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As you plan to participate in Halliburton Engineering Global Programs, please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still affecting world travel. Our office highly encourages you to have an academic backup plan ready if COVID-19 causes the cancelation of this program.

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Locations and Dates

  • Locations: Austria and Switzerland
  • Dates: May 10–May 28, 2022
  • Term Offered: Summer I
  • Applicable Major: Classes may count for students pursuing nuclear engineering. Please consult with your departmental academic advisor to determine how this fits within your degree plan.
  • Prerequisites: Junior classification in engineering

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The back end of the nuclear fuel cycle consists of all activities after nuclear fuel is removed from the reactor core. The management of the spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste is a key issue in all countries using nuclear energy.

This study abroad course will cover international programs being carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency, organizations dealing with spent nuclear fuel in Switzerland, and underground research laboratories addressing the disposal of nuclear waste. Students will be familiar with the status of international programs dealing with nuclear waste.

At the conclusion of this course, the student will have an understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle and strategies and technologies for the storage and disposal of nuclear waste.

During the program, students will visit the International Atomic Energy Agency, Seibersdorf Laboratories, the Zwendorf Nuclear Training Center, and the National Cooperative for the Disposal of Radioactive Waste (Nagra in Austria). While in Switzerland, the students will visit the Zwilag Interim Storage Facility, the Paul Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne), the Underground Research Laboratory (Mont Terri), the Zurich Nordost Region (Marthalen), and the Underground Research Laboratory (Grimsel Test Site).

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.

Estimated Program Costs **Subject to change based on social distancing costs** Cost
Administrative fee (Non-refundable billed separately upon commitment, not insurable) $500
Remaining Program Cost
Program Cost (Includes lodging, some meals, excursions, cultural visits, in-country transportation, CISI international health insurance, and contribution toward faculty leader expenses)
Total Fee Postings from Halliburton Global Programs & Education Abroad Office $5,000
Additional Estimated Expense
Tuition and fees  $1,870
International airfare $1,400+
Travel documents (passport and/or visa, if needed) $220+
Meals and incidentals (not included in Program Fee) $450
Textbooks and supplies Varies
Personal spending (estimated $50 - $200 per week) Varies
Additional Estimated Expense ~$3,940

*These suggested amounts may fluctuate depending on the options students choose. They will not be billed by the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Office and should be taken into consideration when planning the finances of the program. Please refer to Student Business Services for the exact information regarding your course tuition and fees: Student Business Services Billing Explanations. For a tuition and fees estimate, please visit the Student Business Services Tuition Calculator page.

Contact Information

Faculty Coordinator

Kenneth Peddicord
Nuclear Engineering | 979-229-8971

Program Coordinators

Erin Kibler  
Education Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU