|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Area of Study:||Construction Management, Cultural Studies, Economics, International Economics, Land Management, Renewable Energy, Spanish||Program Type:||Study Abroad|
|Program Model:||Short-Term Faculty-Led||Language(s) of Instruction:||English|
|Minimum GPA:||2.5||Housing:||Homestay, Hostel/Hotel|
|Years of Eligibility:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
UWPSTUDY 3030: Renewable Energy in Nicaragua
Spring Break 2014: March 13-23, 2014
This course looks at the applications and challenges of implementing renewable energy technologies in a remote, rural setting in a developing nation. The course will include technical background material so students will be able to understand/evaluate the energy systems in use in Nicaragua, contextual information to understand how the current situation in Nicaragua has historical/cultural roots, and hands-on experience with photo-voltaics, bio-digesters, solar-thermal cookers, charcoal making, etc.
ORIENTATION: Prior to departing for Nicaragua, students will attend required, weekly pre-departure sessions which will cover program logistics, academic expectations, country-specific information, health and safety, etc… Dates and times TBD.
IN NICARAGUA – Managua, Totogalpa, Somoto, Ocotal, Esteli: Students will engage through lectures, site visits, and hands-on experience. Highlights will include:
- · Presentations by government officials/and or faculty from the National Engineering University
- · Tour of large-scale renewable energy installations
- · One week spent in home stay in northern Nicaragua
- · Hands-on experiences may include constructing or rebuilding a solar thermal cooker, installing a photo-voltaic system, and making charcoal from agricultural waste
- · Site visits may include a coffee plantation and Somoto Canyon (geologic natural wonder)
POST TRIP: Upon return from Nicaragua, students will attend a mandatory session to discuss experiences and outcomes of the program.
Level: 3000-level course
Term: Spring 2014
Prerequisites: Must have two semesters of college completed at time of application
2.5 GPA and must be in good academic standing
Preference will be given to Renewable Energy majors/minors and SEJ students. Students of all majors can apply. Students with majors outside of
Renewable Energy and SEJ will be waitlisted and accepted if spaces are available.
Energy 2130 is recommended and given preference, others will be accepted if space available
Application Materials required: one letter of recommendation (from professor or academic advisor), interview with program instructor, and Statement of Purpose
Course load: One 3-credit course
Grading: A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit.
Students receive credit for UWPSTUDY 3030. This course satisfies the criteria for General Education Requirements in International Education, Renewable Energy minor credit, Social and Environmental Justice minor credit.
Dr. Lynn Schlager is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He spent part of his sabbatical in Nicaragua. Visit his webpage.
Housing and Meals:
In Managua and other sites students will stay in double-occupancy hotels. In Sabana Grande students will stay in home stays. In home stays students will have their own room.
Note: living conditions in Sabana Grande will be consistent with the remote, rural setting. All toilet facilities are pit toilets; showers are outdoors in an enclosed area. Running water, electricity, and other conveniences will be limited.
In Sabana Grande breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided by host stay families or local coop. All other meals are out-of-pocket (those immediatley after landing in Nicaragua or before departing the country).
A $50 application fee is due before applications will be reviewed.
The estimated program cost is $2,900*+. This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, transportation (international airfare and in-country), accommodation, meals in Sabana Grande, and emergency sickness/accident insurance.
*Program cost based on 10 students
+ This program has generously recevied a PACCE grant, the updated program cost is $2,400
Cost DOES NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O’Hare), meals outside of Sabana Grande, entrance to course related excursions ($30), and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs: $60-100
- Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
- Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI students ($40)
- Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad office if you have eligibility under the Post-911 GI Bill or the Wisconsin GI Bill
Updated Payment Schedule:
A first payment of $1000 is due on November 15, 2013
· Second payment of $700 is due December 15, 2013
· Final payment of $700 is due February 15, 2014
Apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Grant by visiting the Education Abroad website. Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify. Grant awards will be dispersed into student's PASS account approximately two weeks before program departure.
Students who withdraw prior to the first deposit will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable $50 application fee). Students who withdraw on or after the date of the first deposit will be financially responsible for a $115 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor. Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire program fee.
Applying for a Passport:
Passports should be valid for at least six months after program end date (January 17, 2014). To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.
Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter Nicaragua. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements. All students are responsible for $20.00 arrival tax.
For more information:
Office: Otts 013
Education Abroad Program Coordinator:
Office: Royce Hall 102