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Welcome to International Capstone Project Exchange, a network of universities and companies that collaborate to give students real-world international experience.

Using the telecommuting concept, teams of capstone students complete projects for industry partners in other countries. The exchange helps universities and companies from around the world connect.

How the Exchange Works

Universities can request to join the International Capstone Project Exchange at Once the university is registered, the faculty facilitator can request to be paired with a university in another country that is working with students in the same or a complementary discipline. That university will find a company to sponsor a project for your students, and you will find a company to sponsor a project for their students. The exchanges, however, are not required to run at the same time. Project timelines are based on each university’s academic calendar. Your responsibility to your university partner is to help them connect with a company in your country. Once that occurs, your role in that exchange is complete. Likewise, once you are connected with a company in another country, your university partner will step away. You and the company will work together to shape the experience.

An Option

Some university partners choose to have teams from both universities work on the same project.

Why Join?

An international capstone exchange helps students round out their education by combining teamwork with application of skills in
an international business setting. It also gives them the opportunity to make make industry contacts and to develop skills that make them more marketable:

  • Working as a team to achieve a goal
  • Communicating in a professional, team-oriented, international setting
  • Understanding the global context of situations
  • Being aware of cultural differences in the workplace
  • Identifying cross-functional roles and relationships
  • Finding innovative solutions to challenges, such as language barriers, time zone issues and technology preferences

Benefits for companies include:

  • Get a small project completed by university students at little or no cost
  • See upcoming graduates in action for recruiting purposes
  • Establish relationships with university contacts
  • Give students real-world experience in preparation for the workforce
  • Gain experience managing international projects

Subject Areas

The exchange is open to any discipline, and any other areas where there may be interest are welcome. Current projects are in computer science, software engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, bio-engineering, biology, environmental management, biological engineering, international marketing, and international journalism.

Various Project Exchange Models

  • Default/Standard : 1-1 pairing where each university finds an industry sponsor for a student team in the paired country
  • Subcontract: one university subcontracts a part of a larger industry sponsored project to students in the paired country
  • Joint Development: teams of students from the two universities work together on the same project (can be harder to manage)
  • Exchange of Research Oriented Projects: in some disciplines (e.g. chemistry) industry sponsored projects are not common, so faculty sponsored research oriented projects may be used


Oskar Myberg

System Engineer, Ericsson AB
Linkoping, Sweden

"The capstone program has been an excellent way for us to get implementation teams for explorative projects. The result has been really good, and we've been able to use the results in supporting our work."


Zech Anderson

Software Developer, Microsoft
Fargo, North Dakota
United States

"When I heard that there was a German company as an option, I knew I needed to try to get on their capstone team. It gave all of us on the team a great opportunity to see the differences in how international companies operate. The best part of the experience was being invited to Germany for a two-month internship for the company; I was honored and delighted to do this."


Capstone Student

University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Hannover, Germany

"Working for an international company has been a unique experience; Specifically, the presentation of the results to the stakeholders in the U.S. has been valuable ."



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Texas A&M University, United States, working with UNSW, Australia

Team of two ECE students from Texas A&M working with a sponsor at UNSW, Australia, on a system that estimates crowds in a room as well as incoming and outgoing traffic in order to do crowd control as well as market reach calculations. Phone app summarizes and enables user to visualize all the information.


UNSW, Australia working with Texas A&M University, United States

Team of two ECE students from UNSW working with a sponsor at Texas A&M University, USA, developing a platform that will track its user’s movements and follow them around busy areas like airports, train stations, bus stations etc. plus alert the user if the connection is lost. The platform can handle weights of up to 10Kg, which is the equivalent of airplane carry-on luggage.


Linkoping University and the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs

UCCS has two teams working on two different projects supporting Linkoping’s Student Formula car. One team is developing a solution that should change the angle of attack of the rear wing during a race. The second team is developing a new lightweight solution for the pedal box.


North Dakota State University working for Inwerken – Hannover, Germany (via Hochshule-Hannover – University of Applied Sciences and Arts)

NDSU students worked with Inwerken, an SAP business software consulting company to make an Internet of Things (IoT) solution to easily obtain and display sensor data in the cloud. Their solution for this uses a TI-SensorTag CC2650 sensor to capture data and send it to a BananaPro microcomputer via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). The data is preprocessed on the BananaPro device locally and then pushed to the SAP HANA Cloud via the internet with simple URL calls. Using SAP’s UI5 platform, they implemented a display dashboard to visualize the data, giving the client greater control and awareness over their product and processes.


North Dakota State University working for the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Linkoping, Sweden (via Linkoping University)

The project developed a web application used to monitor climate data coming from an HPC. It uses a php back end with an Angular JS front end. The information displayed includes time stamps of previous 5 updates, time since previous updates (displayed as a dynamic counter), most recent model status (including previous 4 status), and a time series charts to display scalar data. Another feature includes the ability to search and display multiple files. Our project is compatible with a variety of devices including tablet and mobile.


North Dakota State University working with Data61 – Australia (via Deakin University)

This project focuses on manipulating various data sets without having to send the data over the internet to be processed. The way it was achieved was by writing a backend service that takes the data mappings from the data sets the user wants to manipulate along with the transformations they want to perform on the data sets. After the service receives all this data it generates a JavaScript file that is passed back to the front end where the front end uses it to perform the transformation on the data sets. This process allows the user to achieve their goal of manipulating data sets without sending all the data over the internet and allows users to perform these manipulations from anywhere they have internet access.


Western Sydney University, Australia, working with Sparrow Marine, Savannah, Georgia, United States

A team of information communication technology students developed a web-based system to maintain regulatory details of vessels. The tool simplifies the query process, allowing the marine experts to understand regulations that are applicable to different states.


University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover, Germany, working with National Information Solutions Cooperative, United States (via North Dakota State University)

A team of computer science students developed an iOS app for a utility bill pay application that enabled customers to visualize utility costs and bill payment for their facilities on iPhone and iPad.


University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, United States and Universidad del Norte, Colombia working with Grain Systems, Inc., United States

A team of students improved the design of existing grain handling hardware. They replaced existing mechanisms with higher quality parts that cost less than installing a new system.


North Dakota State University, United States, working with MindRoad, Sweden (via Linkoping University)

A team of computer science students developed a tool to support the creation of well-formulated user stories to help software developers using Agile practices.


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Past ties with countries

  • Australia
  • Colombia
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • New Zealand
  • United States of America


Lets get in touch. Send us a message:

Dr. Dean Knudson
Associate Professor & Capstone Co-ordinator
Department of Computer Science
North Dakota State University,
Fargo, United States-58102

Phone: +1-701-231-5612