It’s no secret that the traditional perception of engineering students is a routine of working all day and rarely having any time for play. Let’s face it, for any diligent undergrad, hard work should be the standard, but our friends toiling away in their math and science lectures also need something other than textbooks and laboratory work to mix up their day to day activities. Enrolling in an engineering study abroad program is the perfect way to balance out all of that academic pain with some adventure and fun.

When trying to secure your dream job in a highly competitive market, like engineering, a study abroad experience truly can set you ahead of your peers. As the world itself becomes more global, employers are looking for those who are willing to travel, have experience doing so, and can represent their brand in a positive manner all around the world. Having engineering study abroad experience on your resume can indicate you have exceptional communication skills; you just have to make sure you are able to demonstrate the skills you’ve gained to employers as well as find a way to put the skills on your resume. 

Engineers across all disciplines have the bad reputation of being shy and antisocial. The famous joke goes: “You can tell an outgoing engineer because he is looking at your shoes instead of his own.” Studying abroad truly can improve your communication skills, because you will be exposed to different types of communication and education. Studying abroad teaches you to work with others.         

Out of over 250 engineering specialization programs, there are some which apply Engineering principles to a particular environment. Others focus on particular types of problems that may be encountered in many environments. Below are defined some of the many engineering specializations, beginning with the basic ones from which all others have developed:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bio Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Food Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Material/Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Marine/Naval Architecture/Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

There are all types of engineers and all types of engineering programs; so it makes sense that you can study engineering almost anywhere in the world. Gaining new perspective in engineering is important for your overall education.  After all, engineers always have to think outside of the box.  What better way to expand your horizons than studying somewhere new?