International Water Project (IWP)
What is IWP?
The International Water Project is a year-long course offered to undergraduate and graduate students through the College of Engineering and Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. IWP seeks to develop and implement durable solutions to the water access and quality needs of communities in rural Central America by considering not only technical aspects of the project, but the educational, economic, cultural, and political influences as well.
What do we do?
The International Water Project strives to create a positive learning experience and partnership between a community, an effective local partner, experienced professionals, and enthusiastic UIUC students. These relationships are developed throughout the year long design course, with on campus visits from professionals and on-site explorations. Students from disciplines across campus spend the first semester understanding the dynamics of intercultural design, developing potential designs and strategies, and creating a proposed system design.
Using the real world as your classroom demands that you are right.
When we allow students to serve as design consultants for rural communities in Honduras and Guatemala, we make sure they are well equipped with technical and cultural guidance. We consider five contextual engineering influences to ensure community ownership, long-term durability, mutual benefit, local partner involvement, and investment from all involved parties. This creates a uniquely powerful learning experience for students as they spend the year designing the technical, social, and political aspects of a water distribution system.
- 2018 – 2019 | Honduras & Guatemala
- 2017 – 2018 | Llano Largo, Honduras
-13 students from past projects served as Alumni Mentors and aided the current students in design and cultural understanding
-20 Professional Advisors with diverse expertise provided guidance to the students
- 2016 – 2017 | El Tablon, Honduras
- 2015 – 2016 | Cerro Verde, Honduras
~250 residents, many of whom are farmers
- 2014 – 2015 | Fatima, Honduras
- 2013 – 2014 | Las Queseras, Honduras
CONTACT THE COURSE INSTRUCTORS:
Ann Witmer, P.E., firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-244-7805
Keilin Jahnke, email@example.com
Program Overview Financial Aid and Scholarships In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship. Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare. Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship. Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship. Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply. Dates and Deadlines Winter Break Programs Contact Information
Green Guatemala has designed an on-site education program that will expose engineering students to international projects, equip them with cross-cultural skills and develop the capability to analyze issues on a global level. Students will focus on building a house from the ground-up for one to two local families who are without housing. This will be done within the local community focusing on the foundation, framing and electrical installation with close supervision by Green Guatemala. In addition, students will have an opportunity to visit a local school and interact with children in the classroom as well as take a trip to tour Lake Atitlan and the Pacaya Volcano!
Because this program is sponsored by the University of Illinois, financial aid may be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with a financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines posted on the brochure page – September 20: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the same business day.
Deadlines: October 15
International Programs in Engineering (IPENG)
1308 West Green St.
210 Engineering Hall
Urbana, IL 61801
Financial Aid and Scholarships
In addition to financial aid, there are other alternatives to funding your time abroad. One scholarship that everyone is eligible for is the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Scholarship.
Interested UIUC Engineering students may also want to receive the International Engineering Fellowship to help with airfare. Check the IPENG website for further information on eligibility and guidelines for the fellowship. Application deadlines are very strict for this fellowship. Only students planning to study abroad during a current application cycle may apply.
Dates and Deadlines
Winter Break Programs
Engineering: AE 298 Brazil
Brazil boasts gorgeous coastlines, a vibrant culture, and amazing historical sites. Through this program, students will have the opportunity to experience the local culture and industry of São Paulo and Brasília, while working closely with local students on an exciting project. Travel into the heart of South America for an unforgettable experience.
São Paulo and Brasília, Brazil
Summer Short Term
Brazil Aero Info Session January 15 2019
São Paulo is the largest city in both Brazil and South America, with nearly 12 million people living there. In addition, São Paulo also has the third highest concentration of skyscrapers, outside of New York and Hong Kong. In general, São Paulo is noted for its immensity, dynamism, and drive
Campus b is an international education facilitator specialized in expanding experiential learning opportunities. They are driven by a team unified by their world vision to connect learners, academia, and organizations in order to comprehend and impact the global community.
Tentative Program Itinerary
Program Tentative Itinerary Brazil