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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Engineering Studies Minor

The Global Engineering Studies Minor is designed for engineering students to be able to document significant demonstrated global experience and professional growth while at Purdue. 

To qualify for this Minor, you will participate in a comprehensive program integrating on-campus and international/global experiences.

Requirements for the Minor

  • You must complete a minimum of three (3) credit-hours of global engineering-related coursework plus one (1) credit-hour of ENGR 49700 - GEARE  OR Global Engineering re-entry/Minor capstone course. 
  • Students completing a signature LEAP (Long-term Engineering Abroad Program) or the GEARE program are only required to complete a sequence of three, 1-credit courses as explained below. 
  • In addition, you will complete a) any TWO options from the Global Engineering Experience (GEE) category listed below, and any ONE option from the second category (Other Global Experience); OR b) any THREE options from the GEE category.

Core Requirements

Choose from the following options:

NON-GEARE Students

Global Engineering Experiences (GEE) - Choose two

  • LEAP: Long-Term Engineering Abroad Program - One term of Purdue-approved study abroad program with 6 or more credits of engineering-related coursework at a strategic global university partner. NOTE: the signature LEAPs are showcased on this page and include East Asia, Latin America and Spain programs.

  • STEP-Abroad: Short-Term Engineering Program Abroad - A short-term study abroad experience offered by the College of Engineering, typically occurring during winter break, spring break, or Maymester. The program must involve enrollment in three (3) or more engineering credits.

  • SURGE: Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Engineering - The duration of these programs is usually two or more months and they take place at strategic university partners worldwide.

  • International Engineering Internship - An international internship at a strategic global industry partner or under the auspices of a global organization, of duration two or more months.

  • GEARE Research Term Abroad - One term of research abroad (e.g., as in the Hannover or Clausthal programs).

  • International Engineering Design Project - Successful participation in at least 2 credits of project work with a global partner. The key objective is to enable and recognize the intense, personal experience of working with students and/or professionals from a different culture over an extended period of time on a project where the global context of the work is essential. As part of the global project work, students must submit a written technical report and/or give an oral presentation. Most students will meet this requirement through participation in Global Design Teams (GEP 10000-GEP 40000), global EPICS (EPCS 10100-EPCS 41200), or a senior capstone project.

Other Global Experience

  • Non-Engineering Study Abroad Experiences - participating in any traditional Purdue-approved study abroad program. These are programs offered by a different college at Purdue, for example, a summer study abroad program in Madrid offered by the Spanish department to earn Spanish credits and learn about the culture.  
  • Language Proficiency - demonstrate proficiency in a second language up to the 202 course level in at least one non-native language. The 12 credit-hour requirement includes credits established by examination. This requirement will normally be completed before you participate in study or professional practice experiences abroad. (a total of 3 credit-hours of language must be taken at the Purdue-WL campus)
  • Cultural Knowledge - demonstrate proficiency in an understanding of cultures by completing 12 credits of coursework in culture-oriented courses (see Appendix A below). A total of 6 credit-hours can include credits established by examination. Note: a minimum of 6 credit-hours must be taken at the Purdue-WL campus.
  • Language and Cultural Knowledge combo - demonstrate proficiency in an understanding of cultures by completing 12 credits of coursework in a second, non-native language and/or in culture-oriented courses (see Appendix A below). For instance, you can complete 6 credit-hours of a second language and 6 credit-hours of a culture-oriented course; or 9 credit-hours of a language, plus 3 credit-hours of a culture-oriented course. (a minimum of 6 credit-hours must be taken at the Purdue-WL campus)

Appendix A: Cultural Knowledge Courses

NOTE: This is a representative rather than complete list of Cultural Knowledge courses. If you have questions about whether other courses qualify contact gep@purdue.edu.


  • A grade of “C” or better in all courses that are counted toward the minor.

  • You are strongly encouraged to declare your intent to pursue the Minor during your second year at Purdue, and start completing some of the related coursework prior to any travel-based experiences (e.g., study, work, or research abroad). Detailed instructions and guidelines will be provided to you upon entry to the Minor. For questions about the minor, please contact gep@purdue.edu.


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