Study Abroad

 


CEGE 4011 / 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 2018 May term as a three-credit, three-week study abroad course to Bangalore, India. The class will have four pre-departure meetings in Minnesota in spring 2018. Program dates are May 14 – June 5, 2018. 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. The 2018 syllabus can be found here (subject to change slightly). More details, including the application process, are available on the study abroad site. Applications are due February 9, 2018, or until the course fills (whichever comes first). 

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

 

CEGE 4011 / CEGE 5580: Design for Sustainable Development – Nicaragua

This interdisciplinary course for undergraduate and graduate students of all majors will introduce you to innovative approaches to sustainable development in Nicaragua, the poorest country in Central America. You will work in teams to research and design solutions to real social and environmental challenges while living with host families in the rural mountains of the Northwest while also visiting a women’s community center in Managua, horseback riding to coffee and basket weaving cooperatives in the rainforest, and volcano boarding at the Pacific coast. (Spanish is not required but is preferred.)

This course is open to all upper-level undergraduates with a minimum 3.0 GPA and graduate students. The program is organized by Acara, in partnership with EOS International, an organization that provides under-served communities in Nicaragua with low-cost appropriate technologies that generate income, improve health and preserve the environment. Spanish not required. The class will have four pre-departure meetings in Minnesota. The three-week seminar in Nicaragua will occur during the University’s Summer Session 2018, from May 14 – June 4, including travel time. Program cost is $4,200 in 2018. The 2017 syllabus can be found here. More details, including the application process, can be found on the Learning Abroad Center website. Applications are due February 9, 2018, or until the course fills (whichever comes first). 

This course fulfills the Liberal Education Requirement for Technology and Society.

Learn more about previous student experiences on these blogs written during last years course: