The Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure in Italy program will focus on an exchange of knowledge of built infrastructure in both Italy and the U.S. The program will compare and contrast differences between the two countries, explore historical and cultural reasons for differences, and envision more sustainable and resilient built infrastructure. Activities will include site visits, meetings with Italian officials, and round table discussions with students from the University of Udine. Ohio State students in this program will participate in lectures at Ohio State prior to travel and be given a pre-travel assignment to research a built infrastructure in the U.S. Students will present this built infrastructure to their Italian counterparts.
The program includes a visit to nearby Venice, a unique city facing issues of sea level rise. The city is building a flood barrier that will raise during high tide to protect the city from flooding. Students and faculty will discuss construction of Venice and historical preservation of the buildings. Students will also travel to Pavia, Italy near Milan. Pavia is home to the European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering (EUCENTRE). The EUCENTRE Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes, supports and develops research and training in the field of risk mitigation. Students will learn how this unique center tests structural components of built infrastructure and works to improve design of structural elements.
By participating in this program, students will:
1. Identify, analyze, and effectively communicate components of built infrastructure that enhance sustainability and resilience
2. Devise practical and sustainable engineering solutions that may be applicable, or limitations in its applicability in the U.S.
3. Develop an understanding and appreciation of global diversity
Italy offers a unique learning environment with many examples of struggles with resilience and sustainability in a developed country. The host university, University of Udine, is located in a primarily rural region of Italy. While simultaneously being one of the best educated regions in the country, it struggles with decline populations in the small agrarian villages and towns - a challenge many small farming communities in Ohio also face.
Students will stay in dormitory-style housing while in Udine and in shared rooms at local hotels during excursions to Venice and Pavia.
Linda Weavers, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, College of Engineering
Halil Sezen, Professor, Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, College of Engineering
Education Abroad Coordinator
Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register in 3 credits for the summer term. You will receive instructions on how to register for the course in your acceptance letter. Participants will also be required to participate in one week of classes on-campus directly after spring exams in preparation for travel.
This course may be counted towards Engineering's Global Option. This course may also be counted as a Technical Elective, please work with your academic advisor.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and have completed their third year on campus Students must complete either EnE 3200 or CE 3310 prior to travel and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation.
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee will include housing, in-country transportation, excursions and visits associated with the program, most meals, and supplemental international insurance. The program fee will not include international round-trip airfare, some meals, and personal expenses.
The actual cost of the program is $TBD per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $TBD per student (subject to change).
The detailed breakdown of costs can be found on the budget sheet. The figures provided are from 2017. The estimated costs for future programs are not yet finalized. Please note that the future program costs will differ based on changes to the program itinerary, fluctuations in exchange rates and other variables.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
- Join us for the Education Abroad Expo on Tuesday, September 4th, 2:00-6:00pm located in the Ohio Union East Ballroom
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.