Study Abroad | NC State ISE

Study Abroad

With study abroad, you can experience new places and cultures, make friends from around the world, and gain a global perspective–while earning credits towards your degree. It will allow you to develop highly-valued skills such as intercultural communication, foreign languages, adaptability, and problem-solving.


Summer 2022

You know what they say; the best way to learn something is to teach it! And what better place could you teach engineering principles than Rwanda? Join us for our four-week program and experience life outside of NC State University!

An NC State affiliate showing her phone to a Rwandan student.

While abroad, you will:

  • Articulate the elements of engineering that communicate across cultures.
  • Understand how cultures that are similar on the face, can be different underneath, and use that knowledge to work with in-country partners to become better intercultural communicators.
  • Identify diverse characteristics of learners.
  • Identify skills that students in Rwanda have and whether those skills are the same or different from their own experience.
  • Understand cultural influences in Rwanda that have influenced the country’s progress.
  • Understand the relationship of engineering to eco-tourism and the resultant influence on the population of a country less-developed than their own.
  • Interpret how the historical viewpoint of Global North countries toward Global South countries is a false narrative and how mutualism can benefitboth sets of countries.

This study abroad opportunity runs from May 13 – June 11 and is worth 3 credit hours.

Weekly Agenda

3-4 days of collaborative, student-centric educational programming

1-2 days of research and/or classroom instruction (NCSU Faculty)

Weekend Cultural Activities

This opportunity is available to Technology, Engineering and Design Education Majors and all CED Graduate Students. Other CED majors can apply on an exception basis.

For more information contact – Kanton Reynolds, Ph.D. | Industrial and Systems Engineering |