UNITECH International offers students on an Engineering programme of studies the opportunity to attend:

  • A semester-long study exchange at one of the other 7 UNITECH Academic Partners across Europe, plus;
  • A 3-6 month work placement at one of the UNITECH Corporate Partners, in a European or International location, plus;
  • Three coached modules, lasting one week each, run and supported by an experienced coaching team drawn from the Corporate Partner network.

You can apply to be a UNITECH participant if you:

  • are on a participating Engineering integrated master’s programme - check the list of eligible programmes 
  • have a Part mark of 60% or higher for all previous years of study
  • have a desire and willingness to travel to multiple destinations across Europe and are interested in a career within Engineering at a Mangement level

When do students participate in UNITECH?

On most programmes, students would complete UNITECH International during Part I of their studies, working towards a Diploma of International Studies (DIntS). This might be between Parts B and C of their studies, or between Parts C and D.

The exception to the above is MEng Civil Engineering, which only permits students to undertake UNITECH in Part D of their studies as a credit bearing exchange programme.

Timeline for 2021/22 entry to UNITECH International:

10 November 2020 at 18:00: UNITECTH Information Event online. Now passed, please see below for video presentation from the event.

Missed the UNITECH Virtual Information Event on 10th November 2020?

Missed the UNITECH Virtual Information Event on 10th November 2020?

Below you can watch the full presentation providing a detailed breakdown of the UNITECH programme with Previous UNITECH student participants giving their account of the UNITECH experience and also see answers to questions asked on the day.

 

January 2021: Application Deadline 7 January 2021

Application is now open.

Apply through https://www.unitech-international.org/

February 2021: On-campus Assessment Centre for shortlisted applicants.

August 2021: UNITECH programme begins for successful applicants.

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Testimonial - Harry Entwistle (Year 2019/2020)

MEng, Aeronautical Engineering, UNITECH Participant in year 2019/2020

Harry Entwistle - UNITECH Exchange

When I first signed up to UNITECH, I thought it was just a way to get abroad while getting some extra coaching along the way. As it turns out, UNITECH is so much more than that. It is also an opportunity to meet new people, create and join an international network, and learn a lot about yourself all at the same time.

Throughout the year, I took part in three training weeks: two in two different countries and one virtually during my internship (due to COVID-19). I met so many like-minded students from all around Europe. We worked both individually and together, learning and developing skills useful both in industry and in life.

I took the opportunity to both study and work in two European countries thanks to the program. I studied at INSA Lyon where I chose to do most modules in French so I could develop my language skills at the same time as my Engineering knowledge. I have also completed a 6-month Internship at Danfoss in Hamburg.

My year abroad doing UNITECH was unforgettable. I have learnt so much from this unique experience. If you are thinking about going abroad, studying at a different university or doing an internship outside the UK, this is the opportunity to take!

Testimonial - Lewys Thomas (Year 2019/2020)

MEng Chemical Engineering, UNITECH Participant 2019/20

Lewys Thomas - UNITECH Exchange

My UNITECH year was truly unbelievable and unforgettable. I have confronted challenges and learned so much about myself that I can’t imagine how different things would be without the unique opportunity UNITECH offers. From both a personal and professional development perspective, I have achieved more than I thought possible.

The year consisted of 3 coaching modules held at ETH Zurich, UPC Barcelona and provisionally Politecnico di Milano. Despite the final module being forced to ‘go virtual’ because of COVID, it was remained an eye-opening experience. I also studied at INSA Lyon in France and was lucky enough to gain an internship with Truma in Munich, Germany.

Aghh, COVID-19! My internship in Munich was cut short due to having to travel home in line with government guidelines. However, working from home for 2 months allowed me to develop new skills and work on projects I wouldn’t have had the chance to if I had stayed. Learning to adapt to the ever-changing environment and find solutions to the problems posed by the virus will prove invaluable for my future exploits.

By far the best part of my UNITECH year was the opportunity to interact and socialise with like-minded and passionate student across different cultures and disciplines. The global life-long friends and corporate network I have attained over the past year is solely due to the Unitech International programme bringing people together and challenging me to improve myself every day!

Testimonial - Kaye Mathies

BEng, Design with Engineering Materials, UNITECH Participant 2018/19

Kaye Mathies on UNITECH Exchange Programme

UNITECH was an amazing opportunity for me which I gained so much from, both personally and professionally.

I studied for one semester in Sweden at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and then worked for 6 months with Evonik - a global speciality chemicals company. I spent 3 months with Evonik’s Life Cycle Management team in Germany and 3 months with the Business Development team in Taiwan, so I was able to have a variety of experiences.

I also travelled outside of the exchange and internships to complete personal development modules run by UNITECH, where I met all the other students on the programme and received coaching on soft skills like presenting and networking. This was extremely useful to me and taught me a lot about myself. It was also great to meet a diverse range of engineering students, with different backgrounds and cultures.

UNITECH has given me a lot more self-confidence. I am more willing to push myself to do things that scare me because I know that’s the best way for me to improve. If you’re thinking about joining UNITECH, I would really encourage you to go for it. Not only is it a lot of fun, but you can build a network of friends and professional people all over the world and you will learn a lot about yourself and what you’re capable of along the way. A year abroad also adds to your future employability, helping you to stand out and showing that you’re adaptable and have the confidence to try new things.

Testimonial - Jay O’Nien

MEng Civil Engineering, UNITECH Participant in 2016/17

Jay O'Nien on UNITECH Study Exchange

UNITECH was an invaluable addition to my education at Loughborough University. I cannot imagine how different my life would be without the coaching, network and experience as a UNITECH student and now UNITECH Alumni.

My UNITECH experience had 3 coaching modules at Loughborough University, ETH University in Switzerland and INSA Lyon in France. I also studied at Chalmers University in Sweden and had an internship at Evonik in Germany. I now work full time for a corporate partner, Bühler AG in Switzerland. The whole experience was great fun and I learned a lot.

Engineering is about solving complex technical challenges. But none of these challenges get solved without bringing people together and working effectively in teams, across different cultures and disciplines. This cannot be taught, but only experienced. This is the invaluable opportunity UNITECH provides with its unique international program.

The world today is facing complex and critical problems, such as a climate change. We need technical students that understand how to get the best from themselves and their teams. If this sounds exciting to you, apply to UNITECH. 

Testimonial - Lauren Teague

MEng Chemical Engineering, UNITECH Participant in 2018/19

Lauren Teague on Unitech Exchange UNITECH was an amazing opportunity for me which I gained so much from, both personally and professionally.

I studied for one semester in Sweden at Chalmers University in Gothenburg and then worked for 6 months with Evonik - a global speciality chemicals company. I spent 3 months with Evonik’s Life Cycle Management team in Germany and 3 months with the Business Development team in Taiwan, so I was able to have a variety of experiences.

I also travelled outside of the exchange and internships to complete personal development modules run by UNITECH, where I met all the other students on the programme and received coaching on soft skills like presenting and networking. This was extremely useful to me and taught me a lot about myself. It was also great to meet a diverse range of engineering students, with different backgrounds and cultures.

UNITECH has given me a lot more self-confidence. I am more willing to push myself to do things that scare me because I know that’s the best way for me to improve. If you’re thinking about joining UNITECH, I would really encourage you to go for it. Not only is it a lot of fun, but you can build a network of friends and professional people all over the world and you will learn a lot about yourself and what you’re capable of along the way. A year abroad also adds to your future employability, helping you to stand out and showing that you’re adaptable and have the confidence to try new things.

Testimonial - Samuel Nunn

MEng Chemical Engineering, UNITECH Participant in 2013/14

Samuel Nunn on UNITECH Study Exchange

I came across UNITECH almost by accident. While looking for an industrial placement for the third year of my Chemical Engineering degree, I was dissatisfied that they all seemed to follow a very standard pattern – process engineering somewhere in the UK – and I couldn’t find the combination of international work and diverse business exposure that I was looking for. I was looking for something outside the norm, which would not only give me industrial experience but broaden my mind in the way that only travel can. That’s when a UNITECH alumnus came to present in one of my lectures.

After the UNITECH Assessment Centre, our year kicked off in September 2013 with the startup week in Milan. I was shocked at finding myself in a room with such a diverse yet likeminded bunch of students from 12 different countries, and within hours I felt totally at home. I proceeded to do an academic exchange in Lyon, France, where we also had our mid-term week, and then a six-month internship in Frankfurt, Germany. The year finished with the end of year event in Delft in the Netherlands. During the UNITECH year I was able to learn two languages, understand Europe in a way I never could have if I had remained in the UK, and make some lifelong friends who I remain close to even today. In fact, I was totally bitten by the travel bug and have only spent about 9 months in the UK since!

I’m now working for a corporate partner, Hilti, in Hong Kong. I started with them on their global graduate scheme at the headquarters in Liechtenstein, and could never have developed the interpersonal skills and international awareness required without UNITECH, and involvement in the alumni association in the following years. It’s never been more important to understand other cultures as well as your own, and working internationally is almost a prerequisite for so many jobs now. UNITECH gave me amazing early exposure to this, all slotted into a diverse, stimulating and challenging study framework, and is absolutely the reason I am who I am today!

Testimonial - Victoria Jung

UNITECH Participant in 2019/20 at Loughborough for the study exchange part of UNITECH

Participating in the Unitech Program has so far exceed all my expectations. The program gives you the opportunity to expand your horizon, go beyond your comfort zone and widen your overall knowledge. The combination of Coaching Modules, one semester at another University and an internship in a foreign country creates a unique value to your personal experience.

The Start-up week at the beginning of the exciting year provides you with interdisciplinary skills to prepare you for the world of work besides your technical engineering background. It is an amazing time getting to know the other people of the program and working together on interesting projects.

Unitech emphasises on building a lifetime network. You will find new friendships from different countries and different backgrounds. The exchange and cooperation with these people accompany you throughout the hole Unitech year and onwards.

My Home University is the RWTH Aachen in Germany and I am spending my Semester abroad here in Loughborough. I am really enjoying my time and it is very interesting to see the different teaching methods and get to know to new courses.

I am looking forward to my internship next year and I recommend everybody to take opportunity to join the Unitech experience.