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Four engineering students spent last summer in Spain researching advanced materials at the Madrid Microelectronics Institute (IMM). The eight-week fellowship offered the students a chance to perform leading-edge research while living, working, and learning in an international, multicultural environment.

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“Every Rensselaer student—whether an engineer, scientist, architect, artist, scholar, or manager—can benefit from studying abroad, participating in an overseas internship, or some other international experience. The benefit is too great to ignore.”
—Prabhat Hajela, provost.

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Study Abroad and Other International Opportunities REACH

Study abroad has become an integral part of a well-rounded undergraduate experience.

A period of study abroad allows students to develop a broader perspective on their academic field of study while earning credit toward a Rensselaer degree. Students will gain a deeper understanding not only of the culture in which they will be living, but also the culture of the U.S. and its place in today’s global society.

Rensselaer provides international opportunities for undergraduates, including semester-long study abroad and exchange opportunities, short-term and faculty-led international programs, and other international experiences such as internships and service learning.

All students are encouraged and expected to take advantage of some sort of international experience during their four-year undergraduate education.

Semester Programs

Rensselaer offers semester study abroad and exchange opportunities for undergraduate students in more than 15 countries on four continents. Options are available for students in virtually every discipline, and credits are fully transferrable to the Rensselaer degree subject to departmental approval. Students who participate in affiliated study abroad programs may take advantage of both Rensselaer and federal financial aid.

Affiliated semester programs include:

  • Architecture Programs are open by competitive application to students in their 5th semester and above; these programs offer semester-long experiences in Italy, India, Latin America, and China.

  • International Management Exchange Program (IMEP) provides 3rd- and 4th-year management students with the opportunity to spend a semester at a top-rated business school in one of 10 countries, including Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.

  • Undergraduate Exchanges are open to students in all disciplines. These programs provide students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the daily life and culture of the host institution and country. While generally open to students with junior standing, second-semester sophomores and first-semester seniors may be considered.

  • Global Engineering Education Exchange Program (Global E3) is an international exchange program for engineering and computer scienc students at member institutions. The program offers the opportunity for United States students to study in one of 17 countries and for international students at partner campuses to study in the United States.
REACH Brochure (PDF)
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International Brochure (PDF)
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Short-Term Programs

Short-term programs offer students the opportunity for an international experience outside of a traditional semester of study abroad. Options include a three-week intensive Chinese language and culture program in January organized by Rensselaer and Nanyang Technological University, and summer study and research programs at partner institutions in Denmark, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea.

Faculty-Led Programs

Rensselaer faculty regularly lead groups of students to international destinations. Faculty-led programs may be offered as extensions of semester courses or as short-term research opportunities. Recent examples include travel to South Africa to focus on project work and technological solutions to address problems in the developing world, and a summer innovation workshop in Denmark.

Other Opportunities

Opportunities for international study are regularly made available outside of the traditional semester and summer options. Recent examples include a weeklong Undergraduate Research Academy in Pune, India, and ongoing programs in Ghana and South Africa that focus on project work and innovative technological solutions to address problems in the developing world.

For More Information:
Office of International Programs
Academy Hall, 4th Floor, Suite 4226
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590
Phone: (518) 276-3411
Web: undergrad.rpi.edu (click on the Office of International Programs tab)

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