Study Abroad & International Experiences

Explore study abroad programs and experiences designed for CEENVE students in exciting destinations. These programs offer a unique opportunity to earn credit while studying abroad with your fellow Cal Poly students and learning from experienced professors at distinguished universities. For a full list of programs and more information, visit the CENG this page.

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Study Abroad Programs

Australia

Melbourne - Swinburne University of Technology offers engineering students the opportunity to study in Melbourne, Australia, for a semester (two quarters) or year. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of Junior year.

France

Paris- Experience Paris as a learning lab through site visits and lectures that complement the classroom curriculum. Engineering majors will be able to take two engineering courses, as well as two general education courses on this program.   Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of  Sophomore year.

Germany

Munich - Munich University of Applied Sciences offers engineering students the option to take engineering courses for a summer. The study program is complemented by field trips (e.g. to the factory of a famous Bavarian car brand) and enriched with cultural activities in Munich and Bavaria. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Spring quarter of Junior year.

Karlsruhe - The Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences offers students the opportunity to take engineering courses while studying in Karlsruhe, Germany, for up to a year. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of Junior year.

Mexico

Queretaro - Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey offers engineering students the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico while taking major classes in English. Each semester, students enroll in six to nine units of Spanish language and six to nine units of academic coursework taught in English. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Sophomore year.

Spain

Madrid - In CEA Engineering and Social Sciences in Madrid, students will expand the scale and scope of their engineering coursework alongside local Spanish students at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, one of the leading higher education institutions in Spain. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of Sophomore and Junior year.

San Sebastian - TECNUN University of Navarra offers engineering students the ability to take engineering courses while studying in San Sebastian, Spain, for a semester (two quarters) or year. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of Junior year.

Barcelona - The Engineering and Social Sciences program in Barcelona, Spain offers courses taught in Spanish and English and allows the opportunity to complement engineering coursework with electives in the liberal arts, social sciences, and sciences. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Summer of Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year.

Sweden

Stockholm - The KTH Royal Institute of Technology exchange program offers students in Engineering the ability to take engineering courses while living in Stockholm, Sweden, for a semester (two quarters) or year. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of Senior year.

Goteborg - Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in engineering, science, shipping and architecture with a strong focus on sustainability. Chalmers University of Technology offers engineering students the opportunity to take classes while living in Goteborg. Students must be a fourth year to enroll. Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of Senior year.

Switzerland

Lucerne - Lucerne University of Applied Sciences offers students the opportunity to take engineering courses while studying in Lucerne, Switzerland, for a semester (two quarters). Visit the Cal Poly Abroad website for more information. Recommended for Fall quarter of  Junior year.

FAQ

Am I eligible to study abroad?

Engineering students that are eligible to study abroad are in good academic standing (no academic probation), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and have completed at least two years of study. 

When should I apply?

The deadline to apply for winter and spring study abroad programs is fall. Refer to the information links provided for further information.

When should I go abroad?

Spring and summer are most recommended for studying abroad because many of the programs are semester-long. Below are flowcharts with programs during the year that works best with your major.
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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 CENG International Exchange Program office during scheduled drop-in advising hours (call Engineering Student Services at 805-756-1461 to verify hours). The office is located in Engineering South, Building 40, Room 115. If you have any inquiries, please email them at: intlengr@calpoly.edu.

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