Regional Sustainable Technologies
and Practices in Northern Spain
The course 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.
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 during the two weeks preceding the course for student that would like to arrive early in Spain and develop their Spanish language skills. (This 2-week course is optional for an additional cost. Refer to details listed under Program Costs)
- 2.25 minimum GPA
- At least sophomore standing
- Students of all majors can participate on this program
Payment and Withdrawal Dates:
- 26 May 2019: Program start date (students must be in Spain)
- 27 May 2019: Date classes begin
- 22 June 2019: Program end date
- 06 March 2019: First 1/2 of program fee due
- After 06 March 2019: Withdrawal less $1000 penalty
- 05 April 2019: Second 1/2 of program fee due
- After 05 April 2019: Withdrawal and 50% refund
- 15 April 2019: No refund after this 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.
There are three housing options: Shared Apartments, Student Residences, and Family Stay.
Shared apartments are 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.
Student residences are 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.
Family stay offers double room accommodation with half board: breakfast and dinner from Monday to Friday and full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on weekends.
For approximate program costs, download a copy of the EN.NorthernSpain.Budget.2019.pdf
*NOTE: Auburn University reserves the right to modify the program cost and/or content as necessitated by changes in the economic situation.
OPTIONAL: 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.
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:
- Full-day excursion to Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum
- Full-day excursion to Saint Jean de Pie de Port in France
- Visit to winery and wine tasting session
- Visit to the medieval Castle at Olite
- Farewell dinner
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Contact the Faculty Director listed at the top of the page for more information.
- To see more of Pamplona, check out the video Pamplona, Me Gusta!