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How to Apply

Please review the following steps to apply to the IIE Global E3 Program through this application system.


Connect with your home school's study abroad advisor to discuss best host school options for study abroad IIE Global E3 exchange.

Use the Participating Universities search feature "Program Discovery" to review university brochures and explore program options for host institutions outside your home university's country. It is important to consider the fields of study and fields of engineering that partner schools offer.  Confirm the host university academic calendar aligns with your home university calendar for the term you want to study abroad. Carefully research options to confirm eligibility for your programs of interest.

US students and Non-US students applying to study OUTSIDE the US should have the sufficient language skills to study in the language of instruction at the host university. If planning to take courses taught in English, confirm courses you would like/need to take are offered in English at the host institution.

Non-US students applying to study IN the US must meet TOEFL/IELTS requirements of the US host institution and determine if graduate level students are eligible to participate (if applicable). Non-US students applying to US schools must take TOEFL/IELTS by the application deadline. Applications without TOEFL/IELTS scores available by the deadline may be delayed for review and possible disadvantage for top placement request.

Non-US students applying to study in a country where courses will be taught in English must meet English proficiency requirements (if any) of the host institution. Some non-US universities accept tests/proof of English proficiency other than TOEFL/IELTS. Any required tests must be taken by the application deadline or application may be delayed for review and possible disadvantage for top placement request.

PLEASE NOTE: While you may prefer to be placed at a specific university abroad, the administrative agency (IIE) cannot guarantee placement request. 

Institutional Capacity

The Global E3 Institutional Capacity Chart may help guide your program selection and placement request. This information is reported by consortium member institutions and not based on ranking or acceptance requirements. Institutional capacity is subject to change. 



There are three different Application Program types, based on the country where your HOME university is located and country of HOST university you apply to.

Click Application Programs at the top of this page and select your program according to the above guidelines.


After selecting your program according to your home and host location guidelines, click Apply Now.

  • Confirm you want to create an application to the Global E3 Program by clicking OK.
  • Confirm how you will log in. If you have never used the Global E3 online application system before, select I do not have login credentials to this site and submit.
  • Create your account by entering basic applicant information.

Please Note: Your email address will become your login username.


When you create an account, you will receive an email with your username and temporary password. You will set up security questions and change your password the first time you sign in to the application system.

Select the Term of your application. Please note:

  • Semester A and Academic Year (US Fall+AY) application cycle, there is only one application term available: Semester A / Academic Year 20XX. You will have the opportunity to select 1 semester (only) or 2 semesters (full academic year).
  • Semester C (US Summer) short programs are not administered by IIE, however Global E3 students may apply directly to Global E3 schools that offer Semester C short programs.

Complete Applicant Parameters then Save.


Once all application sections are complete, the Submit button will be available:

  1. Application Sections - Please complete all sections. You will be required to upload document materials, where necessary, with your application. 
  2. Recommendations - Can be requested by electronic submission, email or hard-copy to home campus advisor for upload to your application record. A recommendation is not required to submit the IIE Global E3 Application, but may be required by host institution. Please review host institution brochures to determine recommendation requirements. 
  3. Signature Document -  Confirm application is true and accurate, to the best of your knowledge, and you are the person named on the application.
Once you have completed all sections, click Submit Application.


After your application is complete and successfully submitted, please inform your home advisor. The home advisor must review and approve your application, then forward it to the administrative agency, IIE. It is your responsibility to inform the home advisor your application is complete, submitted and ready for review. Once your home advisor has reviewed and submitted your application to IIE, you no longer have access to your application profile. Contact your home advisor for any additional changes.

Applications are reviewed by IIE and offered to an appropriate host institution. Please Note: Your application is sent to only one host institution at a time.

Due to the volume of applications and each host institution's exchange capacity, not all applicants can be guaranteed placement or placed at preferred university. However, all students will be placed at the best institutions IIE has determined are appropriate based on applicants field of study and desired work.

Processing time can take up to 8 weeks after the application system is closed to communicate placement. Please contact your home advisor with any questions about your application or placement status.


If you are accepted by a host university, you will receive an email from IIE and/or your home institution advisor informing you of your acceptance. (In some cases, the host institution will also contact you and/or your advisor directly.) Please log in to your IIE Global E3 application to view the decision letter and follow the instructions to accept or decline the placement offer.

You may need to complete additional paperwork required by your host institution to finalize your placement. Be sure to complete as soon as possible, and ensure your home institution advisor is aware of any communication with the host university. If you need to change your plans for any reason, it is important to inform your home institution advisor.