Experiences Abroad

National University of Singapore (NUS)

In 2008 U of T began a rewarding summer research exchange with our sister Engineering Science program at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Currently, NUS provides spaces for twelve (12) EngSci students in its research laboratories each summer. This opportunity is open to all Engineering Science students in Years 1, 2, or 3.  Read about the experiences of some of the students who have gone to NUS:

Momin Daanish, 1T8
David Simons, 1T6
Isabella Huang, 1T6
Wen Bo Li, 1T6

Osaka University

Each summer since 2012, one or two students from our program have taken part in a formal research exchange with Osaka University. Students may participate in research in a wide range of disciplines at Osaka University, from Biomedical to Robotics. This experience is typically available for students completing Year 3 of an Engineering Science Option. Read about the experiences of some of the students who have gone to Osaka:

Taylor Morrison, 1T6 + PEY
Pratik Agrawal, 1T4
Jasmine Choi, 1T4

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) – Zurich

For the last several years, supported by EngSci alumnus, Prof. Raffaelo D’Andrea (EngSci 9T1), EngSci students have had the chance to work on cutting-edge research projects in the area of dynamic autonomous systems. This opportunity is typically available for students completing Year 3 of an Engineering Science option.  Read stories from a few students who have gone to ETH in the last few years.

Jianwei Sun, 1T6 + PEY
Morgan Hooper, 1T5
Alexander Selwa, 1T5

In addition to these opportunities, the Division of Engineering Science supports summer research opportunities with the University of Cambridge (UK), the Max Planck Institute (Hamburg, Germany), the Technical University – Darmstadt (Germany), Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and King Mongkut’s Unviersity of Technology Thonburi (Thailand). Click below to read more about our students’ experiences with these opportunities.

Technion:  Gabriel Arpino, 1T8
Cambridge:  Rahul Chandan, 1T6 + PEY
Hamburg:  Jennifer Sun, 1T5
Darmstadt:  Charlie Guan, 1T5 

In addition to these opportunities, students who secure their own research opportunities abroad may apply to the Division of Engineering Science for an Exceptional Opportunities Award. A limited number of such awards are offered each year, and are intended to assist students in funding summer opportunities at top research institutions around the world. Visit the Fellowships and Awards page for more details.

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Junior Fellowship Program

The Junior Fellowship Program includes a four month volunteer placement overseas. This program is open to EWB chapter members who will be returning to their chapter for at least one year following their summer abroad. While the four month placement overseas is the highlight for many, the program also includes the completion of learning modules prior to going overseas, a week-long pre-departure training, and a commitment to sharing their experiences and lessons learned with their community and chapter upon their return.

In 2010, the University of Toronto was recognized as EWB’s Chapter of the Year. To learn more about U of T’s EWB Chapter.