The number of college students travelling abroad for their studies is growing. Each academic year, a group of chemical and biological engineering students takes their studies abroad through the Education Abroad program.
“Just go! It doesn’t matter where or for how long, just go. Ignore your fears and other discouraging factors, and go be changed for the better.”
Why Study Abroad?
Students who have elected to participate in an Education Abroad experience come back to campus with a unique engineering perspective, worldly and lifelong friends, incredible memories and experiences, and a new sense of self-confidence and self-awareness.
Picking up where you left off with your studies in a new country can be a refreshing experience, especially when lectures take a unique approach and academics are structured differently.
“I took Thermodynamics, Differential Equations, and Fluid Mechanics at the CEA Center in Paris. The courses felt different because classes were small, so the students had more opportunities to ask questions. The exams were very analytical and included theoretical calculus rather than solving, which made it very different from courses in America."
Concerns over language barriers, academic obstacles, and other challenges that come with entering a new environment become trivial when looking at the countless advantages a study abroad experience can provide.
“Travel always pushes you to your limits, you can get lost or scared or uncomfortable, but then you grow from every single situation. Being in a completely new culture and environment, around people you don’t know at all, is so freeing because you don’t have any sort of reputation or standard to uphold. You get to be completely and genuinely yourself, and doing so gives you the confidence to continue being that way once you get home.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How do students pay for the trip? Is it expensive?
All financial aid and most scholarships still apply when participating in Education Abroad. Many exchange programs are the equivalent cost of in-state tuition. For many out-ofstate students, an abroad experience can even be less expensive for a semester.
What if the lectures are in another language?
Programs are recommended based on the coursework being taught in English. Students may study the language of the country they are visiting, but being fluent is not an issue.
How do I organize my living arrangements?
Most programs will help you with your living arrangements, from Residence Hall type experience, to home stays (living with a local family), or apartment style living with roommate.
Will studying abroad delay my graduation?
Not necessarily. We encourage students interested in Education Abroad to start planning early, as soon as their first semester at CSU, then we can make sure that the plans are in place so the student stays on track.
What if I have a health issue while abroad?
Emergency contacts and plans are in place with the recommended programs and through the Office of International Programs at CSU.
Can I decide where and for how long I study abroad?
Usually students will be abroad for a semester, or a summer experience. Where you want to go is up to you, and making sure plans are in place in advance to stay on track with your curriculum.
Will someone be able to assist me once I arrive, or am I on my own?
Some programs meet students at the airport and transfer to the center and housing. Other programs require you to get to campus yourself, then there is orientation and help getting to your housing. Everyone is always taken care of.