University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Winter 2021: Australia CIEG

Program Dates January 03, 2021 - February 04, 2021 (dates are tentative)
This program has been cancelled.

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 University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.

If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students. In this case, the University of Delaware will reimburse the cost of program fees, tuition and flights (if purchase was advised by IGS).

Study Transportation Engineering and Sustainable Engineering in Melbourne, Australia, a vibrant multi-modal city known for beautiful beaches, wide boulevards, fine parks and restaurants, festivals, and great summer weather. Students will also enjoy the opportunity to live in a city consistently selected as "the most livable city in the world."

The Sustainable Engineering course will help establish a proper understanding of the importance of sustainability in the design an operation of global cities. The Transportation Engineering course will focus on multi-modal transportation in urban areas.

Melbourne provides rich opportunities for multi-modal transportation – ride a tram, a train and a bus, as well as see in practice innovative partnerships operating highways. Melbourne has made a commitment to be global city leader of sustainability. Students will have many opportunities to meet Australian people famous for their humor, optimism, and healthy outdoor lifestyle. Program participants will also meet non-human wildlife including many strange, wonderful animals and birds, as well as seeing much of the exotic and spectacular flora of the region.

Housing will be in University dormitories and about 1/2 meals will be included in the program fee.

The program also includes tours in the state of Victoria (Wilson's Prom) and elsewhere in Australia, most notably Tasmania. The trip to Tasmania includes visiting both Hobart and Launceston. In Hobart we visit Bonorong, a wildlife sanctuary, to provide the students with an opportunity to have face-to-face contact with some of Australia's unique animals. We also visit the oldest bridge in Australia and travel over and under the Derwent River bridge that was made famous when it collapsed after being hit by a ship. We also stop at Freycinet, a spectacular national park and visit Port Arthur, an important penal colony in the early days of Australia. These places provide additional context for the student to help them understand the unique history and natural environment.

We also schedule a day trip to Wilson's Prom, a National Park, is the southern-most point on the Australian mainland. It is relatively remote (about 3 hrs from Melbourne) and presents some interesting transportation challenges. It is also relatively pristine.

We will also visit Sydney, Australia's largest city, world renowned for its magnificent Opera House and its beautiful harbour.

The Program Fee includes housing in University dormitories, all program-related events and excursions, some meals, in-country transportation, and international medical insurance.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare to or from Australia, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Melbourne. 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. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation.

Students who are U.S. citizens should also budget an estimated $20 to cover the cost of their ETA-Visa to enter Australia. Students who hold passports from other countries may have other visa requirements and/or additional expenses.

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. The two courses are integrated and some common engineering and management issues will be addressed in both courses.
CIEG 351-070: Transportation Engineering (3 credits)
CIEG 402: Introduction to Sustainability Principles in Civil Engineering (3 credits)
UNIV 370-015: Study Abroad - Australia CIEG (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Estimated Tuition based on current year$2,385.00$6,404.00
Estimated Program Fee$3,000.00$3,000.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (estimated)$5,415.00$9,434.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,800.00$2,800.00

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:
Michael Chajes
Faculty Director
Civil and Environmental Engineering
358A Dupont Hall
Sue McNeil
Faculty Director
Civil and Environmental Engineering
360D DuPont Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2020
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2020
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 30, 2020

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:
03/16/2020, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,
03/17/2020, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM,

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