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  • Locations: Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Program Terms: Fall - Short Term
  • Restrictions: SU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Open to Visiting Students: No
Program Description:
CIE 470: Construction Management Practices in Eastern Europe (3 credits)
Taught in Bulgaria and Syracuse, Fall 2018


Learn about contemporary engineering and construction practices in Eastern Europe influenced by Thrack, Roman, Byzantine, and Western cultures. Through field trips to historic and modern construction sites in Bulgaria, and interactions with local engineers and construction professionals, you will witness the evolution of construction in the region—from 17th century B.C. to the sustainable building materials and production plants of the 21st century. This class will focus on understanding design, logistics, and construction practices within Bulgaria, including uses and availability of building construction materials, quality labeling, and construction certifications. By comparing and contrasting these practices with those applied in the US, you will also gain insights about how legal, economic and social aspects influence engineering design and construction.

Class size will be limited to 7 students. This Fall 2018 course begins with a two-week overseas experience that informs the rest of your semester work in Syracuse. To be successful in this course students should have basic understanding of the engineering and construction processes in the United States. There is no requirement for having a prior construction management course. 

Dr. Svetoslava Todorova is a Professor of Practice at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Todorova brings diverse skills and experience in both civil and environmental engineering systems. She was a consulting engineer in Bulgaria and the United States before starting an academic position at Syracuse University. Her experience in high-rise buildings, water infrastructure, and construction management brings a great asset to the course. Dr. Todorova’s current research and teaching focus is on physical and chemical aspects of aquatic ecosystems. 

2018 Tentative Itinerary
122142342247/28/18 Departure from U.S.
7/29/18 Arrival in Sofia
7/30/18 U.S. Embassy (Visit to the first LEED certified U.S. Embassy)
7/31/18 Amphitheater and the historic town of Plovidv
8/1/18 Perperikon and the Temple of Dionysus
8/2/18 Gerbera Ltd. (High-rise residential and neighborhood development)
8/3/18 Gerbera Ltd. (Concrete plant)
8/4/18 Assenovgrad (Structural steel fabrication)
8/5/18 Marinkski Ltd. (Mixed us, residential/retail construction)
8/6/18 Ministry of Transportation infrastructure project
8/7/18 Starosel (Cultural village of the ancient Thracks)
8/8/18 Transfer to Sofia
8/9/18 Dieselor Ltd. (Fuel oil and biodiesel storage and dispensing facilities)
8/10/18 Agro Group (Commercial construction)
8/11/18 Return to U.S.

bug435 Costs
Students register for this three-credit class during the fall semester. This means that SU undergraduates pay no additional tuition charge for the overseas program, as long as they have not exceeded the 19-credit limit for the semester. The program fee for the travel portion of the course is approximately $3000 and includes round trip transportation from NYC to Bulgaria, accommodations, group meals, ground transportation, and entrance fees. It also includes all activities and services for which a separate fee is not charged. The final fee will be set once airfare and other expenses have been confirmed.

Application, Selection & Payment Procedures
Students should submit the short-term application (available at and a $70 non-refundable application fee to SU Abroad by March 1, 2018. Students will be notified of their SU Abroad acceptance shortly after the due date. Upon acceptance, a $550 non-refundable deposit is require­­­d to confirm your participation in the program. This is due within 10 days. Final payment will posted to students’ bursar accounts by April 15, 2018. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.