1-2 technical electives (with approval)
1 specialization elective (with approval)
ENGL393: Technical Writing (UMD online course)
- General Education courses (not I-series or DSSP)
Materials Science & Engineering students typically study abroad spring of their sophomore year or spring of their junior year through several of our exchange partners or the Clark in Madrid program. Fall of junior year is only possible at University College Dublin through either the exchange or direct enroll options.
If you study abroad in the spring of your sophomore year you should focus on GEN EDs and make sure you complete ENMA 300 and your math and physics sequences before your junior year.
If you want to study abroad in the spring of your junior year, you must complete ENMA461 (Thermodynamics of Materials) in the spring of your sophomore year. In MSE it is best to focus on courses that count as Specialization Electives and Technical Electives because we accept classes that don't have a UMD equivalent as long as they are at an appropriate level and satisfy the spirit of the MSE Specialization and Technical Elective requirements.
You need to submit the classes you would like to take for study abroad as a package to your MSE advisor for review in a timely manner. For each course in the package you must include:
MSE Advisors are happy to review complete packages, we will not review a series of individual classes due to time constraints. We recommend that you select 5-6 potential classes in case one or two classes you are interested in are full or cancelled. You must have your advisor’s approval for all technical and specialization electives even if there is a UMD equivalent just like you need approval for classes taken at UMD. If you wish to take a required class abroad you should be aware that it requires special approval and that the study abroad class must cover at least 80% of the material in the UMD MSE class at an equivalent level of rigor.
You can view study abroad courses that have been evaluated previously by visiting our International Course Database.