*Priority Deadline: December 1, 2016
**Regular Deadline: February 1, 2016
*Program may fill before regular deadline; therefore, early application is advised
**Post-priority applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the regular deadline
This civil engineering program in Italy is designed to provide upper-level civil engineering undergraduate students with both modern and historical perspectives on engineering solutions in a global context. Students will consider economic, social, political, and ethical engineering design constraints in a global context ‘outside’ that present in the U.S. Students will gain an important historical perspective of engineering solutions through examination of engineering works dating to ~100 BCE—and how those solutions impacted the societies for which they were developed. In addition, they will consider modern-day issues such as infrastructure development-versus-historical preservation and effects of climate change (i.e. water levels in the Venetian environs).
The trip will be led by Kevin Hall, of the University of Arkansas College of Engineering Department of Civil Engineering, and Natalie Hall, a PhD candidate in the Department of History. Both have traveled extensively in Italy.
Credit Issued By
: University of Arkansas
3 credit hours
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
GNEG 3113 (3 credits) Special Problems: Study Abroad in Italy OR
Specific learning outcomes for the program include:
GNEG 3113H (3 credits) Honors Special Problems: Study Abroad in Italy**
- Explain the importance of humanities, history, and social behavior in the professional practice of civil engineering;
- Explain the impact of historical and contemporary issues on the identification, formulation, and solution of engineering problems;
- Identify possible impacts of engineering solutions on the economy, environment, political landscape, and society;
- Discuss economic, social, political, and ethical constraints on engineering solutions in a global context outside the U.S.
Student outcomes will be assessed primarily through written and verbal assignments. These assignments will include both technical detail and reflective, essay/journal-type submittals. Students will also produce a multi-media ‘travelogue’ to document their experiences.
Students will stay in comfortable hotels or apartments for the duration of the program.
Sites to be visited include Rome (i.e. Coliseum; Circus Maximus; Pantheon; Forum; Vatican; Lateran; Via Appia Antica; Baths of Caracalla; Catacombs; etc.); Pompeii; Ostia; Assisi and/or Sienna; Florence; Pisa; and Venice. The itinerary is intended to provide a broad overview of engineering and cultural sites spanning the antique/late antique, medieval, renaissance, and modern periods.
Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the beginning of the program abroad
Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or better at the time of application
This program is targeted towards upper-level civil engineering undergraduates who have a working knowledge of primary civil engineering principles, and will be able to use the experiences from this program in subsequent engineering design courses.
Applications open on September 20, 2016.
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin.
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.
In many case, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully.
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website, including:
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For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad:
Office of Study Abroad & International Exchange
University of Arkansas
722 West Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:
Department of Civil Engineering
4190 Bell Engr
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"I enjoyed seeing what civil engineering has accomplished even without all of the principles and math associated with it today."