Programs and Experiential Learning

The Grainger College of Engineering offers a top-ranked academic experience with elite engineering degree and certificate programs across a range of in-demand subject areas. Our degrees push you to experience your education actively so you can achieve your professional goals.

At Grainger Engineering, you can perform groundbreaking research, start a new business, work with peers across disciplines on modern challenges, receive support from specialized resources and develop the skills and in-depth understanding needed in order to make a meaningful impact across limitless industries.

These are the opportunities unique to a large, collaborative, and multidisciplinary institution like the University of Illinois that will make a substantial difference in your experience and career after graduation.


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Grainger Engineering First-Year Experience (GFX)

GFX helps first-year students adjust to college life and provides hands-on experiences that allow students to explore their interests and prepare for success.

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City Scholars

City Scholars connects Chicago’s tech companies with top talent from Grainger Engineering. Students can intern or launch a startup in Chicago. 

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Illinois Scholars Undergraduate Research

ISUR provides a two-semester research experience via a learning-by-apprenticeship model. Students learn the research process, develop skills, learn about graduate school and gain experience. 

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Hoeft Technology & Management Program

This minor is offered jointly through the Grainger College of Engineering and Gies College of Business. It bridges the gap between engineering and business with a unique, cross-sectional curriculum.

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Innovation, Leadership, and Engineering Entrepreneurship

This BS dual degree helps students become entrepreneurial-minded leaders who are in demand by large companies. The ILEE degree is only available as a dual degree for Engineering students.

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Cancer Scholars

This program, offered by the Cancer Center at Illinois, provides interdisciplinary learning, real-world lab experiences, fellowships, workforce development and advocacy. 

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Senior Design Projects

Senior design projects offer an unparalleled undergraduate opportunity to work with a real company on a professional project. Students work collaboratively in teams to solve problems for corporate or non-profit clients, expanding their ability to apply in-classroom concepts. All engineering departments, except Physics, have a capstone or senior design project as a culminating degree experience. 

K-12 Programs

The Grainger College of Engineering offers a variety of engagement opportunities for students of all ages to spark interest in STEM. 

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Study Abroad Programs

Illinois Study Abroad

If you're interested in a program outside of engineering, Illinois Study Abroad offers programs around the globe.

International Programs in Engineering

IPENG offers study abroad opportunities from 50+ countries that allow you to stay on track with your coursework. Travel alone or with groups, and from a few weeks to a full academic year. 

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International Minor in Engineering

Enhance your engineering education by focusing on the social sciences and humanities in a particular country or region. 

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Zhejiang-University - University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Institute

ZJUI is an engineering college in Haining, China where students learn and research engineering and system sciences; information and data sciences; and energy, environment, and infrastructure sciences.

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Engineering Without Borders

Get involved with the Illinois EWB student teams to conduct significant water and power projects in rural villages in Africa, Guatemala, India, and Mexico. 

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Take Your Engineering Education Beyond the Classroom at Grainger

The Grainger College of Engineering is at the forefront of engineering education. Our students are learning by doing across a range of impactful, unique learning experiences, putting their knowledge into action to change the world. Make a difference at Grainger.