From Rome to Jordan to Scandinavia, many UW CEE students study abroad in other countries, enabling them to gain an international and historical engineering perspective. Supporting the cultivation of a global engineering mindset, UW CEE is unique in the number of study abroad opportunities led by department faculty.
Following a weekly spring quarter seminar, students spend 3 1/2 weeks on-site in Rome, where they analyze and evaluate civil infrastructure spanning 3,000 years, from ancient Rome to the present day. Students learn about aqueducts, fountains, subway systems, the Colosseum and bike along the oldest road in Rome. Led by CEE Professor Steve Muench, the Engineering in Rome program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, including those not enrolled in an engineering major.
To learn about water engineering in an arid land, the Engineering Jordan program takes students to Jordan where they visit drinking water treatment plants and wastewater treatment plants located throughout Northern Jordan. The program is organized in partnership with the Jordan University of Science and Technology and students from both universities learn together during the course. The course is open to graduate students, upperclassmen, pre-engineering students and non-science majors.
CEE graduate students participate in research in Scandinavia through the Valle Scholarship & Scandinavian Exchange Program, which promotes the exchange of graduate students between UW and schools in Nordic countries. The program is open to graduate students enrolled in either Civil & Environmental Engineering or Built Environments.
The Grand Challenges Impact Lab empowers students to solve global problems facing humanity, from food insecurity to the global water crisis to a lack of adequate housing and education. While spending an academic quarter in Bangalore, India, students are equipped with hands-on problem solving experience. Led by CEE professor Julian Marshall, the program draws undergraduate and graduate students from across campus, especially from engineering, environment, policy and health programs.
For students interested in studying abroad for an academic year or semester, a number of programs are available at partner institutions, which offer engineering courses in English. Academic year programs are best suited for juniors and seniors.
Many CEE students participate in the UW chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a student organization that draws on the expertise of students from all 10 engineering departments. Students work on a variety of engineering projects in disadvantaged communities around the world, with the goal of empowering communities, meeting basic needs and improving quality of life. The team is currently working to improve the water quality in Nicaragua and create a community gathering space in Guatemala.
More Study Abroad Options
Explore additional study abroad opportunities through the UW Study Abroad Office.