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  • Locations: Needham, MA, United States;
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Bioengineering, Computer, Computing, Electrical, Materials Science, Mechanical, Systems
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Program Description:

Olin College of Engineering
Needham, MA

University Info   |   Student Affairs and Resources


Olin College prepares students to become exemplary engineering innovators who recognize needs, design solutions, and engage in creative enterprises for the good of the world.

Olin College seeks to redefine engineering as a profession of innovation encompassing 1) the consideration of human and societal needs; 2) the creative design of engineering systems; and 3) the creation of value through entrepreneurial effort and philanthropy. The College is dedicated to the discovery and development of the most effective educational approaches and aspires to serve as a model for others.

The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering received its educational charter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1997, the same year the Foundation announced its ambitious plans for the college. Planning and architectural design work for a state-of-the-art campus began almost immediately. By the end of 1999, the new institution's leadership team had been hired, and site development work commenced on 70 acres adjacent to Babson College. Olin's first faculty members joined the college by September 2000.


Study Level

  • Undergraduate Students : Accepted
  • Graduate Students : NOT Accepted
  • Computer Science Majors : NOT Accepted


Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

Students can study at Olin for one semester, with the possibility of extending for another semester. Students may indicate two semesters of study on their Global E3 application if that is their intention but should be aware that the second semester is pending approval based on sufficient academic performance. 


English Proficiency

TOEFL scores required for incoming international Global E³ students.

Recommended Minimum TOEFL Score: 85 iBT

Disciplines Available:

  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering (Concentrations: Bioengineering, Computing, Materials Science, Systems)


Semester Dates

  • Fall: late August to early December
  • Spring : late January to early May

Academic Calendar

Course Contents

Course descriptions (choose “Course Catalog”)   |   Schedule of classes

Workload per semester

The definition of full-time study is a minimum of 12 attempted degree credits each semester and a maximum of 20 attempted degree credits each semester.

Grading System

Grade Assessment Description Point Value
A Excellent 4.0
A-   3.7
B+   3.3
B Good 3.0
B-   2.7
C+   2.3
C Fair 2.0
C-   1.7
D+   1.3
D Poor 1.0
F Failing 0.0

Academic Transcripts


Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

99% of Olin students live on campus, in West Hall and the newer East Hall, which means your friends and classmates are always close by and you won't need a car. West Hall consists mostly of doubles, while East Hall has a mix of housing, including 19 six-person suites.

West Hall - Your high-tech home away from home. Each room is double-occupancy with private bath and central air. At each desk, there are connections for power and cable TV, as well as voice, data and fiber-optic outlets. Each floor has a common living room with a working fireplace.

East Hall - With the same technological features as West Hall, this new four-story residence hall includes suites with single occupancy bedrooms, a living room, two bathroom areas and a suite-sized microfridge. This new hall also includes double occupancy bedrooms similar to those in West Hall. East Hall residents enjoy two music practice rooms, an exercise room, a kitchenette, study rooms, lounge areas and space for bicycle storage.


Entry Visa

Olin College is now approved by the INS to issue I-20 forms (student visas) and seeks a multicultural presence on campus by enrolling a diverse student body, including those with significant international experience.

Health Insurance & Immunizations

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires students to be covered by a comprehensive health insurance program. Accordingly, the College makes available a general health insurance program to meet the standards set by the Commonwealth. This policy is provided by an independent carrier, and begins in the fall semester and continues for 12 months. Insurance information will be mailed in May. Information on the program may be obtained online (policy #812803). Students will be irrevocably enrolled in this plan unless a waiver is completed and received by the Student Accounts and Records Center prior to July 1st. The waiver stipulates that personal coverage will be maintained during the enrollment period. If a waiver is not on file by July 1st, the student will be billed for the insurance premium and will remain responsible for payment of said premium. The waiver must be renewed annually.


When should I arrive?

Olin's orientation is a five-day program of fun activities…and a few requisite speeches and information sessions. After moving into the residence halls, you and your family can meet and mingle with Olin staff and digest some information about the college. Then you'll bid farewell to your family and jump right into life at Olin. Your first week at Olin will include helpful discussions with college administrators and faculty members as well as exciting excursions, such as getting to know the greater Boston area. By the end of the program, you'll be well acquainted with your peers and the college. You'll be ready to launch into classes and the ongoing development process that is Olin.

Is airport reception available?

For directions and methods of transportation from the airport, visit our website.


Estimated Budget 

Food/meals - information on dining options and meal plans

Personal expenses    Personal expenses will vary.


Office Responsible for International Exchange Students

Student Affairs and Resources


Olin is located in Needham, Massachusetts, a classic New England town complete with a picturesque town common, plus restaurants, banks, a bookstore and other necessities. A large mall is about 15 minutes away by car. Boston, New England's largest city and a vibrant center of arts, entertainment and business, is about half an hour away by car or 45 minutes by train. You'll never run out of things to do in the world's number one college town, home to some 60 colleges and more than 250,000 college students, as well as world-class museums, restaurants and arts institutions. In Boston proper, you can walk the Freedom Trail, attend a concert at Symphony Hall, shop on trendy Newbury Street, eat in fine restaurants or check out the vibrant club scene--among many other activities. Travel one hour from Boston, and you can be on the beaches of Cape Cod; travel two hours and you can be skiing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Travel four hours, and you can be attending a play in New York City.

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The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.