Sustainable Building Design from Past to Present

Program Dates: June 13, 2024 - June 28, 2024

About the Program

The program will be comprised of several site visit throughout Europe. These visits are intended to give students a broad understanding of how various countries deal with construction, design, and sustainability. It is our intention to provide a framework for students to have a more global understanding of how sustainability is and can be accomplished.



Vienna, Prague, and Munich are all mainstream tourist locations in Europe. These three cities are great locations for exploring the sustainable building design and construction solutions from past to present. 



Course Prefix

Course Name



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Sustainable Building Design from Past to Present


Christopher Schoonover

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Sustainable Building Design from Past to Present


Reza Foroughi

Faculty Leaders

Christopher Schoonover

Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

 Professor Schoonover is a licensed Civil Engineer with a concentration in structural engineering from North Carolina State University and a Master's degree in Appropriate Technology for Appalachian State University. His teaching and research interests are in advanced construction methods, architectural visualization using virtual reality, drone applications in construction, and sustainable design and construction.


Dr. Reza Foroughi

Assistant Department Chair, Associate Professor
Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Dr. Foroughi has a Ph.D. degree in Architectural Engineering with an emphasis on Construction Engineering from Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). His teaching and research interests are in Sustainable Building Design & Construction including Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV), Adaptive Building Facades, Solar Shade Design, Passive Design Strategies, Eco-Friendly Architecture, Net-Zero Energy Buildings, and Simulation-Based Energy Optimization. 


Program Cost: $5,830

Program cost includes airfare, most meals, and lodging.  All fees associated with tourist site visits and activities.

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submitting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable. 

Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.  Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Remaining balance due




Estimated Additional Expenses 


Undergraduate Tuition - Resident

$153/credit hour

Undergraduate Tuition - Non-resident

$173/credit hour

Summer Fees




Spending money


Additional meals


Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader.
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.