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Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Engineering (SURGE)

Getting international work experience at a research lab overseas during the summer can be a great way to burnish your CV and gain professional/working skills in an international environment. We offer many SURGE programs around the globe. Below you will find a list of SURGE programs and the Contact Person for each program.

Students studying at the Von Karman Institute in Belgium (2016).

SURGE in Latin America

Spend your summer doing cutting-edge research in the Top-1 University in Colombia!

Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes) is ABET-accredited in all of its engineering programs and it is the top-1 institution in Colombia. Work with award-winning faculty members and live in state-of-the art dorms at affordable prices. Bogotá, the capital city, provides a wide range of entertainment that includes close to 50 museums, fine dining, lively nightlife, and nearby nature reserves. Bogotá is one of the largest cities in South America.

Spend your summer doing research with one of the largest and most innovative multi-national energy companies in Latin America, Celsia. This competitive, all-expenses paid summer research internship gives you the opportunity to work in two of Celsia’s top energy plans, one is in Panamá and the other one in Colombia.

Contact H. Parker hp@purdue.edufor help.

SURGE in Brazil

Universidade Federal de Vicosa (UFV) in Brazil

Contact Kara Hartman ( for help.

SURGE in Shanghai: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU)

SURGE in Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) offers top Purdue undergraduate students to spend a summer studying at world-class research laboratories, side-by-side with prominent research professors and undergraduates from across the globe. It will prepare undergraduate students for further study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.  

Sample research projects available for SURGE in Shanghai:  

SJTU Summer School (offered in English):

SJTU Summer Research Internship (offered in English):

Contact Wei Qiu ( for help.