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international engineering minor

International Engineering Minor

College of Engineering and Computer Science

University of Central Florida

current global situation

Multinational mergers and acquisitions becoming more commonplace

      • Siemens Westinghouse
      • Ford-Volvo
  • International collaborations becoming increasingly common
  • Essential for US engineers and researchers to experience their professional field from a multinational perspective.
  • Our national competitiveness depends on it!!!
Current Global Situation
advantages to you

Makes you more desirable to potential employers.

  • invaluable international perspective on your field.
  • Expand your cultural horizons.
  • Might learn a new language.
  • Meet new and different people
  • See the world and have fun.
  • Something to tell your grandkids
Advantages to You
international engineering minor1

Excellent vehicle to become globally competent and internationally aware

  • Completion of minor goes on transcript – proof of completion
  • Carefully selected partner institutions – all over the world.
    • Focus on Europe, Latin America and Asia
  • Work in progress, but program viable now.


International Engineering Minor
what does this minor consist of

Total of 18-20 hours.

  • Six to eight credits of a foreign language, preferably at UCF (but possibly overseas)
  • Three credits of cultural coursework at overseas partner institution
  • An experience abroad consisting of either:
    • Nine credits of engineering coursework that will count towards degree program, or
    • Three credits of engineering coursework and six credits of internship overseas
What does this minor consist of?
what if i don t want to go overseas

The IE minor requires an experience abroad.

    • Central focus of program!!!
      • No exceptions!!
  • Can be for:
      • 1 semester (minimum)
      • 2 semesters
  • Credits earned overseas can and must apply to degree.
  • Financial aid is available.
What if I don’t want to go overseas?
procedure phase i academic

Consult with the IE Minor advisor (Ms. Hilary Falcon, EN I–107) to:

    • Enroll in minor program
    • Select semester for study abroad
    • Select most appropriate overseas institution
    • Select coursework to take abroad
    • Assist w/ language requirements (if applicable)
    • Get written approval from your department so that coursework applies towards your degree.
    • If language training is not required, then submit to language fluency evaluation and obtain waiver.
    • Select and enroll in appropriate substitute classes if waiver is granted
Procedure Phase I - Academic
procedure phase ii logistic
Procedure Phase II - Logistic
  • Meet with counselor at the Office of International Studies (OIS) to make the logistics arrangements
      • See and/or contact Ms. Maureen Waked
    • Apply to overseas partner institution of choice
    • Make arrangements to enroll in appropriate classes there as well as at UCF
    • Make living arrangements

procedure phase iii final

Apply for need-based or merit-based scholarships.

  • Get your passport.
  • Apply for and secure visa
  • Purchase Airline tickets
Procedure Phase III – Final
procedure phase iv
Procedure – Phase IV
  • Pack your bags and go
phase v upon completion of semester

Grades will be sent in by overseas institution to Office of International Studies.

  • Grade will be converted to A/B/C/D/F and assigned to your UCF course
  • You may remain in country for additional time
    • depending on country and length of visit.
  • You may wish to do an internship abroad.
Phase V - Upon Completion of Semester
  • UCF undergraduate in engineering, IT or computer science.
    • graduate students also OK, but some limitations apply
  • Junior or senior standing (not too close to graduation).
  • 2.5 GPA or recommendation from faculty.

Very important, but a bad excuse

  • Cost of tuition is same – you pay it at UCF
  • Cost of apartment is roughly same
  • Cost of food is roughly the same
  • Transportation on site generally cheaper - no car
  • Air fare: $500 to $2000, depending on location
  • Visa, passport, fees, etc: $500 to $1,000
  • Entertainment – can be high ($2K to $3K)

How much will it cost me?

financial aid

Several potential sources of financial aid

  • UCF general aid
  • UCF specific program aid
  • Third party opportunities
  • Paid internships
  • Rich uncle

Let’s go over these …

Financial Aid
ucf general aid

Several sources of small amounts of money are available throughout UCF

  • Burnett Honors College – grants available to members of the BHC ($1,000)
  • OIS – Small need-based grants are available from OIS ($1,000)
  • SGA – Provides small sums of $$ to cover some expenses ($300 to 500)
  • Professors who may have research funds for international collaborations
UCF General Aid
ucf specific program aid

Very attractive, but only for specific locations

  • Must meet eligibility criteria
    • US citizenship
    • Certain majors only for the various universities
  • Competitive, but not highly so
  • Students being currently sought!!
UCF Specific Program Aid
fipse capes program brazil

Provides up to $5,000 for study to Brazil

    • Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro (Rio)
    • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Rio Sul (Porto Alegre)
  • All undergraduate and graduate engineering, IT and CS students eligible
  • Must learn (or already speak) Portuguese.
  • Language training program available
    • At UCF
    • At PUCRS upon arrival in Brazil
FIPSE/CAPES Program - Brazil
fipse atlantis program eu

Atlantis DeSIRE

    • Provides up to $5,000 for study to
      • France (Universite Joseph Fourier - Grenoble)
      • Poland (AGH Univ. of Science & Technology – Krakow)
      • Czech Republic (Brno University of Technology)
  • Undergraduate and graduate students eligible
    • But some constraints exist
  • English language instruction possible
    • … but not guaranteed.
FIPSE Atlantis Program - EU
third party organizations

Many organizations provide funds for study abroad.

  • The Gilman Foundation (
  • The Lincoln Scholarship Program (Google it)
  • The Fulbright Program (
  • The Whitaker Foundation (
  • National Security Education Program(
Third Party Organizations
other resources

Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Domestic Exchange and Study Abroad Programs
  • International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search
  • International Scholarships
  • Financial Aid for Study Abroad
  • Study Abroad Loans
  • SIT Study Abroad
  • Study Abroad Scholarships and Financial Aid
Other Resources
j nk ping university sweden

Located in Jönköping, about 400 km southwest of Stockholm, 5 hours by train.

  • Beautiful, medium size city at foot of Lake Vatern (2nd largest in Sweden).
  • 20 UCF engineering students have participated.
Jönköping University - Sweden
m lardalen university sweden

Medium size industrial city, 100 km west of Stockholm, 1 hour by train.

  • Easy access to Stockholm
  • Three UCF students have participated.
Mälardalen University - Sweden
u niversite de pierre and marie curie paris vi france
Universite de Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris VI - France
  • One of the top universities in France
  • Most engineering and CS disciplines
  • In Paris, near the heart of left bank
  • Need we say more?
universite joseph fourier grenoble france
Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France
  • Located in Grenoble, France
  • Financial aid available
technical university of ilmenau germany
Technical University of Ilmenau - Germany
  • Small city in the former East Germany.
  • Located in Thuringia - “The green heart of Germany”
  • Rolling hills and beautiful countryside.
  • About 30 min. drive from Erfurt, a beautiful, medieval city.
fh gelsenkirchen germany
FH Gelsenkirchen - Germany
  • Mid-size town in the industrial and cultural center of Germany – the Ruhr Region, European Capital of Culture in 2010.
  • Loads of traditional and alternative cultural offerings.
  • Strong on future energy.
  • Cooperation with Siemens Power Generation: Internships possible.
fh erfurt germany
FH Erfurt - Germany
  • Medieval city in Thuringia.
  • Internships with Siemens possible
  • CS, CpE and IT majors only for internship
agh university of science and technology krakow poland
AGH University of Science and Technology – Krakow, Poland
  • General technical university.
  • Krakow is a beautiful historic city
  • Financial support available
brno university of technology brno czech republic
Brno University of Technology – Brno, Czech Republic
  • General purpose technical university in the Czech Republic
  • Near Prague and Germany
universidad de costa rica san jose costa rica
Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • General university with many majors
  • Most engineering disciplines covered
  • Beautiful country with stunningly beautiful sights
university of the west of england bristol uk
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
  • Limited to Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering students at the moment.
universidad pontifica catolica de rio sul porto alegre brazil
Universidad PontificaCatolica de Rio Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Good university specializing in aerospace engineering.
  • Near to Embraer
universidade federal de rio de janeiro brazil
Universidade Federal De Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
  • Most prestigious university in Brazil.
  • Potential for research available
universidad de cantabria santander spain
Universidad de Cantabria - Santander, Spain
  • Small, high quality university
  • Located in Santander, a seaside resort city in the north coast
iqs barcelona spain
IQS, Barcelona, Spain
  • Prestigious institute in Barcelona
universidad de jaen jaen spain
Universidad de Jaen, Jaen, Spain
  • Good university in what they call the “Paradise of the Interior” (of Spain).
other current study locations
Other Current Study Locations
  • Costa Rica
    • CR Institute of Technology, Cartago
  • Hong Kong
    • HK Institute of Technology
  • Japan
    • Wakamaya University, Osaka
    • Yamaguchi University, near Hiroshima
  • Poland
    • Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice
  • Jordan
    • Princess Sumaya University, Amman
future study locations
Future Study Locations
  • China
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Chile
  • Mexico
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
interested then contact
Interested? Then contact:

Ms. Hilary Falcon


EN I 107

Dr. Avelino Gonzalez


HEC 329

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