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Europe: Global Perspectives on Energy and the Environment

Dates: Spring Term 2024
On-campus instruction during 2nd block of Winter Semester, all local site visits and international travel between 30 April–21 May 2024 (approx.)

Priority Deadline: 1 November 2023
Application Deadline: 1 December 2023

Join us for a remarkable instructive experience as we learn about the current transformation that is occurring in the world’s electrical energy system and the future of renewable energy. We will visit Northern Italy, where we will tour a waste incineration plant that generates electricity, a solar PV cell fabrication facility, and other companies focused on energy production and storage. We will see up close the glacial retreat that has occurred due to climate change. We will also experience remarkable Italian cultural sites in the north of the country. In Spain, we will visit two large scale concentrating solar plants that generate electrical power and we will spend time in the culturally rich city of Seville.

In Denmark where more than 50% of the country’s electrical demand is generated from wind energy we will see wind turbine farms, climb to the nacelle of a wind turbine, and we will tour turbine fabrication plants, including where the largest wind turbine blades in the world are designed and prototyped. We will also visit either Sweden or Iceland for additional energy site visits, including a tour of either a nuclear power plant or the largest geothermal power plant in the world. In each country, we will hear from local experts highlighting how renewable energy fits into the country’s energy portfolio. We will also be exposed to the culturally rich heritage and unique geography of each country, visiting sites of interest and sampling traditional local cuisine.

A seminar series 2nd block of Winter Semester will expose students to world energy reserves, environmental considerations related to energy production and use, the importance of government energy policy, and total economic and thermodynamic analysis of energy-producing methods. Prior to departing for Europe we will also visit several local energy-related sites, including coal, hydroelectric, and natural gas powered plants. Over the course of the program we will visit 20-22 different energy related sites. The course will provide three credits of engineering technical elective toward graduation. The course is open to all majors, but preference will be given to engineering students who have taken an introductory Thermodynamics course. Students can take this class in the winter semester 2024 if they haven’t already done so.

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Daniel Maynes
360K EB
(801) 422-3843


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Students will enroll in the following course while on this program:

ME EN 423—Global Perspectives on Energy and the Environment (3 credit hours)

Students will also register for a 1 credit hour seminar course the second term of winter semester.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes all course materials for the seminar 2nd block Winter Semester, Latter-day Saint undergraduate tuition for 3 credit hours spring term, airfare from SLC airport to/from Europe, air travel between the European destinations, in-country transportation, lodging, breakfast in all hotels, a cultural dinner in each country, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include personal expenses and other meals.

A $1,400 scholarship will be given by the Weidman Center for Global Leadership to student participants majoring in a program within the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants. Students majoring in Fulton College of Engineering will receive $1400 in support from the Weidman Center.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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ME EN 321—Thermodynamics or equivalent with instructor approval

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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We will visit Italy, Spain, Denmark, and either Iceland or Sweden, focusing in each country on a different aspect of renewable energy. We will stay in hotels along the way, traveling from the hotels to energy-related sites and cultural experiences.
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Flights that are covered by the program cost will be arranged by the program directors through a BYU Travel agent. Students may not purchase their own flights.

BYU Travel
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(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Priority Deadline: 1 November 2023
Application Deadline: 1 December 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Daniel Maynes
360K EB
(801) 422-3843

Brent Webb
360G EB
(801) 422-6543
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(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.