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Science and Engineering Programs and Courses

A common misconception is that students cannot study abroad if their major is in the sciences or engineering. It is true that in the past, study abroad programs were more focused on languages and area studies. However, courses in mathematics and sciences are increasingly available. We strongly encourage natural and applied sciences students to study abroad.

Overseas universities are eager to have US students in their science and engineering classes, and many programs (such as RISE summer internship and NSEP Boren scholarship) have been designed to recruit undergraduate science majors.

Participation in study abroad programs for all students requires careful planning, but the personal and professional rewards are tremendous.


Courses in the sciences or engineering are available on a number of study abroad programs affiliated with the University of Rochester (see below). Most of these programs offer courses in English while others require proficiency in a foreign language.

  • Argentina: Buenos Aires (IES)
  • Australia: Melbourne (IES), Sydney (IES) (in English)
  • Botswana: Gaborone (in English)
  • Chile: Santiago (IES)
  • Ecuador: Quito (IES)
  • Egypt: The American University in Cairo (in English)
  • Germany: Cologne Exchange; Freiburg (IES); Berlin (IES)
  • India: Delhi (IES) (in English)
  • Ireland: Dublin (IES)
  • Israel: Braude College Exchange in English, Karmiel; Ben Gurion, University of the Negev, Beer Sheva; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; The Technion (in English)
  • Morocco: Rabat (IES) (in English)
  • New Zealand: Auckland (IES), Christchurch (IES) (in English)
  • Peru: Lima (PUCP)
  • South Africa: Cape Town (IES) (in English)
  • Spain: Granada (IES), Madrid Engineering (in English), Salamanca (IES)
  • Sweden: Uppsala University (in English)
  • United Kingdom: London (IES); University of Sussex Exchange (for majors in brain and cognitive sciences) (in English)


Study abroad presents challenges for science and engineering students due to course sequencing and technical requirements for the major. In the case of engineering students, some particular coursework may be required in order to obtain professional certification.

Early planning is essential and students should consult with a study abroad advisor to find out what courses are available, and to obtain course descriptions. It is particularly important that students meet with the undergraduate advisor in the department of their major to identify course equivalencies and obtain written approval.

Approved study abroad courses for engineering majors: