Studying in Australia was hands down the best decision I have ever made. I have grown so much as a person. I am happier, more confident and now comfortable in any new situation.

MSU engineering student Emily Rohrbough


The International Engineering Certificate program, administered by the College of Engineering, encourages a computer science or engineering major to gain an appreciation of the global environment into which he or she will graduate.

A student who pursues the certificate should be more marketable upon graduation, as well as a better global citizen. Earning the certificate, which appears on a student's transcript, is a step towards becoming a global computer scientist or engineer: someone who can live, work and perform anywhere.

If you're thinking about studying, working or volunteering abroad for a period of as little as two weeks, then it makes sense to consider earning the certificate.

Check out some reasons why engineers should study abroad.


There are three basic requirements for earning the International Engineering Certificate:

A student must earn a bachelor's degree from a program within the College of Engineering.

A student must pick a country or region of the world as an international focus and complete a minimum of 15 credits of relevant coursework as follows:

  • If MSU offers language courses that are relevant to the student's international focus (Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish), the student must complete the relevant language courses through 201 with a grade of C- or better.
  • Other courses can be selected that relate to the language, culture, history, geography, society, business and/or institutions of the student's international focus. A C- or better must be earned.
A student must complete one of the following two week or longer (longer is recommended) options while a student at MSU:
  • study experience in the relevant country or region. If the coursework satisfies the requirements of the preceding section, it can be counted as part of the 15 credits.
  • work experience in the relevant country or region. Note: work experiences that have a significant intercultural component might also satisfy this requirement.
  • service experience in the relevant country or region. Note: service experiences that have a significant intercultural component might also satisfy this requirement.

Ready to jump in?

Check out the step-by-step guide on this website.


For general questions and advice about the International Engineering Certificate program, contact Christine Foreman,, or John Paxton,

For questions about how the program relates to your completing your major, contact the IEC department advisors.