Study Abroad

One of the best opportunities undergraduate students can take advantage of is to study abroad. Going to another country to learn in a new environment and experience another culture is invaluable, but what options are out there for MechSE students?

Programs and Opportunities

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There are two integral resources for a student in the College of Engineering looking to study abroad: International Programs - Engineering (IPENG) and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE). Not only will these websites help you understand the process of enrolling in a study abroad program, but they can also help you find the right program for you. Check out all available programs here


At Illinois, there are a wide variety of prgrams offered to all students, with as many as 80 for engineers. Additionally, the following three programs were created specifically for MechSE students.

Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH)

This Swedish university in Stockholm hosts 1,000 exchange students per year and has a specific program for MechSE students with a focus on energy and sustainability. Enrolled students are required to take two sustainability focused courses and the rest are up to the student’s choosing. Although there is no foreign language requirement, taking a basic Swedish language and culture course is recommended.  

Tichnische Universitat in Darmstadt

This automotive engineering-based exchange is out of Darmstadt, Germany. It requires the four courses – trends in automotive engineering, advanced design project, automotive engineering lab, and a German language and culture course. The automotive courses are all taught in English and the design course is done in conjunction with the University’s formula team. 

Nagoya University

Located in Nagoya, Japan, this university offers a summer program in automotive engineering. The curriculum involves a lecture series that focuses on engaging students in the automobile world and a Japanese culture and language course. The students will also have opportunities to visit automobile factories and labs as well as enjoy cultural excursions to other parts of Japan.  

Financial Feasibility

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Traveling in general can be very costly, but by utilizing the resources at Illinois, there are several ways to make your study abroad experience affordable. If you receive financial aid, there is a chance that at least part of it can be applied to a study abroad program. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) to learn more.

There are also scholarships available through Illinois, the college, and MechSE. MechSE Students who are studying in Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, or Taiwan could be eligible for the William R Miller and Martha L Behr-Miller scholarship.

Learn more about the various costs you should consider when selecting your study abroad program.

Check out our students' testimonials and blog series on their study abroad experiences.  

Overlooking Tallinn, Estonia.