Engineering students go global during spring semester

Posted: March 8, 2022
Student in Spain

This spring, four students from the College of Engineering are studying abroad, a first since the spring 2020 term. Across two continents, students are studying in London, Seville, and Seoul. Hannah Liu, a current senior studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Spanish shared her experiences with the Global Engineering Office.

What has been the highlight of your time abroad so far?
The highlight so far is getting to learn another culture by living it every day as a normal person, not just a tourist. Being in Europe is so enriching because there are so many different countries, spoken languages, and cultures, within a small space. 

What are classes like in Spain and how does this differ from classes at Ohio State?
Classes in Spain are less about studying at home and more about experiencing the culture, because the best cultural education happens outside of the classroom. I love going on weekend trips with the program to different cities all over Spain, because the regions are so unique and have their own character. 

What was the preparation like for your time abroad?
Preparation involved researching how cultural norms in Spain differ from those in the U.S. and making sure to follow them. There are a lot of subtleties that can make or break how you are perceived in a foreign country with different customs. 

Student in Spain

Any advice you would give a student considering an international experience?
Do it! You will make some of the best memories in your college experience and you learn so much from it. Nothing in life seems so scary after you pack up and live in a foreign country for a few months, and you meet so many amazing people from all over the world. You will also become so close with the people you go on the program with through OSU. 

For any students that are interested in learning more about global opportunities in the College of Engineering, please reach out to You can also find a list of current global opportunities here.