Study Abroad


CEGE 4581 / CEGE 5570 / PA 5790: Design for Sustainable Development – India

This multidisciplinary course takes place in Bangalore, India’s fast-growing mega-city and entrepreneurship hub, where rural meets urban, where poverty meets wealth, where environmental and quality of life issues are distinctly intertwined. While enjoying a deep dive into India’s delicious food and diverse culture, you will work in teams with local partners to research and design sustainable solutions to real social and environmental challenges. By the end of the course, you will feel at home in the dynamic and vibrant culture that is India today and gain a deeper appreciation for the challenge of balancing sustainability and economic development.

This course will be offered during the 2019 May term as a collaboration with the College of Science and Engineering and Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Students will earn three credits and have the opportunity to meet Global Perspectives & Technology and Society LE requirements and/or a CEGE Tech elective in this three-week study abroad course to Bangalore, India.

The class will have four pre-departure meetings in Minnesota in spring 2019. Program dates are May 16 – June 7, 2019. The program cost will be approximately $5,000/student. This class is open to upper-level undergraduates (juniors and seniors) and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. Last year’s syllabus can be found here (subject to change slightly). More details, including the application process, are available on the study abroad site. Apply ASAP; applications will remain open until filled.

Interested? Attend an info session: January 29th, 12:00-1:30pm, room 456, Mechanical Engineering – East Bank.

Learn more about previous student experiences on these blogs written during previous courses:

Hearing from a variety of people and types of organizations was very helpful in understanding how many challenges are interconnected and where to look for solutions and implementing systems that work.

Anonymous Student, CE 5570, May 2016


ARCH 5250: Global Convergence Laboratory – Puerto Rico

During this course students explore development, environment, engineering, policy and infrastructure issues attached to Energy Transitions reciprocally between Puerto Rico and Minnesota. The course is a multidisciplinary approach to thinking about Energy Transition through a partnership with the School of Architecture and Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Through working with community partners in Vieques and Ponce, students will develop awareness of social, economic, and technical challenges facing humanity, and also learn inter-cultural and interdisciplinary skills, including communication, local histories, and non-expert knowledge.

While exploring sustainable development in the context of energy transition in Puerto Rico, students will learn how to create effective market-based approaches to development challenges, and also why design solutions develop and operate differently across geographies.