Study Abroad

Civil Engineering Study Abroad at University College Dublin

George Mason University values international education and fosters cultural exchange through study abroad. In keeping with the university’s focus on the global classroom, the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering (CEIE) has developed an agreement with University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland for a one semester, fully articulated, civil engineering undergraduate study abroad program in the junior year. The following courses have been pre-approved to be taken for credit toward the GMU BS-CIE.

Fall semester (UCD Application Deadline: May 1st):

UCD/CVEN20030 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 355

UCD/CVEN30020 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 311

UCD/CVEN40220 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 340

UCD/CVEN40720 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 435 Core Elective in Geotechnical Engineering


Spring semester (UCD Application Deadline: October 25th):

UCD/CVEN30110 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 360

UCD/CVEN40070 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 453 Core Elective in Environmental Engineering

UCD/CVEN40080 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 4xx Elective in Water Resources Engineering

UCD/CVEN40210 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 4xx Elective in Geotechnical Engineering

Eligibility: Students must have completed 30 credit hours of undergraduate work at GMU with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, with no grades of F. CEIE students interested in this program should request an appointment to meet with Lisa Nolder, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs, to verify their eligibility to participate in this program.

Coordination with the Global Education Office: The George Mason University regulations for study abroad require that students register with the Global Education Office (GEO). Students should request an appointment to meet with Mikaela Spencer, Semester Program Officer, to review the application process and associated costs.

UCD Application Process: Students who meet the criteria then apply to University College Dublin. Admission decisions for GMU students to the UCD program are ultimately made by University College Dublin.  Copies of the UCD program admission letter must be provided to Ms. Nolder for inclusion in the students’ academic files.

UCD Program: Students accepted into the University College Dublin program will be enrolled at University College Dublin as full-time, non-degree students; no degree is offered from University College Dublin through this program.  Students accepted into the program will be provided with pre-departure information by University College Dublin, and invited to participate in a program of cultural events during their semester abroad.  University College Dublin Centre for Study Abroad assists with arranging on-campus housing for all study abroad students.

UCD Program Costs:  Students are responsible for all program payments directly to University College Dublin.  There is a one semester fixed tuition fee of €8,800 for the Engineering Study Abroad Program (for current exchange rates, click here).  Accommodation fees vary depending on the Residences; single semester fees can be viewed online here.  In addition to tuition, room and board, students are responsible for  books, personal travel (including to Ireland), student visa (not required for U.S. students traveling on an American passport) and other personal expenses.  Additional information, including estimates of costs, is available here.

Credit Transfer:  UCD will send an official transcript of final grades to the Global Education Office upon completion of the study abroad program. As in the case with all transfer credit at Mason, you must receive a minimum grade of C in order for any credit to transfer to Mason. No letter grades from transfer credit appear on your Mason transcript. Your Mason GPA is not affected. These credits are, however, counted in your attempted hours and can affect academic standing. In place of a grade for each transfer credit course on your Mason transcript, there will be a “T” indicating that the course was taken for transfer credit.

Other GMU-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs

Students may elect to participate in other study abroad opportunities arranged by the Mason Study Abroad Office.  Students exploring these possibilities must be advised early in the planning process by their academic advisor in conjunction with the Global Education Office.

Civil Engineering Study Abroad in Germany

Two Week Summer Course: CEIE 497: Applied Engineering Abroad (3 credits)Introduces students to applications of engineering processes outside USA. The students will gain hands-on project management, critical thinking, intercultural and career skills by exploring engineering aspects such as auto assembly, airliner manufacturing, metropolitan infrastructure, and bridge designs. By visiting technology museums, students will learn to appreciate the rich history of the country’s technology and manufacturing.

Enrollment limited to students with a class standing of junior or senior. Satisfies Mason’s Global Understanding Core.

For additional course information contact Professor Clemons.

For specific program questions contact Greg Justice.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) invites applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents 18 to 24 years of age for its yearlong fellowship to study and work in Germany.  The deadline for applications is December 1.  CBYX is open to applicants in all career fields, although preference is given to students in STEM fields, agriculture, business, and vocational fields.  The program includes German language training, a semester at a German university, a five-month internship in Germany in the student’s area of study,  and airfare, health insurance and a monthly living allowance stipend.  Students traditionally underrepresented in study abroad opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.  The fellowship is funded by the US and German governments through a grant provided by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended. More information can be found at


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