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Experiential Learning - International Opportunities

Calvin Students have many opportunities to travel abroad during their time at Calvin. Pictured here is a class in China during interim with Prof. Leonard Van Drunen (Business Dept. Faculty) .

International Designation

Students may receive an international designation to their concentration (e.g., "BSE International Mechanical Concentration") by completing any two of the following three items:

  1. An international engineering interim course. There are four to choose from.
  2. An international internship and demonstrating some ability to speak the language of their internship country.
  3. The Engineering summer program in Germany.

Other procedures and activities may qualify for the international designation. For additional details, please contact the department chair or the department Internship Coordinator, Prof. Ned Nielsen.

January Term (Interim) Abroad

There are many opportunities for students to travel overseas during interims while at Calvin. These opportunities are cost effective as well, because there are scholarships available to students wishing to participate in these trips. Each year there are about 2-4 off campus classes led by engineering professors. In addition, many classes led by non-engineering professors take students off campus. Click here for more information.

Summer Program in Germany

Calvin's Engineering Department has a summer program in Germany in which engineering students travel with a Calvin engineering professor to Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, the Calvin professor teaches Engr. 202 at the Technical University of Berlin. The students also take a course entitled German Language and Culture from an instructor a the Technical University of Berlin. These classes are taught four days a week, providing opportunities for three-day weekends to visit companies and travel in Europe.

Blog for Summer Program in Germany

Follow 2 engineering professors and 30 students while they are in Berlin. Click here for blog.

Summer International Internships

Calvin's Engineering Program also has an international internship program in which we place students in a number of international settings. Student placements are made via relationships between the engineering department and executives of foreign companies. These reciprocal relationships bring foreign students for internships in West Michigan as well. Foreign internships can be life changing experiences, and they provide very valuable work experience for both Calvin's students and foreign students. Click the link above for more information.


The Engineering Department offers scholarships to aid students in their desired international opportunities. The scholarships can be used to help with the summer program in Germany or for an interim class. These scholarships include the Bosscher Family Interim Scholarship and the Charles and Kay Spoelhof Engineering Scholarship. View a complete list of scholarships for details.

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