• EWB members with children and solar panels in Madasgar.

    EWB in Madagascar

  • Engineering students studying ruins in Italy as part of the faculty-led short trip offered in May every other year.

    Italy - Faculty-Led Engineering Trip

  • Faculty-led trips can earn students like these engineering credit and expand your worldview.

    Earn Engineering credit abroad

Education Abroad Opportunities

Engineering is a global profession

As a student in the College of Engineering, an experience abroad will undoubtedly expand your perspective on the engineering profession and the world around you. While UNL provides many opportunities to travel and study abroad, the College of Engineering has arranged several engineering-specific opportunities in Iceland, India, Italy, Germany, and Singapore. While we encourage students to learn as much of the native language of the country they’re visiting, all current engineering-specific abroad experiences are taught in English. By taking advantage of studying abroad, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Grow personally
  • Find new interests you never knew you had
  • Interact with peers from a different culture
  • Uniquely position yourself in your job search.

To determine whether an experience abroad is consistent with your personal and career goals, please schedule an appointment with our Education Abroad office at 402-472-5358.

Sample Engineering Abroad Opportunities

  • Program Overview: Attend one of the most international universities in Finland with more than 400 exchange students and 400 degree students from over 60 countries. The exchange students admitted to TUT  can select courses from all the four different universities operating at UCPori. The course offering in English comprises four thematic modules: Industrial Engineering and Management, Business and Entrepreneurship, Game Design and Culture as well as Information Technology. 
  • Location: TUT is located in Tampere, the Nordic countries' largest inland city, some 170 km north of the capital Helsinki. TUT's campus in the suburb of Hervanta is a community of 10,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and close to 2,000 employees. Internationality is an inherent part of all the University's activities. Around 1,500 nationals from more than 60 countries work or pursue studies at TUT Hervanta is a large suburb of Tampere in Finland. Hervanta is sometimes called the Silicon Valley of Finland, because of the high concentration of high tech companies in the area and the presence of the Tampere University of Technology.
  • Contact: If you are interested in learning more,  please schedule an appointment with the UNL Education Abroad office at 402-472-5358.
  • Program Highlights: Focus on major global issues, such as renewable energy, sustainable development, and worldwide health and food security. Ranked as one of the top ten universities (2008) for Architecture and Engineering. The 300+ university clubs and organizations offer international students countless opportunities to meet other students and get involved. Campus is a ten minute walk from the third largest city in the UK.
  • Location: Leeds
  • Website: My World
  • Contact the UNL Education Abroad Office at 402-472-5358 for more information.

  • Program Highlights: Experience 12 weeks of research at the Leibniz Universitat Hannover during the summer months. Visit leading research institutes and several of Germany’s world known companies like VW, Sennheiser, MTU, Airbus, and much more! Placements available for mechanical, biomedical, electrical, and civil engineering;  physics; organic, anorganic, and  food chemistry, computer science, mechatronics, horticultural, and biology interest areas.
  • Location: Hannover
  • Website: My World
  • Contact the UNL Education Abroad Office at 402-472-5358 for more information.

Italy: Faculty-led Experience
  • Program Highlights: Study architecture and engineering first hand at historical sites including the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pantheon, and St. Peter's Cathedral. Explore the following architectural eras: Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance. Take part in site tours, sketching, and research assignments. Visit universities and attend lectures by Italian engineering professors. Be immersed in the local culture through Italian-style meals, discussions on local culture, and more.
  • Location: Visit Rome, Milan, Venice, multiple locations in Tuscany, and Pompeii/Paestum.

To learn more, visit Education Abroad Office (My World).

  • Program Highlights: Nanyang Technological University (NTU is a world class university ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. The College of Engineering at NTU is large (by Nebraska standards) and has about 10,000 undergraduates and 3500 graduate students. This size and the number and breadth of engineering programs allows students to choose a variety of courses and plans of study.

    The high quality of instruction and academic rigor at NTU is advantageous to you as you consider a semester (or year) in Singapore. The NTU College of Engineering is comprised of 6 Schools of Engineering. These schools include the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, the School of Computer Engineering, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the School of Material Science and Engineering, the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

    Regardless of your major, you will find courses and lab experiences to complement and enrich your program at UNL. As you work with your advisor in the selection of course during your stay at NTU keep in mind that you will want to take courses that count toward your degree, including those that can only be taken at NTU.
  • Location: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is located in the heart of Singapore. NTU is home to about 23,500 undergraduates, predominately from Singapore and Asia. The cultural experience of this ultra-modern setting second to none. Singapore is the gateway to Asia and serves as the economic and cultural spearhead.

    The city is lively, modern, clean, bright, and full of life. Likewise, NTU takes on this nature and culture within the academic setting.A semester at NTU is a unique combination of academic elitism and cultural immersion. Having had an experience like this, you will be equipped to understand the dynamics of a truly global setting and engineering activity.
  • Contact: If you are interested in learning more about the NTU experience, please schedule an appointment with the UNL Education Abroad office at 402-472-5358.

Engineers Without Borders:

Nebraska Engineering Students and local children give a thumbs up on a mission trip
University of Nebraska's Engineers Without Borders-USA Blog

Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) is an international non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in developing communities through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects. While advancing the quality of life in these communities, EWB-USA works to develop globally aware and personally responsible engineers and students.

EWB-USA is an organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership. The University of Nebraska student chapter of EWB-USA is a student-run organization with members from both Lincoln and Omaha campuses. Our student chapter works in Madagascar in partnership with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership, an offshoot of the Henry Doorly Zoo's conservation work in Madagascar.

International Engineering Minor
The College of Engineering offers each student the opportunity to pursue an International Engineering Minor. The minor is designed to encourage and recognize undergraduate students who enhance their engineering education with courses and experiences consistent with the global nature of engineering and the economy. By taking advantage of the international engineering minor, you’ll have the opportunity to:
  • Travel abroad as part of the minor requirements
  • Experience engineering as a global profession
  • Gain exposure to a second language 
To determine whether this minor is right for you and your goals, please contact Engineering Student Services at 402-472-3160.

“…this study abroad trip has been an eye-opening experience as it has enriched our minds … pushed us to venture beyond our typical comforts, and fostered a curiosity for knowledge and the world itself.”

Kate Fickle Italy 2012