Programs by Major: Engineering


BEIJING: Beijing Institute of Technology

Traditional | Beijing, China

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)


MADRID: CIEE – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Traditional | Madrid, Spain

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts all contribute to its importance as an international metropolis. Madrid’s economic output, high living standards, and market size, ranks it as the major center of Southern Europe as well as the Iberian Peninsula, and the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies can be found in and around the city.

Students have multiple options in Madrid. Students may enroll for a semester program, and may choose from the following semester tracks: Business, Economics and Culture, Engineering and Society, Legal Studies , or Liberal Arts.

The Business, Economics and Culture track is designed to combine Spanish language and European and Iberian studies with coursework in business, economics and culture and the opportunity to participate in an internship in Madrid. Students will take a Spanish language course, European or Spain-related course, and direct enrollment courses in the all-English or Spanish Bachelor degrees in their respective academic field with an optional CIEE internship. Business and economics program students will take direct enrollment classes in business administration, economics, marketing,finance and accounting in either English or Spanish from Carlos III. CIEE participant also have the option to take an elective course from another UC3M department depending on the class pre-requisites and student´s language level. Students must have completed at least one Spanish course here at NU.

Whether your interest is in biomedical engineering, mechanical or audiovisual systems engineering, study abroad in Spain through the Engineering and Society track affords you the opportunity to experience one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, while continuing to pursue your degree. CIEE study abroad in Spain offers highly motivated students the opportunity to develop their Spanish language skills while pursuing a co-curricular program focused on their field of expertise. This is achieved through a Spanish language course, an elective with a Spanish or European focus, an optional internship, and a series of direct enrollment elective courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Study abroad in Madrid and you will: Study at the Universidad Carlos III, one of Spain’s top-ranking schools for telematics engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, telecommunications technologies engineering, and telecommunication systems engineering (it's ranked fourth in computer engineering), gain practical work experience and collaboration skills through a for-credit business or engineering-related internships, and take advantage of company visits in and around Madrid to find out how today’s scientists apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Students interested in studying law in Madrid will benefit from the Legal Studies track through CIEE. The CIEE Legal Studies program is designed for advanced Spanish language students who are highly motivated to improve their Spanish language skills through coursework focused on law, mediation, and human rights, while also participating in a Legal Studies internship in Madrid.

The Liberal Arts program allows independent, advanced level students the opportunity to matriculate in a combination of content courses in Hispanic studies (Estudios Hispánicos) and regular University courses in social sciences, humanities, journalism, pre-law, and engineering. Students also participate in seminars with Spanish students while they continue to improve their language skills and take advantage of the vibrant and rich cultural milieu of Madrid.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Catherine Strong, CIEE Madrid Spring 2013; strong.c@husky.neu.edu