International Travel

International Engineering Experience

Travel the world with MCC Engineering to explore fascinating places from an engineering point of view! MCC’s engineering students can take a special section of Engineering Economics or conduct research by traveling for 15-18 days at the end of the spring semester to various international destinations. Students experience exclusive engineering-themed behind-the-scenes tours of some the engineering wonders of the world, work on case-studies, and talk to experts to learn about the global aspects engineering.
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Who can go?

Engineering students who need ENGR 2308 — Engineering Economics (with Calculus I prerequisite), or engineering students who receive approval to take PHYS 2389 — Academic Cooperative (students must have a B or better in ENGR 2308). There is a competitive application process.

Where are we going?

Actual destinations can vary from year to year. Previous trips have taken students to New Zealand, Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy.

When do we go?

This trip is scheduled after final exams in May. Exact dates will be determined in the fall semester.

Why should I go?

If you’ve done a lot of traveling, you should already know the answer to this one! If you haven’t done a lot of traveling, this is a great way to get your feet wet. International experience is a highlight of any résumé, and can attract the attention of both employers and transfer universities. Additionally, consider these perks:

  • Get credit for Engineering Economics, required for several degree plans.
  • Increase your global awareness and international experience.
  • Visit amazing locations with a rich engineering heritage.
  • Travel with experienced faculty members who will craft an itinerary specifically geared for those interested in science, technology, and math.
  • Get behind-the-scenes engineering-themed tours.
  • Learn how Engineering Economics concepts can be compared with the United States’ way of making decisions.
  • Work on real-world case studies related to the locations visited.
  • Work with a professional editor and add “published author” to your résumé.

How much does it cost?

Cost is $3,650, plus tuition and a $150 non-refundable deposit. The cost includes airfare, accommodations, tours, and transportation within the destination country. It does not include all meals and a few other expenses.

What will we do?

Students enrolled in ENGR 2308 credit will learn the majority of the course content in a hybrid format prior to travel. Students enrolled in PHYS 2389 credit will develop their own research project under the supervision of faculty. There will be several meetings on certain days during the spring semester to discuss the various projects to be done abroad. On the trip, students will have a full itinerary including tours, activities, and projects that will let them take what they have learned and see its applications on a global scale.

What if I'm nervous about traveling to a foreign country?

It is totally normal to be a little nervous, but rest assured, Dr. Andreas and Prof. Sidwell will make sure during the meetings before departure that you are prepared for the experience. They have a lot of experience taking students abroad (and traveling overall), so they will address any concerns you may have.

How do I learn more?

Contact Prof. Paulina Sidwell at or Dr. April Andreas at for more information.