Study Abroad and International Exchanges

Engineering today is a global profession. Participating in a study abroad experience, whether over the summer or for a longer period, will allow you to see the world from an entirely new perspective and help you develop new skills, independence and self-confidence.

CSEE students can pursue educational opportunities in other countries while maintaining their course of study and timeline to graduation. Participants in Study Abroad and International Programs may earn credits towards their UB degree while paying regular UB tuition. Courses are taught in English by university faculty. However, since the civil engineering curriculum is relatively rigid, make sure you plan well in advance to minimize the impact on your courses at UB. In addition, check to see if the grades you receive abroad will transfer to UB. 

CIE 464: Sustainability in Latin America: A Case Study in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small, Central American country with about 5 million residents known by most Americans as a top tourist, honeymoon and retirement destination. Few are aware of Costa Rica’s sustainability, as the country is often ranked as one of the top five most sustainable countries in the world. Approximately 98% of the electricity in Costa Rica comes from renewable sources; it is attempting to become the first carbon-neutral country; nearly 30% of Costa Rica’s land is designated as protected forests; and the country has a happier population than the United States.  With close proximity and the Spanish language, the venue is ideal for a sustainability-themed winter break study abroad experience.

This course exposes students to sustainability issues that are either underappreciated or irrelevant in the U.S. Students will examine eco-tourism, monoculture (coffee, bananas and pineapples), renewable energy (hydroelectric, wind and geothermal, and societal issues (healthcare and immigration). Students are tasked with considering the full life-cycle impacts of each component of the trip. Daily group reflections and personal journals will provide the wider context of the experiences and encourage students to approach sustainability with an open mind. The program is an opportunity for students to directly engage with real-world examples of sustainability, while teaching them to be comfortable in unfamiliar situations abroad. Students will participate in regionally specific tours, lectures, workshops, discussions, outdoor activities and reflections focused on sustainability. This trip is a chance for students to engage with science and engineering practitioners, and it allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the oft-discussed, but rarely understood concept of sustainability. Students will engage the local culture and economy, as they consider what it truly means to be sustainable.

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Featured Summer Program in France

UB engineering students have the opportunity to spend the summer after their freshmen year studying at the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT) in France. Troyes is a small city of 120,000 located approximately an hour and a half from Paris by road or rail. While at UTT, you will take EAS 207 Statics from a UB faculty member, and UGC 112 World Civilization II: Intro to European Union from a UTT faculty member. The program lasts approximately six weeks. In addition to classes, various excursions and cultural activities are organized, including a trip to Paris. To be eligible, you must have successfully completed General Physics (PHY 107) and College Calculus II (MTH 142) and have a minimum overall GPA of 2.67.

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Featured Semester Program in Turkey

Junior civil engineering students have the opportunity to spend a semester (or two) at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in Turkey. UB students can take the same classes as the Turkish UB/ITU Dual Diploma Pro-gram (DDP) students. These classes closely mirror the classes taught at UB and are all taught in English.

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Dual Diploma Program with ITU

A dual diploma program is an undergraduate program for Turkish students in which the participants spend half of their education at a campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) and half at a Turkish university. The University at Buffalo (UB) partnered with Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 2003 to implement a dual diploma program.