May 21 - June 11, 2018

There are a limited number of spots available for this program so please apply early. The program is open to all sophomore and junior students in engineering. First year engineering and non-engineering students can attend at the discretion of the faculty co-directors (please contact us — address email to all three — before you apply). Deadline to apply is Nov. 15.


ENGR 290: Engineering in a Global & Societal Context is a 3-week pre-summer program designed for students interested in developing their sensitivity to a broad range of topics impacting engineering including ethical, environmental, economic, regulatory and global issues.

The location and theme changes from year to year. This year’s location is Ghana, in West Africa, and our theme is “The quest/struggle for appropriate technology.” We will however, focus less on how to solve or remedy this quest/struggle and more on what this struggle looks like today, as well as the events (of many dimensions) that have led to this struggle for appropriate technologies in Ghana (and similar countries). The struggle for appropriate technology includes: meeting and managing energy demands; transportation and mobility of goods and persons; agriculture and food production; healthcare, and information and communication technologies; natural resource use/policy as it pertains to supporting development in these other areas; and a broader look at sustainability in terms of Ghana’s ability to manage its dependence on other economies in order to maintain a reasonable level of control on its own development.

Estimated Cost $6,000

This includes tuition, airfare (roundtrip),all accommodation, almost all meals, all group transportation (including from/to meetup location to/from airport in the US), mobile phone to communicate, all entrance fees for site visits.

You are responsible for the cost of passport and visas. However, the Office for Global and Off-Campus Education will assist with the visa process.


We will be traveling through different parts of Ghana and at each location we will be staying at a hotel or a guest house with modern facilities.

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Required Course

The required course for the trip is ENGR 290: Engineering in a Global & Societal Context. It counts for the following designations:

  • Global and social perspectives for engineering
  • CCC Global Connections
  • CCC Integrated Perspectives
  • W2

Potential Sites

The course is designed around "site visits" and "field trips". The kinds of places will visit include (but are not limited to):

  • Universities
  • Energy production facilities
  • Medical research institutes
  • Technology incubators
  • Historical and cultural sites
  • Local industries
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