Summer Programs :

Engineering for Developing Communities

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Program dates: October 12- October 23 (tentative)

Location: Haifa, Israel  

Technion’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter is leading the international program Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC), conducted entirely in English. This unique multidisciplinary multi-cultural ten day program provides students with real-life field work experience in small-scale sustainable community planning and development in an urban environment. The program is open to talented undergraduate students studying engineering, science, architecture, medicine, economics and any other field.

The 2017 EDC course, in its sixth year and will take place this year in Haifa, Israel. In previous years it was held in remote communities in Ethiopia, Nepal, China, and Bedouin communities in Israel’s Negev region.

The course will include participants from the Technion, Ethiopia and diverse universities around the world.

  • Watch a video about the first EDC course in 2010 here.
  • Hear more about the program and the reasoning behind it from Prof. Mark Talesnick, the head of the program in his TEDxHiriya Talk.
  • Take a look at the blog created by students describing their experience in Kathmandu, Nepal 2013 here, watch the movie on youtube, and join us on Facebook.


The Engineering for Developing Communities program is designed for open-minded students studying engineering, science, architecture, medicine, economics and any other fields relevant to sustainable development, with a 80/3.0 GPA or higher.




In order to apply to the program, please send the following documents:

  1. Resume (CV)
  2. Personal letter explaining your motivation to participate in the program (up to 1 page)
  3. Photo
  4. Academic status

Fill the online form:

Send all documents to:

Make sure to write in the subject line of the email your full name + EDC Application Int

Applications are due by August 31

English Proficiency

Since this academic program is taught entirely in English, applicants are required to demonstrate their English proficiency before enrollment. Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language will be required to undergo an interview in English.

Admission decisions will be based on evaluation of each application on a case-by-case basis. Qualified candidates will be invited to a Skype interview.


Program Cost: $1,800 (USD)

The cost includes: Tuition, Accommodation, Most meals, and all course activities.

The cost does not include: Flights to and from Israel, visa requirement, insurance, vaccinations and personal expenses during free time.

*Prices are subject to change due to, fluctuations in market prices and currency exchange rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can apply to the program?

Any undergraduate/graduate student who meets the academic requirements may apply to the Engineering for Developing Communities summer program. We accept not only engineering students but all eligible candidates who are interested in the course topics (mainly sustainable development) and are studying any other field.

  1. What and to whom do I need to submit my application?

In order to apply to the program you need to send: CV, Personal letter explaining your motivation to participate in the program (up to 1 page), Photo and Academic status to Make sure to write in the subject line of the email your full name + EDC Application Int

Fill the online form:



  1. What is the minimum required grade point average for submitting an application?

The minimum required grade point average is 80/3.0 and above.


  1. What is the deadline for submitting an application?

The deadline for submitting an application is August 31, 2017. Please note that there are a limited number of scholarships available. We will not be able to award scholarships after this limit has been reached.


  1. What is the cost of the program?

The cost of the program is $1,800. It includes your tuition. housing and all program activities. The program costs do not include airfare, visa requirements, health insurance, vaccinations and personal expenses.



The Engineering for Developing Communities program provides a hands-on, life learning experience enabling students to apply fundamental and theoretical knowledge to real world situations. The program challenges students to approach problems with innovative thinking and provides them with multi-disciplinary tools to address a wide range of engineering and development challenges.

The program introduces students to appropriate technology and techniques that can be applied to both rural developing communities as well as to larger engineering and environmental projects in developed countries. By learning and working as part of a team, students will hone their skills and knowledge in a variety of subjects and gain practical field experience which they can directly apply to programs and coursework back at their home universities and bring projects and ideas to life for the benefit of all.


Course Topics

  • Sustainability in an urban context.
  • Integration of Engineering, Design and Appropriate Technologies to address urban challenges
  • Community Development with emphasize on Urban Environments
  • Local culture, history, geography, etc.
  • The role of engineering, engineers and academia in Society
  • Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary Team Work.


Teaching Methods

  • Lectures
  • Hands-on training workshops involving appropriate technologies in labs and field
  • Group work
  • Social activities, site visits
  • Cultural and language studies

Academic Credits

Technion academic credits will be awarded to students upon completion of this 10-days program. A student’s home university may accept these credits according to their own academic scales and evaluation.

Time Schedule

Dates: Thursday, October 12-Monday, October 23, 2017 (tentative)

Course activities will include:

  1. University segment: activities on campus and sites in the area.
  2. Field segment: work in the field with the community.
  3. Excursion: Guided tour to popular sites, outings, and cultural activities.


The course will consist of a diverse staff from Technion, Ethiopia, and experts in community, development and urban environments.