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Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering, as a newer subfield of engineering, may require a little extra research in order to find ideally suited programs for study abroad. Environmental engineers should research programs also by civil engineering as UCEAP does not code environmental engineering coursework specifically and will often label it as civil engineering. Here are some suggested opportunities to start exploring:

Engineering-Focused Program Suggestions

  1. Engineering for Sustainability, Munich University of Applied Sciences 
    The summer program incorporates high-end technology and a practice-oriented approach to learning. Conduct lab experiments and simulations, build interpersonal skills in group projects, and go on site visits to major global companies headquartered in Munich. The curriculum includes an entrepreneurship course as well as various courses in the fields of automotive, industrial, electrical, and mechanical engineering.
  2. Israel Institute of Technology, Technion/Neubauer
    This program prepares you to excel in your future academic and professional career. You will participate in an internship and can choose challenging, intensive academic courses in three tracks: Engineering & Science, Entrepreneurship, or Introduction to Medicine.

Exchange Programs in English for Engineers Suggestions

  1. National University of Singapore 
    The Faculty of Engineering has outstanding and internationally recognized engineering programs. From building race cars to developing human-like robotic muscles, the National University of Singapore is leading the way in designing solutions for current global challenges through its research and development of new technologies. Here you may access the "Technopreneur" program, a competitive, experiential learning module blending engineering with business and the arts.
    Research Option:
    See the courses and credits tab for more information on the technopreneur program and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offered by the School of Computing and the Faculty of Engineering.
  2. Australian Universities: Univ. of Melbourne 
    Ranked first in Australia for Engineering and Technology, the Melbourne School of Engineering offers an outstanding selection of engineering disciplines, including biomedical, chemical and biomolecular, and computing and information systems. Students enjoy the opportunity to attend special guest lectures put on by the School of Engineering.
  3. Scottish Universities: Univ. of Edinburgh
    Enjoy smaller class sizes, independent coursework, the opportunity to participate in lab-based work, and access to all major fields of engineering. The program is built for you to advance in your degree taking at least 16 of the required 21-24 units in your major. UCEAP returnees recommend joining clubs and societies to further integrate into Scottish society.
  4. National Taiwan Univ. (NTU)
    National Taiwan University in Taipei has maintained its standing as the most prestigious College of Engineering in Taiwan as it on the forefront of technological advancement in Taiwan. The engineering departments are offering a growing number of courses in English each year. The Departments of Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering consistently offer exceptional courses taught in English.
  5. New Zealand Universities: Univ. of Canterbury
    Take courses in the departments of Chemical & Process Engineering, Civil & Natural Resources Engineering, Computer Science & Software Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering while you enjoy the friendly and beautiful environment in New Zealand. Internships and research opportunities may be available to enterprising students.

Academic Planning and Course Approvals

No matter your academic intentions while studying abroad, you should consult your academic advisor in Engineering and your MyAudit report to plan out your study abroad academic goals. Once you narrow your search to 1-3 study abroad programs consult your program page or ask your study abroad advisor about resources for researching courses in your program.

With a few exceptions of previously approved courses (ask your academic advisor), courses will need to be approved to meet individual degree requirements. In these cases, students will use the Course Approval Form for the school that would typically offer such a course at UC Merced:

The school will usually require a syllabus or equivalent in order to do a review. Keep in mind that syllabi may be protected intellectual property of certain professors or universities and may not be publicly posted online. If it is a UC Center program, you may be able to acquire syllabi through your study abroad advisor. If the program is with a local host university and the course is not posted online, you may be able to inquire with the instructor or host university in some cases.