International Exchange Program

Cal Poly offers many opportunities for students to study abroad!  One option for engineering students is to participate in an exchange program.  The College of Engineering’s International Exchange Program (IEP) has established exchange agreements with reputable engineering universities around the world.  Our exchange programs offer a unique opportunity for engineering students to complete engineering coursework while studying abroad and at the same time exposing them to the increasing demands of our global economy.  Students should follow the steps below to learn more!

Step #1: Attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop

Your first step towards studying abroad is attending a mandatory Study Abroad Workshop.  Sign up for a Study Abroad 101 Workshop now!

Step #2: Determine when to go abroad for your major

Use these flowcharts to identify various study abroad options for your major!

Table with Major Flowcharts

AERO

AERO IEP Flowchart

BMED

BMED IEP Flowchart

 

CE

CE IEP Flowchart

CSC

CSC IEP Flowchart

   

CPE

CPE IEP Flowchart

EE

EE IEP Flowchart

ENVE

ENVE IEP Flowchart

GENE

GENE IEP Flowchart

 

 

IE

IE IEP Flowchart

MFGE

MFGE IEP Flowchart

MATE

MATE IEP Flowchart

ME

ME IEP Flowchart

 

SE

SE IEP Flowchart

 

Step #3: Explore Options for Engineering Abroad

Engineering Exchange Programs

Chalmers University of Technology- Goteborg, Sweden

Chalmers Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken in Chalmers for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad. Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the program closest to Cal Poly major. Under Teaching language, select “English" and the study period you wish to attend (Fall: Period 1 & 2, Winter & Spring: Period 3 & 4). Under Education cycle, select "Second-cycle" to indicate Masters-level classes which are the classes available in English for exchange students.

Scholarship Opportunity

Chalmers offers $1000 (USD) scholarship for both incoming and outgoing Mechanical Engineering (ME) students. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be in the ME major. For questions please contact Christine Haas at cehaas@calpoly.edu.

Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences- Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken in Karlsruhe for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select HsKA “International Program” language of instruction English, then select as appropriate: Computer Science or Engineering & Sciences, you may also look into “Additional Study Options for international students: rEnergy." 

KTH Royal Institute of Technology- Stockholm, Sweden

KTH Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at KTH for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the program closest to Cal Poly major. Under Teaching language, select “English" and the study period you wish to attend (Fall: Period 1 & 2, Winter & Spring: Period 3 & 4). Under Education cycle, select "Second-cycle" to indicate Masters-level classes which are the classes available in English for exchange students.

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts- Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at Lucerne for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the course under subject to view the course description, courses in the 3rd, 4th year are more likely to be upper division. ECTS refers to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. To determine the credit transfer rate divide the ECTS credits by 2, then multiply by 1.5 to get quarter units.  

Munich Universitiy of Applied Sciences- Munich Germany

Munich- Academic Year

Munich Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at Munich for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Scroll down and select a semester course list. Click on the course titles for course descriptions and related information. 

Munich- Summer Program

Munich Summer Program Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Pre-approved Courses

This is a list of courses that have been pre-approved for Cal Poly credit.  Courses listed here do not need a course substitution.  However, any course not on the pre-approved list will need to approved via a course substitution petition

Swinburne University of Technology- Victoria, Australia

Swinburne Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at Swinburne for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the major that will correspond best with the courses you are planning to take abroad. Select from the drop down menu the "international student" option. . Scroll down to see the course offered for that major and when they are offered (semester 1 or 2). You can download the course syllabus by clicking on the course that interests you.

TECNUN University of Navarra, School of Engineering- San Sebastian, Spain

TECNUN Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

TECNUN Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken at TECNUN for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Courses offered in English

Select the course under subject to view the course description, courses in the 3rd, 4th year are more likely to be upper division. ECTS refers to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. To determine the credit transfer rate divide the ECTS credits by 2, then multiply by 1.5 to get quarter units.  The column "En Ingles" refers to how much of the course will be given in English. Tecnun offers subjects that are given completely or partially in English. The next column refers to when the courses are offered: 1 Sem (Cal Poly's Fall quarter only), and 2 Sem (Cal Poly's Winter & Spring quarters).

Other Engineering Abroad Programs

CEA: University Carlos III de Madrid- Madrid, Spain

Madrid Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken in Madrid for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below. 

CEA: Paris, France

Paris Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

Pre-Approved Major/Support and GE Courses available Fall 2019 Quarter/Semester (see below)

CEA Paris Course Cal Poly Equivalent               
Statics (4.5) ME 211 (3)
Calculus III (4.5) MATH 241 (4)
Differential Equations (4.5) MATH 244 (4)
French Language (4.5) Any level GE  C1 or C2 (4)
Haute Couture in Paris: History of Style & Fashion (4.5) GE C4 (4)
2oth Century Art: A History of Modernism (4.5) GE C4 (4)

Other Major/Support Courses Options for SPRING semester that require approval (see below)

CEA Paris Course                     Cal Poly Equivalent *substituion required*
Dynamics (4.5) ME 212 (3)
Thermodynamics (4.5) ME 302 (3) 
Fluid Mechanics (4.5) ME 341 (3)

*In addition, there may be other GE Course Options that reuire substitution approval* 

CEA: Barcelona, Spain Engineering Summer 2020 Program

Planning Tools (Coming Soon)

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit (Coming Soon)

For more information about this program see: https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/program/program-details/engineering-826/summer-2020-july-6-week-9797

 

CSU International Program at Tecnologico de Monterrey- Queretaro, Mexico

Planning Tools

Everything a student will need to know including: how/when to apply, eligibility, cost, etc.

Possible Course Credit

This document shows the courses Cal Poly students have taken for credit.  This list is unofficial and for planning purposes only. Students should have substitution petitions approved prior to completing the coursework abroad.  Students are not limited to the courses on the "Sample Course List" and are encouraged to conduct more research using the link below.

Step #4: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get Cal Poly credit from abroad courses?

Students should submit substitution petitions prior to going abroad.  These petitions can be picked up in Engineering Student Services (40-115).  Note: substitution petitions are not required prior to applying.

See links in Step #3 above for previously approved courses.

Once courses are completed abroad, students should request to have their official transcripts sent to Cal Poly.  Cal Poly's Office of the Registrar will then input the courses into at student's DPR (this process can take up to a quarter). 

How many units do students typically take abroad?

There is no unit restriction or minimum for our exchange programs, except for students who are on financial aid. For students on financial aid, please meet with an financial aid advisor to discuss the unit requirement to keep your aid while you are abroad. In general, we encourage students to take a full load (12 Cal Poly units) to be a competitive applicant. Please use the unit conversion above to calculate the number of Cal Poly units you plan to take while you are on exchange. 

How do study abroad courses/grades affect my GPA?

Courses taken abroad will be calculated into a student's Higher Education GPA and grades in major courses will be applied to a student's major GPA.  

Can I arrange to take my finals at Cal Poly when returning from abroad?

If the semester you are abroad overlaps into Cal Poly's upcoming quarter due to the abroad school's finals schedule, please try the following options:

  1. Ask the professor if it is possible to take the exam earlier (You should communicate with the professor as soon as you are enrolled in their class the possibility of taking the exam earlier - typically soon after the class is completed/prior to the final schedule)
  2. If you do not have the option of taking the exam early - ask if you can have the exam proctored by Cal Poly Testing Services. You will need to email testing services and follow-up with your professor and any other people involved to make sure you are able to take the exam, earn a grade, and submit your transcripts to Cal Poly when finished.

Step #5: Contact Us

Drop-in Hours

  • There are no scheduled IEP drop-in hours over summer.  For more information call 805-756-1461 to set up an appointment.

Contact Information

  • Email: intlengr@calpoly.edu
  • Location: Building 40 Room 115

IEP Staff

  • Maria Zavala, Academic Advisor, Coordinator of International Exchange Programs
  • Garrett Pun, Peer Advisor for International Exchange Programs

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