Study Abroad

Ways to study abroad

For more information about these programs, you may contact Lindy Cranwell.

Below are the CEE sponsored opportunities for faculty-led study abroad programs.

Current and In-Progress Programs

-CEE 3014 – Construction Management (3 credits) in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in Winter Session 2018. Students will begin the course online from Dec 26, 2017- Jan 1, 2018 and then study in Punta Cana from Jan 2 -13, 2018.  The cost includes a $1,750 program fee (the deposit of $550 plus a mandatory fee for the class of $1200) + tuition for 3 hours in winter session & airfare.  Apply here. 

Bridges in Switzerland, Germany & Italy – Students will learn about famous bridge designs, the builders who created them and the impact to the society where these bridges are located. Students will visit the communities and bridges to finalize the learning in this class. Travel May 12-24, 2018. The spring 2018 semester class (CEE 3954 – Bridges, Builders & Society) must be taken as part of this travel abroad program. This class will count as an additional elective for CE majors. CO-REQ: ESM 2204 (CE & CEM majors) OR ESM 3704 (Arch majors).  Program fee is $2600. Apply here. 

Coastal Engineering Field Research course (3 credits). Summer I 2018. Students will travel to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to complete field research from May 12-19, 2018. This 3 credit elective class will explore coastal engineering through field experiments and research. Students will participate in the on-hands portion of this field work in Punta Cana and then have the remainder of Summer I session to analyze the data, complete online learning and produce a report.  The program fee cost is $1,200 (program fee) + summer I 2018 tuition & airfare. Dr. Nina Stark will teach this course. (Note- This program is back-to-back with another summer I program in CEE). Apply here. 

Airport Planning & Design – CEE 4674 (3 credits) in Summer I 2018. Students will travel to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to complete field research from May 19-Jun 3, 2018. This 3 credit fundamental class (CEE 4674) will study airport planning and economic justification, site selection, configuration, development and design of terminal areas, demand forecasting, access, and traffic control with the opportunity to interact with the Punta Cana International Airport. This hands-on portion of this class will enhance learning and provide skills for addressing engineering challenges in a non-US context. The remainder of Summer I session will allow students to analyze the data, complete online learning and produce a report.  The program fee cost is $1,750 (Note- This program is back-to-back with another summer I program in CEE). Apply here. 

Other VT sponsored abroad programs

None available at this time. Please see Global Education Office website.

Past Experiences

-Spring 2017: Bridges in Switzerland and Germany– Nine students learned about famous bridge designs, the builders who created them and the impact to the society where these bridges are located all spring and then traveled from May 14-25, 2017 to learn in this hands-on abroad program.
-Winter Session 2017- CEE 3014 Construction Management – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Twelve students experienced this blended (virtual Blacksburg, Punta Cana) class offering a fundamental course for CEE majors. They learned fundamental knowledge and skills to effectively manage project across borders.
-Spring Break 2017 – Dr. Nina Stark took two students to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to conduct Coastal Engineering research on the beach for their CEE 4564 mid-term project.
– Summer 2016, Research at Queensland University, Australia: Two CEE students conducted full-time research for 6 weeks each
– Summer 2015, Coastal Engineering Field Trip in Punta Cana: Dr. Nina Stark led 4 students on a coastal engineering research field trip
– Summer  2014, CEE in Punta Cana: A faculty-led program had 11 students in a 6 credit hour program on Sustainable Water & Airport Planning
– Spring Break 2014, CEE in China: Three (3) students traveled with a Dr. Linbing Wang to visit at Tongji University
– Fall 2014, CEE in Panama: Eleven (11) students participated in a class through University of Colorado- Boulder and Engineers Without Borders and traveled to Panama City, Panama as part of the program.
– Winter 2013, CEE in China: Four (4) students visited at Tongji University and the University of Science & Technology Beijing to promote collaboration and provide students will a broader view of engineering
– Summer  2013, CEE in Punta Cana: A faculty-led program had 20 students in a 6 credit hour program on Sustainable Water & Airport Planning
– Summer  2012, CEE in Punta Cana: A faculty-led program had 11 students in a 6 credit hour program on Sustainable Water & Airport Planning
– Summer  2011, CEE in Punta Cana: A faculty-led program had 17 students in a 6 credit hour program on Sustainable Water & Infrastructure
– Summers 2005, 2007, 2009, & 2011, Swiss Bridge Trip: A group of faculty and students went on a non-credit field trip to Switzerland to visit important bridges