Study Abroad for ECE Students
There are many locations around the world that students can go to gain an international academic experience. These experiences can vary in length from a few days to as much as a full academic year. Please note, however, that not all of these locations are approved for electrical and computer engineering. If you have a potential interest in Study Abroad, you should begin making plans as soon as possible. For general questions about Study Abroad, see your Academic Advisor. To explore the various options, please visit the following:
Choosing a Study Abroad Term
Summer Study Abroad is a way to gain an international experience without affecting course selection during the regular fall and spring semesters. One such Maymester program, Introduction to Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition - Italy, is directed by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students who successfully complete the program will receive credit in ECE 30010. There are several other programs available and they need not offer ECE credit since they will not interfere with the normal 8 semester plan.
For a longer and more immersive experience, a semester or even full academic year exchange program can be considered. The most convenient term for a semester exchange program is spring semester of the third (nominally junior) year. At this point, students will have progressed far enough to allow for some flexibility in the choice of courses, especially those in electrical and computer engineering, to take while abroad. It is important to work closely with Cindy Quillen (she will be assigned as your Academic Advisor) and the ECE Study Abroad Liaison (Prof. Babak Ziaie) in the scheduling of courses both prior to and during the exchange program. Having AP credit, CLEP credit, and credit by exam allows for greater flexibility when planning for a semester abroad. It is desirable to take a light load while abroad (12 credit hours is recommended, 2 technical courses and 2 non-technical courses) so that students have sufficient personal time to immerse themselves in the local culture.