Carnegie Mellon University
Study Abroad

Exchange Programs

As the science, engineering, technology and industrial enterprises globalize it is becoming increasingly important for students to appreciate the difference between cultures around the world and to avail themselves of the opportunities to understand these enterprises in different societies. Engineers of the future will interact with, work with, and collaborate with engineers from around the world. Furthermore, most engineers will have to travel to other parts of the world and perhaps even live for extended periods of time outside the United States. In order to help prepare our students for this future we have created several foreign exchange programs to provide an opportunity to experience life and to learn in other countries.

Carnegie Mellon started an exchange program with Imperial College in London, UK, in September 1997. This program is for Chemical Engineering students and involves an exchange with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College.  Every year about three students can participate in this program.

The Imperial College exchange program offers very exciting opportunities to those students who are interested in spending their junior year abroad.  Imperial College is one of the leading schools in Europe in engineering and manufacturing.  Air Products & Chemicals and Procter & Gamble will consider interviewing students for a summer internship before or after going to London as it is interested in students that get training in the US and in the UK.  The possible internship with Procter & Gamble is in two parts.  The first part is in the summer prior to the year in London and takes place in Cincinnati.  The second part is in the London research facilities at Procter and Gamble at the end of the one-year stay in London.  The application is available at http://www.pg.com.  Go to Careers>>Job Category>>Internship/Co-op>>Country/Region: US.  Also be sure to mention your interest in the Imperial exchange program to the P&G pre-recruiters visiting campus.

The Imperial College exchange program has similar arrangements as the one with RWTH Aachen. Students pay regular fees to Carnegie Mellon.  Housing costs are of the order of £550 per month and food about £300 per month.  The classes start early in October. Imperial College is located in a prime location in central London, South Kensington, next to Hyde Park. 

 The courses that Chemical Engineering students will take at Imperial College and that are nearly equivalent to the ones in your junior year here at Carnegie Mellon are the following:

06-323 Heat and Mass Transfer

ChE 104.2 Heat and Mass Transfer and

ChE 202.1 Heat Transfer

06-361 Unit Operations

ChE 202.1 Separation Process I

06-321 Chem. Eng. Thermodynamics

ChE 205 Thermodynamics II

06-363 Transport Lab

Knowledge Labs

06-364 Chemical Reaction Engineering

Reaction Engineering I

06-300 Undergraduate Research

To be arranged with ICSTM faculty

09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry

ChE 106.3 Properties of Matter

09-217 Organic Chemistry I

ChE1-06-1 Chemistry (get CMU/CHE waiver)

03-232 Biochemistry    I

Biochemistry

 In addition, students would take one elective, and 2 humanities courses.

Notify Cindy Vicker of your interest in the program by the first Friday after returning from winter break.

Carnegie Mellon started an exchange program with RWTH Aachen University in Germany in September 1995. This program is for Chemical Engineering students and involves an exchange with the Lehrstuhl für Prozesstechnik at Aachen.  Every year about three students can participate in this program.

The RWTH exchange program offers very exciting opportunities to those students who are interested in spending their junior year abroad.  RWTH is one of the leading schools in Europe in engineering and manufacturing.   Students applying to this program can apply for a summer internship at Bayer Corporation prior to going to Aachen as Bayer is interested in U.S. students that get some training in Germany.  Also, there is the possibility of either doing research at RWTH, or working with a company in Germany in the summer before you join. Aachen is a nice historic and pleasant city that is located on the border in the western part of Germany, right next to the Netherlands and to Belgium.

The RWTH exchange program has similar arrangements as the ones with Imperial College. Students pay regular fees to Carnegie Mellon, and a $40 fee per semester in Aachen.  Housing costs are of the order of 300-350 Euros per month, and food about 400-450 Euros per month.  In addition, a 6-week German course will be available before the semester starts in early October.

The courses that Chemical Engineering students will take at RWTH and that are nearly equivalent to the ones in your junior year here  at Carnegie Mellon are the following:

06-321 Chemical Eng. Thermodynamics

Thermodynamik der Gemische

06-323 Heat and Mass Transfer

*Wärme- und Stoffübertragung

06-361 Unit Operations

Grundlagen der Verfahrenstechnik

06-363 Transport Processes Laboratory

To be arranged with RWTH ChemE faculty

06-364 Chemical Reaction Engineering

*Reaktionstechnik

06-300 Undergraduate Research

To be arranged with RWTH ChemE faculty

09-217 Organic Chemistry

Organische Chemie I

09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry

Physikalische Chemie A

03-232 Biochemistry

Biotechnology I

06-463 Chemical Product Design

*Chemical Product Design

06-464 Chemical Eng Process Control 

*Control Engineering

*Courses taught in English

Basic knowledge of German language is required.

Notify Cindy Vicker of your interest in the program by the first Friday after returning from winter break.

Dortmund International Summer Program  ~ June 1 – July 31

Carnegie Mellon started an exchange program with Technische Universität Dortmund in Germany in 2002.  This summer program is for Chemical Engineering students.  Every year about 1 or 2 students participate in this program.

The “Dortmund International Summer Program” takes place early June to late-July, and focuses on 5 different subjects:

   *  Biochemical and Chemical Engineering
   *  Applied Mathematics
   *  Automation and Robotics
   *  Business & Economics
   *  German and European Culture

See specific course offerings

All courses are taught in English, but students are advised to use this opportunity to acquire some basic German language skills.  Please note that most of the Automation and Robotics lectures are also suitable for Chemical Engineering and Biomedical/Chemical Engineering students.

The first Friday after returning from winter break, forwardonline application interface will be available from 12/15/13 - 2/15/14.  Once you have applied online at Technische Universität Dortmund in Germany, immediately forward the following information to Cindy Vicker (DH1106):

  • Resumé
  • One-page essay providing any information that would help us gain a complete picture of you as a person and as a potential employee, including your career goals.  Please mention how you believe that participating in this program might help you to achieve those goals.
  • A recent photograph.
  • Three letters of recommendation from Carnegie Mellon faculty members. (The letters can either be sent to Cindy Vicker’s attention in DH1101, or they can be emailed to her by the faculty members.)
  • Any other documents that may support your application.


If you wish to do a scientific project during the Summer Program, please provide an extra letter entitled "application for a project," directed at the professor of your choice.  For details, please refer to the Course Catalog.  Please also emphasize your prerequisites for the specific project.

Carnegie Mellon has begun a new exchange program with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.  This program is for Chemical Engineering students and involves an exchange with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yonsei University beginning in Fall 2013.  Every year about two students can participate in this program.

In addition to gaining academic excellence, exchange students are also exposed to a beautiful and culturally rich environment.  Yonsei University is particularly fortunate to be situated in a spacious, quiet, and well-wooded environment near a mountainside, and located just in the center of Seoul’s metropolitan area.  You will have the opportunity to receive one of the best international educations in Asia with over 700 courses taught in English.

The Yonsei University exchange program offers very exciting opportunities to those students who are interested in spending their junior year abroad, and has similar arrangements as the programs that we have with Imperial College and RWTH Aachen.  Students pay regular tuition to Carnegie Mellon.  Housing costs are on the order of $350-$500 per month and food is about $350 per month.  The semesters run from September to mid-December and March to mid-June.  It may be possible to acquire an internship during the winter break.

You will be able to complete the following courses while at Yonsei:

06-323 Heat and Mass Transfer

DAA3660 Heat Transfer (Fall, English/Korean) and

DAA433 Mass Transfer (Spring, English/Korean)

06-361 Unit Operations

DAA3750 Separation & Purification Process (Fall,Korean)

06-321 Chem. Eng. Thermodynamics

DAA4320 ChemE Thermodynamics II (Fall, English/Korean)

06-363 Transport Process Lab

DAA2220 ChemEng & Lab(2) (Fall, Korean)

06-364 Chemical Reaction Engineering

DAA4310 Reaction Engineering (Spring, English/Korean)

06-300 Undergraduate Research

To be arranged with faculty.

06-464 ChemE Process Control

DAA3720 ChemE Process Control (Fall, English)

09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry

CHE2105 Physical Chemistry 1 (Spring, English)

09-217 Organic Chemistry I

CHE2103 Organic Chemistry 1 (Spring, English)

03-232 Biochemistry I

DAA3700 Biochemical Engineering (Spring, Korean)

In addition, students will take one elective and two humanities courses.

Notify Cindy Vicker of your interest in the program by the first Friday after returning from winter break.

Carnegie Mellon just began a new exchange program with Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL). This program is for Chemical Engineering students and involves an exchange with the Department of Chemical Engineering at UNL.  Every year two students can participate in this program.

The UNL exchange program offers very exciting opportunities to those students who are interested in spending one semester of their junior year in Argentina.  The university was founded in 1919 and is strategically located in the province of Santa Fe.

The UNL exchange program has similar arrangements as the one with Imperial College, Yonsei, or RWTH Aachen. Students pay regular tuition to Carnegie Mellon.  Housing costs are on the order of ~US$250-$300 per month and food about US$300 per month.  The semesters fall on this schedule:  mid-August to the end of November, and early March to mid-June.

The courses that Chemical Engineering students will take at UNL and that are nearly equivalent to the ones in your junior year here at Carnegie Mellon are the following:

Fall Semester

06-321 Chem. Eng. Thermodynamics

Physical Chemistry 

06-323 Heat and Mass Transfer 

Mass Transfer-Operations

Heat Transfer-Operations 

09-217 Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry

09-347 Advanced Physical Chemistry 

Physical Chemistry II

Spring Semester

06-361 Unit Operations 

06-363 Transport Lab 

Mass Transfer and Operations

06-364 Chemical Reaction Engineering

Chemical Reaction Engineering I

Chemical Reaction Engineering II

03-232 Biochemistry I

Principles of Biotechnology

Notify Cindy Vicker of your interest in the program by the first Friday after returning from winter break.

Carnegie Mellon has begun a new exchange program with Université de Mons in Mons, Belgium.   This program is for Chemical Engineering students and involves an exchange with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Universite de Mons beginning in Fall 2017.  Every year one student can participate in this program.

The University of Mons (UMONS) is located in the French-speaking province of Hainaut, Bengium, near the French border, on a straight line between Brussels and Paris.  UMONS has 7 faculties, 2 schools, 10 research institutes, 3 partner research centers, and operates on two campuses, the main one located in Mons and first established in 1837 (date of creation of the engineering faculty), and the second one in Charleroi.   UMONS has about 40 different degree programs in more than 25 fields.   Research objectives are pursued both regionally and internationally and the expertise of the university researchers is internationally acknowledged.

The UMONS exchange program offers very exciting opportunities to those students who are interested in spending their junior year abroad, and has similar arrangments as the programs that we have with Imperial College and RWTH Aachen.   Students pay regular tuition to Carnegie Mellon.  Housing costs in UMONS halls are between 2350-4800 euro/year and, in town are about 3500 euro/year.  Meals are approximately 2000 euro/year.  Transportation costs are about 500 euro/year.  The semesters run from mid-September to the end of January and February to the end of June.

You will be able to complete all of your Junior-level courses while there.   As of F17, the course equivalencies are being organized.  An updatged list will be posted.

Basic knowledge of the French language is required.  Various intensive French language courses are offered at the beginning of each semester and throughout the academic year.  There is no cost for incoming students.

Please notify Cindy Vicker of your interests in the program by the first Friday after returning from winter break.