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International Experiences

The College of Engineering and Computer Science is excited to provide multiple options for undergraduate students to engage in international experiences including full semester study abroad, internships, and prestigious awards. Across these various opportunities a diverse student body will be able to find the best fit for their academic and career interests, gain cultural competency in an immersive setting, and be prepared to participate in a globalized economy as global citizen.

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)

Summer 2023 – South Korea

Our IRES site program aims at providing frontier research experiences in the development of low-dimensional materials for transducers (LDM4T) at university laboratories in Korea. Our site activities are structured to provide interdisciplinary research experiences in a global setting so students can contextualize research findings in real-world applications.

Program Highlights
  • Enjoy vibrant cultural scenes, rich history, and stunningly beautiful nature while visiting Korea.
  • 8-week long international summer research experiences (June – July, 2023)
  • Competitive stipend, travel and housing support
Who Should Apply?
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Juniors or Seniors majoring in Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering or Graduate Students in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Students interested in research and planning to attend graduate school

More information and application link can be found here:

Interested in applying, have questions? Email International Engineering Advisor: Nicholas Schenk (

Prepare for a Global Economy

In our increasingly global economy, it becomes essential that the US engineering and technical workforce clearly understand how engineering is done in other countries. This includes knowledge of and about international standards, overseas markets and the engineering cultures of other countries that give rise to those standards and responds to these markets. Global corporations such as Boeing, Ford, Toyota, Siemens, Sony, Hitachi, GM, IBM, GE, Microsoft and many others boast engineering and technology workforces that operate on an international scope. They have research laboratories, engineering design centers, manufacturing facilities and sales offices all over the world. Advances in communications have helped companies work multinationally, with teams of engineers around the world working together to design and manufacture products.

Such a global economy means that engineering and technology education must provide students with the tools and experience to compete and work in an international market. Although the equations of motion, Ohm’s Law and software tools work the same whether in China, Germany, Brazil or the USA, the cultural differences in the engineering work place are much different. The International Engineering Program at the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UCF addresses these issues by exposing the interested students to different cultures and languages – professional, technical as well as social. These provide an insight into how engineering is performed abroad and what ramifications that has on the US economy.

First Steps

Students interested in Studying Abroad or engaging in any international experience should first consult the Getting Started section. Additional research, reflection, and meeting with the CECS International Engineering advisor and other university offices will be needed. Pursuit of these opportunities are labor and resource intensive and will require students to be committed and complete tasks by certain deadlines, communicate, and coordinate over multiple semesters.