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Spanish IEP Sustainability Project and Study Tour

January 2 - 17, 2015

This intensive program, taking place in the engineering laboratories of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV), gives participants the chance to work as part of an international team on an engineering service-learning project. Under the guidance of engineering faculty from both URI and PUCV, students will study anaerobic energy systems, create portable anaerobic models, and share them with people in rural communities. Outside the lab, students will have the opportunity to enjoy the summer weather in Valparaiso, visit important sites of cultural and technological interest and enjoy local recreational activities.


During the program, students will earn 1-4 URI Credits:

CVE 323: Sustainable Solutions for Developing Communities - Focuses on creating awareness about the global challenges our society is facing and how to potentially solve them using appropriate and sustainable technologies (3 credits).


SPA 310: Field Workshop - Cultural visit to Spain or Hispanic America. Significant monuments and places of interest to the student of literature and civilization will be studied (1-3 credits). 


Course work will be supplemented with excursions related to science and technology as well as areas of cultural and literary importance. Among the sites of interest included in the tour: Pablo Neruda's homes, the Fonck archeological museum as well as PUCV's biotechnology research center. Students will have the chance to visit a local vineyard, enjoy a sand dune surfing lesson, go horseback riding on the beach, and participate in a practical workshop on preparing Chilean food.



Chile is a South American country located between the Andes mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is home to Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. Within walking distance of the university students will find the Chilean Congress, the Metro as well as the Pacific Ocean.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms. Most meals will be provided.

Program Cost:
Program Fee:
Total Cost:


Program Fee Includes:
Most meals
In-country transportation
Excursions and cultural activities
Health insurance


 NOTE: All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: October 3, 2014
Final Payment Due: December 1, 2014



For more information, please contact:


Program Director
Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Megan Echevarria Vinka Craver
International Center
Modern Languages
Civil and Envir. Engineering
37 Lower College Road


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