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- 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 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 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 Mechanical Engineering students to study abroad is the spring semester of their sophomore year, although the fall semester will work as well. Application deadlines for spring programs are typically on October 1st.
- Because many ME 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/or mechanical engineering courses abroad. We recommend you take no more than two to three engineering courses abroad.
- Sophomore level engineering courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Statics, Science of Materials, and Thermodynamics.
- 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.
- The fall or spring semester of your junior year may also be another option for mechanical engineering students to go abroad. Similar to sophomore year options, look for KU Core, basic engineering sciences, and mechanical engineering courses abroad.
- Junior level engineering courses that are commonly offered abroad include: Dynamics, Thermal Systems, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, and Electric Circuits.
- It is not recommended that Mechanical Engineering students study abroad senior year.
- 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.
To help you get started on your search, here are some recommended programs for Mechanical 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.