Students from the United States
Students participating in EPS from the United States can transfer up to twelve course credits for the semester experience depending upon their home institution. Credits transferred to replace design courses vary depending upon engineering discipline. Lower and upper division humanities credits can also be earned and transferred. Contact your international office and/or your department office to ensure credit transfer.
All classes are taught in English and the language of communication is English. Students from the United States will be exposed to the language of their EPS site institution through cultural broadening lectures. These lectures are enjoyable, entertaining, and augment the EPS design experience.
The cost of participating in EPS is reasonable. If there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)* between their home institution and the EPS site institution, U.S. students participating in EPS generally pay tuition to their home institution. Tuition costs are handled on a case by case basis if there a MOU does not exist.
Other costs include room and board, and travel to and from the EPS site. Generally, airline tickets to Europe and within Europe are not expensive, particularly off-season (late September through April). Check out any one of the online travel services such as Orbitz, Travelocity, etc. for current ticket prices. Cut rate airlines are very inexpensive for travel within the European continent. Check out easyjet.com, ryanair.com, norwegianair.com, SAS, etc. Train transportation is well organized throughout Europe as well.
Preliminary Tasks, Passports, and Visas
Students are strongly advised to determine what passport and visa documentation is required. Documentation from country to country varies and depends on citizenship and destination. In most instances this information can be found from consulate or embassy offices or their websites or simply by asking your international office. Passports and visas require time. Students are encouraged to begin this process as soon as possible. In a few cases visas are not required. In most countries however, improper visa and passport documentation will result in expulsion from a country.
*Memoradum of Understanding (MOU) — a signed agreement between universities formalizing international exchange and how international exchange students are handled. between participating universities. Check with your international office to see if an MOU exists.