McCormick Global Initiatives hosts an annual Engineering-specific Study Abroad Fair, highlighting study abroad programs specifically for engineers as well as general programs offering engineering options. For a list of these program options, visit the Global Initiatives website.
We also highly recommend scheduling an appointment with a Study Abroad Adviser, who can help identify program options with an engineering-focus or programs that allow you to combine engineering-specific coursework with other non-engineering courses.
Tips for earning major or minor engineering credit abroad
- Review the McCormick Study Abroad Checklist (pdf).
- Research the course descriptions of the classes you plan to take abroad so your advisor can ensure the classes correspond to requirements at Northwestern.
- Complete petitions for any coursework you wish to use toward degree requirements (other than unrestricted electives). This includes courses you wish to use in your theme. Math, science, and engineering courses must be evaluated and approved by faculty in the corresponding department.
- Retain all class descriptions, syllabi, papers, readings, and other course material from your classes overseas; these might be needed to determine the kind of transfer credit you will receive.
- Credit is not given for repetition of work that has already received Northwestern credit or for internships or independent study not specifically approved and supervised by McCormick School faculty.
- Read Choosing Courses to Take Abroad, including School-specific requirements.
Planning ahead for future coursework and requirements
- If you plan to study abroad during your senior year, complete and return a degree application, along with any other necessary paperwork required for your degree (i.e. Themes form, Area of Specialization/Technical Elective/Option form) to the Academic Services Office, Tech L269.
- If you are interested in pursuing honors work in your major, you should be sure to discuss this with you department before you go abroad. The same is true if you might want to apply for various national scholarships such as Rhodes or Marshall when you return, whose deadlines are early in fall quarter.
- Figure out which courses you want to take at Northwestern when you return from study abroad. This is necessary because not all courses are offered every quarter.