Office of Engineering International Programs

Studying abroad ranks among the most profoundly transformative experiences available to a 19- to 21-year-old undergraduate student.


Dear Students, 

The restriction on student international travel for university-related purposes has been extended to May 31, 2021, per University leadership. The UVA Education Abroad and ISO websites have been updated to reflect this decision. For essential international travel for University-related purposes, advanced graduate students and GME residents may request an exemption to the suspension of student international travel. They can email for further details. We remain hopeful that we will be able to facilitate a safe, staggered re-start of student mobility later in the summer of 2021.


Engineering International Programs


Contact Information
Program Director - Dana Elzey        Email: 
Engineering International Programs Advisor - Maya Drake         Email:         Phone: 202-412-1343
The University of Virginia and UVA Engineering have compiled a significant number of RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS REGARDING THE UNIVERSITY'S RESPONSE TO COVID-19.

Study Abroad Advising Hours (Recurring)

Advisor: Maya Drake

Time: Tuesdays 12-1pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 963 9614 4049

Passcode: 711343


Peer Advising Hours (Recurring)

Peer Advisor: Victoria Annen

Time: Wednesdays 1-2pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 995 6729 1439

Passcode: 675357


Engineering International Program's goal is to enable every UVA Engineering undergraduate student to obtain a significant international experience. School of Engineering International Programs offers information, advising and logistical support to engineering students interested in study, work or service learning abroad.

Here are just a few examples of the things students can do:

  • Work with NGO partners in underdeveloped communities in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in housing, education, public health, and economic development
  • Join a group of UVA engineering and commerce students to design a solution for an industry client in Argentina
  • Take all third or fifth-semester engineering and math courses in Valencia, Spain (in English!)
  • Spend a month during the summer exploring German engineering through site visits to Mercedes-Benz, Bosch, the Max Planck Institutes, and university research labs
  • Spend 6-8 weeks in the summer in Daegu, South Korea at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology working on a research project 

Refer to the following guide "UVA Engineering Advising Sheet" for a thorough description of the study abroad process.

  • International Programs

    UVA engineering students work, study and serve in more than 30 countries around the world every year. Read more to join them! (Roy's Peak, Wanaka, New Zealand)

  • The UVA Engineering Office of International Programs holds a photo contest featuring the best pictures taken by engineering students abroad. (Waiheke Island, New Island)

  • (Roy's Peak in Wanaka, New Zealand)

  • Why study/work abroad?

    To compete in a competitive, global marketplace, students need an international perspective. Working and studying abroad not only provides exposure to different cultures, it helps students gain skills in communication, problem-solving, adaptability and resilience. Employers want to hire workers with these skills.

    Fellow UVA students understand the value: With over 460 programs & projects in 75 different counties, the UVA Education Abroad office reports that 3,122 students sought an international experience in 2018-2019. 

    The UVA Engineering Office of International Programs is dedicated to busting the myth that working and studying abroad is out of reach logistically and financially. We have steadily increased the number of engineering students participating in international experiences, from less than 3 percent a decade ago to about 25 percent now. We want ALL engineering students to have this experience.

  • Want to study/work abroad but don't know how to get started?

    UVA has a step-by-step process to get you from learning about our international programs to watching a 30-minute, online  Education Abroad Workshop and applying through the International Studies Office.

    After you complete the workshop, check out the customized UVA Engineering informational sheet

    If you have questions, you can also contact Professor Dana Elzey or Maya Laurinaitis Drake in the UVA Engineering Office of International Programs. They will walk you through the process and opportunities that are ideal for engineering students.

    Let us show you how achievable it is to have a life-changing international experience.

  • Who are the UVA Engineering study abroad advisors?

    Once you have completed the UVA Study Abroad Online Workshop and selected the host institution and courses, schedule to meet with the UVA Engineering Study Abroad Advisor. The advisor is the designated faculty person to approve your Transfer Credit Approval Form. The final signature comes from Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education Will Guilford.

    Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering - Natasha Leigh Smith

    Biomedical Engineering - Shannon D Barker

    Chemical Engineering - Eric Anderson

    Civil & Environmental Engineering - Leidy Klotz

    Computer Science - Charles Reiss

    Electrical & Computer Engineering - Mircea Stan & Joanne Dugan

    Engineering Science and Materials Science & Engineering - Dana Elzey

    Engineering Systems & Environment - Reid Bailey

  • How can I find an international work and/or study program?

    The UVA Education Abroad office has a searchable database of opportunities.

    Ask your UVA Engineering study abroad advisor for other programs that are targeted for engineering students.

  • What if I have further questions?

    Contact us or consult our manual of policies and procedures if you have any further questions! 

    Engineering International Programs Policies and Procedures