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  • Start planning for your study abroad experience early. You can take Mathematics, Basic Sciences, or Engineering courses abroad and still stay on track for graduation.  
  • Study abroad is a great way to satisfy your KU Core requirements. Therefore, it is a good idea to reserve some of your KU Core classes to take abroad.
  • Scholarships are available for study abroad both through KU Study Abroad & Global Engagement and national organizations. Additionally, the School of Engineering offers scholarship opportunities for engineering students pursuing international study.  Research your opportunities early.
  • U.S. Specific Courses: Some of your upper division engineering & architectural design courses include key information about U.S. construction standards.  You should plan to take these courses at KU.


Sample Study Abroad Graduation Plan for Architectural Engineering


  • Schedule a meeting with an engineering advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your four year plan and identify specific courses as well as specific timing opportunities for your study abroad experience.
  • After you've met with your academic advisor, continue your program research by visiting the KU Study Abroad Info Center in Lippincott Hall. Study abroad peer advisors can help you to identify suitable study abroad options based upon the information you received from your advisor.
  • Studying abroad usually requires two letters of recommendation, so it's good to start identifying individuals who can speak to your academic qualifications as well as your ability to be successful during an international experience.
  • There are a few summer programs that offer engineering courses abroad.  The best time to pursue these summer programs is the summer before your sophomore year.  These programs typically offer courses such as statics, thermodynamics, and/or upper level math.  Otherwise, summer is a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.


  • One of the ideal times for Architectural Engineering students to study abroad is the second semester of their sophomore year.  Application deadlines for spring programs are typically on October 1st. 
  • Because many CEAE courses at KU are offered during the fall and spring semesters, there is some degree of flexibility with your sequencing during this time.
  • You can take a combination of mathematics, basic sciences, KU Core, basic engineering sciences, and civil/architectural engineering sciences abroad.  We recommend you take no more than two engineering courses abroad.
  • Sophomore level engineering courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Statics, Strength of Materials, and Thermodynamics.
  • The School of Architecture often offers summer programs that are open to architectural engineering students on a space available basis.  It is recommended that you pursue these programs after your sophomore or junior year.


  • The fall or spring semester of your junior year may also be another good timing option for architectural engineering students to go abroad.  Similar to sophomore year options, look for mathematics, basic sciences, KU Core, basic engineering sciences, and civil engineering sciences abroad.
  • Junior level engineering courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Structural Analysis, Construction Engineering, Electric Circuits
  • The summer programs offered through the KU School of Architecture would be a good summer option after your junior year.


  • Although you may be able to find some of your engineering design electives abroad, your engineering and architectural design courses include key information about U.S. construction standards, so you should plan to take these courses at KU. 


  • CEAE faculty have already pre-approved a number of CEAE courses abroad. To see available pre-approved courses, visit the Course Equivalency Database.
  • If you want to take a class/classes that have not been pre-approved, complete the credit approval process.


Semester Programs

Swansea University - Wales

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: CE 201, CE 310, CE 330, ME 312, CE 461

University College Cork - Ireland

Recommended Timing: Fall semester - junior year
Sample Courses: CE 201, CE 330, CE 461

University of Hong Kong - China

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester - sophomore or junior year
Sample Courses: CE 201, CE 330, CMGT 500, EECS 315, ME 312

University of Newcastle - Australia

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: CE 201, CE 310, CE 330, CE 461

Universidad Pontificia Comillas - Spain

Recommended Timing: Spring semester - sophomore year
Sample Courses: CE 300, upper level math

Summer Programs

Architecture in Europe - Germany and Finland

Recommended Timing: Summer - after sophomore or junior year
Course: ARCH 690

CEA: STEM in Paris - France

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman year
Sample Courses: CE 201

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer - after freshman or sophomore year
Sample Courses: varies by location



Fall 2020 & Academic Year 2020-2021 programs now accepting applications !

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9th among public universities in the country for high quality, low cost study abroad programs — U.S. News & World Report
Longest-running exchange program in Western Hemisphere (begun in 1958) between KU and University of Costa Rica
18th in the nation among public universities for undergraduate participation in study abroad — Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
28.1% of KU undergraduate students study abroad prior to graduation.
KU students who study abroad graduate in four years at twice the rate of students who do not study abroad
More than 160 study abroad programs in 75 countries, with instruction in all disciplines and 20+ languages
Students can study abroad for an academic year, semester, summer, spring break, or winter break
Programs include international study, internships, service, and research opportunities
Students participating in semester, academic year, and select summer programs fulfill Goal 4.2 of the KU Core curriculum
Students can fulfill major, minor, certificate, elective, and KU Core curriculum requirements abroad
Programs are available for students in every major at KU
Financial aid is applicable to study abroad programs, and most KU scholarships and grants can be applied to study abroad
The Office of Study Abroad and many academic departments offer scholarships to qualified KU students
By studying abroad, students gain a global perspective on the world and strengthen their career opportunities
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times