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  • Locations: Arusha, Tanzania; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Ngorongoro, Tanzania; Tarangire, Tanzania
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:



Program SolarEngineeringTab1

The Solar Engineering Service-Learning program will introduce and teach students the concepts of humanitarian engineering by utilizing a practical, real-world engineering service-learning experience. Students will collaborate with an established in-country partner to bring useful, sustainable solar technologies to the community. Students participating in this program will assess the needs of the in-country partner, and then research, design, develop, prototype and plan various solar projects to meet those needs. Students will evaluate the cost, sustainability and local ownership of the projects, as well as the potential entrepreneurial opportunities that could be developed for the local community as a result of the projects. During the in-country travel, the students will implement and evaluate these projects. Following the in-country trip, the students will document their accomplishments and present the projects to faculty, staff, administrators and other students.

Students will learn about the history, culture, politics, socioeconomics healthcare, educational system and specific needs of the community. Project teams will develop their assessment, research, problem-solving, project management, time management, communications and teaming skills in a real-world international service-learning environment. Students will also learn how to work in an environment that has limited resources.

By participating in this program, students will:
1. Identify and analyze the impact of sustainable technology on a developing country in terms of the environment, public discourse, economy, education, cultural attitudes, socio-economics, and public health
2. Devise practical and sustainable solar energy solutions that involve the local partner and community
3. Synthesize the theory and practice of service-learning within a global context
4. Be challenged to think, live and work in a new way and explore attitudes and values as global citizens

We achieve these goals through a variety of course work completed prior to travel during the second session of spring term. 

Most of the program will take place in Arusha, Tanzania, located in north-eastern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha region. National parks are nearby and students will travel on safari as a cultural excursion during the program. 


Participants will reside in a guest house in Arusha, Tanzania. The house provide hostel-style accommodations, with shared bathrooms. Students will eat group meals prepared by the base-camp staff.

Resident Directors

Paul Berger
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Greg Allenby
Professor, Fisher College of Business, Marketing and Logistics

Ohio State Program Contact

Leslie Roberts



Courses and Credit SolarEngineeringTab2

Admitted participants are required to register for one credit hour of ENGR 4692.01S for spring term 2019 and three credits of ENGR 5797.16S for summer 4-week session 1. Satisfactory academic progress in ENGR 4692.01S course is required in order to travel on the program.

This course may be counted towards the Humanitarian Engineering Minor, and the Global Option in Engineering. Depending on the department, it may also be counted as a technical elective. Please work with your academic advisor.



Application RequirementSolarEngineeringTab3 

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, and is open to all ranks. Students must 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 (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



SolarEngineeringTab4Program Costs 

Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,219 program fee. The program fee will include international airfare, transportation in Tanzania, accommodations and meals, some project supplies, and international supplemental insurance. It will not cover personal expenses, a passport, immunizations, or occasional meals off-site.

The actual cost for Ohio State to run this program is $4,219 per student; this cost is generously subsidized by the College of Engineering in the amount of $1,000 per student (subject to change).

The detailed breakdown of the costs for May 2019 can be found on the budget sheet.

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.

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.



Information Sessions 

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U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (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.




Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/15/2019
03/01/2019 05/07/2019 05/25/2019
NOTE: Dates include travel to and from the U.S.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.