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  • Locations: Leuven, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Summer 2
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/02/2019 08/09/2019
NOTE: Depart US on July 2; arrive in Belgium on July 3

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led Academic Area: Agriculture - Biological & Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Department: Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Systems Management, Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Pre-requisites: Yes
Language courses available: No Language requirement: No
Language of instruction: English Program Leader: Clyde Munster, Russell McGee
Primary Contact: Ms. Trisha Winkle ( Housing: Apartment (shared)
Open to non-majors: No Classification: Grad Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

A&M Belgium Environmental Science and Engineering

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Clyde Munster, P.E.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Mr. Russell McGee, P.E.
Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Study Abroad Advisor

Trisha Winkle

Belgium COALS Cave

Leuven COALS House Bikes

Leuven COALS Water Levels
Leuven COALS 2012 Library

Summer II 2019
July 2 - August 9, 2019

(Depart US on July 2; Arrive in Belgium July 3)
Leuven, Belgium

The “low” countries of Belgium and the Netherlands are among the leaders in the world in hydrology and in the recycling of wastes and development of alternative waste treatment methods. In this 5-week program, students will learn about the hydrologic cycle and water and waste treatment technologies and will compare U.S. and European practices and environmental policies. The Belgium Environmental Science and Engineering program is held at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven which is located approximately 30 km east of Brussels in the city of Leuven.

K.U. Leuven was established in 1425 and it is now a modern, world-class university with excellent facilities. Leuven is a student-oriented city with a cosmopolitan atmosphere and many cafés and restaurants. The city is compact and very conducive to travel by foot or bicycle. All students will be provided a bicycle for transportation to class and around town.

Field trips and seminar speakers will allow students to learn about European environmental practices and policies and compare them to U.S. practices. Field trip sites include the innovative system of sea gates installed by the Netherlands to protect coastal areas from flooding; plants for municipal wastewater treatment, household organic waste composting, and treatment of drinking water; facilities for collection of groundwater; and a system of sinkholes and caves to see the interaction between surface and groundwater. Additional field trip sites will include various methods of processing animal manure to produce value-added products and meet EU requirements for reducing environmental impact. In addition to course activities, students will have three- and four-day weekends to explore Europe on their own. Popular sites include Paris, Amsterdam, München (Munich), Köln (Cologne), London, Berlin, and Brussels.  
All students are required to take a total of 6 credit hours to participate on this program.

Engineering Students
  • BAEN 465: Design of Biological Waste Treatment Systems ( 3 cr.)
  • BAEN 477: Air Pollution Engineering (3 cr.)
Non-Engineering Students
  • AGSM 337: Technology for Environmental & Natural Resource Engineering ( 3 cr.)
  • AGSM 489: Special Topics in Air Pollution (3 cr.)
  • Rising junior, junior, or senior classification 
  • Approval of faculty leader
  • BAEN students: Fluid mechanics
  • Non-engineering students: MATH 141 & 142 or MATH 151 & 152
  • Attend all program orientations the semester prior to departure   
  • Explore the quaint city of Leuven by bicycle and enjoy living and studying in the city center.
  • Learn from a world leader in hydrology and waste treatment methods.
  • Visit the caves of Remouchamps, storm barriers in the Netherlands, and composting facilities.
  • Class schedule features 4-day weekends to allow for independent travel.
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $2,900
Lodging and Meals $750  
Excursions and Cultural Site Visits $150  
In-Country Transportation $500  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
Misc $400  
Insurance $50  
Faculty Expenses $650  
Estimated Additional Expensese - not included in Program Fee $4,580+
Tuition and fees (in-state resident for 6 hours)* $2,200  
International Airfare $1,500  
Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed) $155+  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $625+  
Textbooks and Supplies $100+  
Personal Spending varies  
Total Estimated Cost $7,480+
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.

Additional Information 

Program Courses

Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.


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  1. $400 non-refundable Confirmation Payment
  2. $1,000 Program Deposit
  3. Remaining Program Balance
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