Study Abroad

Explore study abroad programs and experiences designed for mechanical engineering students in exciting destinations. 

Check out all the study abroad and international experiences open for you to apply in our interactive map below! 

Programs

Engineering Exchange Programs

Chalmers University of Technology- Goteborg, Sweden

Chalmers Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken in Chalmers for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the program closest to Cal Poly major. Under Teaching language, select “English" and the study period you wish to attend (Fall: Period 1 & 2, Winter & Spring: Period 3 & 4). Under Education cycle, select "Second-cycle" to indicate Masters-level classes which are the classes available in English for exchange students.

Scholarship Opportunity

Chalmers offers $1000 (USD) scholarship for both incoming and outgoing Mechanical Engineering (ME) students. To qualify for the scholarship, you must be in the ME major. For questions please contact Christine Haas at cehaas@calpoly.edu.

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences- Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken in Karlsruhe for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select HsKA “International Program” language of instruction English, then select as appropriate: Computer Science or Engineering & Sciences, you may also look into “Additional Study Options for international students: rEnergy."

KTH Royal Institute of Technology- Stockholm, Sweden

KTH Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at KTH for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the program closest to Cal Poly major. Under Teaching language, select “English" and the study period you wish to attend (Fall: Period 1 & 2, Winter & Spring: Period 3 & 4). Under Education cycle, select "Second-cycle" to indicate Masters-level classes which are the classes available in English for exchange students.

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts- Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at Lucerne for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the course under subject to view the course description, courses in the 3rd, 4th year are more likely to be upper division. ECTS refers to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. To determine the credit transfer rate divide the ECTS credits by 2, then multiply by 1.5 to get quarter units.

Munich Universitiy of Applied Sciences- Munich Germany

Munich- Academic Year

Munich Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at Munich for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Scroll down and select a semester course list. Click on the course titles for course descriptions and related information.

Munich- Summer Program

Munich Summer Program Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Pre-approved Courses

This is a list of courses that have been pre-approved for Cal Poly credit. Courses listed here do not need a course substitution. However, any course not on the pre-approved list will need to approved via a course substitution petition

Swinburne University of Technology- Victoria, Australia

Swinburne Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at Swinburne for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the major that will correspond best with the courses you are planning to take abroad. Select from the drop down menu the "international student" option. Scroll down to see the course offered for that major and when they are offered (semester 1 or 2). You can download the course syllabus by clicking on the course that interests you.

TECNUN University of Navarra, School of Engineering- San Sebastian, Spain

TECNUN Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

TECNUN Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at TECNUN for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the course under subject to view the course description, courses in the 3rd, 4th year are more likely to be upper division. ECTS refers to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. To determine the credit transfer rate divide the ECTS credits by 2, then multiply by 1.5 to get quarter units. The column "En Ingles" refers to how much of the course will be given in English. Tecnun offers subjects that are given completely or partially in English. The next column refers to when the courses are offered: 1 Sem (Cal Poly's Fall quarter only), and 2 Sem (Cal Poly's Winter & Spring quarters).

Other Engineering Abroad Programs

CEA: University Carlos III de Madrid- Madrid, Spain

Madrid Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken in Madrid for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

CEA: Paris, France

Paris Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

Pre-Approved Major/Support and GE Courses available Fall 2019 Quarter/Semester (see below)

CEA Paris Course Cal Poly Equivalent
Statics (4.5) ME 211 (3)
Calculus III (4.5) MATH 241 (4)
Differential Equations (4.5) MATH 244 (4)
French Language (4.5) Any level GE C1 or C2 (4)
Haute Couture in Paris: History of Style & Fashion (4.5) GE C4 (4)
2oth Century Art: A History of Modernism (4.5) GE C4 (4)

Other Major/Support Courses Options for SPRING semester that require approval (see below)

CEA Paris Course Cal Poly Equivalent *substituion required*
Dynamics (4.5) ME 212 (3)
Thermodynamics (4.5) ME 302 (3)
Fluid Mechanics (4.5) ME 341 (3)

*In addition, there may be other GE Course Options that require substitution approval*

CEA: Barcelona, Spain Engineering Summer 2020 Program

Planning Tools (Coming Soon)

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit (Coming Soon)

For more information about this program see: https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/program/program-details/engineering-826/summer-2020-july-6-week-9797

 

CSU International Program at Tecnologico de Monterrey- Queretaro, Mexico

Planning Tools

Everything you will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken for credit. This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. You should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. You are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.


FAQ

When should I study abroad?

Spring and fall are most recommended for studying abroad because many of the programs are semester-long. Check out the flowchart for suggested programs.
Mechanical Engineering flowchart with study abroad timeline

What classes can I take abroad?

This depends on the program (CEA, CSU IP, or Cal Poly International Program). Some programs have pre-approved classes but you should visit CENG International Exchange Program advising to ensure you are taking the right classes. Refer to the flowcharts above to get a better understanding of programs that work best with your major.

Who can I talk to for advising?

You are welcome to visit the College of Engineering International Exchange Program office during scheduled drop-in advising hours (call Engineering Student Services at 805-756-1461 to verify hours). If you have any inquiries, please email them at: intlengr@calpoly.edu.

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