students on the Safe Global Water Institute trip

Study Abroad

Yes, you can and are encouraged to enhance your education for a few weeks, months, or longer at locations throughout the world.

Travel, work, and service abroad will prepare you for leadership in an increasingly global workforce. There are many opportunities to fit studying abroad into your schedule.

International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)

The International Programs in Engineering Office will help you to find the perfect experience away from Illinois. For engineering experiences, choose from:

  • More than 50 countries
  • Travel alone or with groups
  • Go for a few weeks, summer, semester, or academic year

Each fall there is an International Fair where representatives showcase your options and answer questions.

More information about IPENG...

International Minor in Engineering

Enhance your engineering education by focusing on the social sciences and humanities in a particular country or region by adding an international minor in engineering. Illinois was the first U.S. institution to offer an international minor in engineering as part of a regular degree program.

You will take courses at Illinois in addition to working or studying abroad. This approach will allow you to gain a level of expertise in a specific international region and will add to your credentials when seeking a professional position, especially if your career goals are globally oriented.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Engineers Without Borders is an international non-profit organization committed to advancing the quality of life in impoverished countries via socioeconomically and ecologically sustainable engineering projects. The chapter at Illinois is student-run and extremely active.

Get involved with the Illinois EWB student teams to conduct significant water and power projects in rural villages in Africa, Guatemala, India, and Mexico. You will have opportunities to:

  • Work, on location, side-by-side with local citizens and non-governmental organizations
  • Secure international funding
  • Guide planning for current and future needs
  • Assist in building the infrastructure necessary to sustain improvements

These are life-changing experiences, for you, your teammates, and the communities.