Engineers and Overseas Studies
“The (study abroad) perspective has been, for me, the most interesting, life-changing, and valuable effect of studying abroad. It is also something that cannot be easily achieved without studying abroad—the way that the abroad experience immerses you in a rich and realistic life, though temporary, provides you with an experience that cannot be achieved later as a traveler.” School of Engineering and BOSP Paris Alum
Roughly half of all engineering undergraduate students take advantage of at least one overseas program opportunity while completing their bachelor’s degrees. Finding time for such an experience will take some advance planning, but it is well worth the effort. These opportunities will certainly be a highlight of your time at Stanford.
Global Engineering Programs 2017-18
Global Engineering Programs (GEP) offers a portfolio of international opportunities for Stanford engineering students. Opportunities include service-learning programs, internships, faculty-led programs, and study tours, among others. These opportunities enhance engineering education by providing students with an opportunity to learn about technology and engineering in a global context, to build professional networks, and to gain real world experience in a culturally diverse and international environment.
Need-based financial aid is available to undergraduate students to ensure that GEP programs are inclusive. GEP programs evolve and grow each year so students are encouraged to check the Global Engineering Program site regularly for updated opportunities and details including application deadlines.
Summer Engineering and Technology Study Tours (SETS)
Global Engineering Programs offers faculty-led, two-week SETS programs during the summer in a developing country experiencing high levels of economic growth in its technology and engineering sectors. Students participate in company meetings, industry tours and cultural excursions to experience technology, engineering and infrastructure challenges first-hand. SETS facilitates students’ knowledge of a wide spectrum of technology-based companies in another country, by understanding and comparing the companies’ social and environmental impact to similar western companies. Students receive 2 units of credit for a SETS program, which is scheduled in late August through mid-September between most summer internship and research schedules and the start of fall quarter classes. These tours are offered in partnership with the Bing Overseas Studies Program.
Summer Engineering and Technology International Internship (SETII)
Global Engineering Programs offers five-week summer service-learning programs that allow students the opportunity to work as a team in a developing country on a significant community-requested project. SSLP opportunities support students who are interested in exploring avenues of service using engineering skills in collaboration with local partners. Students participate in a one-unit spring quarter seminar in order to prepare for the program. Details on locations and projects will be available during late fall quarter.
For more information please visit the SETII website.
Engineering in Service International Fellowship
The Engineering in Service International Fellowship is a full-time, summer-long fellowship program that is offered in partnership with the Haas Center for Public Service. Students propose their own summer placements that focus on engineering or technical work for an organization in a developing country. This fellowship is an opportunity for students to apply their academic studies and interests to a public service experience overseas. For more details, please visit gep.stanford.edu
Summer Engineering and Technology International Internship (SETII)
Since 2008, Global Engineering Programs has managed a summer-long internship program for students to work in companies and organizations in China and India. The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate Stanford engineering students. Students are given the opportunity to learn about developing economies and to gain professional experience in an international business environment. Check gep.stanford.edu in fall quarter for dates of information sessions, companies, application deadlines, and other details.
Special faculty-led programs to various countries during the summer are offered in partnership with departments across campus. These programs are structured differently than other GEP programs and have varied formats so please check gep.stanford.edu for opportunities and details.
Numerous opportunities to participate in a full-time, quarter-long (8+ week) public service experience designed to integrate your academic learning with field-based experience. You can pursue prearranged placements or self-designed opportunities in both domestic and international settings. Nearly 500 opportunities are offered each year through more than 30 campus partners involved in the Cardinal Quarter initiative. Many Cardinal Quarter Fellowships are ideally suited for engineering majors. Check the Cardinal Quarter site.
Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) 2017-18
For many years the School of Engineering and the Bing Overseas Studies Program have collaborated to provide outstanding opportunities for engineering majors to study, work, and experience life in other countries. Careers in engineering frequently have an international component—whether through working as a consultant in another culture, transferring for a period of time to another country, or establishing an enterprise and developing contacts in other areas of the world. Achieving cultural literacy in another country provokes reflection on the differences and similarities among societies and prepares students to work in an international context.
With careful planning, most engineering students can fit study at one of Stanford’s overseas centers into their academic plans. BOSP encourages students to talk with their advisors early on, as early as freshman year, about planning for one or more quarters abroad. By starting early, students can strategically plan for required engineering courses and language acquisition and then be able to study and work abroad while making progress toward their Stanford degrees. Some programs require minimal language study prior to enrollment. Most programs include courses that satisfy two or more breadth requirements (Ways of Thinking Ways of Doing) so prospective engineering majors can plan to fulfill one or two requirements abroad.
Students studying at most Stanford overseas centers may take selected advanced engineering courses offered in an online format by the Stanford Center for Professional Development (SCPD). A student may take a maximum of one of these courses per quarter. In addition, some Stanford overseas centers offer selected engineering fundamentals courses as tutored video courses. Engineering faculty teach abroad as Faculty-in-Residence at BOSP’s overseas centers.
Stephen Monismith Civil & Environmental Engr Spring Berlin
Elisabeth Pate-Cornell Management Science & Engr Winter Cape Town
Pamela Hinds Management Science & Engr Spring Cape Town
Ken Goodson Mechanical Engineering Autumn Florence
Alexandria Boehm Civil & Environmental Engr Spring Santiago
Adrian Lew Mechanical Engineering Summer Santiago
The Associate Dean for Student Affairs in Engineering as well as advisors in Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR), and Program Advisors and Student Ambassadors in the Bing Overseas Studies Program can help students strategize how to integrate coursework taken overseas into their overall academic planning.
The Associate Dean for Student Affairs in Engineering as well as advisors in Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR), and Program Advisors and Student Advisors in the Bing Overseas Studies Program can help students strategize how to integrate coursework taken overseas into their overall academic planning.
Information about Stanford’s programs, including courses offered, is available online. Students are also encouraged to stop by the BOSP office on the ground floor of Sweet Hall. The following program information highlights opportunities that might be of special interest to engineers.
For me, one of the greatest parts of my study abroad experience was the opportunity to interact with brilliant, interesting, and fun professors and graduate students from another university. If I had known how awesome the people would be in Australia, I would have been even more sold on the program than I was already. -- BOSP Australia Alum
During Autumn Quarter, students in the Stanford Program in Australia focus on topics in Australian coastal studies at various locations in Queensland, including the Great Barrier Reef. This program has been established in collaboration with the University of Queensland, School of Biological Sciences. Up to 48 students are enrolled in four required academic modules: Coral Reef Ecosystems, Coastal Forest Ecosystems, Freshwater Systems, and Australian Studies. Civil and Environmental Engineering has approved credit for some of these courses. In addition, students complete Targeted Research Projects on selected topics under the supervision of University of Queensland instructors. This opportunity to do hands-on research will greatly enhance students’ research skills and their appreciation of issues Australia faces as it deals with ecotourism and protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Because this program is field-based with limited access to the Internet, SCPD courses are not available for engineering students in Australia.
My internship experience really complemented what I’d learned in my engineering classes. In fact, I felt that I received two educations for the price of one. I did a long internship, and it was worth it. Doing a long internship means you can learn more, show more effort, and the company gets a better feel for you. They might even hire you back. I’m a very obvious example of staying longer. I’m back in Germany now working for the same company as a permanent employee.
BOSP Berlin Alum
The Stanford Program in Berlin exposes students to the rich culture and complex history of the city and is open for study in Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Students who study in Berlin for one or more quarters and have completed one year of German language (GERLANG 3) are eligible to participate in a full-time Krupp Internship in any succeeding quarter(s). Since 1982 the Stanford Program in Berlin, with support from the Krupp Foundation (Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung), has placed over 1200 Stanford students, well over half of whom are engineers, in paid internships throughout Germany. Internships are available in virtually all fields of engineering. In close cooperation with the applicants, the onsite Internship Coordinator works to place students in internships closely related to their academic and career interests and their technical and language skills. Internship placements are in private companies and public institutions all over Germany, not only in Berlin. The program guarantees €1000 for a full working month, which covers all living expenses. Internships last from three to six months.
Students without previous German language experience can enroll in beginning intensive German in Berlin in Autumn or Winter Quarter, or they must take a minimum of one quarter of German prior to arrival in Spring Quarter. The equivalent of three quarters of German is required before beginning a Krupp Internship. This is the minimum; some hosts might require a higher level of proficiency. Internships tend to be more rewarding for those engineering students – advanced junior, senior, and co-term – who have already taken a number of engineering courses; product design students must have a portfolio of work proofs. Past internship hosts have included: Bosch, BMW, 3M Germany, DLR, ELHA-Maschinenbau, enbeeze, KIWI.KI, SAP, Siemens, Volkswagen, and Fraunhofer Institutes for Mechanical Engineers and Computer Scientists; Bayer, Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, and Max-Planck-Institutes for Chemical Engineers; Bosch, Infineion, Hello, Siemens and Sumolight for Electrical Engineers; Arcadis Deutschland, Berlin Senat Department for Urban Development, Hochtief, and Fraunhofer Institutes for Architects and Civil Engineers; and Brandenburg Economic Development Board Potsdam, Cassantec, Continental Automotive, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Bank, quirin bank, and Rolls Royce Deutschland for Management Science & Engineering and Economics students. After returning to campus students can work with the Department of German Studies to reflect on their internship experiences in writing and earn academic credit for doing so. See the program overview for program details and internship profiles. Because all coursework at the Berlin Center satisfies German Studies departmental requirements for the major and minor, some engineering students who have studied in Berlin have even graduated with a German Studies minor or double major.
ENGR 40M will be offered in Autumn, Winter and Spring and ENGR 50 is offered as tutored video in all three quarters. Engineering students can also enroll in one SCPD course from a selected list. For additional details see the course list.
Society is today making ever-greater demands on engineering...This confronts engineering and society with not only with unprecedented technical challenges, but also with a host of new ethical problems that demand the development of global engineering ethics...asking not only about the ‘hows’ but also the ‘whys’ in the creating of artifacts
-- Engineering: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development. (2010). Paris, France: UNESCO, p. 43
The Stanford Program in Cape Town, open Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters, emphasises an understanding of the person and the artefact, in context and in relationship. This focus is especially relevant to engineering students given the UNESCO challenge to develop global engineering ethics focusing on the ‘whys’ of the artefacts they create. Students are asked to consider how spaces, artefacts and the self affect each other. The Sites of Memory course (offered Winter, Spring & Summer Quarters) invites students to view the archive, monuments, memorials and public sites of memory, such as museums, as public and living artefacts that are contested and constantly re-constructed sites of memory and meaning. Lessons from ICT: Usage in Developing Countries (offered Winter Quarter) supports students to explore how ICTs, designed primarily for Northern audiences, are being re-imagined and used differently in developing countries. Paradigmatic questions are addressed in such a way as to stimulate debate about the role and value of ICTs in developing contexts. Creative Cityness (offered Spring Quarter) unpacks the gendered, situated, sexual, and racial character of homes, neighbourhoods and cities. Giving Voice to the Now: Studies in the South African Present (offered Spring Quarter) invites students to consider spatial structures (e.g., cities and campuses) as imagined forms invested with meaning by those who occupy them. This critical cultural studies course deconstructs various media and texts in an attempt to understand South Africa as space. Engaged Learning provides students with the opportunity to link classroom learning to live contexts and to develop technical skills as well as empathy , flexibility and self-reflection while working in diverse contexts.
School of Engineering students have participated in the Cape Town program consistently since it opened in 2010. Some of these students find that they can explore their major interests through engaged learning activities that include: mathematics instruction, ICTs in developing contexts, etc. Others use the engaged learning program as a time to explore other interests outside their major. Engineering students can enroll in one SCPD course from a selected list. For additional details, please see Engineering students can enroll in one SCPD course from a selected list.
While many Stanford undergraduates take advantage of the Bing Overseas Studies Program, relatively few in the School of Engineering consider Stanford's oldest campus in Florence. They should! Florence is the birthplace of the artist/engineer, a great place for students interested in subjects like Product Design to immerse themselves in a culture where no apology is made for the role of art in engineering and vice versa. The tradition continues today, with Ferrari, Lamborghini, and many other industries located a short train ride from the Florence campus, not to mention the fashion firms like Gucci and Ferragamo right in town. And then there is the campus in the Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate, a 15th century palace, beautifully restored for Stanford. With today's Internet access you can catch up on a core engineering course while taking local courses in surroundings that are simply inspirational.
-- Professor Mark Cutkosky, Fletcher Jones Chair in the School of Engineering
Studying abroad at the Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence means being stimulated, challenged, questioned and amazed, on a daily basis, by the legacy of the great innovators, the artists, and the engineers of the Renaissance.
In Florence, engineering majors will see themselves engaged in an attempt to solve some of the many conundrums that were left behind by the extraordinary Renaissance engineers and innovators, from Brunelleschi to Leonardo. They will study engineering marvels such as Brunelleschi’s Dome or the Leaning Tower of Pisa (still today considered to be some of the greatest engineering feats of all time) from the most privileged vantage point possible. And they will be able to experience for themselves the great potential for innovation that ensues when an engineering mind meets the arts and the humanities: As Walter Isaacson aptly noted: [the fact that] “innovation resides where art and science connect is not new. Leonardo da Vinci was the exemplar of the creativity that flourishes when the humanities and sciences interact. When Einstein was stymied while working out General Relativity, he would pull out his violin and play Mozart until he could reconnect to what he called the harmony of the spheres.” (Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, 2014).
The Florence curriculum offers a wide variety of courses on the arts and the humanities of the Renaissance (especially Art History classes, but also a wonderful course dedicated to the great engineers of the Renaissance and their most significant technical achievements); It also includes classes focused on contemporary Italy and Europe (Bioethics, Film, History, Political Science, Migration, and Photography, to name but a few). In addition to these courses, engineering students in Florence can take ENGR 50, currently offered all three quarters as a tutored video class with the support of an on-site engineering professor. Students can also opt to enroll in one SCPD course from a selected list. For additional details, please see:
search-courses site. Visiting faculty from the School of Engineering are often in residence at the program as well.
The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence is structured in a way to help studemts integrate as fully as possible into Italian life and culture through a wide variety of engaged academic opportunities, aas well as many extra-curricular activities. Qualified students are encouraged to participate in academic internships at cutting edge international companies in the fields of engineering, architecture, and product design (to learn more please email the Program Coordinator, Fosca D’Acierno at firstname.lastname@example.org). Homestays, the Friends a Firenze Program (Italian university students who are eager to socialize with Stanford students for language exchange purposes and to make new friends), as well as our wonderful public service opportunities, and extra-curricular activities (including trips, field trips, lecture series, and workshops) are all aimed at helping students develop a profound knowledge of and a lasting relationship with Italy, Europe and their culture. There is no language prerequisite for Florence; students who have not studied Italian take beginning Italian while at the Program.
I got to learn a lot of Japanese, experience Japan work culture, learn about the workings of a large engineering company, learn about collaborations between large companies and university research, experience life as a young adult in Japan, and become more outgoing and independent. The most rewarding part of my experience was two-fold, learning that I am capable of making significant contributions to my field and learning how to live independently as a young adult in a new environment..
—BOSP Kyoto Alum
The Stanford Program in Kyoto was founded in collaboration with the School of Engineering, and has since provided students of engineering the opportunity to fit language immersion and practical classroom experience into their busy schedules. The program is designed for students with intellectual interests in the structure and politics of advanced economic and technological systems, in Japan’s unique energy-environment situation, and in exploring aspects of contemporary Japanese society and it cultural underpinnings. For students with technical specialties, the program helps them understand the professional value of developing a linguistic and cultural competence that facilitates interaction with Japanese while simultaneously complementing their technical abilities. The program will be open Autumn and Spring Quarters beginning in 2017-18. In Spring Quarter, an electronic version of ENGR 40M is offered on site with the support of a graduate student from Electrical Engineering. Students can also enroll in one SCPD course per quarter from a selected list.
Students wishing to apply to the Kyoto program for an academic quarter must have completed the first quarter of first year Japanese on campus to attend Kyoto in Autumn, or to attend in Spring they must have completed the second quarter of first year Japanese on campus.
Students wishing to be accepted into the optional summer internship program must have completed at least one quarter of participation (Autumn or Spring Quarters) in the Kyoto program within the same academic year.
By the time they begin their summer internship, students will need to have completed at least one or two years of Japanese language depending on their major classification, as follows:
- STEM major students and prospective STEM major students must have completed JAPANLNG 3 or 3K.
- Non-STEM major students and prospective non-STEM major students must have completed JAPANLNG 23 or 23K.
Students who are unsure of the STEM or non-STEM classification of their major should contact the Kyoto Program’s Internship Coordinator for additional information.
The Kyoto Program’s Internship Coordinator works to place all students in fully funded internships (accommodation and stipend provided) related to their academic and career interests. Student interns are expected to participate in the internship in Japan from late June for a 10-week period. Interns are placed in organizations of all sizes and structures, from multinationals such as Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu and Kawasaki, to leading research institutions such as University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, through to entrepreneurial start-ups such as Appirits, Q-Games and NaviPlus. The program also strives to place students with highly specialized interests in appropriate organizations, with past placements including Kyoto University Hospital, a family-run taiko drum shop, and an organic farm.
The program in Madrid is open Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters and has a language requirement of one year of college-level Spanish (SPANLANG 3 or SPANLANG 2A). In addition to opportunities to explore Spain’s culture, science, and society through a variety of humanities, health and social science courses, the Madrid program offers engineering students with sufficient language fluency the possibility of enrolling in courses at the Universidad Politécnica, one of Spain’s premier engineering universities. Its Industrial Engineering School is close to the Stanford Center and offers courses that are of interest to Stanford students. Students can also participate in academic internships as part of the course “Integration into Spanish Society.” Students interested in enrolling in a course in Universidad Politécnica or doing an engineering internship should contact the Madrid Center in advance. Also, the program in Madrid offers an Autumn Quarter course approved for Civil & Environmental Engineering called “Cities and Creativity: Cultural and Architectural Interpretations of Madrid: (OSPMADRD 8A). In addition, engineering students can enroll in one SCPD course per quarter from a selected list.
My academic work at Oxford reached a level of intensity that was difficult to attain at Stanford because the one on one tutorials forced me to focus my research interest into a coherent investigation of a single question. I have never been so excited to do research in my life because Oxford gave me a brilliant and energetic teacher that met with me individually for two to three hours per week. It was the first time that I ever felt like I had a part in the learning process because the classes were driven solely by my input and interest. -- BOSP Oxford Alum
The reason an engineering major would plan to study in Oxford is access to Oxford University’s unique style of teaching and learning: the tutorial. The tutorial is the characteristic pedagogical method for undergraduates at Oxford University. Stanford students enrolled in the Oxford Program typically take one tutorial worth 7 units and one seminar for 5 units. Most students are able to focus their tutorial on a specific area of research that interests them, and engineering students are encouraged to propose focused study on topics that support their long-term research ambitions. These classes have a highly personalized, demanding, and rewarding form of instruction. They involve a once-weekly meeting with a member of the Oxford academic community over the eight weeks of Oxford term and approximately 20 hours per week of independent research.
Engineering majors are also able to meet with the faculty and undergraduate students majoring in engineering science at Oxford University. Stanford students can attend supplemental lectures from this program and network with faculty and students about their research projects, although it is important to note that this work is not for credit. There are a wide variety of of lecture topics available; students should consult with the program director to establish which courses will be on offer in their chosen term. Engineering students can also enroll in one SCPD course per quarter from a selected list.
Finally, it is worth noting that the seminar courses available to students studying in Oxford will often offer an opportunity to satisfy SI and AII Ways requirements while also engaging with the United Kingdom’s rich literature and history in a stimulating hands-on way. The Montag Center for Overseas Studies in Oxford offers courses in Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. The BOSP website has a list that students can review to see the range of tutorials, but engineers with specific requests are encouraged to contact the center’s staff directly
Engineering students can also enroll in one SCPD course per quarter from a selected list.
Studying in Paris was incredible and I think impossible to completely understand unless experienced. Not only was having classes in French in a French university setting interesting, but it seemed like the entire city acted like a classroom. All academic, artistic, social, and cultural experiences are part of the program. -- BOSP Paris Alum
The Bing Overseas Studies Program, the School of Engineering, and the Department of French and Italian are working together to provide opportunities for engineering students studying in Paris. The Stanford Program in Paris is located in the Institut Supérieur d’Électronique de Paris (ISEP). ENGR 50 is offered as a tutored video course in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Students in this course meet weekly for tutoring with a member of the ISEP or another engineering school faculty member. In addition, the course OSPPARIS 40M (Same as ENGR 40M) is offered Autumn and Spring in Paris. This course includes an on-site lab in Paris. The Stanford Campus instructor works in tandem with a local TA from the ISEP.Engineering students can also enroll in one SCPD course per quarter from a selected list.
One year of college-level French (FRENLANG 3) is required to participate in the Paris Program (except for Winter Quarter, under specific circumstances). Internship arrangements are continuously being expanded in France. One of the newest academic internship offerings involves participation in a Computer Science or Electronic Engineering Lab during the Autumn, Winter, or Spring, Quarters. To be eligible for this internship, students are expected to have some background in electronics or microelectronics, but not necessarily French, as much of the research can be performed in English. These new research internships are often financed by French companies or hospitals and are excellent ways to pursue research in your field in Paris while getting to know French and international researchers at the ISEP, your host institution. They include research in the fields of image processing, robotics connection, radio digitalization, and object tracking. A second network of internships is based on students' specific interests and requests and can accommodate the diverse interests of engineering students. These require students spend two quarters in Paris, either Autumn and Winter or Winter and Spring. The first quarter is devoted to gauging students' interests and preparing for the experience, the second, to the internships themselves. It is also possible to spend one quarter only in Paris and benefit from these arranged internships, but in this case, sufficient French language skills are required (place into French 23P upon arrival).
With ecosystems extending from the desert to the Antarctic, Chile incorporates a unique range of environments. Located in Santiago, the BOSP program is open Autumn, Spring, and Summer Quarters with the majority of its courses taught in Spanish. A thematic quarter with a focus in the areas of ecology and urban planning has been offered since Spring Quarter 2012-13. A Civil and Environmental Engineering approved course on Chilean energy management and policy is offered in Summer Quarter. Internships can be arranged with organizations concerned with renewable energies and seismic technology. Through the language-partner program, Stanford students interact with Chilean students, often engineering students, to develop their language skills. Students who stay for two quarters (Summer and Autumn Quarters), and have a high level of Spanish proficiency, can take courses, including engineering courses, at the two major local universities, the Universidad de Chile, and the Universidad Católica de Chile. The language requirement is one year of Spanish (SPANLANG 3 or SPANLANG 2A). Engineering students can also enroll in one SCPD course from a selected list.
Overseas Seminars and Faculty-Initiated Programs
BOSP’s Overseas Seminars and Faculty-Initiated Programs (FIPs) are innovative and rewarding study abroad opportunities. Proposed, taught, and led by Stanford Faculty Leaders, these three/four-week intensive courses take place during Summer Quarter. These courses are designed to integrate academic content in the Faculty Leader’s area of expertise and utilize the unique resources of the program location. Engineering faculty who will be teaching Seminars in Summer 2018 are Manu Prakash from Bioengineering, Robert Sinclair from Materials Science & Engineering, and Mykel Kochenderfer from Aeronautics and Astronautics. Locations for the 2017-18 Summer Quarter Overseas Seminars and FIPs are Chile and Argentina, Denmark and Sweden, India, Italy, Mexico, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, and United Kingdom. More information about these study abroad opportunities can be found at
Other BOSP Programs and Resources
In addition to the programs mentioned above, the Bing Overseas Studies Program also offers a Winter Quarter program in Istanbul and a consortium program in Kyoto (KCJS). Keep in mind that in any quarter of study, Stanford Engineering faculty members may be faculty-in-residence at one of the BOSP programs, thus providing expanded opportunities for engineering students.
For students interested in information on non-Stanford programs, a BOSP staff member can advise you regarding the processes involved when studying in a non-Stanford program and applying for transfer credit.
Information about applications and deadlines can be found at BOSP's website as well as complete and up-to-date descriptions of BOSP opportunities and the range of academic options offered overseas.
The School of Engineering offers Summer Engineering and Technology Study Tours in collaboration with the Bing Overseas Studies Program.
For information on scholarships for study and research abroad or overseas internships and short-term work, see the “Summer Employment and Career Planning” section later in this handbook.
Overseas Resource Center
The Overseas Resource Center (ORC), located on the second floor of the Bechtel International Center, offers advising for undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and recent alumni pursuing scholarships for study and research abroad. There are numerous opportunities for technical students who wish to pursue overseas study, research, or work opportunities. Visit the ORC or consult our website at to find out what’s available.
Scholarships for Study and Research Abroad
The ORC is Stanford’s advising center for numerous international fellowship opportunities. Information on several hundred scholarships – from travel grants to single/multi-year, fully-funded study and research opportunities – can be found in the ORC. We also hold group information sessions in the winter and spring quarters.
- Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships: It is a common misconception that these scholarships are geared towards students in the humanities. Engineering students are strongly encouraged to look into these opportunities. The Rhodes and the Marshall awards are for study in the UK, the Mitchell is for study in Ireland.
- Fulbright Grants: These awards offer many STEM research/study opportunities in over 140 different countries.
- Churchill Scholarships: This award provides full financial support for one year of graduate work in engineering, mathematics, or the sciences through Churchill College, at the University of Cambridge
- Gates Cambridge Scholarships: These awards are offered to outstanding applicants outside the UK to pursue a graduate degree in any subject especially the STEM fields at the University of Cambridge.
- German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Awards: There are many opportunities for undergrads and graduates, especially those in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, to study, research, intern, and attend language training programs in Germany, ranging from 3 weeks to one year through these awards.
- Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program: This program provides funding for young graduates to conduct research abroad in the field of biomedical engineering and bioengineering. The award is available for many countries.
- Think Swiss Research Scholarship: This award offers undergraduates or graduate students 2 to 3 months opportunity to conduct research at a public Swiss university or research institute. This is open to students in a variety of fields including science and engineering.
- For a full list of scholarships and awards, please visit the ORC website.
Information on short-term work, internships, and volunteer and teaching abroad opportunities for technical and non-technical students. Many resources can be found on the ORC website; listed here are a few of the most popular work abroad programs for Stanford students.
IAESTE Training Program
The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an exchange program that provides opportunities for on-the-job practical training for students in engineering, architecture, agriculture, mathematics, computer science, and natural and physical sciences in 70 member countries. Participants must have completed their sophomore year. Trainees are paid a maintenance allowance adequate to cover living costs while in training. Fluency in the language is required for some countries. For more information, please visit the IAESTE website.
Coordinates work abroad, volunteering abroad and summer camp programs in Britain, Ireland, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Peru, Ghana, South Africa and Cambodia. Please see the BUNAC website.
Useful Funding Resources
IIE Study Abroad Funding
This valuable funding database allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad information that you need. You can do searches for technology and engineering fields too.
A comprehensive database that aggregates funding opportunities globally. Searches are possible by discipline, keyword, investigator type, by country and more. Stanford SUNet ID holders can access the site while on campus or create Pivot account for access off-campus.
Other services provided by the ORC
International Student Identification Cards (ISIC): The ORC is the office on campus that issues ISICs to students traveling abroad.
Passport photo taking service: The ORC provides a passport photo taking service. Please check the hours of this service.
Stanford Global Studies
The Stanford Global Studies Division (within the School for Humanities and Sciences) provides an arena for students and scholars to explore our increasingly complex world from multiple economic, political, social, technological and cultural perspectives within the framework of major world regions. The Global Studies Minor (28 units) is available to Stanford undergraduates from any major, and is designed to provide students an opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary study in one of six specializations.
Other International Opportunities on Campus
Stanford offers many different types of international opportunities to undergrads, many of which are open to School of Engineering students. Global Engineering Programs staff are happy to talk with you about these options and other program options outside of Stanford. When considering which opportunity is right for you, don't forget to check out these programs and centers: