ILLINOIS NPRE was part of the initial effort by the Urbana campus and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in spring 2011 to form a long-term strategic alliance to benefit students and faculty at both institutions. Since that time, NPRE faculty have routinely organized educational journeys for students to travel to Sweden in the summer to learn about that country's longterm spent nuclear fuel storage solutions. NPRE faculty participate in teaching courses in Sweden for the program.
Students study abroad in Sweden
A group of Italian students visiting the Clinton, Illinois, nuclear power station in 2009.
Since 2003, NPRE faculty have coordinated a study abroad opportunity for students at the University of Pisa in Italy. Each year in the middle of May, 12 to 15 Illinois engineering students travel with NPRE faculty for six weeks of study in that country. Courses focus on energy sources and uses, renewables, fossil fuels and nuclear power. The effort involves an exchange in which, typically, 12 to 15 Italian students travel to Illinois for six weeks each September. They take courses in energy, English and their own areas of interest.