Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE)



The Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education (GEARE) is Purdue’s premier international work experience program. It provides a one of a kind opportunity to integrate language study, study abroad, cultural training, domestic and international work/research experiences, and global design team projects into the 4-year Engineering curriculum. Students completing the program will earn a Global Engineering Studies Minor while enhancing the intercultural competencies necessary to be effective leaders within the global work environment.

Program Requirements

  • Complete 12 credits of a foreign language prior to the international experience
  • Attend 5 mandatory meetings during the sophomore year
  • Complete one domestic internship or research experience (minimum 12 weeks)
    • International students may complete domestic internship/research experience in their home country or the U.S.
  • 3 one-credit cultural orientation seminars (ENGR 297 prior to international experience, ENGR 397 while abroad, ENGR497 after return to the U.S.).
  • One semester of study abroad
  • An international internship or research experience (minimum 10-12 weeks)
    • International students may complete international internship/research experience in the U.S. or in another country.
  • A global design team project
  • GEARE poster presentation (Assignment within ENGR 497)

Eligibility

  • Must be in the College of Engineering
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Ability to complete 12 credits of a foreign language prior to the international experience

Schedule

Costs

GEARE is a cost neutral program. Students study abroad at Purdue student exchange partner universities. They pay their normal tuition and fees to Purdue during the semester abroad. Currently, all Purdue students studying abroad for a semester receive a $3,000 scholarship from Purdue’s Office of Study Abroad. Students are eligible to receive financial aid while studying abroad. Additional study abroad scholarship opportunities are available from Colleges, Schools, and Programs across Purdue and from other organizations outside of Purdue.

Students will pay a $400 registration fee for the internship courses taken while interning domestically and internationally. Students generally receive compensation and assistance with housing from their internship employers. Compensation varies. International Internships generally only pay a salary or stipend sufficient to cover living expenses. Students needing additional assistance may apply for Global Travel Assistance Grants from the Office of Professional Practice.

Application and Deadlines

Deadlines

The GEARE schedule is designed to receive applications during the first year, but can accommodate students with language qualifications applying during the sophomore year.

  • February 28th for first year students
  • September 30th for sophomore students (to be eligible, sophomore students must have earned or tested out of at least 3 credits of a foreign language)
Application

To apply, please complete the GEARE application. Students should be prepared to provde their transcript, resume, and application essay. Please return the application packet to the Office of Professional Practice (Potter Engineering Center, Room 114) by 4:30 PM on the specified application deadline. Applications will be reviewed by the GEARE faculty coordinator within the student's discipline. GEARE coordinators may ask to interview students as part of the review process. Students will be notifed about the result of their applications approximately one month after the application deadline. 

Application Essay

The application essay should be 1-2 pages in length. The essay should describe your motivation for studying and working abroad. The essay should be well written and specify the reasons for choosing your particular program. In addition, you should describe yourself, your academic experience, your goals and how you hope to incorporate your study and work abroad experience into your future plans. Be aware that not only will the selection committee at Purdue read this essay, but it will also be forwarded to the host institution/program sponsor, as well.

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