- Study architecture and engineering first hand at historical sites including the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pantheon, and St. Peter's Cathedral.
- Explore the following architectural eras: Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance.
- Take part in site tours, sketching, and research assignments. Visit universities and attend lectures by Italian engineering professors.
- Be immersed in the local culture through Italian-style meals, discussions on local culture, and more.
Visit Rome, Milan, Venice, multiple locations in Tuscany, and Pompeii/Paestum.
“…this study abroad trip has been an eye-opening experience as it has enriched our minds …, pushed us to venture beyond our typical comforts, and fostered a curiosity for knowledge and the world itself.” – Kate Fickle, Italy 2012
Course of Study
This a 3-week study tour covering the topics and activities including, but not limited to, the following:
• History of engineering, technology, art, and architecture until 1850 covering the following architectural eras: Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance.
• Important scientists, engineers, and masters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Brunelleschi, Giotto, and numerous others.
• Site tours, sketching and research assignments,
• Visits to universities and lectures by Italian engineering professors,
• Discussions on comparison between U.S. and Italy for engineering education, and practice.
AE3770 or ENGR490. AE3770 replaces a required course in the Architectural Engineering curriculum; it can satisfy a humanities elective for all other engingeering students taking ENGR490.
This program is open to undergraduate and graduate UNL students in good academic standing. While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students.
Dr. Ece Erdogmus received her Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her M.S. degree from the same institution, and her bachelor's degree from the Department of Architecture at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Her main research interest is assessment and rehabilitation of historic masonry. She has several international collaborations and projects in the field, which also provides international internship opportunities to students (ex: Reconstruction of an Ancient Roman Temple in southern Turkey. Dr. Erdogmus received several teaching and mentoring awards including: 2006 and 2013 College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Teaching Awards, 2007 Architectural Engineering Teaching Award, and 2010 Architectural Engineering Mentoring Award.” Dr. Erdogmus has offered this Italy program in 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
- Each student will book airfare to arrive in Rome by a designated time. (Note: Do not book your flight before confirming ticket dates with the instructor).
- Logistical support in Italy will be provided by Oliviero Tours.
- Students will stay in double, triple, or quadruple-occupancy hotel rooms with fellow students.
- The group will travel between cities by train or private motor-coach.
- Some meals will be included and some will be out-of-pocket. There will be at least five group dinners built into the itinerary.
- The group will take several walking tours.
See the "Budget Sheet" (COMING SOON) near the top of this page (click on "Summer") and the Financial page on the Education Abroad website
Explanation of Costs
Please see the Budget Sheet (COMING SOON) for a detailed explanation of billable and non-billable program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Upon confirmation of participation, participants will pay a $500 deposit. The $500 deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee).
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Read student blogs from the 2012 program!
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