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  • Locations: Pamplona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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College/School: Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Department: Engineering
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Housing Type(s): Apartment, Flat, Home stay
Click here for a definition of this term AU Program Director(s): Jeff Fergus,, Steve Duke, Click here for a definition of this term Restricted to the Following Student Level(s): JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior
Restricted to the Following Majors: Engineering Majors, Forestry & Wildlife Science Majors, Other Majors upon approval, Sustainability Studies Minors Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates)
Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Physical/Environmental Consideration(s): Stairs, Train Commute, Walk/Use Local Transportation
Program Description:
Regional Sustainable Technologies
and Practices in Northern SpainGoogle Map of Pamplona, Spain


This four week program will introduce students to sustainable technologies and practices in northern Spain through classroom instruction and by visiting sites, including wind and solar farms, bio-mass conversion facilities and a desalination plant. Students will understand the economic, environment and societal impacts of these technologies.

The program will consist of lectures on Monday through Thursday (5 hours / day) and plant visits on Fridays.

The first two weeks of the program focus on renewable energy. This will start with a general introduction to sustainability and will be followed coverage of renewable energy technologies including solar, wind and biofuels. The second half of the course will focus on water and infrastructure and include desalination, water treatment, building efficiency, and transportation. Plant trips will include a solar/wind farms, a biomass conversion facility, a desalination plant and a wastewater treatment plant.
Renewable Energy

The course will be delivered by professors from Auburn University and instructors from the region who are active in the industry and experts in their fields.  The courses will take place at the facilities of the Engineering Association of Navarre which is located in the center of Pamplona and has modern classrooms with high definition digital projector, multimedia interactive white boards, video recording facilities and internet conferencing equipment.

A 2-week Spanish Language Course is offered by Education Services Pamplona two weeks before the study abroad program begins. Students would need to arrive early in Spain to develop their Spanish language skills. (This 2-week course is optional for an additional cost. Refer to details listed under Program Costs)

Participants should be able to negotiate bus and train transportation and stairs. As with all of Europe, extensive walking to sites is common. 

ELIGIBILITYSolar Thermal Power Plant

  • Students must have interest in Sustainability such as Energy Efficiency, Smart Cities, Forestry-Agriculture and Water Pollution. 
  • Applicants must have a minimum 2.25 GPA
  • At least sophomore standing at time of program start date
  • Students of all majors can participate on this program


Summer 2020:

  • Early May 2020: Boot camp courses begin on Auburn's campus (optional)
  • Late May 2020: Boot camp courses end on Auburn's campus (optional)
  • 31 May 2020: Program start date (students must be in Spain)
  • 01 June 2020: Courses begin in Spain
  • 03 July 2020: Courses end in Spain
  • 04 July 2020: Program end date

Students will receive 6 hours of academic credit in two 3-hour sections of ENGR 3970: Spain Study Abroad. Both sections will address Regional Sustainable Technologies and Practices in Northern Spain with one section focusing on Energy and one on Water/Infrastructure. The course can be applied for one 3-hour elective in the Sustainability Minor at Auburn University.

REQUIRED COURSEcourse taught in Spain

  • ENGR 3970: Engineering Projects (6 credits) 

BOOT CAMP COURSESadditional optional courses taught at Auburn campus early May to late May, 2020 - prior to international travel. Courses are offered at an additional $1,000 cost. 

  • ENGR 3510: Product Development IP Product Costing (3 credits)
  • INSY 3020: Occupational Safety Ergonomics (3 credits)
  • INSY 3600: Engineering Economics (3 credits)
  • PHIL 1040: Business Ethics (3 credits)
  • ELEC 3810: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering (3 credits)
  • FLGR 1010: Elementary German I (4 credits)



The estimated program fee is $4,970. For more information, download a copy of the Estimated Student Budget 

Included: Tuition (instructions and use of classrooms) for 6 credit hours, orientation, city tour, welcome & farewell dinners, internet access, emergency travel/health insurance, housing (one of three options), some field trips and excursions inside and outside of Pamplona.

Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, meals, Auburn Abroad Fee both for AU and non-AU students ($691), passport cost (approximately $150), personal expenses. For non-AU students, there is a non-included transient student application fee of $50.

Payment and Withdrawal Dates:

  • 14 January 2020: Application Deadline
  • 15 January 2020: First payment appears on eBill
  • 15 February 2020: Application Deadline Extended
  • 15 February 2020: First payment due 
  • 15 March 2020: Second Payment appears on eBill
  • 15 April 2020: Second Payment due
Withdraw Policy: Students withdrawing after 15 February 2020 will forfeit half of the total fees due.
Students who withdraw after 15 April 2020, will forfeit all fees without refund. 

*NOTE: Auburn University reserves the right to modify the program cost and/or content as necessitated by changes in the economic situation.

OPTIONAL - Not included in program fee

Boot camp course(s) at Auburn University in May: $1,000, students charged directly by Engineering via Auburn eBill. 

Spanish Language Course: 2-week, non-credit Spanish Language Course offered by Education Services Pamplona is an approximate additional cost of $650 for the course and $450 for the homestay housing, as well as an additional cost of $30 for the Auburn University International Insurance. Total estimated extra cost $1,130. It is very important that you contact both Dr. Jeff Fergus and the Auburn Abroad staff if you want to take this course. Both notices are required to get you enrolled in this extra course, into additional housing, and to get additional international insurance coverage. The start date of this extra course is May 12, 2019 and students would arrive in Spain on this day.

Excursions to Barcelona & Mallorca: - $980
The price per student is $980, this fee is paid directly to the program vendor: Ingenio International
  • Weekend in Barcelona, return train trip from Pamplona-Barcelona-Pamplona, two nights in hotel with students sharing 4 per room. Entrance tickets to the Sacred Family Cathedral. 
  • Weekend in Mallorca consists of three nights in a hotel, several students per room. Transfer by bus from Pamplona to Bilbao, flight from Bilbao to Palma de Mallorca then bus transfer from airport to hotel and rom hotel to airport on departure. 


There are three housing options (choose one of the options):

1. Family Stay: offers double room housing with half board: breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday and full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on weekends.

2. Shared Apartments: generally occupied by Spanish people who offer an available room to foreign students. The offer consists of single room self-catering. This means that the student has access to the kitchen but must buy and prepare his/her own food.

3. Student Residences: similar to shared apartments. The offer consists of single room self-catering. This means that the student has access to the kitchen but must buy and prepare his/her own food.

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Pamplona, Spain

Pamplona is a medium sized city in the north of Spain not far from the French border.  It has a population of around nearly 200,000 and is famous for its world renowned San Fermin Festival where the bulls run through the streets. The festival was made famous by the Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway in his book “The Sun Also Rises.” The festival brings around a million people to the city during its eight day duration in July.  Pamplona is the capital of the Autonomous Region of Navarra, one of the regions that make up present day Spain.  It was a powerful kingdom in the middle ages stretching into France.


The following excursions are included:

  • Guided tour of Pamplona
  • Full-day excursion to Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum
  • Full-day excursion to Saint Jean de Pie de Port in France & St James Pilgrim Way
  • Visit to the medieval castle
  • Farewell dinner
Optional Excursions: Medieval Castle
Excursion to Barcelona & Mallorca: - $980


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements for Spain.


This program is currently not accepting applications.