International Programs

International Programs for Mechanical Engineers

Global Opportunities through the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech works with students, faculty, and industries to create global academic and business partnerships. The Office of Global Engineering Engagement and Research serves as a resource for international opportunities for students, faculty, corporate partners and alumni. Students and faculty interested in pursuing international opportunities can visit the COE site to learn about Study Abroad Programs, International Internships, International Research, International Student Organizations, and to find travel forms and requirements.

BSME Rising Sophomore Summer at TU Darmstadt

Introduction to German Engineering is a three-week course at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD) in Germany during the Virginia Tech (VT) Summer I Session.  The course transfers to VT as 3 semester credit hours of BSME technical elective (list #1).  The US and German students work together on a design project and visit major German corporations (e.g., BASF, BMW, Audi).  The language of instruction in English.

BSME Senior Year at TU Darmstadt

VT Mechanical Engineering students can elect to complete their VT BSME senior year at the TUD in Germany and graduate on time. A large number of ME technical and AREA 2, 3, and 7 electives at TUD have been pre-approved for transfer back to Virginia Tech. The courses at TUD are taught in German (written exams). Assuming no prior German language skills, students can start learning the necessary German as late as in the Spring semester of their junior year. Students must have a VT overall GPA ≥ 3.0 and have earned a “C” or better in all VT engineering (ECE, ENGE, ESM, ISE, ME, MSE) and natural science (CHEM, MATH, PHYS, STAT) courses.

Automotive Engineering Summer Germany (AESG)
This is a 11-week summer course at the Technische Universität Darmtadt. This course consists of lectures on trends in automotive engineering, laboratory activities, and a team project. The course language is English, and no prior German language skills are required. The project teams are composed of German and US students working together.

Undergraduate students: This program is open to VT Mechanical Engineering students that have completed their junior year. These courses combine to count for 6 semester credit hours towards your VT BSME technical electives. In order to transfer these credits towards your VT BSME degree, you must earn a TUD grade of 4.0 or better (1.0=best TUD grade). TUD grades of 5.0 will not transfer. Use this form to get your course transfers pre-approved.
Graduate students: If you are a VT graduate student as of Summer I 2017, then you can apply to have this course count towards your VT graduate degree. To do this, you must list the three courses on your plan of study (these are 5000-level courses as shown on this form). It is recommended that you get your plan of study approved prior to departing for Germany. In order to transfer these credits towards your VT MSME degree or VT Ph.D. degree, you must earn a TUD grade of 3.3 or better (1.0=best TUD grade). TUD grades of 3.7, 4.0, and 5.0 will not transfer.