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Cultural Exploration and Academic Triumph

Discovery Programs allow first-year students to study abroad and experience unique learning opportunities.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science offers a wide range of international study opportunities that foster intercultural competence, self-awareness and curiosity. Chief among them is Discovery Madrid, a first-semester study abroad program where students are introduced to the possibilities of a career in engineering or computer science. Open to all ECS undergraduates, Discovery Madrid is a vital part of Syracuse University’s award-winning global campus.

Rylee Smith ’26, a sophomore majoring in environmental engineering, says Discovery Madrid was both life-changing and life-affirming. “I got to explore the world the way I wanted and make friends along the way.” Classmate Gabriella Terry ’26 had a similar experience, noting that being part of a cohort in a safe environment has forged a sense of camaraderie and friendship that continues to this day. “I feel like I can go anywhere and do almost anything I want. It’s empowering,” she says.

Learn more about spending your first semester abroad in Madrid.

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