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

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

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" 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. 

*There are need-based scholarships available for this program, please contact the Office of Global Engineering Leadership for additional information once you have completed your program application.

IMPORTANT: The Education Abroad Risk Management Committee must approve all institutionally sponsored international travel for undergraduate and graduate students. Program and country assessment is ongoing and appropriate action will be taken to prioritize your safety and security. COVID-19 vaccinations will be required for all study abroad participants in accordance with UMD's vaccination requirements

IMPORTANT: Please familiarize yourself with the updated financial commitment, withdrawals and refunds policy. We strongly encourage students to purchase CFAR Worldwide Trip Protection in addition to the CISI Insurance Plan which is covered in your program cost. Additional information about insurance can be found here. Last, please apply or renew your passport now (expedited processed) if you plan to study abroad as there are significant delays.

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. Course counts towards full time status (12 credits) for Spring 2022 semester.

This course is approved for the Sustainability Minor and may double count for major tech elective (check with your department), and triple count for "Internship-and Practicum. 

To view the program syllabus: SB2022 Greece ENCE489G Syllabus Sustainability & Infrastructure

Students will be housed at a hotel in downtown Athens, and attend lectures/ workshops in conference setting rooms with audiovisual equipment and other IT support, either within the hotel settings or alternative conference center location.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Commitment, Withdrawals and Refunds Policy

Costs are current for Spring Break 2020 and will be updated soon for Spring Break 2022.
*Please note this program qualifies for eligible Pell Grant recipients to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship. The application deadline is October 5th!
**There are need-based scholarships available for this program, please contact the Office of Global Engineering Leadership for additional information once you have completed your program application.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Optional activities/incidental expenses
Optional trip cancelation/interruption insurance

 *Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


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

Professor Dimitrios Goulias, Program Leader, has already lead 5 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 Leader. 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 day cruise to three Greek islands. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2022 10/01/2021 10/11/2021 03/18/2022 03/27/2022