Global Climate Change - Environment, Health, and Behavior in Alcalá
"I really enjoyed the course, learning from the staff in Spain and working with students from different countries."
- Claire G. , Summer 2017
"The program emphasized the bonding relationships between the US students and the Spanish students. They recommended mixed groups for group project selections. They also provided field trips including both groups of students, allowing us to hangout and get to know one another quite well."
-Laura L., Summer 2016
Course Dates: May 17-July 18, 2018
Dates Abroad: June 3-16, 2018
Global climate variation has profoundly influenced humans from the dawn of civilization to the current day. However, only within the last 100 years or so, has human activity exerted a powerful influence that may drastically change the global climate. The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia and human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."
This program takes place in the beautiful, historic city of Alcalá, located in central Spain. It is run in coordination with the Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
This course will discuss the science and models used to understand climate change, population and energy use as they related to climate change, health-related consequences of global warming such as emerging infectious disease and spread of pathogens the psychological aspects of climate change, likely impacts on ecosystems, as well as policy options to counteract of adapt to these impacts.
The course will consist of lectures and discussions by faculty members from UAH and SDSU, directed readings, short essay exams, a research paper, and field trips to relevant sites. During the course, students will pair up in groups of two or three and work on a project culminating in a presentation to fellow students and instructors at the end of the course. These presentations will focus on comparisons between the two countries or regions on climate change-related subjects.
Students must be available to complete in-person/online work before/after the dates abroad. All participants are required register for the following SDSU course, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
- SCI 596: IMPACT GLOBAL CLIMATE CHG (3 units)
HOUSING AND MEALS
Accommodations at the Residencia San Ildefonso Plaza San Diego in Alcalá. Meals include breakfast and lunch on weekdays, Mondays through Fridays. Participants purchase their own dinner Mondays through Friday and all meals on weekends.
- Walking tour of Alcala
- Day trip to Laguna Grande
- Day trip to wind turbine farm; visit to nearby medieval town of Sigüenza
- Closing Ceremony
PROGRAM FEE, REFUND POLICY, AND FUNDING INFORMATION
$415 Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$400 Second program payment due to CES by April 2, 2018
$1,095 Tuition due with course registration between April 15-25
$1,910 Total Program Fee
Included in the Program Fee:
- SDSU tuition
- Breakfast and lunch on weekdays, M-F
- Activities as listed above
- Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
Not Included in the Program Fee:
- Round-trip international airfare
- Meals on weekends
- Passport and visa fees
- Personal expenses
Program Costs Refund:
- The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018*
- For the second payment, no refunds will be issued for withdrawals after April 2, 2018
Course Tuition Refund:
*Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.
Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad
website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources.
PREREQUISITES AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Open to all approved science majors and minors. For all other students, please email Maureen Crawford in the College of Sciences with your name and red id for approval.
- SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
- Minimum age to participate is 18
- After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
The application for summer 2019 is not yet available. If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list above.