The Catholic University of America

International Programs


The career of an engineer will always have international dimensions and all places are now influenced by events and factors that transcend national or state boundaries.  In the School of Engineering at The Catholic University of America we hope to prepare our students to adapt and engage with the world. We encourage all students to consider the offered opportunities, such as study abroad, so that they will become effective engineers and thrive in a global environment.

Study Abroad

The School of Engineering offers an exchange academic program with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in China, and other opportunities tailored toward engineering students in Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Australia and beyond. For more information, please contact Dr. Jandro Abot at or the Office of the Dean of the School of Engineering.

Qualified engineering students are encouraged to participate in the exchange or study abroad program during their second semester of their junior year. In most cases, credits earned while studying overseas can be transferred to fulfill engineering degree requirements. Students in all CUA engineering programs can participate in this opportunity but should discuss with their academic advisors and Dr. Abot about their desire to study abroad one year in advance to plan their schedules to accomodate their curriculum requirements.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU):

PolyU is a public university with around 30,000 students. PolyU has 26 academic departments under six faculties (colleges) and 2 schools including Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Construction and Land Use. All possess excellent instructional and research facilities. With well-established exchange programs with 150 institutions in more than 20 countries around the world, CUA exchange students will have an opportunity to meet other international students from around the world. 

Hong Kong is a dynamic and prosperous metropolitan city with a population of about 7 million. Hong Kong's main languages are Cantonese and English. As a shopper's paradise, it offers international cuisines and fabulous sightseeing attractions. It also serves as a hub for travel and as a launch point to numerous other countries in Southeast Asia.

How to apply

Courses offered at Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Other Study Abroad Opportunities:

Other study abroad opportunities include the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain, Chung Yuan Christian University in Taiwan and the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Additional study abroad opportunities during the spring of junior year could be considered. During the summer, a study abroad opportunity on entrepreneur leadership and industrial leadership at Chung Yuan Christian University and potentially at CUA Rome campus are also available.



CUA Junior Biomedical Engineering students Christina Warner and Danika Coaplin
in Hong Kong.

Study at CUA

The Catholic University of America (CUA) is a private university with 12 schools including engineering, business, law, nursing, architecture, and others. It is unique as the national university of the Catholic Church and the only higher education institution founded by the U.S. bishops. Established in 1887 as a graduate and research center, the university began offering undergraduate education in 1904. Many first-time visitors to campus are captivated by the university's expansive setting among tree-lined rolling hills where the skyline is dominated by the adjacent, majestic Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest church in the United States.

CUA is located in the heart of the US capital, Washington D.C. Students at CUA enjoy the best of both worlds: they study and live on the largest campus in Washington, D.C., where they can enjoy a complete collegiate experience, and also enjoy the benefits of being in the capital city. Traveling by Metrorail, which is located near the edge of campus, students are only a five-minute ride away from Union Station, Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress, and within easy reach of the abundant array of educational, cultural, social, political and professional opportunities that Washington D.C. has to offer.

For more information contact Dr. Jandro Abot at or the Office of the Dean of the School of Engineering and visit the following website


Students from Brazil study at CUA