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Off-Campus Study

Studying in another part of the world or country can be a valuable part of your academic journey, and an additional formative experience in your engineering major.

Payton HoffConsiderations

  • It is best to start planning early. If you are a first-year engineering student and you are considering studying off-campus, you should speak with the engineering department chair as soon as possible. This is important to do even if you have not yet declared your engineering major.
  • Most engineering students complete some of their general education requirements while studying abroad; we advise you to save some of these courses in your academic plan.
  • It is essential to meet with your academic advisor regarding courses you plan on taking off-campus and how this fits within your academic plan, particularly credits counting toward your major (and provide appropriate course descriptions).

The recommended timeframe to study off-campus varies depending on your engineering emphasis. 

  Even-Year Graduates Odd-Year Graduates
Biochemical Spring, Sophomore Spring, Junior
Biomedical Spring, Sophomore Spring, Sophomore
Chemical Spring, Sophomore Spring, Junior
Civil Spring, Junior Spring, Junior
Computer Fall, Sophomore Fall, Junior
Electrical Spring, Sophomore Spring, Sophomore
Environmental Spring, Sophomore Spring, Junior
Mechanical Spring, Junior Spring, Junior
No emphasis Spring, Junior Spring, Junior

Featured Programs

These programs offer engineering courses that may count toward your major. It is important to communicate with the off-campus study office and your academic advisor about your interest in these to determine your options and decide on the best one for you.

If you plan on taking general education requirements only during your semester off-campus, you can study at nearly any location that Hope offers.

"Studying abroad in Ireland during my sophomore year was one of my best decisions in college. I learned a lot about myself and the person I want to be. Living in Dublin was the first time I had ever lived in a city, lived in an apartment and lived in a country where I knew absolutely nobody when I stepped off the plane. I learned how to be more independent, creative, flexible and empathetic during my time abroad. This carried over during my last two years of college and helped me succeed in the remainder of my engineering classes."  

—Payton Hoff, ’17, IES Dublin Direct Enrollment, Trinity College, Ireland