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In an age of increasing globalization, studying abroad gives you a unique opportunity to improve your resume with international experiene and gain skills that will help you compete in a global enginering workforce. Come talk to an adivsor to learn more!

The UCSD Programs Abroad Office administers study abroad opportunities for UCSD students and has a strong history of working with ECE students! Programs Abroad provides ECE students unparalleled opportunities to obtain the broader perspectives, knowledge, and skills necessary to be an effective professional in a rapidly changing global economy. Most major enginering projects are global in nature and many engineering firms are multinational in composition. There is a growing need for not only well-trained engineers, but engineers who have the cross-cultural skills and international experience to interact with colleagues and competitors from around the world.

Programs Abroad offers a variety of short-term and year-long programs taught in English or in a foreign language that complement and enrich UC engineering degrees, in most cases without delaying graduation or adding financial burden. By studying abroad, you can:

  • satisfy major and GE requirements,
  • conduct research,
  • work an internship,
  • get a global perspective in your field of study,
  • establish strong international connections and network with professionals across the world.

Programs are available for students at the sophomore, junior, and senior levels. While courses in engineering, basic science, and mathematics can be found at most international host universities, this page highlights particularly strong or unique programs for engineering majors. 



The three main types of study abroad programs available to UCSD students (each with their own set of locations, requirements, and other options) include:  

  1. UC Education Abroad Program (UC EAP) - the distinctive and distinguished international program of the University of California that provides academic exchanges and integrates international curricula and learning opportunities through partnerships between the UCs and other Universities across the world.  EAP develops internationally aware citizens and enhances the potential of students and faculty to understand, respond to, and contribute to a rapidly changing world. Website
  2. UCSD Global Seminars Program (GS)five-week long study abroad experiences led by a UCSD professor during a UCSD summer session.  Website 
  3. Opportunities Abroad Program (OAP)offers students an almost unlimited choice of academics, destinations, and program content through third-party providers. Taking courses abroad through OAP can fulfill UCSD major, minor, and GE requirements, and OAP courses come in as transfer credit. Note: Your OAP grade will not count towards your UCSD GPA, though will be recognized by graduate schools. Website 

Many classes abroad are comparable to advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate-level courses at UC. Applicants should pay special attention to the design of the degree program abroad and be sure to meet the appropriate prerequisites prior to enrolling in a class.

For EAP and other programs, students must take a full-time course of study while abroad. Although a one-to-one match between courses offered at the UC home campus and the host institution is not always possible due to differences in the academic term, efforts are made at UC campus and university-wide levels to help ensure that the overseas programs do not delay an engineering student's progress toward graduation. In fact, many students who study abroad graduate before students who don't!

Students should always plan for a study abroad experience in close consultation with a Programs Abroad adviser, as well as their departmental and college advisors.




ECE Course EAP Course University Date Approved
ECE 100 - Linear Electronic Systems ELEC 102 Communication Engineering 3 University of Edinburgh, Scotland October 5, 2011
ECE 101 - Linear Systems Fundamentals ELEC 109 Signals and Systems Sydney University, Australia October 10, 2012
ECE 101 - Linear Systems Fundamentals ELEC 110 Signals and Linear Systems Imperial College London October 10, 2014
ECE 101 and ECE 102 - Linear Systems Fundamentals and Intro. to Active Circuit Design ELEC 103 Electronic Engineering 3 University of Edinburgh, Scotland October 5, 2011
ECE 102 Intro. to Active Circuit Design ELEC 115 Intro to Integrated Circuits & Systems Hong Kong University March 3, 2014
ECE 103 Fundamentals of Devices and Materials ELEC 210 Electronics I University of Auckland, New Zealand October 3, 2014
ECE 108 + Elective Credit - Digital Circuits ELEC 100 Digital Electronics 3 University of Edinburgh, Scotland October 5, 2011
ECE 108 - Digital Circuits ENGR 124 Digital Hardware Wollongong University, Australia October 10, 2012
ECE 118 - Computer Interfacing EEC 101 Embedded Systems University of Munich Applied Sciences November 5, 2014
ECE 125A - Intro to Power Electronics I ELEC 111 Power Engineering Imperial Collge London February 5, 2015
ECE 125B - Intro to Power Electronics II ELEC 129 Power Electronics Imperial College London February 24, 2015
ECE 135A - Semiconductor Physics ELEC 109 Advanced Electronic Devices Imperial College London January 8, 2015
ECE 154A - Communications Systems I ELEC 150 Digital Communications Lund University, Sweden FA10
ECE 183 - Optical Electronics ELEC 112 Optoelectronics Imperial College London February 5, 2015
Elective Credit ELEC 101 Electrical Engineering 3 University of Edinburgh, Scotland October 5, 2011
Elective Credit ELEC 115 Optical Networks Tohoku University, Japan FA10
Elective Credit ENGR 183A Indiv. Research Training A Tohoku University, Japan FA10
Elective Credit ELEC 122 MEMS & Nanotechnology Imperial College London February 24, 2015

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