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Generalife Gardens

Renewable Energy and Other Adventures in Southern Spain - Spring Break 2015

The popular image of Spain as a land of bullfights, scintillating flamenco dancers, sherry, and ruined castles derives from Andalucía, the southernmost territory and the most quintessentially Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula. Above all, it’s the great Moorish Monuments, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sights that compete for your attention here. The Moors developed the most sophisticated civilization of the Middle Ages, centered on the three major cities of Córdoba, Seville, and Granada. The cafes and tapas bars will delight your palate; street markets will beckon you, and the awesome Flamenco dancers will capture your fancy. Drink in the ambience of the Morocco mystique as we stroll avenues frequented by famous local painters Velasquez, Murillo, and Zurbaran and bask in their legacies. Explore the topic of renewable energy and sustainability as we visit the Abengoa solar plant and wind turbine facility. 

Each unique sight preserves extraordinarily brilliant and beautiful monuments to science, sustainability and architecture. The most perfect monument is Granada’s Alhambra Palace, arguably the most sensual building in all of Europe. Seville, not to be outdone, has a fabulously ornamented Alcázar and the grandest of all Gothic cathedrals. Today, Andalucía’s capital and seat of the region’s autonomous parliament is a vibrant contemporary metropolis that’s impossible to resist. Córdoba’s exquisite Mezquita, the most magnificent mosque constructed by the Moors, is a landmark building in world architecture and not to be missed.

SIGHTS/VISITS 

  • Abengoa Solar Plant
  • Vejer de la Fontera wind turbine facility
  • Mosque- Cathedral
  • Synagogue
  • Jewish Quarter 
  • Alhambra Palace
  • Generalife Gardens
  • Cathedrals of Granada and Seville
  • Metropol\Parisol\Antiquatium
  • Coast of Malaga
  • Flamenco show
  • Much More 

COURSE INFORMATION 

ME 497. RENEWABLE ENERGY (3 credits)
This course examines the current state of the art of renewable energy utilization around the world.  The lectures are organized by source: solar-thermal, solar-electric, wind, ocean-thermal, ocean-mechanical, and geothermal.  For each, the course quantifies the resource potential, explores the physical aspects and ascertains the engineering challenges.  And students will examine environmental and economic considerations of renewables relative to carbon-based fuels and nuclear power.  The course includes a required trip to southern Spain to visit solar and wind power sites near Seville.
 
ME 498. RENEWABLE ENERGY (1 credit)
This course examines the history and current state of the art of renewable energy utilization around the world.  The lectures are organized by source: solar-thermal, solar-electric, wind, ocean-thermal, ocean-mechanical, and geothermal.  For each, the course quantifies the resource potential.  And students will examine environmental and economic considerations of renewables relative to carbon-based fuels and nuclear power.  The course includes a required trip to southern Spain to visit solar and wind power sites near Seville.

The trip will include hotel stays in Seville, Córdoba and Granada AND FANTASTIC SIGHTSEEING. It will also include visits to educational sites such as these: 

Solar thermal near Seville: http://www.abengoasolar.com/web/en/nuestras_plantas/plantas_en_operacion/espana/index.html 

Wind in Andalusia: http://www.aeeolica.org/en/map/andalucia/

COST 

$2,998 + airfare. (Airfare will be listed when the airlines release group rates for March 2015;estimated cost $1400. Space is limited. Advertised trip cost is based on 10 students.) Please make your deposit early to ensure you get a seat on this wonderful adventure!

Checks should be made payable to CBU and paid directly to the Business Office with the trip destination SPAIN 2015 clearly identified; credit cards are accepted as well. Trip applications should be completed and returned to BU 346 or 347 when $200 deposit is made. Trips can be paid in larger increments or in full at any time in keeping with payment schedule.

Included in cost: 

  • 3 hours class credit for CBU full time day students who register for the class as part of their regular load for fall semester 2013. (Evening, part- time, and overload students will pay $ 200 per credit hour.)
  • Round trip airfare
  • Transportation between airport and hotel round trip
  • Entrance fees and guides at sights
  • Day trip to Cordoba and Granada, overnight in Granada
  • Local transportation as required for non- walking sightseeing
  • Lodging in 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast daily      
  • Welcome lunch and farewell dinner
  • Sightseeing as indicated    
  • Tips for group activities
  • Medical Insurance*
  • Flamenco show
  • And much more! 

NOT included in cost:

  • 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Optional sightseeing
  • Spending money  

*Medical insurance is included. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended, but not required, because in case of an emergency on your part, CBU cannot refund the money once it is committed to the trip vendors. There are many companies on the internet that provide this service, or your personal or family insurance carrier may offer such coverage. While CBU has no connection with any such company, some previous students have used STA travel (www.statravel.com) and were pleased with it.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE 

Payment Date  Amount to be Paid
Deposit  $300.00 (non-refundable)
October 15
$300.00
November 1 $350.00
November 15
$350.00
December 1
$350.00
December 12 $350.00
January 1 $350.00
January 15 $350.00
February 1 $300.00 or remaining balance

Student may pay in full at any time.
** Any Additional fees for fuel or taxes will be added to the cost of the trip. ALL money will be refunded if CBU cancels trip!

GUESTS

Friends, family, alumni, or students who do not need class credit, may join us on a space available basis, but airline seats are limited, so contact Dr. Forsdick in advance to reserve space or get on a waiting list.

TO APPLY 

Please complete the Travel/ Study Trip application form, and pay $200.00 to reserve your seat. Enrollment is limited.

Return form to: 

Christian Brothers University
Office of International Initiatives- Campus Box 3 
Buckman Hall 3rd Floor, Rooms 346 or 347
650 East Parkway South 
Memphis, TN 38104
studyabroad@cbu.edu 

If you have any questions about the trip contact:

  • Dr. Emily Forsdick at (901) 321-3461
  • Mrs. Shelby Roberts at (901) 321-3264 or studyabroad@cbu.edu          
  • Dr. Jose Davila (Engineering) for info about course jdavila@cbu.edu

*In the event the trip does not make ALL money paid will be refunded.
** Additional details will be posted as they develop. 

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