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Projects for Underserved Communities (PUC) is a year-long, three course sequence where students work with international communities to assess, design, and implement development projects. The projects vary each year depending on detailed assessments that are conducted during the fall semester. PUC project teams have successfully worked on several projec with communities in Ghana, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and India. Projects have ranged from installing water toilets and faucets at a school to building housing foundations for a recently settled nomadic group in rural India.


Sponsored by Cockrell School of Engineering


  • E S 177L - PUC Implementation - INTL and
    E S 277K - Project Design for Projects with Underserved Communities

Academic Information

Students earn 5 credits of coursework when they complete the PUC sequence. The implementation travel course is one credit. Students should work with their individual departments to determine how the credits will count toward their degree. Course are taken for a grade and are factored in to GPA.


Students travel with Technical and Cultural Advisors, the advisors are confirmed in the spring semester and can be UT faculty, staff or engineering professionals.

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - Yes
  • Internship - No

Open To

Cockrell School of Engineering

Program Cost

Students are responsible for the costs of international travel, in-country living expenses (including lodging, food, and international airport departure fees), and pre-departure immunization, insurance, visa and application fee requirements.

Program Dates:

- Spring
  • May 24, 2020 to June 24, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website

Next Step

The deadline for 2018-2019 has already passed. Most scholarship applications are due October 1 , 2018. For more information please contact Program Coordinator Julie Westerman

Program information above is subject to change