LCP + Your Major in Engineering

“Math is the same in every country.”- Cady Heron, Mean Girls

Unfortunately, science and the ability to explain complex structures isn’t. Your career will thrive if you have a better understanding of international environments, cultural expectations, historical precedent, and – of course – language.

Why do LCP with your major in Engineering?

You want a major that lays a strong direction for your future career, but you also want to stand out with your international perspectives.

What’s LCP all about?

  • Coursework tailored to professional issues
  • Internship or study abroad
  • Scholarships for your international experiences

Whether you just want to keep improving your language skills or study culture or you’re convinced you want to work internationally, LCP is right for you. Our classes will use the other part of your brain that you don’t get to exercise in your primary major.

Majors + Minors

What language and culture do you want to pair with your primary major? You can do an LCP major or minor with these!

Minors only

If you want to make inroads in the Russian-speaking or Chinese-speaking worlds, check out these LCP options.

Interning Abroad

First and foremost, LCP internships are about the cultural and language experiences. However, our LCP students have worked at amazing organizations such as Bosch, Daimler, and John Deere International. Where will you go? You can find out more about internships for credit here.

NOTE: In some cases, an approved credit-bearing study abroad experience can take the place of the internship. Contact us, to get the conversation started!

Meet your German LCP Ambassador

Tim Dorn, Mechanical Engineering & LCP German

Hallo! My name is Tim Dorn, I study Mechanical Engineering and LCP German, and I have a blast playing saxophone in the Iowa State marching band. Before I got to ISU, I knew I wanted to continue my German learning, and I later surprised myself with how much I did with my German. My instructors helped me learn not just about German language and culture but encouraged me to explore international experiences like studying or working abroad.

I studied mechanical engineering at the Hochschule Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany for one semester and returned a few semesters later to work with John Deere helping them put their tractors together. I spoke and wrote German almost exclusively for both of these stays, and my German skills took huge steps forward, which was so satisfying to see. ISU offers many opportunities to learn a new language, no matter what your major is, and I’d love to talk with you about how to get involved. Tschüs!

Meet your Spanish LCP Ambassador

Sierra Teeter, Chemical Engineer & LCP Spanish

¡Hola! My name is Sierra Teeter and I am a senior studying Chemical Engineering and LCP Spanish. I knew from a young age that I loved other cultures and wanted to learn a second language. I took my first Spanish class when I was in 8th grade and continued all through high school. Upon starting classes at Iowa State I was hesitant to continue taking Spanish classes as I thought I would not be able to pursue a degree in both Spanish and Chemical Engineering. However, I was introduced to the LCP program and suddenly it became possible for me to continue my love for Spanish while also allowing me to become an engineer as well.

This program has opened a world of opportunities for me to grow as both a student in my understanding of the language, but also as an individual by presenting me with the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in Cáceres, Spain. The three months I spent living in Spain taught me more about language comprehension and cultural appreciation than I could have ever learned on my own or in a classroom. I can confidently say that my semester abroad was the best experience that I have had during my time at Iowa State. I love talking to other students about my experience and I cannot wait to share everything that I have learned with all of you. If you have thought about learning a language and are interested about studying abroad, I would love to talk to you! The possibilities are truly endless!