Since 1987, the International Engineering Program has provided an unmatched global engineering experience for students looking to leave their mark on society. Jointly administered by the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences, the IEP marries engineering and foreign language during a seamless five-year experience.
Students here do not just learn about global engineering, they live it. Students spend a year abroad studying at a partner university and interning at a prestigious engineering firm like BMW, Bayer, Hasbro, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens and many more. Since 1990, the IEP has placed 511 students in six-month internships in Germany, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Spain, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Canada and China. Now that’s real-world experience.
Engineering graduates with foreign language skills and international experience are in demand. Our graduates often command high salaries and gain entry into leadership-track positions because of their deep understanding and appreciation of the global economy. That understanding makes them attractive even in times of economic downturn as companies look for new partners and markets in foreign lands.
We offer two comfortable houses for IEP students looking for a close-knit living and learning community. The Heidi Kirk Duffy Center features single and double rooms, an exclusive dining hall serving international cuisine and parking directly behind the two houses. Students also enjoy special programming such as coffee hours, film screenings and visits from corporate recruiters.
We graduate truly international engineers. Students do not learn a foreign language and engineering separately. Instead, students take engineering classes in a foreign language, live and intern abroad and participate in a wide array of cultural events. Our close coordination between language and engineering learning means students learn to apply their language skills to engineering and vice versa.
Recognition for the International Engineering Program comes from around the world. In 2014, the IEP was one of four universities awarded President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant. The Institute of International Education honored the IEP with the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education and called the program “a model for engineering and language educators across the country.” Our innovative engineering curriculum earned the IEP the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Internationalization. IEP co-founder John Grandin won the Federal Cross of Honor from the Federal Republic of Germany for his work building the program. But we’re not stopping there. Our continuous quest to innovate means students will always be on the cutting edge of global learning.