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VISAGE - Northern Ireland
Belfast, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Vanderbilt applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Suzy Wang
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Program Provider: Vanderbilt University
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Program Description:

Sustainable Development, Northern Ireland

  • Course Number: ENVE 220 A, B, and C
  • Highlights: Site visits to sustainable buildings, and alternative energy research labs; short excursion to Barcelona; service in urban gardens and national forests, focus on healthy urban planning and sustainable development.

VISAGE Northern Ireland will be offered in 2014 with a 3 credit hour course in the Spring (Module I) followed by a four-week summer experience in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Module II). The summer will include an excursion to Barcelona, Spain and seminars on topics that cover history of Northern Ireland, environmental economics, healthy urban planning, green building design, and sustainable building technologies. Service will include work in outdoor environments.

Interested students may also enroll in 1 – 3 credit hour independent research seminar (Module III) in the fall.

Module I: ENVE 220A, 3 credit hour Spring seminar focused on:

  • Measuring sustainability
  • Sustainable infrastructure
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Innovations in materials and systems

Module II: ENVE 220B (May 2014) 1-3 credit hour(s) 4-week summer field experience:

  • Conflict and politics in Northern Ireland
  • Healthy urban planning and policies
  • Green building design & sustainable building technology
  • Environmental economics
  • Service work in natural environment.

Module III: ENVE 220C(Fall 2014) 1-3 credit hour(s) research seminar (optional):

  • Students have the option of doing 1 to 3 credit hours of independent research in the area of their choice, as it relates to sustainable development.
VISAGE students on Cave Hill overlooking Belfast Lough in Northern Ireland

Community Partners

Academic partnership with Queen's University in Belfast, Nothern Ireland.

Service projects with Volunteers Now Belfast and Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland.

Contacts and Information

Faculty Director: Prof. Lori Troxel, School of Engineering
Program Advisor: Suzy Wang

Application Deadline: See chart below.

Summer Program Fee: $3750-$4500 (dependent on location: includes housing, in-country service placements, lectures, breakfast, and select excursions. Tuition, airfare, other meals, and personal expenses not included.)

Summer Program Tuition: 1-3 credit hours (tuition cost depends on number of hours taken)


Tentative Dates for Summer 2014: May 4 – June 1.

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