Study Abroad for ECE Students
There are many locations around the world that 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. To explore the various options, please visit the Study Abroad website:
If you are looking for programs in which you can earn engineering, particularly electrical and computer engineering credit, click on the "Program Search" link, enter 'College of Engineering' in the "School or College" field (check the "Undergraduate" check box), and click "Search" to view all the destinations that are approved for engineering coursework. 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.
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, SA 10503 - Introduction to Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition - Spain, 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 your Academic Advisor and the ECE Study Abroad Liaison (Prof. J. L. Gray) in the scheduling of courses both prior to and during the exchange program. This is especially important for computer engineering majors as there is inherently less flexibility in the choice for classes for this major. 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.
While students are free to choose any Purdue approved program, the following is a list of recent popular destinations:
- ETH/Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (SA 20276) - probably not sutiable for BSCmpE students.
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (SA 20264) - has worked well for BSCmpE students.
- University of New South Wales (SA 20110)
- National University of Singapore (SA 20261)
- University College London (SA 20295)
- Technical University of Denmark (SA 20147)
Here is a list of programs that are new or to which we have sent students to in the past, but not recently:
- National Cheng Kung University - Taiwan (SA 20281)
- KTH: Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (SA 20276)
- Universidad EAFIT (new) - BSCmpE only
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SA 20137)
- Tsinghua University (SA 20139)
ECE Study Abroad Scholarships
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering awards up to thirty scholarships per academic year to ECE students who study abroad. In order to be eligible, students must be participating in an official study abroad program whose duration is for a full semester or full summer module. Special consideration may be given if a shorter study abroad program is affiliated with or sponsored by the ECE department.
Scholarships typically range in amount from $500 to $1000. Once the ECE Scholarship Coordinator receives the list of students who plan to study abroad from the Office of Programs for Study Abroad, they will receive an email inviting them to apply for departmental funds.
Any ECE Study Abroad Scholarship would be in addition to the grants awarded by the Purdue Study Abroad Office. Students should work with the Office of Programs for Study Abroad regarding any additional funding.