If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Purdue Polytechnic's Central European Multinational Automobile Organization Supply Chain Experience

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Czech Republic, Netherlands, , Germany
Course # SA 10931
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2023 05/13/23 to 05/27/23

Program Leader

Name Jim Tanoos
Email jtanoos@purdue.edu
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

There is now one last-minute spot still available on this trip.  Some students have been registered since September, so upon enrolling, you'll need to process the subsequent information quickly (enrolling just takes a few minutes, but once your application goes through, you'll need to digest all the policies sent to you within a few days to make a firm decision on a commitment/deposit).  Enrollment is generally closed for this trip in late February in order to lock-in low rates with my longtime travel agent in Europe, but it will be closed in early-mid February this year.  Prices are a bit higher in Europe than this time last year, so we need to book now instead of waiting until the end of the month.  Feel free to email me (Jim) with any questions at jtanoos@purdue.edu and/or browse through previous city reports at jimtanoos.com.  95% of the trip stays the same from year to year.  I'd be happy to hold a Zoom meeting with you and parents, significant other, classmates, etc.



The 2023 trip is scheduled for May 13-May 27.  

The 2023 trip will be the same as the 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2022 versions (the 2020/21 trip were cancelled due to COVID).

Trip Synopsis:  "In this Study-Abroad option for fulfilling the Globalization Experience Requirement, Purdue University Polytechnic students will participate in a multifaceted Central European Multinational Automobile Organization Supply Chain Experience. Students will tour the BMW factory in Munich, Germany; the Volkswagen facility in Prague, Czech Republic; the second-largest European port in Hamburg, Germany; and the largest European port in Rotterdam, Netherlands."

The four cities selected for this trip were chosen as venues because of their proximity, influence, and linkage to the most successful automobile production region of Europe. In order of visit, they are:

  • Munich, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Rotterdam, Netherlands

These cities all have rich histories of industrial competitiveness in the international marketplace, and their economies are thriving in large part due to the impact of their automobile supply chains. 

The Purdue Polytechnic’s transformation of the undergraduate learning experience includes the “integration of topics and team teaching in the humanities that “enrich our students’ understanding of historical, contemporary and future technology in society” and the “integration of topics and team teaching in the humanities and other disciplines that foster critical thinking and logic”. In fulfillment of these worthy aims, students will also participate in tours and excursions in these cities based on the two themes of Cultural Excursions/Immersions and the History of Capitalism/Trade.

Program Video

*Note that the dates in the video are for the 2022 version of the trip

Please contact Dr. James Tanoos (jtanoos@purdue.edu, or 317-989-7726) for more information.


Academic Credit

This Study Abroad is 3 credit hours (per the Office of Globalization) and will count as IET 490, which substitutes for upper-level electives in the Purdue Polytechnic.  It will also serve as a direct substitute for TECH 330.



Students must be in good standing in the statewide at Purdue with a minimum GPA of 2.5

A student that is scheduled to graduate in May can still enroll.  You can go through the ceremony and receive your diploma, and it will be contingent on completing the 3 credit hours associated with the trip.  Several students did this in past trips.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

I've earned grants for the 2023 trip, which is utilized to keep costs low for students.

The program fee (tuition) will be approximately $2,750, which includes trains, hotels, one dinner per day, tours/excursions, city public transportation passes, and any other transportation.  Basically, this covers everything on the trip except for lunches and most dinners.  We won't ask for any money from you while in Europe.  Flights are self-paid this year.  

Summer financial aid sign-up typically begins in February-  http://www.purdue.edu/dfa/details.html#summerwl    



Application Deadline

Applications will be judged on a variety of factors but you must enroll before the roster cap is set in order to be eligible.

Call/text or email me (Jim) with any questions:  317-989-7726 and/or jtanoos@purdue.edu

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.