CEE Study Abroad Program

Rice University and Louisiana State University students have the opportunity to study abroad in the Netherlands and England through a six-week program in the summer of 2020.

About the Program

The program consists of two three-week courses of 16-20 students. The first course, Hydrology & Disaster Management, will be held in Rotterdam and led by Rice CEE professor Phil Bedient and a team of instructors. The second course, Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Sustainability, will be held in London and led by LSU's John Pardue with Rice's Jim Blackburn. The program will consist of morning class instruction and 2-3 weekly field trips. Participants will earn 6 credits at their respective university. The program would also allow for meaningful interactions with faculty and students from LSU, British Universities, & TU Delft, one of the premier universities in the world addressing flood hydraulics and coastal defense systems.

Tentative Schedule

As of October 1, 2019:

  • June 6: Depart Houston
  • June 7: Arrive Amsterdam
  • June 8-26: Course #1 | Hydrology & Disaster Management
  • June 27-30: Free travel/on your own days - London
  • July 1-22: Course #2 | Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Sustainability
  • July 23 - Return home

Provisions for Program

The program will cost approximately $9,000, which would cover the cost of tuition ($6,000), travel, and room, and board expenses. Civil engineering students are eligible to apply for travel support.

Contact Us

Have questions about the program? Please email Megan Goings at or Phil Bedient at

2019 Program in Review

Nineteen students attended our first summer study abroad program in Rotterdam and London. This jointly-led venture hosted students with interests in water management, environmental protection, and global sustainability. Students visited two key locations relating to Civil and Environmental Engineering innovation: the Dutch coastal water management system and London’s urban water management and sustainability initiatives.

The first course, "Hydrology & Water Resource Engineering" was held in Rotterdam and led by Dr. Philip Bedient of Rice University's CEE Department. The second course, "Urban Sustainability" was held in London led jointly by Dr. Pardue of LSU and Jim Blackburn of Rice. Participating students will earn six credits upon completion of the program from their respective university. In addition to program instruction, students were further engaged through immersive field trips and meaningful interactions with faculty and students from Imperial College and TU Delft, a premier university in the world addressing hydraulics and coastal defense systems.