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. Employers are seeking graduates with international experience, and since few engineering graduates have this experience, those who do are highly sought after.
- 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).
- Summer Program in Germany
To participate in the program, freshmen engineering students take German 101 during the spring of their freshman year instead of a core liberal arts course. Then during the summer, the students come to the Hope campus on the Monday after the Fourth of July holiday, at which time they start taking Engineering 220 – Statics, a required sophomore engineering course. On Friday of that week, the students and the Hope professor travel to Berlin, Germany, where they stay for five weeks. The Hope professor continues teaching the ENGS 220 course using the facilities of the Technical University of Berlin. The students also take a second course in German Language and Culture taught by a T. U. Berlin Professor. The following fall semester, the students take the course that they deferred in the spring instead of ENGS 220. This puts them back on the typical college schedule for the four-year engineering program. Students who have taken German language courses in high school may be exempted from taking the German 101 course at Hope College.
While in Germany, the students have class four days a week, which leaves us with four three-day weekends in which we travel throughout Germany via a German rail pass. The travel focuses on religious, cultural and historical sites. The travel includes a three-day excursion to Heidelberg, Koblenz and Koln. We visit the Holy Ghost Church in Heidelberg, where the Catechism was written, and worship in the Koln Cathedral. We also visit Wittenberg, where Luther nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church. We worship in the Castle Church and tour Luther’s home.
We have one-day excursions to Bremen, Lubeck and Sachsenhausen. In Sachsenhausen the students visited a WWII concentration camp. This is a somber experience, but it is something that the students should do. On the last weekend of the program, we attend a soccer game in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
The teaching part of the program and the group excursions will end on Friday of the fourth week. This leaves a week in which the students are free to travel around Europe on their own. In the past some students have visited Spain, Paris, London, Denmark and many more places before returning home. Parents are invited to meet up with their son/daughter at the end of the program for a family vacation in Europe.
The German Language and Culture course that the students take at the Technical University of Berlin does not transfer back to Hope. The students do receive an official certificate from the T. U. Berlin indicating that they have successfully passed the course. Therefore, students who participate in the program are able to include the Technical University of Berlin on their resumes. This often puts their resumes on the top of the pile. I have been told by many graduates that having T. U. Berlin on their resume and being able to speak a little German was a huge advantage for them when they sought employment upon graduation.
While in Berlin we will be staying at St.-Michaels-Heim. Thanks to a generous donor, we have funds to be used as scholarships for the program. The scholarships are awarded on a need basis.
The program cost includes:
- Round trip airfare to Berlin
- Ten day German Rail Pass
- Bus/train pass for Berlin
- Housing in Berlin at St.-Michaels-Heim
- Hotels in Heidelberg and Koln for the three day outing
- Each student will be given funds for food money
- Weekly group dinners
- T. U. Berlin course fees
- Hope tuition for the 3-credit Engineering 220 course
- Entrance fees for cultural visits.
- Travel Accident Insurance
This program is open for all engineering concentrations.
All engineering freshmen are eligible to participate in this program since ENGS 220 is required for all engineering students. However, some engineering concentrations do not require that the ENGS 220 course be completed during the sophomore year. Therefore, sophomore students in those concentrations can participate in the program during the summer after their sophomore year.
If you have an interest in participating in this exciting program and have questions regarding the program, please contact Professor Nielsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Full-Semester Programs
As an engineering student, your schedule is full of courses that have to be taken in a specific order. For students wanting to spend an entire semester abroad, the recommended timeframe varies depending on your engineering concentration.
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
- IES Nantes, France
- IES Madrid – Engineering, Architecture and Science (Spain)
- University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
- IES Shanghai – Engineering (China)
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.
- May and June-term Programs
Sometimes it's difficult to fit a full semester off-campus experience in an busy engineering schedule. Because of this, many of our students take advantage of 4 week programs that take place over the summer in May or June.
In these programs, you will take one course during the 4 weeks abroad and this course will fulfill one of your general education objectives.
“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
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