Valparaiso International Engineering Program (VIEP)

Engineering is Global! 

VIEP is a five-year program that combines a major in one of the four engineering fields with a major or minor in either German, French or Spanish (VIEP-German, VIEP-French, VIEP-Spanish) or a minor in Chinese (VIEP in China). The program allows students to gain multicultural experience and language proficiency, along with technical engineering skills, and prepares them for careers with one of many international research and manufacturing firms located in the United States or abroad. To participate in the program, students are required to:


 •  Fulfill all requirements for one of the four engineering majors.

 •  Take one German, French, or Chinese language course per semester, beginning in the third semester, at the latest.

 •  Participate in Valpo’s study abroad program in either Reutlingen, Germany (on the campus of the Fachhochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft), La Rochelle, France (on the campus of Ecole d’Ingénieurs en Génie des Systèmes Industriels), Zaragoza, Spain (at the Centro Politecnico Superior University of Zaragoza) or Hangzhou, China (on the campus of Zhejiang University) in the seventh semester.

 •  Work in a cooperative education placement or internship in Germany, France, Spain or China during the eighth semester and the ensuing summer.

Five-Year Plan of Study



Engineers today work in a global environment which requires special skills. The Valparaiso University International Engineering Programs (VIEP) develop these skills and provide experience necessary to succed in the international marketplace. Specifically, the program prepares Valpo engineers to be:

  • technically adept
  • broadly knowledgeable
  • multilingual
  • culturally aware
  • innovative and entrepreneurial
  • and professionally flexible and mobile*

*From In Search of Global Engineering Excellence (Continental AG)

Valparaiso International Engineering Programs:

The Valparaiso University International Engineering Programs are coordinated jointly by the College of Engineering and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.