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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Bilbao, Spain; Lyon, France; Marseille, France; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; Seville, Spain; Siena, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description


Colesseum, Rome

The Colosseum has stood for thousands of years as a remarkable feat of engineering.

GBL 296 IS   Great Structures of Europe: Technology and History (ELR)   4 S.H.

This course supports studies in engineering and European history by introducing students to an interdisciplinary investigation of man-made structures throughout Western Europe. Students will be prepared, by study in their fall preparatory course, to inspect and study these works with a scientific eye and an enriching historic perspective. Spanning 2000 years, these structures are monuments to human development. These structures are representative of changing philosophy, politics and economics, as well as technological development based on new knowledge and new perspectives. The evolution of materials and scientific analysis has enabled striking variations of manmade creations. By comparing bridges like the Pons Cestius across the Tiber River and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence with modern bridges like the Millau Viaduct in southern France and Erasmus in Rotterdam, 2000 years of historic and technological development is stunningly evident.  

Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Science (non-lab) or Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 196

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting will meet on Monday, May 13 6:15-7:00 p.m. in McMichael 006. 

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the second half of fall semester from 5:30-07:10 PM. Location TBD.


Additional Course Information

Stunning structures that span 2000 years, from the ancient Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome to the modern Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, will be studied. These gloriously engineered  super structures will include bridges, domes, tunnels, cathedrals, and tidal barriers.

During this interdisciplinary experience, we will study and marvel at the growth of society and technology through time. This journey will enable non-science students to experience and access a world of mathematics beyond anxieties and limits while our engineering/science students will gain perspective beyond  the numbers.

Activity Level: Challenging

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as challenging, which means walking is the best way to get to know a new place. Be prepared for a good physical challenge and to spend the entire day on the move, whether it’s public transit, city streets or village cobblestones. At the end of the day, you will likely feel like you’ve had a real workout.

Millau Viaduct, France

The Millau Viaduct in Millau, France is the tallest bridge in the world.



Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are January 3-20, 2020.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



This course tentatively plans to visit the following cities, with emphasis on the structures noted:
  • Rome, Italy - Colosseum, Pantheon
  • Siena, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Lyon, France
  • Marseille, France 
  • Barcelona, Spain 
  • Bilbao, Spain
  • Seville, Spain

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared hotel accommodations.


Great Structures 2019


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for global engagement, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page or the financial planning section of our FAQs.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your program. 

Connect with us

Questions? See if they're answered in our Short-Term Programs FAQ section

Prefer to ask in person? Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM
Learn from program alumniConnect with a Global Ambassador to learn from students that have studied on this program or others. Search the Global Ambassadors profiles to find students in your major(s), or organization(s), or with similar experiences.  

Get social: Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal! You can also read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for other programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Program Leader: Robert Charest
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
CB 2625, McMichael Science Bldg 003J

Program Leader: Ryan Kirk
Associate Professor Department of History & Geography, Department of Environmental Studies
112-A Lindner Hall

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020 09/02/2019
Rolling Admission 01/02/2020 01/22/2020
NOTE: Please view the deadlines page for full application, payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.