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Certificate in International Engineering

The Certificate in International Engineering provides recognition for a student's efforts to prepare for an international career by learning about one or more countries other than the United States. An undergraduate student in the College of Engineering or the Department of Biological Systems Engineering can earn the certificate by completing at least 16 credits in courses with a primary focus on the language, culture, history, geography, society, or institutions of a particular country or region of the world.

Certificate in International Engineering Course Requirements

Language Courses

A maximum of 9 credits may be devoted to courses in a foreign language. Only foreign language courses beyond the initial 8 credits in that particular language may be used to satisfy this requirement. A maximum of 3 credits from Independent Study or Directed Study may be counted toward either the language requirement or the area studies requirement.

Area Studies Courses

A minimum of 6 credits must be devoted to courses with a major emphasis on the culture, history, geography, society, or institutions of one country or the countries in a geographically identifiable region of the world. These courses must be selected from at least two departments. A maximum of 3 credits from Independent Study or Directed Study may be counted toward either the language requirement or the area studies requirement.

A documented minimum stay of five weeks for study or work (including internship and co-op) in the designated country or region is required.

Required International Engineering Course

Successful completion of the 1-credit course Current Issues in International Engineering is required.

Each student must submit a study plan to the certificate advisor in his or her department for approval. Only students with a GPA of at least 2.75 may apply. Substitutions and exceptions will be considered by the Certificate in International Engineering Oversight Committee, which is composed of faculty and staff from the College of Engineering. Students may not elect the pass/fail option for any course that is used to satisfy the requirements for the certificate. However, courses taken on a study abroad program through International Engineering Studies and Programs (IESP) are exempt from this grading requirement. Successful completion of certificate requirements will be noted on the student’s official transcript. For additional information, contact Amanda Hammatt, International Engineering Studies and Programs (M1002A Engineering Centers Building; 608-263-2191; international@engr.wisc.edu).

Advisors for Certificate in International Engineering:

Biological Systems Engineering—David Bohnhoff, professor
Biomedical Engineering—Willis Tompkins, professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering—Thatcher Root, associate professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering—Bin Ran, professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering—Thomas Jahns, professor
Engineering Professional Development— James Davis, professor; Laura Grossenbacher, director, Technical Communication Certificate Program; Donald Schramm, faculty associate
Engineering Physics—James Blanchard, professor
Geological Engineering—Dante Fratta, associate professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering—Shiyu Zhou, professor
Materials Science and Engineering—Susan Babcock, professor
Mechanical Engineering—Roxann Engelstad, professor
College of Engineering—Amanda Hammatt, director, International Engineering Studies and Programs