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Locations and Dates

  • Locations: Italy/Croatia/Slovenia
  • Dates: June 30-Aug. 1, 2022
  • Term Offered: Summer II
  • Applicable Majors: Classes may count for students pursuing Civil and Environmental engineering, as well as students pursuing the engineering project management minor. Please consult with your departmental academic advisor to determine how this fits within your degree plan.
  • Prerequisites: CVEN 302, a basic STATs class
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 or approval of instructor

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This is a month-long program for Summer II (July) in Trieste, a wonderful midsize city at the tip of the Adriatic Sea. It is close to the border with Slovenia and has a distinct international feel due to its location and strong influence from the past Austro-Hungarian empire. Nowadays, Trieste is known as the "capital of coffee" with its numerous historic cafes, and is also famous for its world-famous sailing race (Barcolana), its various research institutions, and its delicious gelato!

The University of Trieste is located in a wonderful spot which overlooks the city and its gulf. The program provides housing, affordable meals and a comfortable classroom. A typical class day will consist of breakfast (included), three to four hours of morning class time and two to three hours of directed study and homework in the afternoon. Italian students will be invited to attend our classes and excursions for mutual cultural exchange and interaction.

The program includes several cultural visits to Trieste, Venice, Alps/Cortina (2026 Winter Olympics), Croatia, Slovenia (Postojna caves), along with the opportunity for personal travel. At least two technical visits will be offered: Vajont Dam (site of a major engineering disaster in 1963) and the Legazuoi cable car (unique engineering design). Transit pass, a "survival" Italian course, and a dozen of group meals are also included in the program.

Texas A&M University engineering students get to experience this unique opportunity with Dr. Luca Quadrifoglio, a native of Trieste, who leads this global program. The international location allows students to learn how civil engineering systems and projects — and their related problems — exist elsewhere in the world. Students will also be exposed to a different cultural and professional setting than they are accustomed to, preparing them for a global work environment.

Tentative schedule (subject to change): classes will be held during the weekdays with some evenings and weekends available for industry visits, cultural tours, and excursions.

Highlights of the trip

  • Industry visits
    • Vajont Dam
    • Falzarego-Legazuoi Funicular
  • Cultural visits
    • Trieste: San Giusto, Piazza Unita'
    • Barcola/Miramare
    • Monte Grisa/Grotta Gigante
    • Barcis
    • Cortina (Dolomites)
    • Legazuoi mountain
    • Venice
    • Skocjan Caves
    • Postojna Caves
    • Ljubljana
    • Hike in Smarna Gora
    • Porec
    • Sailing in Duino
  • Six free days

Courses Offered

Estimated Cost

The following chart estimates the total out-of-pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program. For a full list of the financial aid requirements please visit our Financial aid and Scholarship  page.

Please note that all costs are subject to change.

Estimated Program Costs Cost
Fees Collected by Halliburton Engineering Global Programs & Education Abroad
Administrative Fee $500
Remaining Program Cost
Program cost (includes l odging, some meals, excursions, cultural visits, in-country transportation, CISI international health insurance, & Contribution toward faculty leader expenses)
Total Fees Billed to Student for Global Program $3,800
Additional Estimated Expense *
Tuition and fees  (3 credits billed in the summer term) * $1,650+
International airfare $1,500+
Travel documents (passport and/or visa, if needed) $160+
Meals and incidentals (not included in Program Fee) $1,000
Textbooks and supplies Varies
Personal spending (estimated $50 - $200 per week) Varies
Additional Estimated Expense ~$4,310

*The suggested amounts may fluctuate depending on the options students choose. They will not be billed by the Education Abroad Office or the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Office, however, they should be taken into consideration when planning the finances of the program. For exact information regarding your course tuition and fees, please refer to the Student Business Services Billing Explanations page.

Contact Information

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Luca Quadrifoglio 
Civil and Environmental Engineering 
301I DLEB | 979-458-4171

Program Coordinator

Engineering Global Programs
Zachry Engineering Education Complex
Suite 410