English Universities in Germany Civil Engineering
The marrying of engineering and languages is something URI does like no other. Technically, it began as a solution to the problem of shrinking language classes, but it’s turned into a one-of-a-kind that’s been a national model for more than two decades. Today, our International Engineering Program has more than 400 graduates working around the world for such engineering titans as Johnson & Johnson, BMW, Dow Chemical Co., and more.
It’s a five-year program that offers a lot:
- Two degrees – a B.A. in Spanish, German, French, or Chinese, and a B.S. in the engineering field of your choice;
After about two weeks, everything becomes very normalized, you start to integrate and immerse, and it becomes more natural. You start eating, breathing and talking the language.
“You actually become proficient in the language and do relevant work in the field, which is absolutely amazing to any employer. Companies WANT you because of your language skills and your engineering skills, ” said Payam Fahr ’12, a mechanical engineering and German major from Fairfax, Va. During his internship at the BMW Research and Innovation Center in Germany, he drove many kinds of cars – “living in the corners, feeling those lateral G’s” – testing the tactile response from the steering feedback, brakes, and suspension, and working with Lions Racing Team.
The International Engineering Program has a great track record of attracting women. In fact, about 23 percent of our international engineering students are female, compared to 16 percent in the College of Engineering overall. Colleen Grinham, a civil engineering and German major from Middleboro, Mass., interned at Bayer in Leverkusen, Germany. “Bayer has a few American sites, so they see American a lot, but they rarely ever see an American who can speak German. I was one of the only female students who wasn’t a secretary, but was an engineer. They were very proud of that, ” she said.
If the idea of spending a year abroad is a little uncomfortable for you, Payam says that “after about two weeks, everything becomes very normalized, you start to integrate and immerse, and it becomes more natural. You start eating, breathing and talking the language.” Sarah Wood ‘12, an ocean engineering and Chinese major from Springfield, Ill., is proud so say that she writes ocean engineering papers in Chinese. “To hear a language and understand it without translating it in my head is unbelievable. I love that in a few years, I’ll be able to get a job in ocean engineering in China and I’ll feel as comfortable in China as I do in America.”