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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs (Click term to view): Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led Language of instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Class Eligibility: 01 First Year, 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Non-UD Students: No Language coursework offered: No
Field of study: Engineering Program Advisor: Erin Gahimer
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Level: Undergraduate Click here for a definition of this term Max credit hours: 10
CAP-Approved Courses: Yes
Program Description:

Engineering Leadership and Comparative City Design: A Global Perspective on the Past, Present, and Future

About the Program

Modern engineering requires an understanding of diverse cultural ways of leading and doing engineering.  How engineers address challenges in Dayton, Ohio differs from how similar challenge are approached in Beijing, China, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or Johannesburg, South Africa.   This integrated, team-taught, and project-based program addresses this reality in Europe as students work in teams exploring engineering leadership, city development, and the preservation of artistic heritage in one of the greatest cultural centers of the world:  Florence, Italy.  With a growing awareness of cities as complex engineering systems, students will assume diverse leadership roles as they address pressing challenges, identify untapped opportunities, and investigate 21st century decision making and problem solving for the city that gave rise to the Renaissance.

  Florence, Italy
  Engineering and the Chapel Renovation at the University of Dayton, 2015
Florence, Italy- Construction
  Modern Technology over Renaissance Florence, 2015 

Curricular Options

Students are required to enroll in 7 credit hours, but may enroll in 10 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.

VAH 450: Italian Renaissance Art (3 credits)
Introduction to the visual culture of Florence and Italy between c. 1300 and c. 1550 with an emphasis on the political, religious, and social dimensions of art and its reception during the Renaissance.  Together with EGR 499 and EGR 398, emphasis is placed on the challenges of protecting and preserving the historic city of Florence and its artistic heritage in the face of modern life and modern infrastructural needs.
CAP: Crossing Boundaries Faith Traditions; Advanced Religious Studies
EGR 499: Global Perspectives on Engineering Leadership
(3 credits)
Introduction to engineering leadership in relation to engineering projects for city design and preservation in global contexts.  Together with VAH 450 and EGR 398, emphasis is on the application of leadership principles and theories to real-world, multidisciplinary engineering problems in the complex historical and multicultural environment of Florence.
EGR 398: Multidisciplinary Research and Innovation Laboratory
(3 credits)
Introduction to the greater urban area of Florence as a complex engineering laboratory.  Together with VAH 450 and EGR 499, emphasis is on the fundamental differences between engineering practice in the United States and Italy with a goal of assessing the impact these differences have upon engineering problems for modern city design and infrastructure.  The approach is project-based with students working in teams to develop and test hypotheses around specific engineering issues in the city while exploring different engineering leadership models and their application at the intersection of technology, society, and artistic heritage. 

UDI 310. MAXIE: Experience (1 Credit)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD.  Graded minicourse required of all student participants.


Dr. Roger Crum, Professor, Department of Art and Design (Site Coordinator)

Dr. Robert Penno, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Eddy Rojas, Dean, School of Engineering


Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.

Pre-Departure Orientation

For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making study abroad a valuable learning experience.  All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings). 

The details for your MAXIE course are as follows:

UDI 220
CRN: 11913
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm

Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 6 - May 1, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.

Cost and Refund Policy

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This program is currently not accepting applications.