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 page

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Study Abroad Programs


Melbourne - Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne offers students in Engineering the ability to take classes while in Melbourne. For more information, click hereRecommended for Fall quarter of Junior year.


Paris- Students can compliment their engineering course load with a variety of electives such as history, communication, sociology, photography, and more. Coursework is taught at the CEA Paris Center by expert local faculty. The active learning opportunities involved with this program bolster learning and enrich the cultural experience.

Flyer (JPG)


Munich - Munich University of Applied Sciences offers students in Engineering and Business the options to take Engineering and Business courses while studying in Munich, Germany, for a summer. For more information, visit for Spring quarter of Junior year.

UAS7 - AS7 is an alliance of seven leading universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Germany, recognized for their excellence in teaching, their strong professional and international orientation and their focus on applied research. Students can choose between study and internship programs or a combined study and internship program. For more information, click here or visit


Lithuania - Every year the ARCE department partners with Vilnius Gedimas Technical University (VGTU), the biggest technical university in Lithuania, for this 5-week course. For more information about VGTU, click here. Two summers ago, there were 11 American students (9 Architectural Engineers (ARCE), 1 Architecture with an ARCE minor, and 1 Civil Engineer) and this past summer 23 American ARCE’s went on the trip. For more information, visit


Queretaro - Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey offers engineering students the opportunity to study abroad in Mexico while taking major classes in English. For more information, click here.


Madrid - Expand the scale and scope of your engineering coursework by studying abroad at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (engineering courses and programs are accredited by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education, EUR-ACE). With almost 100 STEM courses available each semester in Aerospace, Bioengineering, Computer Technology, Electrical, and Energy Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, you are sure to find the right courses to fit in your degree plan regardless of your year in school. For more information, visit for Fall quarter of Sophomore and Junior year.

San Sebastian - Enjoy this summer living in the beautiful city of San Sebastian in Spain while attending TECNUN University of Navarra, School of Engineering. Take engineering classes at TECNUN and/or language classes at ILCE in Barcelona. Experience the culture by exploring museums and traveling to Madrid, Barcelona, and more! For more information, visit

Flyer (PDF)


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. For more information, visit for Fall quarter of Senior year.

Goteborg - Chalmer's University of Technology offers students in Engineering the ability to take classes while living in Goteborg. Students must be at least a third year to take classes. For more information, click hereRecommended for Fall quarter of Senior year.


Lucerne - Lucerne University of Applied Sciences offers students in Engineering the ability to take Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering courses while studying in Lucerne, Switzerland, for a semester (two quarters). For more information, visit


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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Civil Engineering Environmental Engineering

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:

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