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.

Spring semester*:
UCD/CVEN30020 equivalent to GMU/CEIE 311
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

*Note that approved UCD civil engineering courses are only offered in spring term.

For the full plan of study which includes a semester of study at UCD, please click here.

UCD Spring Semester Application Deadline: October 25th

UCD Application Process: CEIE students interested in this program should request an appointment to meet with Lisa Nolder, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs, at or 703-993-5607 to verify their eligibility to participate in this program. CEIE students must have completed at least 30 credit hours of undergraduate coursework at GMU; and have both a cumulative GPA and a CEIE GPA of at least 3.0, with no grades of F.  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.

Coordination with the Mason Study Abroad Office:  The George Mason University regulations for study abroad require that students register with the Mason Study Abroad Office.  Students should request an appointment to meet with Dianna Leonard, External Study Abroad Program Officer, at or 703-993-3604 to review the application process. The Mason Study Abroad Office charges an administrative fee for each GMU study abroad student.

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.  In addition, students are responsible for their room and board, 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.

Transferring UCD Credit to GMU:  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that an official transcript from abroad is sent to the Mason Study Abroad Office upon completion of the study abroad program. As in the case with all transfer credit at Mason, you must receive the minimum grade required on the host institution’s transcript 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 Mason Study Abroad Office.

Civil Engineering Study Abroad in Germany

Study in Germany:  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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