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Exchange Programs

Rose-Hulman has exchange programs with universities around the world. Students and faculty participate in these exchange programs for study-abroad experience or international collaborative research and teaching. Some graduate level exchange/dual-degree programs offer students the opportunity to pursue master degrees in Germany and South Korea.

In an effort to further globalize its learning environment and enrich the culture of the Terre Haute community, Rose-Hulman welcomes international students and scholars from around the world and offers opportunities and assistance for international visitors to learn about American culture and society. 

International Exchange

Nothing nurtures a global understanding more richly than an overseas experience, and at Rose-Hulman studying abroad does not mean delaying graduation. Students benefit from a growing number of partnerships with universities around the world. For example, our exchange programs with universities in such places as Germany and Japan offer terms of varying length, studies in many different majors, and coursework in both English and the native language—with credits that easily transfer.

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Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

Location: Magdeburg, Germany

Quarter: Academic year, fall and winter (October – February), spring and summer (April – August)

Subject Areas: All majors except civil engineering

Language of Instruction: German, requires at least two years of college German instruction

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Summary: Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg was founded in 1993 and is one of Germany’s newest universities. It was formed by a merger of the existing Technical University, the Teacher Training College, and the Medical School. The university now comprises nine facilities and nearly 13,800 students, and is becoming increasingly important as a center for education and research. It is in the regional capital of Magdeburg, which is becoming a center for business, scholarship, and culture. Students may choose from 79 degree courses in various areas of study and specialization. There are also many possibilities to combine different subjects across the areas. The university has modern laboratories, experimental workshops and clinics equipped with high-performance computers, and an excellent staff-student ratio.

University of Stuttgart

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Quarter: Academic year, fall and winter (October – February), spring and summer (April – August)

Subject Areas: All majors

Language of Instruction: German, requires at least two years of college German instruction

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Summary: The University of Stuttgart is situated in the middle of a highly dynamic economic region with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the fields of mobile and information technology, production, process engineering, and life sciences. The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829, at the beginning of the industrial age in Europe. The University of Stuttgart focus is engineering and the natural sciences, and combines the humanities and the social sciences. Today, the university is a modern institution with a comprehensive range of subjects and a focus on technical and physical disciplines.

Hochschule Ulm University of Applied Sciences

Location: Ulm, Germany

Quarter: Fall and winter for ME (September – December), spring and summer for CSSE and EE (March – June)

Subject Areas: Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and electrical and computer engineering

Language of Instruction: English, German language study required during each program for any and all levels of German speakers. Required pre-program intensive two-week language course for all beginners.

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Summary: The International Engineering Programs (IEP) are offered by the Hochschule Ulm (Ulm University of Applied Sciences) to international students. The programs run for three months and are taught in English. They offer a variety of different courses in the fields of mechanical and manufacturing engineering (IMEP), computer science/engineering (ICEP), and electrical engineering (IEEP).

Hochschule Furtwangen

Location: Furtwangen, Germany

Quarter: Fall and winter (October – February), spring and summer (March – July) Subject Areas: Computer and electrical engineering, engineering management, international business management, international management, business consulting, microsystems engineering, biomedical engineering, medical devices, and health care management.
Language of Instruction: English

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Summary: Hochschule Furtwangen offers programs in both German and English and has cooperative partnerships with more than 140 universities around the world. Two weeks before the start of the lecture period, an orientation program for new international students takes place on the Furtwangen and Villingen-Schwenningen campuses. It includes an intensive German language course, as well as help with administrative matters, such as enrolment, health insurance, and registration at the town hall. Participation in the orientation program is mandatory for exchange students and students who are enrolled in degree programs taught in English. A number of excursions and events are organized by the International Center and the International Student Community each semester. The International Center also runs a buddy program and a host family program for those who would like to make contact with German families.


Kanazawa Institute of Technology

Location: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture

Quarter: Summer, other quarters arranged through consultation

Subject Areas: Japanese language and culture, technical terms and scientific expressions in Japanese

Language of Instruction: Japanese

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Summary: KIT-IJST provides participants a rich experience in 1) improving communication skills in the Japanese language, 2) learning basic technical terms and related scientific expressions in Japanese through various activities with Japanese students, and 3) understanding Japanese culture and society through lectures and cultural programs. Participants are enrolled in the total of eight credit hours of language courses and four hours of cultural course. Those who complete the program course work will be given a certificate and granted 12 credits from KIT. Using originally developed materials, students will learn special terms that can be used in the field of science and technology, as well as in daily conversation. Students also learn how to operate a computer in a Japanese language environment. This program is specifically designed for students majoring in engineering and technology or related fields. Participants are expected to have studied Japanese for two years, or at least one year at the college level, or to have an intermediate level proficiency in Japanese at the time the program starts.

University of Aizu

Location: Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture

Quarter: Spring (March – June), other quarters arranged through consultation

Subject Areas: Primarily computer science and software engineering or electrical and computer engineering, other courses possible depending on University of Aizu’s offerings for that term.

Language of Instruction: English

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Summary: Located in the city of Aizu-wakamatsu, the University of Aizu (UoA) specializes in computer science and software engineering curriculum. Students from Rose-Hulman may stay at UoA for three months and complete a term in graduate level courses. Undergraduate courses may be audited with the instructor’s permission. Six months to a full year of study is possible with prior permission from Rose-Hulman and UoA. Students are encouraged to make appointments with their academic advisors to determine what UoA courses are beneficial for meeting major, minor, and elective requirements. Rose-Hulman students who study at UoA are given priority to live in the dorms, and must pay fees to live there. Past Short Stay Study Program student participants have reported that the scholarship they receive to attend UoA was more than adequate to live comfortably and also travel to other parts of Japan.


KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Quarter: Fall, spring

Subject Areas: Architecture and civil engineering, computer science and electrical engineering, engineering physics and mathematics, energy and sustainable development, industrial management and innovation, information technology, life science technology, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering.
Language of Instruction: English

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Summary: KTH was founded in 1827 as Sweden's first polytechnic institute and is one of Scandinavia's largest  institutions of higher education in technology. KTH accounts for one-third of Sweden's technical research and engineering education capacity at university level. There are a total of just over 14 000 full-year equivalent undergraduate students, more than 1700 active postgraduate students and 4600 full-time-equivalent employees. KTH’s academic calendar is divided into semesters with each semester having two study periods. Study period 1 and study period 4 conform to the Rose-Hulman fall and spring quarters making KTH a nice fit for students seeking to spend only one quarter abroad.


Hubei University of Automotive Technology (HUAT)

Location: Shiyan, Hubei Province

Quarter: TBD

Subject Areas: Electricity and information engineering, economic management, mechanical engineering, material engineering, automotive engineering, humanity and social science, foreign language, and science.
Language of instruction: English

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Summary: Hubei University of Automotive Technology is the only undergraduate university in China with term “automotive” in its name and is evaluated by the Ministry of Education as an “excellent university for good teaching.” HUAT was founded in 1972 to meet the need for automotive engineers by the former Ministry of Mechanics and Dongfeng Motor Company. The city of Shiyan is considered an automotive capital, and the Dongfeng Motor Company is one of the top three auto manufacturers in China, and is a member of the Fortune 500. HUAT has strong research abilities on Vehicle, Machine, Material, and Electricity. There are two key disciplines: automotive engineering and machine design. It has established one provincial engineering technique research center and seven key research stations.

Beihang University

Location: Beijing, China

Quarter: Fall and winter (September – January), spring and summer (March – July)

Subject Areas: Materials science and engineering, electronics and information engineering, automation science and electrical engineering, jet propulsion, aeronautical science and engineering, computer science and engineering, mechanical engineering and automation, economics and management, sciences (mathematics, physics, systems and control science), bioengineering, automobile engineering, systems engineering, astronautical and space engineering, instrument science and optoelectronics engineering, civil engineering, and software engineering.
Language of Instruction: English

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Summary: Beihang University is one of the 10 highest ranking engineering universities in China. Since its founding in 1952, Beihang University has focused on flight with departments dedicated to airplane, engine design, and technology.  Today, it has evolved into a university of engineering science and technology with an emphasis on aeronautical and astronautical engineering. Beihang is home to 27,811 undergraduate and graduate students and 3,759 faculty and staff, including 20 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences or the Chinese Academy of Engineering. With its focus on aeronautics and astronautics, Beihang is a good fit for mechanical engineering students who want to increase their skills in these specializations.

South Korea

Seoul National University of Science and Technology

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Quarter: Summer (three weeks between June and August), other quarters arranged through consultation 

Subject Areas: Korean language and culture

Language of instruction: Korean and English

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Summary: SeoulTech's International Summer School (STISS) is a short-term program designed for students who wish to learn Korean and experience Korean culture and life style during the three-week intensive language course with a variety of extracurricular activities. Students complete 33 hours of intensive Korean language and 22 hours of cultural experience through the three-week program. Included in the program is a half-day city tour, two full-day excursions, on-campus housing, three meals per day, and opportunities to make Korean friends and practice Korean language.


Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3 )

Location: Worldwide

Quarter: Timelines vary according to institution

Subject Areas: All majors

Language of instruction: English, target languages

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Summary: Recognizing a growing demand for engineering graduates with international experience, a group of leading universities around the world established the Global E3 in 1995. Global E3 allows engineering students at member universities to participate in study abroad experiences. Global E³ is an exchange program specifically designed for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students. With member universities in 20 countries, students at nearly 60 universities have the opportunity to study abroad.