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- With careful and early planning, you can study abroad and still graduate on time.
- The minimum eligibility requirements to study abroad are the completion of one semester on campus and a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Some programs may have additional eligibility requirements.
- 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 the KU Office of Study Abroad and national organizations. Additionally, the School of Engineering offers scholarship opportunities for engineering students pursuing international study. Research your opportunities early.
- Courses to take at KU: In addition to Thermodynamics (C&PE 221), you should plan to take your upper division engineering courses at KU. Meet with your academic advisor to learn more about which courses you can take abroad so that you can effectively plan for a study abroad experience.
- Schedule a meeting with an engineering advisor during your first semester at KU to discuss your graduation 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 Office of 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 good course options for chemical engineering students, and the best time to pursue these programs is the summer before your sophomore year. These programs typically offer courses such as physics and/or upper level math. Otherwise, summer is a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.
- If you are considering studying abroad during the fall of your sophomore year, you are encouraged to take Material and Energy Balances (C&PE 211) before you go. This course is offered at KU during the summer term. It can be difficult to find an equivalent for this course abroad, so taking C&PE 211 before you study abroad will allow you to enroll in your subsequent C&PE courses upon your return to KU for the spring semester of your sophomore year.
- Fall semester of your sophomore year is the ideal time for Chemical Engineering students to study abroad.
- You can take a combination of mathematics, basic sciences, KU Core, basic engineering sciences, and/or ChemE Emphasis courses abroad.
- ChemE students should plan to take Thermodynamics (C&PE 221) at KU. Because this course is only offered at KU during the spring term, it is not recommended that ChemE students study abroad during the spring of their sophomore year.
- If you are not planning on an internship during the summer, this is another great opportunity to take some of your KU Core requirements abroad.
Junior & Senior
- It is not recommended that Chemical Engineering students pursue a semester study abroad program their junior or senior year. However, short term programs offered during Winter Break, Spring Break, and/or the Summer term would be a good option during this time.
- Engineering faculty have already pre-approved a number of engineering 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.
To help you get started on your search, here are some recommended programs for Chemical Engineering. We also encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center to meet with a Peer Advisor to discuss your interests and learn more about available options.