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Special Opportunities

Embry-Riddle offers a broad variety programs that provide a comprehensive education and prepare you for a career and leadership in aviation, aerospace, engineering, safety science, security and intelligence, business or other field of your choice. With minors and concentrations to match your interests, no matter what major you choose, you will study with faculty who are also industry experts, in excellent facilities with leading technology, and in programs that are career-oriented. A variety of academic-related programs complement and expand the educational opportunities available to you.

Cooperative Education/Internship

The Cooperative Education/Internship Program offers qualified undergraduate students an opportunity to gain valuable practical work experience, explore career options, develop contacts in the industry, and earn college credit. Requirements and benefits vary by degree program and by employer. Students should discuss their co-op/internship plans with their academic advisor, Career Services program manager, when applicable, the co-op/internship faculty advisor in their degree program. One upper-level open elective credit hour is awarded for every 100 clock hours of work completed, up to a maximum of six credit hours in one semester. Additional information, including eligibility requirements and current openings, is available from Career Services and on the Career Services website, PC Career Services Team and in Handshake. Students who register for an official University co-op/internship to earn academic credit will be charged tuition for one credit hour.

Those students planning to participate in the Cooperative Education/Internship Program during the summer have the opportunity to apply for some financial help through the Co-op Assistance Award Program. Information will be emailed to students during the spring semester regarding deadlines, eligibility and application requirements.

Guidelines for co-op/internship:

  • Complete a mandatory advising session with a Career Services Program Manager and sign a Student Agreement.
  • Complete 30 college or university credit hours prior to registering for the experience through Career Services. Transfer students must have completed a total of 30 college or university credits, including 12 credit hours at ERAU.
  • Earn and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 for all ERAU course work, be degree-seeking, and be in good academic standing to register for academic credit.
  • Enrollment in ERAU courses within the past year.
  • 12 co-op/intern credit hours may be applied toward the degree program.  Department Chair or designee approval needed to apply co-op/internship hours toward specified or technical elective degree requirements.
  • On-campus experiences, virtual positions, independent research activity and special projects are not considered for co-op/intern credits.
  • International students must verify their eligibility to work in the U.S. with International Student Services BEFORE accepting a co-op or internship, and may not register for a co-op or internship after having completed their educational requirements, according to the regulations of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.. A co-op or  internship must be required in the curriculum or fulfill a required elective.

Embry-Riddle Language Institute (ERLI)

The Embry-Riddle Language Institute (ERLI) is an intensive English program providing English-language and culture instruction to nonnative speakers of English. This program focuses on developing English proficiency in the four language domains (listening, speaking, reading and writing) necessary for admission into the academic programs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  ERLI students receive more than 20 hours per week of language instruction, including English for academic purposes tailored to prepare students for their intended major (Aviation, Safety Science, Engineering and Cyber Security).  Upon successful completion of ERLI, students are fully admitted to the university to begin their degree program.

Students can be granted conditional acceptance by submitting an official TOEFL record with a passing score, assuming they meet all other University admission requirements. Embry-Riddle Language Institute students have full access to all Embry-Riddle facilities.

For more information, contact:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Admissions Office
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
(800) 888-3728 -or- (928) 777-6600

In order to help students fulfill the English proficiency requirement, Embry-Riddle in Prescott works as a cooperating school with another English language agency: Students wishing to fulfill the English requirement outside of Embry-Riddle are encouraged to contact ELS Language Centers. If you meet all other admission criteria beside the TOEFL requirement, Embry-Riddle - Prescott can conditionally admit you while you study English with ELS Language Centers.

Upon completion of Level 112 with ELS Language Centers, you can be fully admitted to begin your studies at Embry-Riddle – Prescott.

Please visit the ELS Language Centers website at http://www.els.edu  for more information.

For direct information about Embry-Riddle – Prescott’s cooperating University arrangements with ELS Language Centers, and for a listing of the ELS Language Centers location nearest to our campus, please contact International Admissions at 001.928.777.6600.

Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE)

Where have you always dreamed of going? Where in the world can you go to broaden your understanding and perspective on your chosen field of study? Embry-Riddle students have the opportunity to choose from more than a thousand different study abroad programs in over 200 countries across the globe. There is a study abroad program that meets your academic, professional, and personal needs. Let us help you find it!

Every year ERAU faculty members develop and lead study abroad programs created specifically for our students. ERAU Faculty-Led programs range from two to eight weeks in length and occur over winter and summer breaks. We also work with a wide variety of study abroad program providers and overseas universities to offer students academic experiences in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, North America, and even Antarctica. There are also a number of study abroad scholarships available for qualified students and for specific programs.

To learn more about the incredible opportunities offered through study abroad, please see our website, or contact our office at 928-777-3774 or obrienk3@erau.edu.

Certificate Program (available in conjunction with an undergraduate degree)

Aircraft Dispatcher Certification*

For the student interested in airline flight operations management, Embry-Riddle offers a program to prepare the student for Aircraft Dispatcher certification testing. Upon successful completion of the required curriculum and the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Knowledge Test, the student will be eligible to take the FAA Dispatcher Practical Test with instructor authorization.

Certificated aircraft dispatchers are employed by airlines to manage the ground-based tasks vital to successful airline operations. Dispatchers share responsibility with the pilot in command for preflight planning and preparation of the dispatch release, monitoring the progress of the flight, issuing safety-of-flight information to the crew, and canceling or re-dispatching the flight.

To carry out these tasks properly, dispatchers must be knowledgeable in aircraft performance capabilities, meteorology, operating regulations, air traffic control, and instrument flight procedures. They must also exhibit strong aeronautical decision-making skills incorporating the priorities of safety, passenger comfort, and economic considerations.

For more information: Aircraft Dispatcher