Academics

Engineering Study Abroad

 

An international experience can play a significant role in enhancing your undergraduate education. With approximately 20 programs specifically for engineering students, International Engineering Studies & Programs (in partnership with IAP) can help you develop confidence and cross-cultural skills for the job market, and gain flexibility, adaptability, and problem-solving skills at the same time it fulfills your quest for adventure and learning.

Academic Rules for Engineering Students

All participants on programs offered in partnership with the College of Engineering (indicated by an orange gear icon in the program search and ENGR abbreviation) earn pass/fail credit unless they take courses abroad that fulfill degree requirements for a second major or a certificate outside of the College of Engineering, in which case A-F grades are issued for those courses.

ENGR programs are not considered in-residence.

Participants on ENGR programs are required to take a minimum of 50% engineering, science, or math courses abroad. This could be more depending on the host institution’s requirements.

If you are a College of Engineering student and plan to take any of your last 24 credits abroad, you must request special permission to do so and complete a 24 credit waiver form prior to confirming your participation. Approval is granted or denied on a case-by-case basis. With this permission, you can study abroad your second to last semester. However, you cannot graduate abroad, and must return to UW-Madison to complete at least one full time semester before finishing your degree. Contact your Study Abroad Advisor to initiate this process.

Program List

Certificate in International Engineering

The Certificate in International Engineering demonstrates your knowledge of a specific country or region other than the United States. For general advising and questions regarding the Certificate in International Engineering, please contact us at international@engr.wisc.edu or by making an appointment through Starfish in your MyUW Student Center. Requirements and application materials are available through the Certificate in International Engineering  webpage.

Neale Silva Scholarship for Chilean Students

The Neale Silva scholarship is intended specifically for Chilean citizens who would like to attend UW-Madison for up to two years at the undergraduate or graduate level. The scholarship was created by Professor Eduardo Neale Silva, who forged a permanent and special bond between his homeland, Chile, and his adopted educational homeland, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This scholarship specifies that beneficiaries should a) be involved in the practical fields of science and technology, and b) return to work in Chile to benefit the country.

Applications are due annually on April 1. Please email international@engr.wisc.edu with any questions about the program or the application process.

Neale Silva Scholarship Information

Eduardo Neale Silva was born in Talca, Chile, in 1905. He entered the University of Chile in Santiago when he was 16 and graduated as an English major. At the age of 20, Neale Silva joined the then Department of Romance Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked for 51 years. Professor Neale Silva recognized his good fortune in finding his way to Madison, but he also knew that hard work was required to build on this good fortune. He began to teach, and worked to complete his graduate studies at the same time. Professor Neale Silva wrote a number of textbooks and readers for undergraduate and high school classes that are used throughout the U.S. Proceeds from these books were invested, and the resulting income is now used for scholarships to bring Chileans to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scholarship recipients can either study at UW-Madison for one or two semesters as a non-degree/special student or up to two years (four semesters) in a graduate degree program. The scholarship will support a full MSc degree, or two years of a PhD.

Non-degree/special student: Individuals who have completed at least three years of college or university studies are eligible to apply for one or two semesters of study at UW-Madison through the scholarship. Eligible individuals include those currently enrolled in a college or university, are in a graduate degree program, or are working professionals seeking academic professional development opportunities. All applicants must study science or technology fields to be eligible.

Graduate Program at UW-Madison: Individuals may apply for up to two years (four semesters) of financial support specifically to pursue a full master’s degree program or two years of a PhD program at UW-Madison. Individuals interested in pursuing graduate studies at UW-Madison must first apply directly to their chosen graduate program through the Graduate School. These deadlines are typically before the deadline for the Neale Silva scholarship. Deadlines and admission criteria vary by program and can be found on the specific program page.

 

The Neale Silva scholarship is intended to permit recipients to pursue studies in technological or scientific fields, not in the humanities. If you are not sure whether your field of study would qualify, please email International Engineering Studies & Programs at international@engr.wisc.edu.

In partnership with the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the Estate of Eduardo Neale Silva has established the Eduardo Neale Silva Scholarship Fund. The primary purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships to Chilean students, that is, residents of Chile of Chilean nationality, to permit them to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The terms and conditions of the Eduardo Neale-Silva Scholarships are the following:

    1. The scholarship may pay the following:
      • Round-trip transportation between Chile and Wisconsin (up to $2,000) (Recipients already in Madison will not receive airfare)
      • Tuition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
      • Monthly stipend of $1,500 for living expenses
      • SEVIS fee
      • Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) insurance (for recipient only; not dependents)

No expenses of dependents shall be paid from this fund.

  1. Qualified recipients must be students in technological or scientific fields. Studies in the humanities/social sciences will not be supported.
  2. Recipients shall have completed at least three years of college or university studies. Alternatively, graduates of advanced technical schools may qualify if they are admissible as non-degree/special students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  3. Scholarships shall be granted for a period of one or two semesters, or up to two years for a graduate program. Support cannot exceed two years.
  4. Recipients must possess sufficient command of English to participate in university studies. The goal of this grant is to support substantive coursework or research and not the study of English as a Second Language.
  5. Recipients shall be selected by a screening committee appointed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  6. Individuals are not eligible to receive the scholarship more than once.
  7. The availability and method of application shall be made known to prospective candidates in Chile.
  8. Should there be insufficient income earned by the Fund, no scholarship shall be awarded in any given year.
  9. Funding does not support internship or research experience outside of the state, including abroad.

Documents Required for Application

Candidates for the scholarship shall be asked to submit the following documents (please provide originals and (unofficial or official) English translations):

  1. Application Cover Sheet
  2. Official academic records (transcripts) from university in Chile
  3. Three letters of recommendation from teachers or employers, or others familiar with professional development
  4. Statement describing professional objectives, a proposed and plan for study at Wisconsin, prior international study or travel experiences and a detailed plan for how this experience will be used to improve life for Chileans upon the recipients return there. Please include answers to the questions regardng how your studies at UW-Madison are connected to the work you have done or plan to do, how it’s connected to Chile, and how you expect your time and experience here to benefit Chile/Chileans upon your return there after the program. This portion of the application is strongly considered in the application review process.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS. The minimum score depends on the program to which one is applying. To come as a non-degree/special student, one must obtain a score of 80 or higher, many graduate programs require a 92 or higher, and it does vary by program.
  6. If applying to graduate school at UW-Madison, candidates should abide by application deadlines for their potential program, which deadlines will be earlier than the application deadline for the Neale Silva scholarship, in most cases. If applying as a non-degree student, successful candidates will be directed to an application form later in the process.

Applications must be received by April 1 for awards beginning the following September or January. When appropriate to their educational situation and professional objectives, scholarship recipients may be affiliated with the UW as Honorary Fellows or trainees rather than students.

Applications can be submitted electronically (in a single pdf document) to international@engr.wisc.edu.

The Neale Silva Scholarship Selection Committee is comprised of representatives from the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Additional members may be invited to participate as needed to evaluate the applicants and their proposed programs.

The selection committee shall consider the following criteria in making awards:

  1. Academic ability of the applicant.
  2. Potential of the candidate and the proposed program to contribute to Chile’s scientific and technological development upon their return to the country.
  3. Compatibility of the student’s plan of study with programs available at UW-Madison.
  4. Application status at potential host department.
  5. Priority given to the student who has not had many opportunities to go outside Chile or come to the United States for study.

In addition, the Committee will consider favorably candidates from Chilean institutions with which the UW has formal or informal cooperative agreements in order to promote the University’s international mission. The Committee will recognize the intent of Eduardo Neale Silva to support students who would not otherwise be able to study at UW, but it will also attempt to increase the number of participants by providing partial support to qualified candidates who have other sources of partial support. Furthermore, it will strive to maintain a balance among various fields of study.

Application and Forms

Please complete the application and return it to UW-Madison College of Engineering International Engineering Studies & Programs along with the other requirements of the application. All documents in Spanish must be accompanied by an English translation.

If you intend to study at UW-Madison as a non-degree student for one or two semesters, please submit your application materials, and we will direct you to an online application form if you are awarded a Neale Silva Scholarship.

However, if you are applying to begin your career at UW-Madison as a graduate student, you must apply through the Graduate School as well as one of UW-Madison’s graduate programs. Note that you are responsible for meeting application deadlines for your department and the Graduate School, which may be earlier than the April 1 deadline for the Neale Silva Scholarship.

  • Please email international@engr.wisc.edu with any questions about the program or the application process.
  • Mario Mardones was a close friend of Professor Neale Silva. Scholarship recipients may contact him by phone. He can be reached at (608) 523-1944.
  • Also, you may want to contact the Chilean Student Association, a group that works to support Chilean students at the UW and to provide the UW community with opportunities to learn about Chile.

Contact and Appointments

International Engineering Studies & Programs
1150 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: (608) 263-2191
Interested in making an appointment? We’re on Starfish- log in through your MyUW account.
E-mail: international@engr.wisc.edu