester study abroad experience for all CE students with good academic standing. The program enables CE students to spend one semester at an international partner institution during their junior year, including:

Other features:

• No language requirement – all core and many technical and non-technical courses are taught in English.
• No impact to plan of study (POS) and time-to-graduation. We have identified a selected set of courses at the partner institution that will transfer as CE core courses.
• Each partner institution will accept up to 2-4 Purdue CE students at a time.
• You will pay the normal Purdue tuition and fees and you will be considered a full-time student at Purdue. This should not impact your scholarship or other financial aid eligibility.

The CE Semester Abroad is designed specifically for CE students with support from the Purdue Study Abroad Program in Young Hall (room 105).

CE Maymester/Summer Programs

CE 497: CE Study Abroad in a Specific Country (3 cr.)

This is a 3 credit hour course that can be counted as a Technical Elective for CE students.  A CE instructor leads the program and coordinates learning opportunities at a specific site. Lectures at local institutions are planned as well as sight-seeing tours.

In 2017, Prof. Darcy Bullock will lead a group of CE students on a Study Abroad trip to London, Hamburg, Berlin, Graz, and Vienna. This Spring 2017 Maymester class will provide students with active learning experiences to introduce them to various types of European transportation infrastructure and systems. Students will start the trip in London with a visit to the € 2 Billion Crossrail project. They will travel to Graz to visit tunnel construction sites and Hamburg to visit the Airbus A380 final assembly line. Students will tour commercial airports, as well the historic Tempelhof Airport used during the Berlin Airlift. Cultural sites will be highlighted in each city.

Also in 2017, Prof. Inez Hua will lead a group of CE students on a Study Abroad trip to Stockholm, Sweden, focusing on sustainability across sectors. Purdue is partnering with KTH, the Swedish Royal Institutes of Technology, in Stockholm for this program. You will receive lectures from KTH faculty and the Swedish EPA, visit city hall where the Nobel Prize dinners are held, industry visits, and tour water treatment and waste-to-energy facilities. Students will tour Arlanda Airport, as well as cultural sites: Old Town, Parliament, Vasa Museum, and the Nobel Prize Museum.

Previous CE Maymester CE 49700 study abroad trips:

• 2018 - United Kingdom, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria (Prof. Darcy Bullock)
• 2017 - Intelligent Infrastructure Management in Singapore (Prof. Samuel Labi)
• 2017 - United Kingdom, Germany, and Graz, Austria (Prof. Darcy Bullock)
• 2016 - United Kingdom, Germany, and France (Prof. Darcy Bullock)
• 2015 - Sweden (Prof. Inez Hua)
• 2014 - New Zealand (Prof. Ayhan Irfanoglu)
• 2014 - United Kingdom (Prof. Darcy Bullock)
• 2013 - Australia (Prof. Satish Ukkusuri)
• 2012 - Brazil (Profs. Monica Prezzi and Rod Salgado)
• 2011 - United Kingdom (Prof. Kathy Banks)
• 2010 - United Kingdom (Prof. Dulcy Abraham)
• 2009 - China (Prof. Chad Jafvert and Prof. Ming Qu)
• 2008 - Turkey (Prof. Ayhan Irfanoglu)

Interested students should contact Ms. Marty Lah ( and Dr. Ayhan Irfanoglu ( for details.

Purdue Study Abroad Programs

The Purdue Study Abroad Program offers many study abroad destinations for Purdue students. There are a variety of semester-long or year-long destinations (12-24 cr.), as well as many short-term overseas programs that last from four days to several weeks over Maymester or the Summer-semester (1-9 cr.). The Maymester/Summer programs are led by a Purdue instructor teaching one course. Participants earn from one to nine credit hours, depending on the length of the program. These programs provide excellent opportunities for students to experience travel abroad and planning for future long term study abroad experiences.

Please remember that when you are searching for a destination to check the following:

• Academic calendar – many countries have a different academic schedule than the Unites States. For example, in Australia, the first semester begins in mid-February and ends in July. The second semester of the school year begins in July and ends early December.
• Language requirement – although many international institutions offer courses taught in English, the selection may be limited for engineering courses.

Program destinations and offerings change every year. Visit the Purdue Study Abroad website to find a destination that fits you and apply with the Purdue Study Abroad Program Office in Young Hall.

GEP - Global Engineering Program

The Global Engineering Program provides opportunities to all engineering students at Purdue through:

Consider adding a Global Engineering Minor – a comprehensive program integrating on-campus and international experiences.

For more information, stop by the GEP Office in WANG Hall, 4th floor C-6 or call 765-494-1069.

International Internships

The Office of Professional Practice (within the College of Engineering) and the Purdue Study Abroad Office offer several international internship programs. For example, OPP offers the Global Partners in Apprenticeship Learning (G-PAL) Program and the Study Abroad Office offers the Engineering Internship in Hannover and Clausthal Program.

These programs are administered by their respective offices and you should contact them for application details.