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Suggested Programs for Civil Engineering

To prepare for tomorrow, we need to build and reinforce systems that are sustainable, looking to new solutions and new perspectives on old problems. Study abroad presents the unique opportunity to enter a new culture and experience a wider range of perspectives, solutions, and cultural challenges in engineering. Whether it is to improve your future employability, to gain global perspective, to find inspiration, to develop life and professional skills, or to expand your network, you have to get to know your world to save it and make it better.

Sphinx and Pyramids of Egypt

Sphinx and Pyramids of Egypt

Sphinx and Pyramids of Egypt


To prepare for tomorrow, we need to build and reinforce systems that are sustainable, looking to new solutions and new perspectives on old problems. Study abroad presents the unique opportunity to enter a new culture and experience a wider range of perspectives, solutions, and cultural challenges in engineering. Whether it is to improve your future employability, to gain global perspective, to find inspiration, to develop life and professional skills, or to expand your network, you have to get to know your world to save it and make it better.

Engineering-Focused Programs

STEM Research Osaka, Japan

In this full-time lab program, conduct experiments and take part in team projects in a working science lab at Osaka University. Focus on fields like nanotechnology, molecular science, or robotics.

Research
This is a full-time lab research program; you will be placed in a lab based on a research proposal you submit as part of your predeparture checklist. See the courses and credits tab for more information on Osaka University researchers.

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Technical Univ. Summer, Germany

Experience a high-velocity, English-taught program at one of Germany’s top technical universities. After a short course on innovation management or German language, focus on a single, month-long course in engineering, architecture, urban design, communication or other fields. Get both theoretical and practical, hands-on experience. Includes trips to companies and research facilities in Berlin, a city with a strong industrial-artsy feel.

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Research in Taipei, Taiwan

Gain research skills over the summer at the prestigious National Taiwan University in Taipei. Working in ultramodern labs with local faculty, complete a research project and acquire experience that you can take anywhere after graduation.

Research
This is a full-time lab research program. See the courses and credits tab for more information on possible lab opportunities in the NTU summer research lab.

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Technion-Institute of Technology, Israel

Often compared to MIT, Technion is consistently ranked among the world's top science and technology research universities with several Nobel laureates among its faculty members. The port city of Haifa has been called Israel’s Silicon Valley. In this epicenter of innovation, boost your academic and professional career engaging in a 9-week, full-time internship followed by exciting course studies in a specialized topic.

Internships | Research
Engineering internships and research internships occur during the first 9 weeks on this program. See the internships tab for more information on the types of opportunities available.

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Immersion & Exchange Programs Suggested for Civil Engineering

Australia: Univ. of New South Wales (UNSW)

This top-ranked Australian university offers extensive science, technology, environment, and engineering courses. It is also known for its multidisciplinary programs, which include Asian and Australian studies, gender studies, marine sciences, and media and popular culture. Tackle courses like composites and functional materials, fluid mechanics, or structural dynamics.

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Lund Univ., Sweden

In the heart of sustainability-oriented Scandinavia, Lund Univ. serves students with courses in groundwater engineering, environmental hydraulics, hydrology, fluid mechanics, materials, numerical analysis, and more. Courses are available in English.

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National Univ. of Singapore

The National Univ. of Singapore consistently lands in the top 10 worldwide ranking in civil engineering. It also has coursework in a number of target areas for UC Merced students: fluid mechanics, engineering economy, foundation engineering, materials, numerical analysis, and more. Courses are available in English.

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Imperial College, United Kingdom

Consistently in the top 10 worldwide, Imperial College is an ideal match for many civil engineering students in fluids, design, materials among other courses.

Special note: For Imperial College you will need to apply to the "English Universities" program and rank the Imperial College as your top choice.

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South Africa: Univ. of Cape Town

At the University of Cape Town, you can access a full curriculum of coursework along with experiential learning activities in the physical sciences, engineering, and business. Take courses in areas like fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, water treatment, and structural analysis.

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Hong Kong Univ. of Science and Technology

HKUST is consistently ranked in the top 50 in the world for civil engineering and offers a robust array of courses in water & wastewater, environmental quality control, fluid mechanics, sustainable energy, materials, and numerical analysis, among others. Courses are available in English.

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Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh is a university town with strong offerings for UC civil engineering students with coursework targeting water & wastewater systems, sustainable energy, structures, and more.

Special note: For the Univ. of Edinburgh you will need to apply to the "Scottish Universities" program and rank the Univ. of Edinburgh as your top choice.

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Summer Physics Abroad

One potential route to study abroad for STEM students is to tackle a full year of introductory physics over the summer. Typically, this is the summer between students’ first and second year at UC Merced. Consider these options:

Australia: Sydney Summer Physics

Earn a full year of calculus-based physics credit in just eight weeks. Fulfill math requirements for the life sciences or get a jump on pre-med coursework and experience life in Sydney, Australia.

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Cyprus: Nicosia Summer Physics

Study intensive physics for the life sciences in beautiful Cyprus. Note that this program is better suited to biological sciences students than other STEM students.

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Ireland: Cork Summer Physics

In just eight weeks at the University College Cork, you can earn a full year of calculus-based physics credit, get a jump on math coursework, or prepare for a pre-med track. Lab experiments and group workshops expand your science knowledge with students from around the world.

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Spain: Madrid Summer Physics

Add some sizzle to your summer—study in Madrid and return with a full year of physics credit. This intense 8-week program is ideal for life sciences majors who want to get a quick boost in academics.

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United Kingdom: Glasgow Science & Engineering

As the home to the James Watt School of Engineering and the School of Life Sciences, the University of Glasgow offers the perfect environment for this intensive physics summer program.

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United Kingdom: Summer in Sussex

Minutes from the sparkling seafront, Sussex is quintessentially English, with spectacular castles, greenery, and attractions fit for royals. Pre-med and life sciences majors can earn up to a year of physics credit in two months!

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Feature: 5 Reasons STEM Majors Should Study Abroad

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Want to stand out on your next job application or boost your chances into getting into grad school? Or are you looking to expand your worldview, perhaps explore a side interest? Whatever your goal is, there’s a good chance study abroad can help you achieve it.


Completing Other Engineering Degree Requirements Abroad

Engineering students have several general education requirements that they can easily tackle through study abroad:

  1. Approaches to Knowledge
    1. At least one course in natural sciences
    2. At least three courses in social sciences, arts, and humanities
  2. Intellectual Experiences
    1. Global Awareness, which is automatically fulfilled through study abroad with UCEAP
    2. Additional Intellectual Experiences, as appropriate, including, but not limited to:
      1. Societies and Cultures of the Past,
      2. Diversity and Identity, or
      3. Sustainability

These requirements represent the most flexible general education requirements for Engineering students planning to study abroad.

Technical Electives Abroad

Technical electives serve as the next most flexible degree requirement category. Study abroad advisors suggest that engineers who wish to pursue engineering coursework while abroad and take advantage of the specializations of uniquely-positioned world-class universities save as many technical electives as they can while enrolled at UC Merced and instead target core, prescribed engineering requirements. Technical electives should value at least 3.0 semester units or students should plan to combine more than one course to fulfill unit requirements in this area.

Enrollment Planning Strategies for Engineers

Whenever possible, study abroad advisors recommend that Engineering students aim for more of their major and School of Engineering degree requirements when selecting a program and using the general education requirements as fallback options in case the targeted engineering course requirements do not pan out. In this way students continue to make progress toward their degrees while maximizing their scholarship potential and the the opportunities to integrate an international experience with their academic interests.

For Engineering requirements, students will have courses reviewed through the   Engineering course approval form, assuming the courses have not already been previously approved to fulfill a degree requirement.

Previously Approved UCEAP Coursework

The School of Engineering has made some previously approved courses for Engineering substitutions and/or requirements available to the public. This is not a comprehensive list of courses available but it may be a starting point in your research.

Additionally, the School of Natural Sciences has some previously approved courses listed online. This is not a comprehensive list of courses available, either, but it may help with SNS coursework to fulfill Engineering requirements.

  Engineering Course Approvals for UCEAP

  Natural Sciences Course Approvals for UCEAP

Course Approval and Course Approval Forms

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 often 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.

Academic Planning

No matter your academic intentions while studying abroad, you should consult your academic advisor and your MyDegreePath 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.

 

Start planning for study abroad with your academic advisor as soon as you can. One of the keys to maximizing academic success abroad is early planning and scheduling course loads before, during, and after study abroad. This includes strategies such as targeting a study abroad term to exploit areas of flexibility in your academic plan.

Be sure to make use of UCEAP course credit resources below, too.

 

UC Merced Campus Credit through UCEAP

How to Explore Database of Courses Previously Taken

 

Campus Credit Abroad

Planning the courses you’ll take on study abroad is as important as figuring out when and where to go. All courses taken on the University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) are guaranteed UC credit, but understanding how each class may fit into your academic plan is a critical part of the planning process.

UCEAP Database of Courses Previously Taken