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GENERAL PLANNING TIPS FOR COMPUTER ENGINEERING

  • With careful and early planning, you can study abroad for a semester 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: You should plan to take your senior design courses at KU.  Meet with your EECS advisor to learn more about which courses you can take abroad so that you can effectively plan for a study abroad experience.

WHEN TO GO

Freshman

  • 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 Computer Engineering majors, 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.

Sophomore

  • Computer Engineering students may consider studying abroad the spring semester of their sophomore year.  
  • Because many of the sophomore level EECS courses at KU are offered during the fall and spring semesters, there is some degree of flexibility with your sequencing during this time.
  • Because there are limited sophomore level CoE course options available abroad, you should plan to take a combination of mathematics, basic sciences, KU Core, and/or EECS courses (such as Programming II) abroad.  
  • If you are not planning on an internship during the summer, you could look for a summer program to complete some of your KU Core requirements abroad.

Junior

  • The fall semester of your junior year is an ideal time for Computer Engineering students to study abroad, and the spring semester may work as well depending on the host institution's course offerings. 
  • Similar to sophomore year options, look for KU Core and EECS courses abroad.  You could also take technical electives that do not serve as a prerequisite for other required EECS courses.
  • Junior level EECS courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Electronic Circuits I, Programming Language Paradigms, Embedded Systems, Software Engineering I, Signal and System Analysis, Digital Systems Design, and Probability and Statistics

Senior

  • It is not recommended that Computer Engineering students study abroad senior year due to their senior design course requirements. 

COURSES AND CREDIT

  • KU Engineering faculty have already reviewed and pre-approved a number of study abroad courses for KU credit. 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.

RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS FOR COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Semester Programs

Graz University of Technology – Austria

Recommended Timing: Spring semester – junior year
Sample courses: EECS 678, and EECS elective coursework

University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester – junior year
Sample courses: EECS 360, EECS 368, EECS 443, EECS 448, EECS 461, EECS 645

University of Newcastle – Australia

Recommended Timing: Fall or spring semester – sophomore or junior year
Sample courses: EECS 268, EECS 368, EECS 388, EECS 448

Short term Programs

CEA STEM in Paris

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman year
Sample courses: Upper level math

International Internships

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman or sophomore year
Sample courses: Varies by location

Korea University - South Korea

Recommended Timing: Summer – after freshman year
Sample courses: KU Core, Upper level math and science


Announcements

Summer & Fall Program Deadlines Extended for some programs.
See list of programs for more information.

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