Global Disaster Resilience Scholars

This course is a project-based experience designed to engage students directly in the development of pathways towards sustainable and resilient designs for resilient systems in disaster-prone regions.

Program Information

Through case studies, interactive projects, hands on activities, and study tours, students will investigate background cultural, political, and social factors that provide context for specific disaster-prone regions. Students will initiate their training in not only the design of, but also the assessment of the resilience of potential technological solutions when responding to current and anticipated challenges for regions under consideration. Students will work with local communities, aid organizations, and peer institutions in the identification and implementation of sustainable responses.

The 1-credit hour course in the fall and 2-credit hour course in the spring semester are linked to a study abroad experience in Puerto Rico during winter break. Learn more about the program here!

By agreeing to be a Global Disaster Resilience Scholar you are agreeing to travel during winter break.

Program Dates & Fees

There is a program fee that includes round-trip airfare from Chicago, lodging, on-the-ground transportation costs, lodging, meals, immunizations, international insurance, and in-country programming. Scholars will receive a $1500 Grainger Engineering International Scholarship (conditional on applying). Other campus study abroad scholarships are also available. Students with financial need or other questions about program fees should contact IPENG at

2023-24 Dates & Fees: January 7-14, 2024 for ~ $3275