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International Opportunities in Engineering

International Outreach Opportunities

Penn Abroad Programs

Study Abroad Spotlight:

Cassi J. Henderson, class of 2013

Madrid, Spain, quickly became home to me when I studied abroad in the fall of 2011. Any language barrier that may have existed quickly faded as I chatted with my host mom and Spanish classmates. Preparing for a Circuit Analyses exam in a mix of Spanish and English brought a new perspective to the word "studying." While living in Madrid, I traveled in and around different regions of Spain and spent weekends in Paris, Rome, Geneva and Chamonix. Without a doubt, studying abroad enriched my Penn engineering education.

Julie Xu, Class of 2013

Study Abroad

Like many students, I was unsure if studying abroad was possible as an engineer. But I found the perfect place to do so at ETH Zurich. Not only did I get to take engineering classes not offered at Penn at the ‘MIT of Europe,’ I lived in one of the best cities in the world, traveled every weekend to a different European city, and met so many great people along the way. Not only am I on track to graduate, I am ahead. Penn Engineering could not have been more supportive. I loved every minute!

Studying Abroad

All Bioengineering students are encouraged to study abroad for a summer, a semester, or even a full year.  The courses that students choose to enroll in can be used towards their BE degree requirements, if pre-approved. Therefore, students do not have to worry about falling behind in their studies. 

Studying Abroad

Students pursuing a BSE, BAS, dual degree and/or fulfilling premed requirements are all encouraged to explore the Penn Abroad Programs.  It helps to start planning early. Note: premeds cannot fulfill premed requirements abroad.

Commonly asked questions about studying abroad:

  • When:  Junior year is most common (one semester or a full year).
  • Where:  Anywhere you want.  Places students have studied recently include Australia, England, France, Spain, Hong Kong, and Switzerland.
  • How:  You can take BE courses abroad to satisfy BE requirements after meeting with the BE study abroad advisor.

Study Abroad Advising

During Fall 2016, Dr. Gershon Buchsbaum will be advising all bioengineering undergraduates interested in studying abroad. Students must meet with him in order to approve courses to be sure that they satisfy degree requirements. For logistics and any other approval, you must go to Penn Abroad.