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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.

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 2020 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: SB19 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.

Costs are current for spring break 2020.
*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.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering 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 $25
Tuition $2,355
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 $700
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $100
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $100
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.

Professor Dimitrios Goulias, Program Director,  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 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 day cruise to three Greek islands. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring Break 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 03/13/2020 03/22/2020