Study Abroad FAQ

Yes! There are many opportunities for study, research, and internships abroad tailored just for engineering students.

There are summer and winter faculty-led programs and independent semester and year-long programs. Additionally, there are opportunities to volunteer abroad through the SDSU chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). 

No! In fact, selecting the right program for your situation may accelerate your studies and help you graduate faster.

Spending a semester abroad can actually be cheaper than spending a semester at SDSU! San Diego is a high cost of living area compared with other parts of the world, so there is a good chance you can find a lower cost destination.

With some planning, students can qualify for various forms of financial assistance. In fact, our faculty-led summer programs are considered regular SDSU courses that most financial aid can be applied to.

Yes. All of our faculty-led summer and winter programs are taught in English. Plus, many universities abroad offer a wide range of engineering courses in English.

All of our faculty-led summer and winter programs offer regular SDSU courses, so there is no need to transfer units. If on independent study, students are required to approve courses through the Global Education Office and their academic department before departure to ensure that they get full credit for courses taken abroad.

Yes, unless your program requires additional time in class at SDSU before or after the experience abroad, you are welcome to plan additional travel on your own. 

Of course! In fact, most of our faculty-led programs offer a cultural class that satisfies general education requirements at SDSU! 


Students typically find that their sophomore and junior semesters or summers are the best time to study abroad as it allows them to choose from a larger selection of classes. However, it is never too early to start planning for study abroad.