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UMD-Winter: Italy: Sustainability, Infrastructure Condition & Safety (ENCE)

Turin, Italy
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EA Advisor: 
Maria Barra
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With the rapid world’s population growth and the transition from rural to urban living over 50 percent of the population is now living in cities. By 2050, it is predicted that nearly 70 percent of the world’s population (about six billion people) will be living in urban areas. 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). Turin is a unique sustainability example since over recent years several of the major city infrastructure components have been redesigned with sustainability principles. It has unique case studies areas for suitability design projects and is close to Milan a major metropolitan area with unique sustainability examples as well. Turin has been the first capital of Italy and is reach of Italian culture, history and heritage. The city currently hosts some of Italy's best universities, and it is considered the automotive capital of Italy. 

This program will expose students to the theoretical principles, framework, and techniques required to address the development of sustainable infrastructure (i.e., highways, bridges, ports, airports) complex spatial systems encompassing mobility, environment, energy, and social well-being. The program will deal with the identification of a set of qualitative/quantitative indicators and methodologies. Key faculty experts from the US and Italy will review the principles of technical, cultural and social approaches used in the design of sustainable infrastructure. 

*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 freshmen, 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 leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

The program is open to all majors since Sustainability involves multidisciplinary skills and expertise. The program is particularly interesting to students from engineers, architecture, environmental science, business and management, information systems, and public policy.

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

  • ENCE489I: Sustainable Green Infrastructure for the Urban Environment

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

As the program is technical in nature, participants will be exposed to the fundamentals as well as professional methods, techniques and tools for both assessing and implementing Sustainability in Infrastructure and the urban environment, infrastructure condition assessment methods, and safety. 

The course can serve as a tech elective for any major + approved tech elective for Sustainability Minor.

You will stay in hotels in shared room assignments.

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Commitment, Withdrawals and Refunds Policy

Costs are current for Winter 2020 and will be updated soon for Winter 2022.

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, Faculty 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:

  • Visit sustainable showcase infrastructures like the Fiat Lingoto Industrial Building, Porta Susa Metro Station, Foster Building, Verde 22 (residential complex), and other green buildings and other examples.
  • Visit cultural marvels in the city of Turin. 
  • Take a field trip to Milano and visit the Cathedral (Duomo), Milano 2, and Bosco Verticale. 
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 01/01/2020 01/12/2020