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UMD-Summer: Spain and Netherlands: International Engineering and Leadership in Europe (ENGR)

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Barcelona, Spain
Madrid, Spain
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Enhance your knowledge of business and leadership in a global engineering context. This course will allow you to learn more about international business and leadership from a European perspective and develop the ability to adapt your business practices and leadership depending on the cultural context. Site visits to engineering companies along with the opportunity to engage with local students in Europe are important aspects of this program. Finally, take advantage of the opportunity to visit three cities in two unique countries all in one course!

Through participation in this program, you will:

  • Gain knowledge of the theoretical framework pertaining to cross-cultural communication and its importance to global business and engineering;
  • Enhance analytical skills in order to understand and evaluate business interactions from an intercultural perspective;
  • Develop cross-cultural communication skills (e.g. problem-solving, negotiation, team-building) applied in business situations;
  • Acquire an understanding of the Netherlands and Spain and their business cultures as they pertain to engineering and technology.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD and non-UMD undergraduates are eligible to apply to this program.  Graduate students are also welcome to apply.

Please note that this course has an on-campus component on May 20 and 21.  Students will depart the USA for Europe on May 22.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:
  • ENES472: International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology
  • ENES316: Global Perspectives of Leadership for Engineering, Business, and Technology
  • HONR349T: Honors Colloquium, International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology

ENES472 and HONR349T are approved for General Education Cultural Competence and will count as resident credit. 

A combination of hotel and centrally located hostel accommodations will be arranged. Where hostel accommodations are used, the faculty accommodations may be in an adjacent hotel if bathroom space is shared.

Costs listed are for summer 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $40
Tuition $1,695
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $1,215
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $300
Visa $0
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course Materials $40
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $200
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Lena Kavaliauskas Crain, Ph.D. is the Program Director and an Instructor in International and Leadership Programs in the A. James Clark School of Engineering. She has instructed undergraduate and graduate courses and worked in student services for over ten years. Léna has lived and worked in France and traveled to nearly 40 countries on five continents. This has shaped her research, which examines the relationship between culture, pedagogy, and cognition (how culture influences the way we teach and learn). Léna has taught short-term courses in Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, the Netherlands, and Australia. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.

Brian Dillehay joins the University of Maryland from AMIDEAST where he administered Fulbright students from the Middle East and North Africa during their time in the United States. In addition to his work at Maryland, he is an adjunct instructor at American University teaching a graduate level course on training program design. Brian has experience living, working, and studying in both Taiwan and Senegal. In Taiwan, he managed a team of teachers at an international language school, developed curriculum, and facilitated various arrival and re-entry training sessions. He received his MA in International Training and Education from American University in 2016 and his BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2006.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Meet with local Dutch and Spanish students
  • Visit several different engineering and high tech industry companies to learn about international business and leadership
  • Visit the most important cultural sites of Amsterdam, Madrid, and Barcelona
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2017 03/21/2017 03/11/2017 05/22/2017 06/04/2017