University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2018: Spain MSEG/PHYS

Program Dates January 02, 2018 - February 01, 2018
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

The beautiful and historic San Sebastian in the Basque Country in north Spain is the background for this study abroad program that will offer three courses to choose from, MSEG 302, PHYS 143 and HIST339. The program is equally suitable for engineering, natural science and social science students and offers a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary interaction between the students of various backgrounds.

Hosted by the Universidad del Pais Vasco, Center for Physics of Materials, the program adds to the study abroad experience with history and science excursions to Paris (History: Normandy Beaches), Milan and Lisbon (Materials Science: Polymer science), Geneva (Physics: CERN God Particle). All these excursions are designed to interest to all students regardless of their background.

All accommodations will either be in the student dorms (San Sebastian), student hostels (Lisbon, Geneva) or in Hotels (Paris, Milan). Most of these places, except for the dorms, include breakfast. Dorms will have cooking facilities where students can prepare their own meals.

Offering a combination of engineering, physics, culture, history and socials studies, this winter session program in San Sebastian, Spain, is a perfect opportunity for mixing academics with traveling in selected European cities while based in one of the most beautiful cities in northern Spain, San Sebastian.

The Program Fee includes housing, academic and cultural excursions, guest speakers, in-country transportation to/from excursion sites and international medical insurance. Students will be housed in hotels, with most meals included.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to/from Spain, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Spain. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimate airfare.

ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure). All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
HIST 339: Topics in European History (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Arts and Sciences - Group B
MSEG 302: Material Science for Engineers (3 credits)
PHYS 143: Energy Technology and Society (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Math/Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group D
UNIV 370-174: Study Abroad - Spain MSEG/PHYS (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$3,600.00$3,600.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account $5,858.00$9,606.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,350.00$1,350.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Ismat Shah
Faculty Director
Materials Science
208 DuPont Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Recommendation also due by 5pm on April 20, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: May 02, 2017

Please note that this program is highly competitive and will accept only a limited number of applicants. Interview appointments and acceptance decisions are at the discretion of the faculty director.

Interest Meetings:
03/08/2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, GORE 218
03/21/2017, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM, ISE 302

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.