Study Abroad

Would you like to expand your horizons, immerse yourself in a vibrant new culture, and gain new insights into your own way of life while earning your Carnegie Mellon degree? Why not consider enrolling in an exchange program?

With careful planning, any ECE student in good standing may study abroad. A variety of exchange options are available to students at Carnegie Mellon. Most of these programs focus on the student's junior year. Opportunities may be found for exchange study in schools in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Based on their interest, ECE students may choose to participate in one of two types of opportunities which are outlined below.

  1. ECE Department sponsored international exchange programs, which are administered through the ECE undergraduate and student relations offices, or;
  2. Programs that have been approved by the ECE Department, and are administered through the Office of International Education.

Sponsored international exchange programs

Programs at the following universities are sponsored by the ECE Department and are administered through the ECE undergraduate and student relations offices:

National Chiao-Tung University & Industrial Internships
(Hsinchu, Taiwan)

The ECE Department has launched a partnership with National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan. This new agreement establishes an undergraduate student exchange program and allows up to ten of our students to study at NCTU for a semester or a year. Carnegie Mellon students from both the ECE and CS departments who have completed one year of study are encouraged to apply.

Carnegie Mellon students who study in Taiwan during the Spring semester may elect to be placed in industrial internships there during the summer months. In addition, students from NCTU will have the opportunity to come to Carnegie Mellon to experience life and study in the U.S.

Students who participate in this program receive their regular financial aid package and are responsible for accommodation, meal, and travel expenses; medical insurance and/or medical expenses not covered by the approved health insurance of each country or university; textbooks, clothing, and personal expenses; passport and visa costs; non-compulsory incidental fees; and all other debts incurred during the course of the program.

Program Highlights
  • Industrial internships with world-class IT companies.
  • Rich multicultural experiences.
  • Cutting-edge research in science and technology.
  • National laboratory support.
  • Comprehensive language training.

Approved university exchange programs

The ECE Department participates in several university-wide undergraduate exchange programs. Transfer credit for studies at some universities has been pre-approved, so that special departmental approval procedures are unnecessary.

Two such university exchange programs are located in Lausanne, Switzerland and Monterrey, Mexico. Students who participate in one of these programs receive their regular financial aid package and are responsible for room, board, travel, and miscellaneous expenses.

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
(Lausanne, Switzerland)

The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland is a full-year program open to ECE majors in their junior year. Previous study in French is preferred but not required. Students who are not fluent in French may enroll in a three-month intensive French language program with no increase in tuition; those who are fluent in French may participate in an optional internship at EPFL in place of the language program. The application deadline is in November for the following year.