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

Turin, Italy
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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.

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 director (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.

*Costs are current for winter 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 $2,760
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 $375
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $250
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,200
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
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, Faculty 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:

  • 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