UMD: A Globally Connected University
UMD-Spring Break: Greece: Sustainability & Infrastructure (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.
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 2019 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.
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 2019.
|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||$22|
|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.|
|This fee represents the housing provided during the program.|
|TOTAL PROGRAM FEE||$3,560|
|Roundtrip Airfare (estimate)||$1,200|
|Optional Activities/incidental expenses||$100|
|Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate)||$180|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE:||$5,330|
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 three (3) island cruise (Hydra, Poros, Aegina).