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Quick Facts:
Program Types:
Faculty-Led Global Seminar
Areas of Study:
Engineering/Applied Sci: Architectural, Environmental Design, Environmental Design (not incl. studio)
Minimum Required GPA (at time of application):
Minimum Class Standing (at program start):
2 - sophomore
Residence Hall
Open to students from:
CU Boulder
Language(s) of Instruction:
Course Load for Summer/Winter Program:
3 credits
Length of Summer/Winter Program:
3 Weeks Host Institution: Universidad Politècnica de València
Program Information:


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  • Fulfill an upper-division technical elective for most majors (see below) or AREN 2050 
  • Examine world-renowned architectural works in Valencia, Barcelona, and Cuenca

  • Practice your Spanish through daily interactions with locals (no formal background required)

  • Explore the local culture through a cooking class and visits to museums, cathedrals, markets and more!

  • Apply for the Engineering Trailblazers Scholarship (more info. below)!

  • Interested but couldn't attend the information session? View the presentation here and email us to request a copy of the daily program schedule.


Swimming Pool by Matt Morris

This program is based in Valencia, Spain's third largest city. Combining urban life and a relaxed, seaside atmosphere, Valencia is becoming one of the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean coast. Valencia's old city center is made up of historic buildings, cathedrals, shops, restaurants, and businesses, while in other parts of the city, modern architectural landmarks illustrate Valencia's rich multicultural roots.


Apartments or dorms, likely within walking distance of Universidad Politecnica de Valencia.


Students will receive bus and local train passes for the duration of the program.  Bike rentals are also available and the entire city is accessible by bike.


  • Course: AREN 2050, Building Materials and Systems
  • Credits: 3 credit hours
  • Approved for: In addition to fulfilling AREN 2050, the course counts as a technical elective (either upper or lower) for APPM, CBEN, CHEN, CVEN, EVEN, EPEN and MCEN majors. For ENVD majors, the course fulfills ENVD 3115 or an ENVD elective.
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See course description

The purpose of this global seminar is to provide an enriching cultural and historical experience for students while satisfying a core engineering course. The purpose of the course (AREN 2050: Building Materials and Systems) will be to investigate the broad subject of building materials, building assembly details, systems and methods of building construction. There will be a blend of classroom presentations, site visits and exploration. The classroom delivery will focus primarily on modern building construction. Outside of the classroom, students will explore the similarities and differences between historic and modern construction systems and materials by touring Valencia and destinations in the region. There are ample structures within walking distance of Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, providing excellent opportunities for daily examples. World famous architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava’s work can be seen throughout his home town of Valencia. Major historic monuments are also readily accessible.


This program is directed by Matthew Morris, a graduate of the Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering department at CU Boulder. Prior to joining, CU, Matt was a Project Manager for Mortenson Construction.  He has also served as  the Deputy Chief of Construction Management at Osan Air Base, South Korea, as well as a project engineer, project developer and programmer at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Matt's teaching experience includes three years as an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering department.

See Professor Morris's Faculty Spotlight.


Students will be given the opportunity to learn/practice Spanish, take a cooking class, and explore museums, cathedrals and markets.  This global seminar also features trips to Barcelona and Cuenca.



  • Engineering majors: students admitted to a new or under-utilized study abroad program are eligible for the Engineering Trailblazers Scholarship.  Click the link for a list of eligible programs and further information.


By Hilary Terrell

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.