Princeton graduates face engineering challenges that are global in scale.
Engineering students are encouraged to obtain international experience through participation in the University’s Study Abroad Program or through summer internships or language study abroad. Alternatively, they may choose to work or study internationally after graduation. Students interested in studying abroad should consult the Guide to Study Abroad available from the Office of International Programs.
In recent years, Princeton engineering students have studied for a semester or a year abroad in England, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Ireland, Ghana, Chile, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and China. Students may take technical courses to fulfill departmental requirements and electives while they are abroad.
Programs of study are developed and approved in consultation with the Study Abroad Program director, the student’s departmental representative and the associate dean for undergraduate affairs. Students with adequate language skills are encouraged to consider foreign study in non-English-speaking countries.
Since 2002, Princeton has participated in engineering exchange with the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University. This program allows several Princeton MAE, ELE, or CEE juniors to spend a year at Oxford, while several Oxford fourth-year students are able to spend the year at Princeton. Exchange programs are also in effect with University of Cantabria (Spain), Hong Kong University (China), ETH Zürich, Tsinghua University, and the University of Tokyo. B.S.E. students also study at many other overseas universities as visiting students.
Princeton’s International Internship Program (IIP) supports Princeton undergraduates who wish to undertake a summer internship abroad. Students interested in working in France or Germany can participated in Princeton-in-France or the German Summer Work Program.
Some students choose to further their international experience after graduation. Students from a variety of engineering departments have studied at British universities (recently, Oxford, Cambridge, and Sussex) under Rhodes, Marshall, Churchill, and Fulbright Scholarships, while others have held fellowships to study and travel in other countries.
Engineering students are encouraged to apply for postgraduate fellowships and should consult with the Fellowship Advising Office for more information.
Several engineering graduates annually spend a year teaching math and science in Asian countries through the Princeton-in-Asia program. Others have worked for organizations in Africa with the Princeton-in-Africa program.