How do I apply/enroll in the International Engineering Program?
There are no special enrollment procedures in the early stages of the program. When applying to URI, simply indicate your choice of engineering major. If you are accepted for engineering, you are eligible for the IEP. When it comes time to register, you should enroll in the appropriate foreign language course for your first semester at URI, and follow the recommended outline of courses (see link to "Programs of Study" on the right or contact Dr. Echevarría.) Success in your coursework and commitment to the ideals of the program will ensure your place in the IEP.
For more information on admission to URI visit www.uri.edu/admission .
How can I afford the extra year?
There is no tuition charged for the one-semester professional internship spent abroad. Thus, your extra tuition will only be for one semester. If you study abroad through one of our exchanges the cost is equal to in-state tuition and fees, regardless of your residency status, plus two other study abroad fees that together currently total about $700. In most cases all financial and scholarships apply to the semester exchange.
If you qualify for a URI Centennial Scholarship, it will apply for the full five years, as long as you maintian a 3.0 GPA.
This means that, for the cost of one extra semester at the in-state tuition rate plus fees, you get an extra degree, a year abroad including six months of professional work experience, fluency in a foreign language and cross-cultural communication skills! When you add to this they fact that IEP students generally command higher salaries, the modest additional tuition cost is a sound investment!
What if I don't do well in my language class?
The first (and second) foriegn language course will satisfy a language/culture general education requirement. If the language doesn't agree with you, then you may simply revert to the regular engineering program with no lost time.
But doesn't the whole world speak English?
Though English has become a common language for multinational meetings, this does not mean that Americans don’t need to have other languages and international expertise. Indeed, Americans are often handicapped by their inabilities and insensitivities regarding other languages and cultures. If we are to remain competitive as a nation, we need to be able to communicate accurately with our partners and competitors abroad.
Do I need a background in the language?
No. Any background does mean a head start, though.
Is the IEP for me?
If you are a motivated student with an interest in an engineering career with global opportunities, you will want to give this program serious consideration. You should have a reasonably strong interest in language and culture study to accompany your skills in math and science.
Here are twelve reasons why.
Dr. Megan Mercedes Echevarría
Professor & Director
Spanish International Engineering Program