Advising Guide for Study Abroad in
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- Because the Engineering Physics major requires very careful planning, you should be working very closely with your major advisor during this time to make sure that your study abroad experience will allow you to continue making progress towards your degree in a timely fashion.
- 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 and possibly some of the other courses from your EP concentration area. Meet with your 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 your engineering physics 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 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, upper level math, and/or engineering courses such as statics or thermodynamics. Otherwise, summer is a great time to take some of your KU Core courses abroad.
Sophomore & Junior
- Most students study abroad during their sophomore or junior year, and the specific timing recommendations will depend upon your EP concentration.
- You should note which of your engineering courses at KU are offered during both the fall and spring semesters, as these particular courses may give you some degree of flexibility in planning for a study abroad experience.
- You can take a combination of mathematics, basic sciences, KU Core, and/or engineering courses abroad. We recommend you take no more than two to three engineering courses while you're abroad.
- If your schedule allows, you might also investigate research opportunities abroad during this period. The EuroScholars program offers a broad range of research projects in scientific disciplines including physics and engineering.
- If you are not planning on a internship during the summer, you could look for a summer program to complete some of your KU Core requirements abroad.
- It is not recommended that Engineering Physics students study abroad senior year due to their senior design course requirements.
- KU 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.
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