BS/BA, Internships & Study Abroad
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German IEP students take a German course each semester alongside their chosen engineering curriculum. Special sections of German are offered for the first six courses in the sequence (GER 101 - 206), creating a "cohort IEP group."
In the fourth year of the program students spend eleven to twelve months abroad. During the first semester they study full-time at our exchange partner university, the Technische Universität Braunschweig (TU-BS), where they take coursework (in German) towards their engineering and German majors, and general education courses. Students also have the opportunity to work as undergraduate research assistants under doctoral candidates at TU-BS.
Following the semester of study at TU-BS students are placed in six-month, full-time engineering internships in Germany (or, occasionally in Switzerland or Liechtenstein.) Interns receive a cost-of-living stipend and housing assistance, and are under the supervision of a person or team in one of the many IEP corporate partner companies. Each intern regularly writes internship reports of his or her experience in German, which are shared with the students and faculty of the IEP back in Rhode Island, and for which they earn credits toward the German major.
Students return to complete their fifth and final academic year back on the Kingston campus, where they have the opportunity to participate in special recruitment visits from corporate partners. IEP students are highly sought after for their combination of strong engineering skills and extensive cross-cultural experiences.
Our IEP alumni network is strong and continuously growing. Begun in 1987, over 225 students have graduated from the German IEP. Many opt for employment based in the United States, but with varying levels of cross-cultural interaction and foreign travel. Others have chosen to seek employment overseas, some with permanent positions and others on "ex-pat" assignments. Many have been selected for management and leadership-track opportunities.
Many IEP students choose to participate in URI's German Summer School of the Atlantic (DSSA), through which they can advance two semester-levels in the language and sharpen their oral proficiency, for one or more summers prior to the year abroad. Transfer students and other latecomers to the program are strongly urged to attend the summer school.
Read about German IEP student Jonathan Grillot's experience abroad in the URI Viewbook by clicking the icon...
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