Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I 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.

  • I want to study/work abroad. How do I 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. You can find more information about the process by visiting the Getting Started page on this site.

  • Who are the 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. The contact information for the advisors can be found here.

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

    The UVA Education Abroad office has a searchable database of opportunities. In addition, you can check out which programs UVA engineering students have previously attended by visiting the Approved Transfer Courses page or Engineers Abroad Search Tool, or ask your UVA Engineering study abroad advisor for other programs that are targeted at engineering students.

  • What are pathway programs?

    Are you interested in studying abroad but not sure you can fit it into your schedule? Consider choosing from a predefined semester abroad plan, or pathway! Our office has selected programs from universities around the world we believe would be a great fit for your major. Visit your major page to find out more!

    Biomedical Engineering
    Chemical Engineering
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Computer Science
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Material Science & Engineering
    Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Systems & Information Engineering

    Note: We are still in the process of rolling out pathways for each major, so check back or contact us if you don't see one for yours yet!

  • Will I get credit for the courses I take? What type of credit is awarded?

    Yes! There are two types of credit: direct credit and transfer credit. Direct credit is awarded by UVA programs, or those that are developed and directed by UVA. Transfer credit is awarded at exchange and outside programs (you must fill out the Transfer Credit Approval Form), given that the courses have been approved by an advisor. More information can be found in the table below:

    Credit Counts For Direct Credit Transfer Credit
    Graduation Y Y
    Calculated in UVA GPA Y N
    Major/minor requirements Y Y
    Elective requirements Y Y
    Language requirements Y Y
    Requirements in the Schools Y Y
    Area requirements in the College Y N


  • Am I eligible to study abroad?

    You must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Students, be in good academic standing, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and study abroad before fourth year with the exception of J-term programs (unless approval is granted)

  • What kinds of study abroad programs are offered?

    There are four main program categories:

    1. UVA programs: developed and directed by UVA
    2. Partner programs: administered by a partner organization, but UVA provides input on the curriculum
    3. Exchange programs: you enroll at a partner university alongside local students but pay regular tuition and fees to UVA
    4. Outside programs: provided by other universities or private companies and are paid separately
  • 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