Study Engineering Abroad and Global Programs
Encounter Engineering in Europe
Spend part of the summer in Germany in an immersion experience and earn engineering credit. Check out the students' blog from their most recent trip to Europe here.
Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global E3)
Global E³ is an exchange program for engineering students. A student can study abroad while continuing to pay tuition at home. With member universities in 24 countries, students at more than 70 universities have the opportunity to study abroad. Learn more on the LSU Study Abroad website.
LSU participates in the German Fulbright program, hosting nearly 25 German students a year as part of a three-week initiative by LSU International Programs. It is sponsored by the German-American Fulbright Commission and focuses on teaching participants about entrepreneurship as it relates to engineering. It also provides an introduction to higher education in the United States. During their stay, participants shadow LSU Engineering students; this is facilitated through a newly implemented buddy program that pairs participants with an LSU Engineering student prior to arrival, allowing them to establish a relationship via email and Skype before the program begins. The German guests also visit high-profile Gulf Coast landmarks and engineering-related sites, as well as enjoy tourist destinations on the weekends.
Semester of Study in Lyon, France
Opportunities to take courses for credit towards your bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering are available in Lyon, France at the Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de L'universite Lyon (Polytech), the engineering college of the Universite Claude Bernard Lyon I. Lyon is the second largest city in France, both in terms of population and industrialization, and is reputedly the capital of gastronomy in France. It is also the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region, located at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône Rivers. It has a long history dating back to pre-Roman times, and the oldest part of the city has retained its medieval and Renaissance characters. Learn more about the program here.
Semester of Study in Torino, Italy
Opportunities to take courses for credit towards your bachelor's degree in mechainical engineering are available at the ME School of the Torino Polytechnic (PoliTo), located in Torino, Italy. Courses are available each spring semester. Studying abroad at the Politecnico di Torino also provides an opportunity to complete an international automotive minor there by taking the necessary electives through its automotive engineering program. Torino is the fourth-largest city in Italy in terms of population and is a significant industrial, business, and cultural center. It is the capital of the Piedmont region, has a long history dating back to pre-Roman times, and was the first capital of the Italian state. Learn more about the program here.
Global Engineering Immersion in Lyon, France
The immersion experience at the Ecole Polytechnique Universitaire de L'universite Lyon (Polytech), the engineering college of the University Claude Bernard Lyon I in Lyon, France, usually takes place over LSU’s Spring Break. The immersion experience may be subsidized by a scholarship (up to $500 per mechanical or industrial engineering participant) if you qualify. The visit tentatively includes being hosted by local students (room accommodation), getting to know French students in your study area, visiting with faculty, visiting/attending classes and laboratories, possibly visiting a local French company/industry, exploring the local cuisine, attending one or more cultural events, and sightseeing in and around the city. Learn more about the program here.
Scholarships for International Experiences
For mechanical engineering majors, a limited number of study abroad scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of ME alumnni Tony Harper ($1,500 level) and Jack Rettig ($2,750 level). These scholarships will be awarded after the study abroad experience has been successfully completed. For ME and IE majors, a limited number of International Immersion Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of ME alumnus Jack Rettig ($500 level). These scholarships will be awarded after the international immersion visit at Polytech (Lyon, France) has been completed and after submitting an essay describing the experience. Learn more about the program here.
Host a Foreign Student
ME and IE majors are given the opportunity to host a student from Polytech (Lyon, France) during their reciprocal immersion visit at LSU. This is an excellent way to make a friend in Lyon and maintain a future relationship. It is also an excellent way to showcase LSU and the spirit of hospitality that is inherent in Louisiana. Typically, LSU students who are hosted by French students at Polytech reciprocate by hosting them, or others, when they come to LSU. Learn more about the program here.