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  • Locations: Multiple Cities, Multiple Countries
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Lehigh applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Architecture, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Information Systems Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Mathematics/Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Pharmaceutical, Physics, Pre-Med Science, Structural Engineering, Systems Engineering Experience / Activity Type: Internship, Research
Credit type: NO Credit Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Eligibility: Junior, Sophomore Housing Option: Dorm/Student Residence
Number of Credits: 0 Host: External Program
LU Study Abroad Advisor: Brian Wasserman AACSB accredited: No
Exchange: No Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:


IAESTE (pronounced "eye-ess-tay"), or the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences, is a global organization promoting intercultural exchange between students in STEM fields.  Established in 1948, IAESTE not includes over 80 official member countries that collaborate to provide students in the STEM fields with paid, international internship opportunities.  The program was established in the United States in 1950 and is administered by Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions.  Cultural Vistas develops international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens.

IAESTE provides international professional opportunities for students in the technical fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Architecture).  Participants complete internships at host institutions ranging from large multinational corporations to university research centers to startups.  All IAESTE participants receive a stipend that covers at least the cost of living - housing, transportation, and food - in their host city.  Housing accommodations and other administrative services, such as assistance with the visa process, are provided by the local IAESTE organization in the respective host country.  Additional in-country support is provided by a network of local student-volunteers, who organize cultural activities and assist with logistics.

For more information regarding the IAESTE application process, visit the IAESTE website and contact the Lehigh Study Abroad office.

Important Dates for 2018

Application Deadline: December 1st, 2017

Program Dates: Summer internships have varying dates and duration.  Most internships involve an 8-12 week commitment.  


Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a technical field (STEM + Applied Arts including Architecture).  International students at U.S. colleges and universities are encouraged to apply, as U.S. citizenship is not required.  Fluency in English is required.  While most successful applicants are rising juniors or seniors, rising sophomores are encouraged to apply.  
  • Academic Standing: Applicants should be rising Juniors or Seniors .  Rising Sophomores may apply, but should include relevant internship or lab experience as part of their application.
  • Major: Applicants must be enrolled in a technical field of study, including but not limited to: all engineering fields, computer science, architecture, natural and physical sciences, or agricultural sciences.
  • Language: Applicants must be fluent in English as all IAESTE internships are conducted in English.


Students pay application fees and deposits directly to IAESTE.  For more information regarding program costs, visit the IAESTE website.

Lehigh ISOS Insurance: $100
This amount is billed to your Bursar account.

Other Costs*
* According to IAESTE, the internship stipend should cover most of the costs associated with this experience.  

Application Process

2018 Application Deadline: December 1st, 2017 

Students intending to apply to IAESTE should notify the Lehigh Study Abroad Office by sending an email to or contacting their study abroad advisor.  

Students apply directly to IAESTE by completing an online application found on their website and submitting a non-refundable $75 application fee to IAESTE.  A complete application requires students to submit the following:

  • IAESTE online application
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official university transcript 
  • Proof of enrollment*
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • Passport copy
  • Non-refundable $75 application fee
* The Study Abroad Office will provide students with a letter verifying proof of enrollment.