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Faculty Led Program: Renewable Energy and Sustainability in Europe
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Hamburg, Germany; Oldenburg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Short-term Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Short-term Summer 2015 02/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission 05/16/2015 05/29/2015

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hostel, Hotel Term: Short-term Summer
Country: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands Language Prerequiste: None
Course Area: Biology, Chemistry, International Studies, Physics, Political Science, Sustainability Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
Renewable Energy & Sustainability in Europe (CHEM 492 or SUST 492; 3 CR)
Led by: Ranjit Koodali

Sustainability in Europe
Renewable Energy and Sustainability will provide knowledge and exposure of energy and sustainability research, practices, and policies in Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium. The global energy demand is not only exhausting fossil fuels at an alarming rate, but it is also putting intense pressure on the Earth’s environment and thus impacting the quality of life. The energy demand is expected to double by the end of 2050 and it is clear that diversification of energy supply is required to sustain economic growth and mitigate environmental problems caused by excessive use of fossil fuels. To alleviate problems associtated with climate change, environmentally clean and renewable sources of energy need to be increasingly used. For more information, contact Ranjit Koodali by emailing

Students will enjoy rare opportunities to visit several different governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as university research centers and local attractions related to sustainable and renewable energy.

Course pre-requisites: NONE

Click below for a complete course syllabus and description (subject to change):

USD FLP Renewable Energy and Sustainability_Syllabus.pdf

Travel Dates: May 16 - May 29, 2015

Application Deadline: January 15, 2015 (subject to change)

Click below for a detailed itinerary:

USD FLP Renewable Energy and Sustainability_Itinerary.pdf


USD Program fee (est.) - $3750, includes:
  • Roundtrip, international airfare
  • Lodging
  • Daily breakfast, 3 dinners
  • On-site ground transportation
  • Local guides
  • Cultural excursions (entry fees included)
  • Visits to university research centers, governmental and non-governmental sites
  • On-site support staff
  • Comprehensive international insurance coverage
Click below to access our interactive budget estimator, which includes expenses NOT included above:
USD FLP Renewable Energy and Sustainability_Budget Estimator.xlsx

Financial Aid:
If you would like to inquire about using federal financial aid to help toward the expense of this program, contact USD’s Financial Aid Office as soon as possible. The FAO is reached by calling 605-677-5446 or going to

Be advised: to be eligible for federal financial aid students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits during the summer term and 12 credits during the fall or spring terms.

Payment Schedule
Non-refundable deposit $500 DUE: January 30, 2015
Installment Payment $1250 DUE: February 13, 2015
Installment Payment $1250 DUE: March 2, 2015
Final Payment $750 (est.) DUE: March 30, 2015
Please note: The tuition for the program will be billed to the student accounts separately by May 2015, and will be due by May 18, 2015.

Withdrawal Schedule & Cancellation Fees:
On or before January 15, 2015 $0.00
After 1/15/15 and before 2/13/15 $500
After 2/13/15 and before 3/2/15 $1750
After 3/2/15 and before 3/30/15 $3000
After 3/30/15 Full program fee, or $3750 (est.)

1. PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATION: Please be advised this program requires an extensive amount of walking on cobblestone and uneven pavement, riding trains and buses, and walking up and down stairs. Participants must contact USD Global Learning and/or USD Disability Services at least 30 days prior to departure to discuss ADA accommodations.

2. VACCINATIONS: There are no required vaccinations or immunizations for this program in Western Europe. The CDC highly recommends all US citizens who travel international be vaccinated for Hepatitis B. For further information on traveler's health, visit the CDC website.