International Engineering Program

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The International Engineering Program offers programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

German Dual Degree Master’s and Doctoral Programs

Administered in collaboration with Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany, this program enables students to complete simultaneous engineering master’s degrees from both institutions over a two-year period or a doctorate from both institutions. This project was jump-started by the generous support of the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi), and additional funds from an NSF PIRE grant. It is currently supported by the Max Kade Foundation. For more information, contact Dr. Sigrid Berka at .

Undergraduate Programs

IEP students pursue two degrees simultaneously. Each student couples a Bachelor of Arts in one of five foreign languages along with a Bachelor of Science in one of eight engineering disciplines. Please visit the curriculum page for detailed curricula for each program.

Please note that to be considered an IEP graduate, you must complete a full year abroad  (including a semester at a partner institution and an international internship). During your internship semester you MUST be enrolled in 6 credits in a language study abroad course (course numbers vary by language).


Alissa McKechnie in ChinaCurriculum

The significant impact of China on the world’s culture and economy is undisputed. From the iPhone to the latest must-have holiday toy, China serves as the global hub for production of everyday items. Companies around the world need engineers that can communicate with Chinese partners. Our program will immerse you in engineering along with the language and culture of China.

Students in the Chinese IEP spend a semester at Zheijiang University in Hangzhou, China. Following their time at Zheijiang, students spend six months at a paid internship (paid either by the company or scholarship) in China at a major global engineering firm. In the past, students have interned at the likes of Hasbro, Bayer Technology Services and General Motors.

Honors-eligible Chinese IEP students who are highly motivated and wish to work towards Superior language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese have the additional option of joining the URI Chinese Language Flagship Partner Program.



France is one of Europe’s largest economies and home to major engineering firms such as Schneider Electric and Toray. As a language, French is widely spoken around the world and one of the official languages of the European Union and United Nations. French IEP students have a unique opportunity to study a beautiful language while interning at major companies with major investments around the world.

French IEP students spend a semester at the University of Technology of Compiègne in France. Students then complete a six-month paid internship (paid either by the company or scholarship) at an engineering firm in France or in French-speaking Canada or Switzerland.


Anthony Ragusa in GermanyCurriculum

The country that gave us the BMW, high-speed trains and other engineering feats is a perfect place to learn cutting-edge engineering. Students in the German engineering program rub shoulders with some of the world’s most respected engineers and spend time in a country centrally located in Europe.

Students in the German IEP spend a semester at the Braunschweig University of Technology or Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. Students then hold a paid internship (paid either by the company or scholarship) at an engineering firm. Students have previously interned at BMW, ZF, Züblin, Lufthansa Technik and many others.



Launched in fall 2013, the Italian IEP brings students to beautiful Italy. With its engineers focused on quality and design, Italy offers aspiring engineers training for careers focused on innovation.

Italian IEP students spend a semester at University of Calabria in southern Italy followed by a six-month internship in a global engineering firm. Internship host companies  encompass various engineering disciplines and include the following: IBM, Altila, DLVsystem (Computer Engineering); Bitron (Mechanical, Industrial Engineering); BSP Pharmaceuticals, Sterling (Chemical, Biomedical Engineering, and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Erica (Chemical Engineering); Hi Tech Sol (Electrical Engineering); Manini Prefabbricati, Marcantonini, Sicoma (Mechanical, Civil, Industrial Engineering). For more information on the Italian IEP, please visit



One of the most widely spoken languages in the world, fluency in Spanish is a necessity for many global engineering careers. The demand for culturally sophisticated bilingual professionals capable of functioning in our diverse global marketplace is expected to increase in the coming years, especially as the economies of Europe and Latin America expand. Even here in the United States, Spanish is spoken widely at engineering firms.

Spanish IEP students study abroad in Spain, Mexico or Chile. Spanish partner universities include the University of Navarra, University of Cantabria and University of Zaragoza. In Mexico, the program partners with the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and in Chile, with Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso in Chile. After their semester at a partner university, students complete paid internships (paid either by the company or scholarship) in Spain or in Latin America. Students have interned at Hilti in Spain and Sensata in Mexico, among other companies.

Engineering Disciplines

Sheida at HexagonIEP students earn a degree in one of eight engineering disciplines. All engineering programs focus on developing engineers who can innovate and thrive in our constantly changing global community. Click a discipline to learn more about the engineering program.

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