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How to Apply

Below, you will find detailed instructions on applying to the Global E³ program through this online application system.

There are seven major steps to applying to the Global E³ program.

  1. Learn About Your Options
  2. Select Your Program
  3. Create Your Account
  4. Beginning Your Application
  5. Completing Your Application
  6. Processing and Waiting
  7. Acceptance and Paperwork


Make sure to talk to your home institution's study abroad advisor to discuss the best options for studying abroad.

Please use this website to learn about potential host institutions outside your country. Use the section "Participating Universities" on the left-hand menu to visit the university brochures to explore your options. Please keep in mind your field of study and the fields of engineering that these schools offer. You will also want to make sure that the host university academic calendar matches with your home university calendar for the term that you want to study abroad. Carefully research your options to ensure that you are eligible for the institutions that you are interested in.

U.S. students and international students planning to study outside the U.S. should ensure that you have the sufficient language skills to study in the language of instruction at the host university or if planning to take courses taught in English, ensure that courses you would like/need to take are offered in English at the host institution.

International students planning to study in the U.S. should consider whether you meet the TOEFL/IELTS requirements of the U.S. host institution and whether the host institution accepts graduate level students (if applicable). International students applying to U.S. schools must take the TOEFL/IELTS by the application deadline or your application will be at a competitive disadvantage. Students who do not have TOEFL/IELTS scores available by the deadline may be at a slight disadvantage.

International students planning to study in a country where courses will be taught in English should ensure you meet the English proficiency requirements (if any) of the host institution. Some non-U.S. universities will accept tests/proof of English proficiency other than the TOEFL/IELTS. Any required tests must be taken by the application deadline or your application will be at a competitive disadvantage.

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

Institution Capacity

Please click on the image below for a chart depicting the capacity of institutions to accept students, which may help guide your expectations for placement. This list is not based on ranking or acceptance requirements and is subject to change from term to term.

Institutions unable to accept Global E3 inbound students for Fall 2022:

  • University at Buffalo, SUNY (USA)

IMPORTANT: For a current list of Global E3 members with Fall 2022 program closures due to COVID-19, please view the Announcements section of the website. 

Capacities Chart


There are three different types of "Programs" that you can apply for, based on the country where your home university is located and which country you are applying to go to.

  • ALL Students FROM: A country other than the United States

    A) If you are applying to go to a university in the United States

    Apply to the program labeled "Global E³ International - Applying to Study Abroad in the US"

    B) If you are applying to go to another university outside of the United States

    Apply to the program labeled "Global E³ International - Applying to Study Abroad outside the US"

  • ALL Students FROM: the United States of America

    Apply to the program labeled "Global E³ US - Applying to Study Abroad"

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


After you select your program according to the above guidelines, click on "Apply Now".

- The system will ask you to confirm that you would like to create an application to the Global E³ Program. Click "OK".

- The system will then ask how you will be logging in. If you have never used the Global E³ online application system before, click "I do not have login credentials to this site" and submit.

- Create your account by entering basic information about yourself.

NOTE: Your email address will become your login username.


After creating your account, you will receive an email with your username and temporary password. When logging in for the first time, you will be asked to set up your security questions and change your password.

You will then select the "Term" to apply for. For the Fall and Academic Year application cycle, there is only one term available: Fall / Academic Year 20XX. You will later be asked in the application to indicate the number of semesters of study.

Complete the section labeled "Applicant Parameters", and save.


After completing "Applicant Parameters", you will arrive at the Program Application Page. There are three sections on the right-hand column.

  1. Application Sections - Please complete all the sections. Section "E" allows you to upload materials that are required to be with your application. Be sure you complete all application sections by clicking "Save & Submit".
  2. Recommendations - You can request an electronic recommendation or have one submitted via email or in hard-copy to your home campus advisor. A recommendation is not required in order to submit the Global E3 Application, but it may be required by the host institution. Please see each institution's brochure to determine recommendation requirements. 
  3. Signature Documents - This should be done last, after completing the rest of the application! You will confirm that your entire application is true and accurate, to the best of your knowledge, and that you are the person whose name is on the application.
Once you have completed all sections, click the "Submit Application" button at the top of the Program Application Page.


After your application is complete, and everything has been submitted, you will need to inform your advisor, who will review and approve your application, and then forward it to the administrative agency, IIE. It is your responsibility to inform your advisor that you have completed your application and that it is ready for his/her review. At this point, you will no longer have access to your application profile. If you believe you need to make any changes, please inform your advisor.

The application will be 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 the number of slots available at every school, not all students can always be placed, and most cannot be placed at a preferred university. However, all students will be placed at institutions that IIE has determined are good fits based on field of study and desired work.

It can take up to 8 weeks after the application system is closed to place you. If you are unsure of your status, check with your home institution advisor.


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 Global E³ application to view the decision letter and follow the instructions to accept or decline the placement offer.

You may need to complete paperwork to finalize your placement there. Be sure to complete these in a timely manner, and ensure that your home institution advisor is aware of your communications with the host university. If you need to change your plans for any reason, be sure to inform your home institution advisor.