International Programs for ECE Graduate Students
Many international programs are available to ECE graduate students in order to broaden their personal, professional, and intellectual horizons. Students with international experience and an advanced degree possess business knowledge and often second language skills that are very attractive to prospective employers in both industry and academia. In addition, these students possess cross-cultural communication skills and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and deal constructively with differences.
ECE graduate students may participate in the following international programs:
- Georgia Tech Lorraine
- Georgia Tech Lorraine Double Degree Program
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University Dual Master’s Degree Program
- Politecnico di Torino (Italy) Dual Master's Degree Program
- Georgia Tech-KAIST Dual Degree Program
- Study Abroad
- Work Abroad Program
Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL) is the European campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, located in the city of Metz in the Lorraine Region of France. GTL offers graduate degree programs leading to the designated master’s degrees (M.S.E.C.E. and M.S.M.E.), the undesignated master's degree (M.S.), and the Ph.D. degree from Georgia Tech. All lectures are delivered in English by Georgia Tech professors assigned to GTL either on a permanent or part-time basis. For more information, view the ECE graduate programs at GTL web page or contact Professor Bertrand Boussert.
As a complement to regular graduate programs, GTL offers double degree programs in cooperation with seven French Grandes Écoles d'Ingénieurs, or graduate engineering institutions. For students enrolled in French universities, these programs lead to the M.S.E.C.E., M.S.M.E., or M.S. Undesignated from Georgia Tech and the Diplôme d'Ingénieur. For students from Georgia Tech, they lead to the M.S. degree, plus a Master Professionale from one of seven partner schools.
These programs typically involve three semesters of coursework and a required internship in industry. Students spend at least one semester at GTL, one semester at a partner institution, an additional semester at either Georgia Tech Lorraine or at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and three to six months doing an internship.
While courses at GTL and in Atlanta are taught in English, lectures and laboratories at the partner institutions are taught in French. Therefore, a working knowledge of both languages is required for the completion of the double degree program. French language courses are offered at Georgia Tech Lorraine for non-French speakers. For more information, visit the GTL Double Degree Program web page or contact Professor Bertrand Boussert.
Founded in 1896, Shanghai Jiao Tong University is a leading engineering university in China comprised of several campuses, with 2,800+ faculty and nearly 38,000 full-time students. Since May 2006, students enrolled at SJTU have been able to pursue dual master’s degrees from both institutions–a non-thesis master’s degree from the School of ECE at Georgia Tech and a thesis master’s degree from the School of Electronic, Information, and Electrical Engineering at SJTU. Georgia Tech Shanghai also accepts a limited number of students who will only pursue the Georgia Tech master’s degree in Shanghai. Assistance is available for Georgia Tech students wishing to pursue co-op or internship opportunities with multinational companies in China, following a semester of study at Georgia Tech Shanghai. In addition, selected Georgia Tech graduate courses will be taught at SJTU by Georgia Tech faculty during the summer and fall semesters of each year. For more information, visit the Georgia Tech Shanghai web site or contact Professor G. Tong Zhou.
Starting in fall 2008, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech will offer a dual master's degree program in cooperation with the School of Information Technologies at Politecnico di Torino, one of the most prestigious technological institutions in Europe. This program will require four semesters of course work – two semesters at Georgia Tech and two at the Politecnico di Torino. While all courses at Georgia Tech will be taught in English, lectures and laboratories at the Politecnico di Torino will be available in both English and Italian. For more information, visit the Politecnico di Torino Dual Degree Program web page or contact Professor Anthony Yezzi.
Graduate students may take part in a dual master's degree program offered by Georgia Tech and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), where they spend two semesters each at both institutions.
The Office of International Education (OIE) is staffed with professionals that provide guidance about other international study abroad opportunities offered at Georgia Tech. If you choose a program that offers electrical engineering or computer engineering courses, the School of ECE will work with you to determine how the credits will apply to your degree.
Students may pursue semester-long or year-long international programs through OIE’s Study Abroad Program. For more information, view the list of Georgia Tech Semester Programs on the OIE web site.
Options for international summer programs may also be found on the OIE Study Abroad Program web site. For more information, visit the list of Georgia Tech Summer Programs.
The Work Abroad program is a resource for co-op, internship, graduate, and undergraduate job opportunities at companies around the world. These international work experiences are designed for the ultimate experience to include practical training, cross-cultural exposure and learning, and acquisition of the softer skills that are important both professionally and personally in another culture. For more information, visit the Work Abroad web site.
Last revised on March 28, 2012.