The education of the 21st century engineering student requires a global perspective and practical experience. In 2007, the department launched a program to enhance and enrich the experience of undergraduate students, and provide a focused International Experience (E33 EECE 411) to study issues related to energy and the environment in a global context and develop teamwork and leadership skills. Each year, students are selected for this program that will be guided by faculty from the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. The highlight of the class is a visit to a city where partner schools of the McDonnell Academy are located. Students then register for the class in the following semester and engage in project discussions, presentations and report writing. 

  • Visit to a city where partner schools of the McDonnell Academy are located
  • Students engage in project discussions, presentations and report writing
  • Pre-visit orientation meetings and lectures
  • Field trips to corporations, regulatory agencies and laboratories
  • Social and cultural programs
  • Analysis of experience, projects, discussions and presentations in subsequent semester

International Experiences: Jocelyn Epstein and Guinter Dame Vogg

In 2023, Jocelyn Epstein and Guinter Dame Vogg, seniors majoring in environmental engineering, joined their classmates to study at the National University of Singapore in Queenstown, Singapore. After flying out of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, students spent two weeks attending lectures on topics such as materials science, sustainability and water treatment; touring institutions such as the Global Center for Maritime Decarbonization and Bayer Crop Science; and visiting cultural landmarks such as Gardens by the Bay, Supertree Grove and Clarke Quay.

Information for the 2024 trip to Universitas Indonesia Jakarta:

• The International Experience class is open to all undergraduate students (except graduating seniors) in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference will be given to Juniors and Sophomores.
• The faculty coordinators for the 2024 visit and class are Mr. Ray Ehrhard and Professor Vijay Ramani.
• Applications are due January 15, 2024 and selections will be made by January 20, 2024.  PDF application forms are available here.
• Student cost for the trip is approximately $4,000. (Some financial assistance may be available). Fees cover airfare, lodging, local transportation, university fees, scheduled tours, and some meals.
• Click here for more information about this trip.
2024 International Experience Flyer for Jakarta

Highlights Include:

• Pre-visit orientation meetings & seminars in Spring 2024
• Visit to UI Jakarta tentatively May 17 - June 2, 2024 (dates may change)
• Lectures and research project tours at UI and other institutions
• Industry tours in bio-technology, petrochemical, and environmental engineering science
• Cultural tours of fascinating locations in and around Jakarta

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