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Engineering in Bolivia

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    Dr. William Strosnider
    Director, Engineering in Bolivia

    Explore (and serve!) the ancient homeland of the Inca with Saint Francis University’s Bolivian Research & Service program. Sail on the highest altitude navigable lake in the world (Lake Titicaca), serve the impoverished in the highest altitude city in the world, climb a famous extinct volcano at 16,000 ft, speak the language of the Inca, research the largest silver mine in the world, swim in thermal pools, wade with pink flamingos, experience ancient cathedrals, and visit pre-Incan ruins. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime intense experience. Go for it! Apply ASAP because only 10 slots are available.

  • Academic Program

    Students are required to take a total of six credits from the list below. Students will spend six days of preparatory class on the saint Francis campus prior to the trip. Course material will be delivered on-site as important religious/cultural sites are toured and students work on research/service projects to improve much-needed water resources in the Bolivian Altiplano.

    Courses (6 credits or more required):

    • CHEM 499  Chemistry Research (1-3 credits)
    • CHEM 410 Chemistry in Bolivia (1-2 credits)
    • CORE 407 Keystone Seminar (3 credits)
    • ENGR 497 Engineering Research (3 credits)
    • ENVE 321 Environmental Engineering Measurements I (3 credits)
    • ENVE 322 Environmental Engineering Measurements II (3 credits)
    • ENVE 415 Environmental Engineering Senior Lab (3 credits)
    • ENVE 497 Environmental Engineering Research (3 credits)
    • ENVE 498 Environmental Engineering Project Proposal (1 credit)
    • FNAR 101 Western Art in Colonial and Post-Colonial Bolivia (1 credit)
    • FNAR 101 Native Art in Pre-Columbian, Colonial, and Post-Colonial Bolivia (1 credit)
    Housing & Meals

    Students will be housed at the Saint Francis campus during the preparatory period. While the group is in Bolivia, it will stay together in hotels and hostels in La Paz and Potosí, Bolivia.


    We’ll first journey to the cradle of Andean civilization, Lake Titicaca, where we’ll explore pre-Incan and Incan ruins and sail, swim, and hike around this famous sacred lake. We’ll then tour the St. Francis Cathedral, museums and amazing natural wonders of La Paz. The class will then relocate to Southern Bolivia, where we’ll swim in thermal pools, visit red lakes inhabited by flamingos, tour a silver mint, see geysers, and work on service and research projects to improve the water quality for impoverished Bolivians. We’ll also explore the largest silver deposit in the world, Cerro Rico de Potosi, with the option for the more adventurous of us to climb the extinct volcano’s 16,000 ft peak!

    Dates & Costs

    This program is offered every other year. The next program is scheduled for May 2017.

    Itinerary Draft

    • Day 1: Flight to La Paz
    • Day 2: Touring La Paz
    • Days 3 -6: Service-learning-research in Potosí
    • Days 7-9: Southwest Bolivia Tour
    • Days 10-13: Touring Tiwanaku, Lake Titicaca, and return to US

    Program Fee: $1,480 (approximately) plus tuition cost

    • Deposit ($100) due with Application
    • Payment ($690) due mid March
    • Remainder ($690) due mid April

    Program fee includes: 

    • Transportation to and from airports
    • Round-trip airfare
    • Lodging
    • Many excursions
    • Travel/health insurance
    • Visa fees

    Not included:

    • tuition
    • gifts
    • passport fees
    • most meals