Civil & Mechanical Engineering - Spain

This study abroad program is intended to provide Texas A&M University students with an in-depth experience in Spanish language, culture, history, government and economics in addition to their technical field and in-class experience. It consists of two upper-level courses instructed using an integrated teaching methodology, which includes field trips to construction sites that would involve direct interaction with design and construction professionals. Students stay in host homes or in a hotel. Also, students will have direct interaction with Spanish students not only in a social setting, but in the classrooms as well. The technical visits, cultural visits and interaction with Spanish students will contribute to the students’ global competency development and preparation to join the global engineering industry.

What makes the program unique?

A large group of 50 students means significant group discounts and a lot of new friends to make, while small tracks mean more student/professor interaction. The planned field trips include: one 6-day trip to Toledo in central Spain; one 5-day trip to Malaga and Granada in southern Spain, including visits to the Alhambra and Caminito del Rey; one 4-day trip to Lisbon in Portugal; and day visits to Almagro and Valdepeñas. The program covers transportation to these cities, safe and comfortable hotels, breakfasts in the hotels, and a guided city tour the first morning. Besides the guided city tours, no other mandatory activities are planned so that the students may have free time to explore the cities, old quartiers, restaurants, museums and beaches. The program makes all the bookings and reservations. Additionally, two long weekends are left free for students to plan traveling at their discretion. In past years, students have travelled to London, Paris, Rome, Lisbon and Berlin, among other destinations.

Participants interact extensively with local Spanish people. Thirty-two of 50 students stay with host families, and also local students from the University of Castilla-La Mancha attend class. This interaction enhances the cultural experience and gives a distinctive perception of what life in Spain is really like. This connection with the community makes the program unique. Additionally, students staying with host families are provided breakfast and dinner in Ciudad Real, while students staying in the hotel may use the kitchen of their suites to prepare food. Two program coordinators are available 24/7 to help the students and faculty with ALL types of needs (emergencies, doctor visits, shopping, travel planning, etc.) so that academic activities do not have to be interrupted for unforeseen circumstances.
With so much included in the program cost, out-of-pocket expenses are low.

Program Limit and Deadline
The Spain study abroad program is limited to 50 spots. The official deadline for registration is Feb. 16, 2018, but the program often fills up by the end of the fall because acceptance is on a first-come first-serve basis. Apply now if interested!

Locations and Dates

    • Locations: The first week is in Toledo; the main location for the remaining 5 weeks is Ciudad Real. Included long weekend excursions will be to Malaga and Granada in southern Spain (5 days), including visits to the Alhambra and Caminito del Rey; Lisbon in Portugal (4 days); and day visits to Almagro and Valdepeñas
    • Dates: May 20 – June 29, 2018 – Summer I

Informational Sessions

Informational sessions will be held on:

  1. Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 5:45 pm @ HEB 203
  2. Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm @ HEB 203
  3. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 5:45 pm @ HEB 203

For more information contact

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Joseph Bracci
Zachery Dept. of Civil Engineering
Room 702-B, DLEB Building
(979) 845-3750

Dr. Francisco Olivera
Zachery Dept. of Civil Engineering
Room 404-F, DLEB Building
(979) 845-1404

Dr. Daniel McAdams
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
411 Mechanical Engg. Office Building
(979) 862-7834

Engineering Global Programs
Engineering Activities Building A

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Ms. Elizabeth Rugel
Study Abroad Program Office
3262 TAMU | (979) 845-0544

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Courses Offered

Track A (Dr. Bracci)
CVEN 444: Structural Concrete Design (3 CR)

Prerequisite: CVEN 345 and CVEN 342/343

CVEN 489: Special Topics - Visualization and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Structural Engineering Design (1 or 3 credit hours)

Prerequisite: Approval of instructor

Track B (Dr. Olivera)
CVEN 339: Water Resources Engineering (3 CR)

Prerequisite: CVEN 311

Course will also count as technical elective in CHEN, MMET, MEEN, NUEN and PETE.

CVEN 423: Geomatics of Civil Engineering (3 CR)

Prerequisite: CVEN 303 or approval of instructor

Course will also count as technical elective in BAEN, CHEN, MMET, MEEN, NUEN and PETE.

CVEN students are required to meet with undergraduate advisor to discuss how courses will count toward degree plan.

Track C (Dr. Adams)
MEEN 368: Solid Mechanics in Mechanical Design (3 CR) - Required course for MEEN majors)

Prerequisite: CVEN 305; MEEN 357 and MEEN 360

Course will also count as technical elective in BAEN, BMEN, CHEN, NUEN and PETE.

MEEN 475: Materials in Design (3 CR) - Will fulfill Stem elective for MEEN majors

Prerequisite: MEEN 360 and MEEN 361; CVEN 305

Course will also count as technical elective in BAEN, BMEN, CHEN, MMET and NUEN.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good academic standing with university
  • Required to attend all program specific orientations

Location Information

Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Castilla–La Mancha is an autonomous region in Spain situated in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula. There are many monumental cities and towns of great historical importance, such as Toledo and Ciudad Real. The University of Castilla-La Mancha is a regional institution that consists of four campuses with 30,000 students. The program begins in the historic city of Toledo, which is 45 minutes south of Madrid. After the first week in Toledo, the program shifts to the campus in Ciudad Real. The city is a blend of old and new and has seen expansion in all aspects of infrastructure since the 1980s. In addition, the campus is heavily centered on sciences, technology, and their prestigious School of Engineering.

Scholarship & Financial Aid

There are two types of scholarships available to students:


The Study Abroad Programs Office offers scholarships based on merit and financial need. Applications are available through Scholarships & Financial Aid and deadlines are listed on the website below. The Continuing Student Scholarship application opens Nov. 1, 2017 and closes at 11:59 p.m. Feb. 1, 2018. To apply, please visit:


Texas A&M University College of Engineering is guaranteeing a scholarship for every student who has a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application. There is no need to apply for the engineering scholarship, it is automatic if students meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Have a 2.5 or higher GPA at time of application
  • Satisfy the course requirements for admission
  • Be admitted and confirmed by Feb. 15, 2018

Financial Aid

Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of Texas A&M University study abroad programs. If you have any other questions, please contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (2nd Floor Pavilion) or (979) 845-3236.

Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Program Office for financial resources:


The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program.
Cost subject to change.

Estimated Program Fee (subject to change)  
Final Program Fee - billed to university student account by Study Abroad Programs Office$4,400 
Lodging, some meals, excursions, cultural visits, in-country transportation $3,300
CISI international health insurance $50
Study Abroad Programs Office administrative fee $400
Miscellaneous program expenses (tips, wire transfers, supplies) $50
Contribution toward faculty expenses $600
Additional Estimated Expenses (not included in program fee)* $4,800
Tuition & Fees (in-state resident for 6 credit hours)** $2,500
International Airfare $1,500
Travel documents (passport/visa if needed) $150
Personal Spending $ Varies
Some meals (not included in Program Fee) $600
Textbooks & Supplies $50
Personal spending (estimated $50-$200 per week) Varies
COE Competitive Scholarship (guaranteed) for students with a 2.5 GPA at time of application$500
Total Estimated Cost$8,700

**Check the Student Business Services website ( for exact tuition/fee amount as it varies per student.