All UVA ChE students interested in studying at universities outside the USA should visit the UVA International Studies Office (ISO) and speak to Prof. Eric Anderson, the department study abroad coordinator.
The Study Abroad site provides two study abroad tools: 1) a Curricular Design Tool to adjust a student's engineering curriculum to incorporate courses taken abroad, including those outside of engineering, and 2) an engineering-specific database for international courses and programs. It also has step-by-step guidelines, degree-specific and ISO advising resources, a suggested timeline and resources for preparations, and cultural and logistical resources for passport and visa information.
The ISO site contains the most authoritative and complete information about study opportunities and guidance for all types of arrangements.
CHE undergraduates who wish to spend one semester studying abroad often do so during their 4th, 5th, or 6th semesters. With careful planning, SEAS students in the B.S. ChE major may spend one of these semesters abroad and still graduate on-schedule, but careful planning is required.
If at all possible, the courses taken at a foreign university should count towards the B.S. ChE degree, serve as prerequisites to later courses, and fit within the course schedule.
Seek equivalents to the following:
- CHE 2202: Thermodynamics
- CHE 2216: Computer Modeling and Simulation in Chemical Engineering
- CHE 3316: Chemical Thermodynamics and Staged Unit Operations
- CHE 3318: Chemical Reaction Engineering
- CHE 3321: Transport Operations I. (Fluid Mechanics, Momentum Transfer)
- CHE 3322: Transport Operations II. (Heat and Mass Transfer)
- CHE 4438: Process Instrument Control
- CHE electives, such as CHE 3347: Biochemical Engineering; CHE 4449: Polymer Chemistry and Engineering; CHE 4442: Applied Surface Chemistry
Important: The student's ChE Advisor must approve all courses for credit taken in other universities. The form for transfer credit, available in the Office of the SEAS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, should be used. The advisor, or the CHE advisor for international studies, can help obtaining the necessary information if it is not readily available on-line, and assist in determining equivalencies.
If it is not possible to take approved ChE courses at a chosen foreign university, the length of a student's program may be extended unless arrangements can be made to take equivalents to the courses missed in another U.S. university during a summer. ChE departments at Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, and elsewhere often teach such courses in summer.
The following kinds of courses can also usefully be studied abroad:
- SEAS HSS electives
- SEAS Unrestricted Electives
- B.S. ChE Technical Electives
- APMA courses that match APMA 2130, 3080, 3100, or 3120
The normal suggested schedule for Semester 4 is:
- APMA 3110 Probability & Statistics
- CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry II
- CHE 2216 Computer Model & Simulation in Chemical Engineering
- CHE 2202 Thermodynamics
- STS 2xxx
Equivalents for all of these courses are likely to be offered abroad. Both of these can be taken at UVA in Semester 6. Note that many foreign courses are part of a full-year course rather than given in a single semester.
The normal suggested schedule for Semester 5 is:
- CHE 3316 Chemical Thermodynamics and Staged Unit Operations
- CHE 3321 Transport Processes I
- CHEM 3610 Physical Chemistry
- CHEM 2411 Organic Chemistry Lab
- Unrestricted Elective
Equivalents for all of these courses except CHE 3316 are likely to be offered abroad. Note that many foreign courses are part of a full-year course rather than given in a single semester and so the final examination may not be given until the end of spring, requiring a student to return to the foreign university.
The normal suggested schedule for Semester 6 is:
- CHE 3318 Chemical Reaction Engineering
- CHE 3322 Transport Processes II
- CHE 3398 Chemical Engineering Lab I
- Tech Elective
- HSS Elective
Equivalents for all of these courses are likely to be offered abroad, though the arrangements for the laboratory course may be difficult to meet. All of the ChE courses must be completed before taking the UVA ChE courses in Semesters 7 and 8. Note that many foreign courses are part of a full-year course rather than given in a single semester.