International Engineering Program

See the world from another perspective

Spanish IEP student, Michael Logar hikes in the Torres del Paine, Patagonia during a year abroad in Chile

Photograph courtesy Michael Logar

When you connect meaningfully across cultures, you begin to see the world from a perspective that is different from your own. Taking on the world’s challenges requires the type of thinker who can look at a problem from multiple vantage points and find solutions others can’t see.

The International Engineering Program, or IEP, offers an unparalleled experience for students looking to become truly global engineers. You’ll earn two degrees simultaneously: a B.S. in an engineering discipline and a B.A. in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Global Language Area Studies with a concentration in Japanese. By combining the power of a world-class engineering program, immersion in a foreign language and culture and a year studying and interning abroad, the five-year program prepares engineers who can work collaboratively and efficiently on international teams.

The University of Rhode Island's groundbreaking International Engineering Program (IEP) serves as a model for engineering and language educators across the entire country.
The Institute of International Education
100%IEP graduates study study abroad for 1 calendar year (compared to .1% EGR students nationally)
~900Students placed in internships abroad (to date)
32%Female IEP students (compared to 20% national average)
24%IEP students from underrepresented populations


  • Marking a Quarter Century of the ACIEE - URI’s IEP hosted the 25th Annual Colloquium on International Engineering Education in Fall 2022, inviting academics, researchers and industry partners from all over the country and the world to discuss important issues within this field.
  • Fall ’23 in the IEP LLC - The IEP Living Learning Community welcomed 72 residents this fall, bouncing back to pre-pandemic numbers.
  • IEP Alumni Feature: Where It All Began - Jodi Ashmun ‘01, recent recipient of the Society of Women Engineers’ WE Local Legacy Award, reflects on how joining the IEP helped shape her life and career.
  • IEP Alumni Feature: When Opportunity Knocks - Robyn Johnson ‘20 shares about her career path post-graduation, how she landed a new job in Barcelona with Nestlé and how her IEP experiences in Chile helped prepare her for this next chapter.


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