Renewable Energy Program (This program is on hold for the 2019/2020 Academic year. Please do not apply)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This course features lectures by Penn Engineering faculty on solar, wind, biofuels, and batteries as examples of renewable energy sources to supplement fossil fuels. The current energy landscape in the U.S. and Argentina will be discussed. The role of sustainable energy projects in low income areas will be the focus of the service learning project.

The Renewable Energy program is a partnership with Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA). We will interact with ITBA students during the spring course, and work with them on the summer project. ITBA is located in the center of Buenos Aires close to many historical and cultural sites.

Program Details

Students will stay with host families in the Palermo area of Buenos Aires. Penn students will be at ITBA for orientation and meetings, spend about 2 weeks working on service learning projects and take several day trips in the region. Spanish-speaking students are welcome, but Spanish is not a requirement for the course.


Students will receive a technical credit for the spring course, and a social sciences and humanities credit for the summer project.


The program fee for the course will be about $7000. All meals, lodging, plane flights and local transportation are included in the fee. Students on financial aid are encouraged to request financial aid from SFS. Grant funds may also be available to cover part of the cost.


The deadline for applying for the 2019 course is October 15, 2019.

Click here for the student application for the Renewable Energy program.

For more information, please contact:

Miriam Wattenbarger, Ph. D.
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Phone: 215-898-5775

Ocek Eke, Ph. D.
Director for Global and Local Service Learning Programs
Research and Academic Services Office
Phone: 215-573-8266
Fax: 215-573-5577