University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Study Abroad-Engineering

Travel the World as an Engineering Student


You will earn three credits toward your degree on an 11-day trip. You will learn about History of Science and Technology and the fascinating stories behind some of Greece's grandest buildings, such as the Acropolis and the National Archelogical Museum in Athens. Tour the cities of Athens and its surrounding islands: Sounio, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Nauplia, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Corinth, Nemea and Ancient Olympia. In addition, you will be introduced to Engineering Ethics with a Global Perspective. The tour is conveniently scheduled during spring break. We will depart from Lincoln March 14, 2009 (Saturday), and return March 24, 2009 (Tuesday).

spring break, March 14-24, 2009


Athens and its surrounding islands, Sounio, Kalambaka, Meteora, Delphi, Nauplia, Epidaurus,
Mycenae, Corinth, Nemea and Ancient Olympia


David H. Allen, Dean
College of Engineering

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course the student should:

  • Understand the design techniques used in ancient, medieval, and renaissance times;
  • Know the various materials that were utilized to build these structures; and
  • Understand the reasons why these structures did or did not fail;

Furthermore, it is expected that freshmen students will:

  • Understand the role of a global engineer
  • Relate the role of scientists and engineers through history

Rationale for Travel:

The course material is the study of design, structural mechanics, and failure of medieval structures. There are no medieval structures in North America. The study of these structures is vastly improved by actually seeing the structures and studying the sites in the structures where fractures initiated and propagated. In addition, the majority of these structures were built from stone, which has rather unique material properties. Very few structures are built today from this material, so students will get a unique perspective on structural mechanics that cannot be taught anywhere in the United States.

Course Description:

This course will be taught partially as part of a pre-departure seminar and partially during the 11-day field trip through Greece. It will consist of 10 in-classroom lectures and field trips to structures of historical significance in Greece. Some of the structures to be visited are the remnants of ancient Greek, including the Acropolis in Athens and the fortified palace complex of Mycenae. Furthermore, several Greek temples structures will be studied, such as those in Athens, Olympia, Delphi, and Sounion. Finally, we will tour the Delphi Museum in Delphi and the National Archeological Museum in Athens. The instructor will give guided tours of each of these structures and sites, giving students details of its technological and scientific relevance. In some cases, students will have the opportunity to study its design and failure analysis, in the light of the time period in which each was constructed.

Course Prerequisites: 

Freshman or above status


ENGR 490 - Global Experiences in Greek Culture and Engineering

Faculty: Dr. David Allen
, Dean of Engineering
History of Science and Technology, Introduction to Spain History, Culture and Language. Field trips to engineering sites, such as ruins, natural wonders, cathedrals, museums, etc. (3 cr)
* Essential Studies in Areas C, D, E, G, or H - (Humanities, Social Sciences, History, Arts & Architecture, Diversity)



Program fee includes:

  • All accommodations in four-star hotels
  • All breakfasts, plus 11 group dinners
  • Airfare and ground transportation
  • One-day cruise through Hydra, Poros, and Aegina islands
  • Admission to all sites and attractions
  • International Student Identity card
  • Emergency accident and health insurance
  • Miscellaneous: pre-departure booklet and much more!

** Additional Expenses:

  • Tuition:
    Resident: $179.75/credit hour
    Non-resident: $533.75/credit hour
    Scholarships and financial aid can also be used
    (JD Edwards, Kiewit, Regents, etc.) to pay for tuition
  • Personal expenses depend on students' spending habits.
    For most students, $25 per day should be plenty in Europe.
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