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Global experiences

Experience the world

Past global experiences

During Winter 2023, a total of 104 students, consisting of 97 undergraduate and 7 graduate students, took part in The Global Engineering Experience across six distinct locations, namely Denver, Europe, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, and Silicon Valley.


Chemical Engineering in the Netherlands

This experience focused on the Chemical and Energy Industry, reaction and catalysis engineering, food and drink industry, high tech industry and renewable energy resources.

Deutches Museum (Munich, Germany)

The History of Energy

This trip was designed to provide students with knowledge of the historical evolution of energy systems, including visits to some of the most famous science museums in the world.

Tokyo Skytree

Civil Engineering in Tokyo

As the world’s most populous metropolis with deep historical ties, Tokyo is a leader in modern architecture, public transportation, and natural disaster response mechanisms.

The friendships made along with the engineering insight and experiences gained were memories I will carry my whole life. I am incredibly happy I chose to go on this trip and would absolutely recommend it to anyone.

Student participant

97% of students surveyed would recommend their Global Engineering Experience to other students

Upcoming global experiences

Women in Engineering day lecture

Grace Hopper Celebration

Sept. 26 - 29, 2023
Orlando, Florida

This is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. Hear from inspiring speakers, connect with peers and mentors and gain important resources to help you succeed in your career. 

More information

Grace Hopper Celebration timeline for students

  • July 4: Applications open
  • July 17: Applications close
  • July 20: Selected students are notified
  • July 21 - August 4:
    • Selected students pay in full, in person at the ECC office
    • Selected students complete Risk Management documentation and waiver
  • August 4 (4 p.m.): Deadline for students to submit documentation and payment in full
  • August 12: ECC notifies students who were not selected for the trip
  • September 14: Selected students complete Study Abroad modules in D2L
  • September 15 - 20: Attend Pre-Departure Meeting
  • September 26: Depart for Orlando, Florida
  • September 26 - 29: Attend Grace Hopper Conference
  • September 30: Return to Calgary

Selection process

  1. Once the application period closes, the Engineering Career Centre (ECC) will review applications to ensure the applicant meets the minimum criteria.
  2. Students who meet the minimum criteria will be entered into a lottery for their departmental trip.
  3. Applicants will be selected from the lottery. The ECC will ensure that the final list of students will be inclusive of equity deserving groups.
  4. Then, a wait list for each department trip will be created based on the remaining qualified applicants in their respective department lottery pool. Should there be a vacancy, further students may be selected from the lottery.

Selection criteria

Students of all years may apply if they: 

  • Are a Schulich student in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher)
  • Have not participated in a previous year
  • Reflect and support equity deserving groups

Please note: If you are selected for a global experience trip and do attend, you will not be eligible for future global experience trips.

Student expectations

  • You can expect to: 
    • Travel and participate in a planned itinerary as a group
    • Share a room
    • Make on-time payments
    • Have a valid passport, medical/health insurance, vaccinations, visa, etc.
    • Participate in pre-departure online education and mandatory trip meetings
  • Students are expected to cover additional expenses (managed directly by program participants):
    • Meals (some will be provided, depending on program)
    • Additional baggage fees (if required)
    • Passport and photos (If required)
    • Immunizations based on recommendations from travel clinic, cost varies depending on individual circumstances and destination countries
    • Travel insurance (emergency response is included)

Students pay for approximately 50% of the trip cost with the remaining 50% paid by the Schulich School of Engineering. 

Please read the Student Participation Agreement for exact details.

Cancellation policy

The student assumes all financial risk and responsibility for their trip payment should they cancel, as payment will not be refunded. Students may purchase their own trip cancellation insurance if they wish.

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Interested in a global experience?

Apply for selection and you'll hear back if selected for an experience.