Study Abroad

In a time of rapidly growing global complexity and opportunity, international study is an increasingly important and relevant component of undergraduate study, especially for students preparing for careers in engineering or computer science. Of all the major professions, engineering and computer science are the most likely to involve international activity. In addition to strong technical skills, employers are increasingly looking for international experience, cross-cultural skills by developing a “global mindset” and perspectives, and an understanding of the world’s diversity.

For over 20 years, the College, in a partnership with SU Abroad, has been a national leader in providing distinctive international study opportunities. These opportunities include:

  • Study at SU Centers during Fall or Spring Semesters at: Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Santiago and Strasbourg.
  • Study at World Partner Programs at affiliated universities at: Dublin, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London and Sydney.
  • Summer Research program in Strasbourg.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science’s international study programs give students the opportunity to gain global experience, develop new ways of viewing the world, form lasting friendships abroad, and deepen their connection to other countries, languages and cultures. Students with these experiences gain a competitive edge in today’s multinational, multicultural environment.
To participate, students must be in good academic standing with a cumulatively GPA of 3.0 and in one of Syracuse University’s engineering, computer science and systems & information science programs or in an equivalent program elsewhere. Participants must also meet any language requirements of the host country.

Important Application Deadlines

  • Spring semester: October 15th.
  • Summer semester: February 20th.
  • Fall semester: February 20th.

For more Information
Contact the College of Engineering and Computer Science Study Abroad Office in 130 Link Hall or Syracuse University Study Abroad, 106 Walnut Place (suabroad.syr.edu).

Syracuse University Centers

FLORENCE
The SU Florence Center is now home to the essential spring semester courses for second-year students in aerospace, chemical, civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering. Enjoy a semester abroad without falling behind on your track to graduate!

You’ll live in Florence, a city that lives fully in both its past and its present – walking down narrow Roman streets, you will gain a sense of the layering of centuries that characterizes the city. You’ll live with an Italian host family and have access to all of the activities and field trips arranged by the staff at the SU Florence Center.

HONG KONG
SU Abroad has an exchange agreement with the faculty of Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), a comprehensive research university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students. Students are open to take courses in CUHK’s engineering programs. SU Abroad has a list of pre-approved courses. Fall semester students have the option, for an additional fee and for credit, of joining a portion of the Hong Kong Center’s Signature Seminar to mainland China prior to the start of the fall semester.

ISTANBUL
Istanbul sits at the geographic, cultural, and political fulcrum between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and students at SU Istanbul will gain an incomparable vantage point for examining some of the most important issues of our time – from secularism and Islam, to democratization, security, minority and gender rights, and urban development. The city has been a veritable melting pot of cultures, traditions, and lifestyles stretching back over 2000 years. So there is always something new (or something ancient and grand) to explore.

MADRID
Based in festive and modern Madrid, the SU program explores the entirety of Spanish culture. You’ll begin with one of several distinct Signature Seminars, which are aimed at providing the best introduction to Spain and Europe. During that time, you’ll also meet fellow classmates and SU staff and faculty. Your homestay family will introduce you to the language and customs of Spain at home, plus our cultural activities and service learning programs will further immerse you in your new surroundings.

Note: This location only offers social science and humanities electives. No math, science or engineering courses are offered.

SANTIAGO
This option is for students ready to enroll in university classes in Spanish. A Spanish language exam is given upon arrival, which will determine whether or not you should continue language study. In addition to taking classes in Spanish at local Chilean universities, you’ll enroll in the required Signature Seminar, Contemporary Issues in Latin America. (Minimum 2 years of college-level Spanish needed)

STRASBOURG (FALL ONLY, Sophomore year and Summer – Engineering Research Projects)
Beginning in Fall 2016, second-year engineering students in aerospace, bioengineering, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering can enroll at the SU Strasbourg Center in the fall semester to take all of their major-specific courses.

During your semester abroad, you’ll live in Strasbourg, a bustling and vibrant city on the border of France and Germany. You’ll begin your semester with a traveling seminar throughout the region, and you’ll have access to all of the activities and field trips arranged by the staff at the SU Strasbourg Center.

During the summer the College has approved a series of independent study research projects to be conducted at the Institut National des Sciences Appliques in Strasbourg. Research projects are arranged in the major branches of engineering: aerospace, civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, bioengineering, and computer science.

As an engineering intern in Strasbourg, you’ll be placed on a team of doctoral students and faculty. You’ll work as an integral part of this team on a University project and in University laboratories and research centers. Interested students may request specific information regarding projects for credit pre-approval. Since the projects are ongoing, the nature of work may vary at the time of arrival.

World Partner Programs

DUBLIN
University College Dublin’s Belford campus is a vibrant, modern university situated on a spacious and leafy campus about a 20 minute bus ride from Dublin city centre. It is one of the 30 top research universities in the European Union with a student population of 22,000 (2,000 international students). Syracuse students choose from the same range of courses as full degree students and are taught and examined in the same manner.

HONG KONG
SU Abroad has an exchange agreement with the Faculty of Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), a comprehensive research university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students. Students are open to take courses in CUHK’s engineering programs. SU Abroad has a list of pre-approved courses. Fall semester students have the option, for an additional fee and for credit, of joining a portion of the Hong Kong Center’s Signature Seminar to mainland China prior to the start of the fall semester.

ISTANBUL
Bogaziçi University’s undergraduate abroad program is only open to engineering majors, but is also open to graduate students in international relations. The language of instruction is English. Consult BU’s website to select courses, which must be pre-approved by Syracuse. A typical undergraduate course load is 12-18 credits. Istanbul sits at the geographic, cultural, and political fulcrum between Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and students at SU Istanbul will gain an incomparable vantage point for examining some of the most important issues of our time – from secularism and Islam, to democratization, security, minority and gender rights, and urban development. The city has been a veritable melting pot of cultures, traditions, and lifestyles stretching back over 2000 years. So there is always something new (or something ancient and grand) to explore.

LONDON
University College London (Open to Civil & Environmental Engineering Majors) is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with 22,000 students. The program is a full academic year, and students take courses alongside other international and British students. Syracuse University’s exchange agreement is with the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.

SYDNEY
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is a public university of 40,000 students, of which 8,800 are international. The campus is located in Kensington, an inner suburb of Sydney, 20 minutes from the city center and within walking distance of Coogee Beach. UNSW is Australia’s leading international university with a comprehensive range of liberal arts, management and commerce (business) programs as well as extensive science, technology and engineering-based courses.

Depending of a variety of factors, including advanced placement (AP) credit, transfer credit, completed prerequisites, and major requirements, some programs may fit some students’ curriculum better than others. Early planning is key. Speak with the study abroad director to see which programs, based on your major, best match your interests and needs.

Create accordions for the following majors – content for all is coming (example provided below)

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems and Information Science
  • For Aerospace Engineering Majors
    • Students can study abroad fall or spring semester of their sophomore or junior year
    • SSH is Social Science or Humanities and Free Electives can be taken
    • Spring semester of the junior year is not available in many hosting universities because AEE 342-Aerodynamics and AEE 343 Compressible Flows are not offered

    Note: Required Courses listed as N/A or in red are not offered and may be taken when student returns to SU campus. However, it is imperative that you meet with the study abroad advisor to make sure that this won’t extend your graduation date.

    View PDF of typical courses.

     

  • For Bioengineering Majors
    • Students can study abroad as early as sophomore year.
    • SSH is Social Science or Humanities Electives

    Note: Required courses listed as N/A or in red in the PDF below are not offered and may be taken when student returns to SU campus. However, it is important that you meet with the study abroad advisor to make sure that this won’t extend your graduation date.

    View PDF of typical courses

  • For Civil Engineering Majors
    • Students can study abroad as early as sophomore year
    • SSH is Social Science or Humanities Electives
    • Courses listed as N/A or in red are not offered and may need to be taken when student returns to SU campus

    Note: Required Courses listed as N/A or in red are not offered and may be taken when student returns to SU campus. However, it is important that you meet with the study abroad advisor to make sure that this won’t extend your graduation date.

    View PDF of typical courses

  • For Chemical Engineering Majors
    • Students can study abroad as early as sophomore year
    • SSH is Social Science or Humanities Electives

    Note: Required courses listed as N/A or in red in the PDF below are not offered and may be taken when student returns to SU campus. However, it is important that you meet with the study abroad advisor to make sure that this won’t extend your graduation date.

    View PDF of typical courses

  • For Environmental Engineering Majors
    • Students can study abroad as early as sophomore year
    • SSH is Social Science or Humanities Electives
    • Courses listed as N/A or in red are not offered and may need to be taken when student returns to SU campus

    Note: Required Courses listed as N/A or in red are not offered and may be taken when student returns to SU campus. However, it is important that you meet with the study abroad advisor to make sure that this won’t extend your graduation date.

    View PDF of typical courses

Welcome, Parents!

Living and studying abroad is often the most challenging and rewarding experience of a young person’s life. As a parent/guardian, you are naturally excited that your son or daughter will have the opportunity for tremendous academic and personal growth; at the same time we realize you also have concerns and questions about the challenges ahead.

Syracuse currently operates eight overseas centers, in Beijing, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Madrid, Santiago (Chile), and Strasbourg (France). Through our World Partners, Summer, and Short-Term programs, SU Abroad students have study abroad options in over 60 additional countries. SU Abroad has been sending students abroad since 1959, and currently, 2,000 students a year study abroad through one of our programs.

At Syracuse University Abroad, our primary focus is the safety and well-being of the whole student. We have over 50 years of experience preparing students to succeed as engaged participants in their host culture. Our staff at home and abroad are proactive in meeting the new challenges of a complex and changing world.

As parents and guardians, you may have wrestled with apprehensions about your child studying abroad, sorted out financial issues and health insurance before taking a deep breath and waving goodbye. SU Abroad recognizes the important role you’ve played in your child’s decision to embark on an academic cross-cultural journey and we encourage you to continue to support your child as they learn to navigate a new city, culture, and way of life.

  • Can I combine study at an SU center with local university study?

    Yes, students may combine study at an SU center with coursework offered at local partner universities, provided they meet language and GPA requirements at foreign universities. Center-based programs in Beijing, Florence, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Santiago, and Strasbourg all offer the opportunity to take classes at local universities.

  • What is the difference between an SU center-based program and an SU World Partner program?

    SU Abroad’s 45-plus World Partner programs offer a range of models for SU students—from enrolling in small programs sponsored by other U.S. universities (in Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, Germany, Cuba, and India, among others), to enrolling in foreign universities where most of your classes are with international students (Israel, Japan, and Korea), to directly enrolling in university courses alongside local students (Australia, Ireland). Individual programs have specific requirements, but in every case, it is the student’s responsibility to identify appropriate courses and get approvals for SU credit from academic advisers.

  • Will credits count toward my major/degree?

    All SU Abroad students receive Syracuse University credit for courses taken abroad, even when taken at host/partner universities. For SU students, this credit is applied toward major or elective requirements. Visiting students receive credits either as home-university credit or as transfer credit, and should confirm their home school policy with their study abroad adviser.

  • Is there an SU Abroad language requirement?

    There is no language requirement for admission to most of SU Abroad’s center programs (the exception is Santiago, Chile and Madrid, Spain to study at hosting Universities, where two semesters of college level Spanish language or the equivalent are required). However, once admitted, all students enroll in language courses and/or courses taught in the host language. Enrollment in courses not taught in English at foreign universities have language requirements.

  • Is there a GPA requirement?

    A 3.0 minimum GPA is required for enrollment in courses at foreign universities and for all World Partner programs.

  • How will my judicial record affect my ability to study abroad?

    As part of its admissions procedures, SU Abroad reviews each applicant’s judicial standing. For Syracuse University students, this review is completed in cooperation with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Visiting students must submit a completed Study Abroad Approval Form either confirming the absence of or disclosing a student’s judicial record. To be eligible for SU Abroad programs, students must not be on disciplinary probation (or campus equivalent) during their time abroad and/or have any outstanding judicial sanctions. Detailed information about the SU Abroad judicial standing requirements can be found here.

  • Does SU Abroad give scholarships and grants?

    For SU students, SU Abroad works with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs. There are need-based grants, and named scholarships available for SU students. Visiting students should check with their home study abroad offices for institutional grants that apply. All students should visit the Cost & Aid section of our website for more information.

  • What do I do once I'm accepted to an SU Abroad Program?

    The “Accepted Students” section of our site will walk you through the process. The most important steps you can take right away: start applying for your visa (should you need one), and begin sending in your post-acceptance forms to your admissions counselor.

  • Will the credits I earn abroad count toward my major/degree?

    All SU Abroad students receive Syracuse University credit for courses taken abroad, even when taken at host/partner universities. For SU students, this credit is applied toward major or elective requirements. Visiting students receive credits either as home-university credit or as transfer credit, and should confirm their home school policy with their study abroad adviser.

  • Can I use my financial aid to study abroad?

    For SU students, financial aid is automatically applied to the SU Abroad semester programs. Students from other schools are usually able to apply their federal financial aid to SU Abroad programs, and Syracuse will work with the financial aid offices at other schools to facilitate the process. If you are depending on loans to study abroad, we need written confirmation of the amount you will receive as soon as you know, so we can apply this as a credit to your account. Students participating on summer programs are eligible for both federal and private loans and study abroad grants.

  • When do I register for courses?

    Registration takes place abroad during orientation abroad, except for London, Madrid, and Hong Kong Center students, who register online before they arrive abroad.

  • Can I change my mind about which courses I want?

    Yes, you can change courses during registration, and then you also have a one-week drop/add period to finalize your registration. However, you are responsible for making sure your home college will approve your new choices, so bring your advisor’s email info with you.

  • If I take courses with course fees for special trips, how do I pay?

    These get added to your account after you register and so are billed to your billing address (or to your school, in some cases).

  • When will I know who my host family is?

    You learn about your host family during orientation before you are placed. At that time the housing coordinator can answer your questions and share other students’ feedback about the placement.

  • Is it possible to change the host placement?

    We ask that you try the placement for a two-week period. In almost all cases, concerns and reservations fall away during this adjustment period. If there are irreconcilable differences, the housing coordinator can work with you to make a change.

  • When will I hear about my internship placement?

    You will meet with the internship coordinator (or director, in some programs) during orientation abroad to learn about various options. The placement is finalized once you have an interview with the prospective on-site supervisor(s).

  • Does SU Abroad have group flights?

    Yes, we work with a travel agent who has reserved group flights for some SU center programs. The group flight includes group transport abroad from the airport to orientation hotel. An SU Abroad representative (a staff or faculty member) also escorts the group flight in most cases. Students who choose to book flights online or through other agents will need to make their own arrangements to meet up with the group.

  • When do I need to pay?

    Full payment is required prior to departure, unless you are on the SU Payment Plan or have financial aid loans that will be applied after your departure.

  • What if I get sick or have an emergency abroad?

    The SU Abroad center staff has an on-call person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The SU Abroad main campus office also has an on-call person after hours who can respond to an emergency. See the Student Health and Safety section of our website, or call us at 1-800-235-3472 if you still have concerns.

  • What if I have more questions?

    You can contact Engineering and Computer Science-Study Abroad by calling Maria Marceau at (315) 443-5191, email mcmarce@syr.edu. If you’d like to talk to a staff member, you can call SU Abroad at (315) 443-3471 or toll free at 1-800-235-3472. SU Abroad is also available via email, on Facebook, or on Twitter. If you’d like to speak to a former student, SU Abroad global ambassadors have already been abroad and are eager to share their expertise.