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UMD-Spring Break: Greece: Sustainability & Infrastructure (ENCE)

Athens, Greece
Terms offered: 
Spring Break
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.75
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
Yes
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

Greece ENCE
Large cities represent only two percent of the world's surface area, yet are the economic drivers of the world's economy accounting for over 80 percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP). With these staggering statistics the concepts and principles of "Sustainable Infrastructure" and "Smart Cities" are vital for the survival of urban settlements and the development of healthy living conditions, along with economic prosperity. On this program, you will explore the different approaches for the development of Sustainable Infrastructure including: Green Infrastructure (green buildings, green roads, and other components); Environmental Implications, Energy Systems and Energy Conservation; Sustainability Metrics; Recycling and Waste Reduction; Mobility and Greenhouse Gas Emissions; other. The course includes several site visits related to sustainable infrastructure components, as well as cultural and engineering marvels in Athens and surroundings.

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.

UMD and Non-UMD freshman, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible to apply. 

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in the following three (3) credit UMD course:

  • ENCE489G Special Topics in Civil Engineering: Sustainability & Infrastructure

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

This course is approved for the Sustainability Minor.

To view the program syllabus: SB18 Greece ENCE489G Syllabus Sustainability & Infrastructure IMG.pdf

Students will be housed at a hotel (in double occupancy) in the Ampelokipoi area, and attend lectures/ workshops in conference setting rooms with audiovisual equipment and other IT support, either within the hotel settings or privately available conference center close by.

Airport transfers, site and field visits transport will be arranged via public transport and bus rental. Most site visits are within short distance from this area. 
 

Costs are current for spring break 2018.

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 $22
Tuition $1,978
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 $400
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $2,900
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $100
Passport $0
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $140
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $100
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $4,370

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.

Professor Dimitrios Goulias, Program Director,  has already lead 3 successful study abroad programs related to Sustainability in Europe. His expertise, research and teaching are directly linked to sustainability and infrastructure condition assessment and design, use of recycled and reclaimed materials and techniques. Prof. Goulias has a BS/MS degree from Italy, and MS and PhD degrees from the US. Over the years Professor Goulias has established strong interaction and cooperation with faculty from European Universities as well as professionals with similar interests. 
 

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:

  • Guest lectures by leading US and GR faculty and experts in Sustainability and Infrastructure. 
  • Developing design alternatives for sustainable infrastructure components.
  • Learning and applying sustainability metrics.
  • Site Visits & Trips: Civil Engineering & Sustainability Structures (Buildings, Bridges, Ports, Toll Roads, and Airport Facility Operations). Most important cultural marvels in Athens, Greece. 
  • A three (3) island cruise (Hydra, Poros, Aegina).
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 03/16/2018 03/25/2018
UMD Pre-Departure Workshops scheduled for March 7, 2018, and March 14, 2018