The Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad Program began in 2013 and is one of the few engineering abroad programs in the country that serves community college students. It has engaged a total of 100+ students in interdisciplinary engineering teams on service-learning projects in Central America.
Engineering Abroad Program is a full year program with a fall semester ENGR 98A Global Engineering preparatory course; followed by a January two-week abroad experience (ENGR 98B Engineering Abroad) including home stays, engineering service-learning project, and cultural exploration; and culminating in spring semester weekly meetings.
The ENGR 98A fall course comprises of preparation for the abroad experience including community building, cultural awareness, abroad health and safety, and preliminary project design and the spring meetings include student reflections and presentations to professional engineering organizations, resulting in summer internships.
The Engineering Abroad application process occurs in the spring semester prior to the abroad year. The selection committee is seeking a diverse group of students with a balance of gender, ethnicity, language skills, building skills, and other skills to create a complete engineering team.
Applicants are accepted regardless of the financial means. Funding is provided through delegates contributions, donations, Gilman scholarships, Cabrillo ASCC, and, previously, by an NSF EAGER Grant. The abroad delegates work together as a team to raise the necessary funds.
The application information is posted in the "Engineering Students" canvas page announcements when the application process begins.
Applicant must be registered as an engineering major at Cabrillo College.
Applicants must be a full-time student advancing in your required transfer coursework.
Applicants must have completed ENGR 5 and possibly ENGR 25 (if it is required for your major)
Applicants must have completed at least 30 units of lower division engineering major core courses
Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in overall as well as in the major core courses.·
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or an international student with an embassy/consulate/interest section of your country in the abroad country
Providencia de Dota, Costa Rica; January 2020
Projects: Sustainable Bioengineering and System Engineering Projects
Blog (Jan 2020)
Providencia de Dota, Costa Rica; January 2019
Projects: Agriculture/Permacultural, Bioengineering System Projects
Blog (Jan 2019)
Vuelta Grande, Guatemala; January 2018
Projects: Water Storage System, Sediment Basin, & Retaining Wall Projects
Blog (Jan 2018)
Vuelta Grande, Guatemala; January 2017
Projects: Two Well & Spring-Fed Water Storage System Projects
Blog (Jan 2017)
Vuelta Grande, Guatemala; January 2016
Projects: Water System, Soccer Field, & Computer Classroom Projects
Blog (Jan 2016)
Presentation (Grp/15 m)
Presentation (Grp/30 m)
Vuelta Grande, Guatemala; January 2015
Projects: Water Storage System & Sediment Box Projects
Blog (Jan 2015)