How cool is it to study another culture, country or region and then experience that place firsthand?

That’s what a Rose First Year International Experience (FYI) delivers. FYI is a faculty-led international adventure you’ll never forget and is designed for first-year students. 

In the spring and summer of 2022, FYI is offering an amazing opportunity to study in the U.K., with future courses planned for Japan, France, and Belgium and the Netherlands in 2023.

First-year students get priority registration, but FYI courses are open to all Rose students.

Why Study Abroad?

Study abroad experiences help you to become a better engineer, developing the core skills employers are looking for, such as an ability to collaborate in a diverse team or solve technical problems in  unique environments.

Studying STEM presents many opportunities for co-ops, internships and other industry experiences during your college career. Take advantage of international travel your first year, and leave room for industry experiences during your sophomore, junior and senior years.


You’ll take British Government and Politics with Professor Terrence Casey in spring 2022, followed by a trip to England and Scotland with your professor and your classmates.

We’ll visit key power centers in British politics, including the Houses of Parliament in London and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. We’ll experience British politics up close and talk with politicians for personal insights.

We’ll also visit world-class historical and cultural sites, including the British Museum, the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle, the National Gallery and the Cabinet War Rooms.

You can’t truly understand your own political system until you understand another system, and this is an amazing opportunity to learn about the politics and culture of the country where much of the American political system finds its roots.

Travel Dates: June 2022 (Dates TBD)

Estimated Cost: $3,500-$5,000. Please note the disruptions to the travel industry in the last year make it difficult to offer a more precise estimate at this time. We will have a more accurate cost estimate by December 2021.

Watch the video to learn more!

2023 Planned Courses

In 2022-23, planned FYI courses will include “Probability in Paris”, “The Chemistry of Food and Drink in Japan”, and “Introduction to Sustainability” in Belgium and the Netherlands. Click the boxes below to learn more!

HUM/MDS 130 - Introduction to Sustainability

Dr. Jenny Mueller (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Mark Minster (Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts) Spring Quarter 2023 -- Travel to Belgium and the Netherlands during Spring Break

This is a course about the future that we need right now. How is it being imagined? How is it being built?

We know humans need food, water, and energy, for example. But growing food is energy- and water-intensive. It takes lots of energy to clean water and lots of water to generate energy. What kinds of infrastructure and agriculture will we need in order to sustain the well-being of 10 billion people, without requiring even more water and energy?

What kinds of changes will we need to make? Leading the way in imagining and building a sustainable future are countries like Belgium and the Netherlands. Over Spring Break 2023 we will visit historic windmills and state-of-the-art wind-farms, world-class farms and greenhouses. We will meet scientists, engineers, activists, and experts from climate and eco-power cooperatives and car-sharing initiatives. We will tour climate resiliency infrastructure from medieval dikes and canals to newly restored wetlands. And of course we will build in plenty of time for cultural experiences: museums, breweries, chocolatiers, and marketplaces.

Before the trip, we will learn about the fundamentals of sustainability in historical, social, scientific, and engineering contexts. We will see firsthand how these concepts are applied in Belgium and the Netherlands. After the trip, we will examine the costs and benefits of what we have experienced in our travels, proposing strategies to manage these challenges. Focusing on the food-water-energy nexus, we will think about how they can be redesigned to complement each other.

For more info, email Dr. Mueller or Dr. Minster >>



Have you ever wondered exactly what tofu or miso is? Or maybe you’ve wondered how sake differs from other liquors. In this 5-week summer course taught by Professors Fumie Sunahori and Luanne Tilstra, you will—in the first two weeks—learn some of the fundamental chemistry behind food and drink and then explore mysteries of Japanese food, drink, and cooking methods developed in Japan.

The last three weeks of the course will be taught in Japan (in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Kanazawa) led by a native instructor, offering students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique, foreign environment to learn history and culture in Japan where both traditional practices and latest technologies coexist. As a part of the course, students will participate field trips to beer/sake, miso, and tofu factories.



Probability in Paris will have you taking Rose’s MA381 with Associate Professor of Mathematics Wayne Tarrant in France for four weeks at the beginning of summer 2023.  

With this class we will see Parisian engineering marvels like the Eiffel Tower, the Catacombes, and des Égouts de Paris, the sewer system that goes back to Napoleonic times, discussing the improbability of the structures still existing. Dr. Tarrant’s friends at Chateau de Correaux will teach us about wine-making and risk. We will experience the Abbaye de Cluny’s virtual reconstruction and learn how probabilities helped the team determine what the structures might have looked like. The monks at Taizé will discuss the unlikelihood of peace and the work that it took to insure it after the Second World War. The beaches at Normandy will be the perfect place for a discussion of the calculated risk of the D-Dy invasion. Since we will be based in Paris, we will see well-known museums like Musée d’Orsay, Musée de Cluny, and the Louvre, among many other sites. Of course we will check in on the progress at Notre Dame de Paris.  

Although the beginnings of probability go back to prehistoric times, modern probability really develops in France from the 1500s. France was the epicenter of progress in probability until the early 20th century. We will see places and objects that helped in this development, all the while discussing how probability plays a role in many modern marvels. 

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