International Experience

International Experiences provide opportunities for students to experience once-in-a-lifetime international experiences by participating in programs such as study abroad, exchange programs, and projects that assist less fortunate communities throughout the world. The Student Success Center can set students up with engineering-specific study abroad experiences.

CEID Study Abroad Experiences


A group of 7 civil engineering students visited Colombia in the summer of 2017. The group not only got to learn about engineering outside of the United States, they also had a variety of cultural experiences while visiting a number of different locations around the country.


UTSA students John Widner, Alek Greer, Sergio Abreu, Weiming Lu, and TA Shuaipeng (Alex) He visited China with Dr. Morton in Summer 2019.

The thought of spending three months in a foreign country where one does not speak the language could be intimidating for some people. It was certainly intimidating for Gaelen McFadden, a graduate student in the College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. But, having missed out on studying abroad as an undergrad, McFadden decided that he wasn’t going to miss out this time around. So, this past June, McFadden left his comfort zone in San Antonio, Texas, and traveled to Bejing, China, for a research opportunity at Tsinghua Univ.

“Going to China was a great experience and I strongly recommend that students at UTSA study abroad,” said McFadden. “I think with engineers, well, we have to make a good effort to broaden our perspective."



Approximately an hour from the Adriatic coast and three-and-a-half hours northeast of Rome, sits the picturesque, walled city of Urbino, Italy. Urbino rests on a hill, above the Italian countryside, looking much the same as it did during the renaissance—if one can ignore the car parks marring the scenery. The city, home to famous artist Raphael, is a destination of choice for engineering students spending a semester studying abroad. Italy as part of a UTSA study abroad program designed to get students out of their comfort zones and into new environments.