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Study Abroad

Studying Abroad: Reasons and Feasibility

Have you considered studying abroad? Did you decide it wasn’t feasible or affordable? In most cases it is feasible with some planning. And, studying abroad costs less than you may think!

Benefits of Studying Abroad

  • Language. Even more important than practicing a foreign language, students who study abroad become experts at speaking in English with people who speak English as a second language, a valuable skill in the global field of engineering.
  • Challenges. Studying abroad presents a variety of challenges—challenges unlike the ones you’ll find on the Illinois campus. New challenges exercise creativity and hone problem solving skills, which are central to engineering
  • Culture. The appreciation students gain for foreign cultures while studying abroad enables them to work better in teams of engineers from all over the world. Learning to adjust to new cultures also prepares students for international travel throughout their careers.

Correcting Common Misconceptions

  • Cost. It costs far less to study abroad for a semester than to study on campus for a semester.  Considering tuition, fess, transportation, food, and housing, students save over $6,000 per semester.
  • Transfer Credit. The ECE Department values international experience. To encourage students to study abroad, the ECE Advising Office consistently approves transfer credit for technical courses before your program begins. While it is best to take core ECE classes on campus, it is easy to take technical electives, math courses, and general education courses abroad. You can graduate in eight semesters.

Plan Ahead

  • Make an eight semester plan that allows you to take core requirements on campus without getting behind. See the example below.
  • Visit the International Programs in Engineering (IPENG) Web site at engineering.illinois.edu/international.
  • Go to the IPENG office in 210 Engineering Hall and ask for some information about opportunities in countries that interest you. There are programs for an academic year, a semester, summer, and winter break.

Example of an Eight Semester Plan Designed Around Studying Abroad

There are many ways to arrange classes. Below is an example with no AP credit. If you have AP credit, you can easily study abroad your fourth semester. 

Semester

Class 1

Class 2

Class 3

Class 4

Class 5

Class 6

1st

CHEM 102

CHEM 103

MATH 221

ECE 110

ENG 100

General Education

2nd

PHYS 211

ECE 190

MATH 231

ECE 190

RHET 105

General Education

3rd  

PHYS 212

ECE 290

MATH 241

Technical Elective

General Education

 

4th

PHYS 213

PHYS 214

MATH 286

ECE 210

Technical Elective

General Education

5th

ECE 329

ECE 340

ECE LAB

Tech Elective

General Education

General Education

Abroad

ECE 313

Technical Elective

Technical Elective

General Education

General Education

 

7th

ECE 385

ECE LAB

Technical Elective

Technical Elective

General Education

General Education

8th

ECE 445 or 411

Technical Elective

Technical Elective

Technical Elective

 

 

Semester Abroad Cost Comparison for Freshmen Entering Fall 2008

Semester Abroad through IPENG

 

In-State Semester on Campus ***

Program Fee

$1,200

Range I Tuition

$4,621

Range IV Tuition

771

Eng. Tuition

2,076

Range IV Eng. Tuition

346

All Fees

808

UIUC General Fee

248

 

 

Processing Fee

350

 

 

Health Insurance

115

 

 

Airfare

*400

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housing

2,000

UIUC Room & Board

5,482

Food

1,200

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sub Total

$6,630

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stipend

**($500)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

$6,130

Total

$12,987

*Estimate. IPENG usually assists with airfare through the International Engineering Fellowship. All undergraduate engineering students who agree to complete a project and talk about their experiences upon returning receive the International Engineering Fellowship. Go to the IPENG office for details.

**IPENG pays a stipend of $500 per semester to students who study abroad for a semester or academic year.

*** Range IV Tuition is the same for residents and non-residents. Non-residents pay the same amount as residents to study abroad, yielding even bigger savings.