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CECS majors interested in study abroad are encouraged to review our Reciprocal Exchange programs. Exchanges allow students to access financial aid typically offered while studying locally as you are assessed tuition and fee by UCF in the semester you go abroad. Majors interested in third party (partner programs) or faculty-led are also encouraged to connect with the International Engineering advisor.

The below information specifically relates the CECS Exchange programs, other program types have different processes and policies.

Study Abroad Process

Students should review the general information for the listed programs as found on the UCF Study Abroad website. Best fit majors are listed based on course evaluations conducted. Students are encouraged to review all possible programs of interest and cross-reference the CECS Course Equivalency Database. Program selection is based on three primary pillars:

  1. Geography – Selecting the right country or region based on desired cultural experience, prior travel, and global considerations.
  2. Academics – Basic availability to fulfill academic requirements as well as desired areas of specialization.
  3. Budget – Best fit for current budget with consideration of unaccounted for budget items such as additional travel, entertainment, gifts, etc.

The Study Abroad lifecycle can be broken down into 4 Phases.

  • Phase 1: Application

    Students must meet with the International Engineering program manager to be considered for any CECS Exchange program. There are typically three meetings that each last one hour. During these meetings the student progresses through information gathering, comparative analysis, and ultimately selection.

  • Phase 2: Pre-departure and Arrival

    During this phase students will apply and be accepted by the host institution, connect with other UCF student going abroad, and finalize their logistical plans.

    Additionally, students will formalize their academic schedules prior to departure and then again during the add/drop period of the host institution once in country. Any changes must be approved by the International Engineering advisor.

  • Phase 3: Study Abroad

    This phase is what all the work is for! This is when the student will be fully engaged with their academic and cultural experiences. Minimal but regular communication is done at this point, students are balancing their courses, travel, and engaging in cultural and social events. Students are encouraged to reach out as needed and ensure there is a focus on academic performance and success.

  • Phase 4: Return Planning and Post-abroad Debrief

    Students will typically plan and enroll in courses for their return semester while abroad. Depending on the country and semester, the time for planning will be in the middle or end of your abroad timeline. Students will work with the International Engineering advisor to ensure that they are enrolled appropriately in their return courses.

    Once the student returns to the US there is a debriefing meeting to discuss student experience, recommendations for future students, and continued ways to support and improve the International Engineering program. Returning students are encouraged to participate in recruiting the next cohort of travelers, sharing their experience.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria

These are the general eligibility criteria for CECS Exchange programs, some programs may alter these criteria, be sure to check the program pages linked below for specific program information.

  • UCF GPA: 3.00 cumulative or higher, certain programs require higher GPAs.
  • Must be a CECS, Data Science, or Photonics major with completed prerequisite courses (no pending status).
  • Must be in good standing (academic, conduct and financial) with UCF.
  • Must be a junior or senior at the time of participation.
  • Students senior design ready will not be approved for study abroad exchanges.

CECS Study Abroad Exchanges

American University of Cairo

Country: Egypt
Majors: Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Australian National University

Country: Australia
Majors: Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Information Technology
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Chonnam National University

Country: South Korea
Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Comillas Pontifical University

Country: Spain
Majors: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Program Link (summer): https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Czech Technical University of Prague

Country: Czech Republic
Majors: Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Note: Requires minimum UCF GPA 3.2
Griffith University

Country: Australia
Majors: Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
IQS

Country: Spain
Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Note: Fluent Spanish Language proficiency required.
Jonkoping University

Country: Sweden
Majors: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Program Link (Summer): https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Malardalen University

Country: Sweden
Majors: Computer Science
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
RMIT University

Country: Australia
Majors: Computer Science, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Civil Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
TU Dublin

Country: Ireland
Majors: Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Country: Switzerland
Majors: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
University of Cantabria

Country: Spain
Majors: Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
University of Jaen

Country: Spain
Majors: Computer Science, Information Technology
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Note: Spanish Language proficiency required.
University of Surrey

Country: United Kingdom
Majors: Computer Science, Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/
Vellore Institute of Technology

Country: India
Majors: Computer Science, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Civil Engineering
Program Link: https://studyabroad.ucf.edu/

Short Term

Contemporary Challenges in Global Aerospace – Spring Break 2024 – EAS3955H
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Page
  • Faculty: Dr. Ali Gordon
  • Application Status: Closed
UCF Barcelona Center – Summer 2024 – COP 2500C
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Program Page
  • Faculty: Kyle Dencker
  • Application Status: Closed
International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) – Summer 2024
  • Various Cities, South Korea
  • Program Page
  • Faculty: Dr. Hyoung Jin Cho
  • Application Status: Closed