Global E3



Benjamin Pietsch

Deputy Head of Division, Head of Team RWTHworldwide America


+49 241 80-90686




Recognizing a growing demand for internationally-experienced engineering graduates, a group of leading universities around the world established the Global E3 in 1995. Global E3 allows engineering students at member universities to enjoy a fulfilling study abroad experience. 36 of the member universities are located in the US, the other are located in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The consortium is coordinated by the Institute of International Education, IIE for short, in New York.

General Information




Various cities



Member Institutions

More than 70 universities worldwide. Only RWTH offers exchange with US-American universities via Global E3. A list of US-American universities is available: Global E3 member Institution.


Global E3


Type of Agreement

University partnership for students of Faculties 3, 4, 5, and 6

Who can apply?

Bachelor and Master students

The program enables engineering students from the above faculties to spend a study abroad semester at one of the participating partner universities.

It is important that students inform themselves in advance of the different admission restrictions of the US partner universities. You can find more information on this website.

Type of Stay

Study abroad

Length of Stay

One semester

Time of Stay

Winter or summer semester

Number of Exchange Placements


General Please apply via the application portal of the four possible partner universities.
Application Requirements For further information, please refer to our Application for Study Abroad web pages.
Language Requirements

Required are language skills at the B1 level (or higher) of the European Reference Frame for Languages. A majority of universities, however, has individual language requirements, such as successfully completed TOEFL or IELTS tests, and the required test score may vary between universities.

Submit application via the International Office application portal
Application Deadline in the International Office You can find further information on the application portal website.

Tuition Fees Tuition fees of the partner university are waived.
Cost of Living

Travel costs, food and lodging expenses.

Funding Possibilities

BAföG for abroad
PROMOS scholarships abroad

Financing Your Studies Abroad

RWTH scholarship database
DAAD scholarship database

Fullbright scholarships

Practical Information
Health Insurance Students are responsible for having sufficient insurance coverage. Health insurance for abroad is mandatory.
Additional Information

Foreign Office
Study in the USA

USA Information Page