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Experience German Engineering

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 Berlin, Karlsruhe, Hannover, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Germany
Course # SA 10525
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/13/23 to 05/30/23

Program Leader

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

Program Description

The goal of the Experience German Engineering Program is to expose students to engineering professional practice in Germany. Students will gain an understanding of how German engineers are trained, differences in approaches to problem solving and communication, differences in organizational structure, research topics important to German universities and the German economy, processes involved in designing and manufacturing products in Germany, and the type of technical and human skills needed to pursue an engineering career in Germany. Students will also work to enhance their intercultural competence through intentional reflection exercises and mentoring utilizing the intercultural development inventory. Students will visit two of Germany’s top technical universities: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Stuttgart. They will interact with students, professors and researchers while visiting some the unique research facilities associated with each institution. Students will visit a variety of companies important to the German economy. They will can an understanding of the design and production process for a variety of products. Students will interact with engineers and human resource managers to understand the role of engineers in the organization, organizational structure, and the type of skills and qualities necessary for future engineers to be successful in the organization.  Students will also engage in a variety of cultural visits to important sites and museums to gain a better understanding of technology throughout German history.

This will be the 20th Anniversary of the GEARE program.  There is a three day celebration at the Karlruhe Institute of Technology at the end of the program. 

Preliminary itinerary (subject to change)  *Please note that acceptance decisions will be made in early January after fall 2022 grades are posted.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. 

May-13-Depart the USA 

May 14-Arrive Berlin, transfer to housing, day to rest

May 15-Factory visits, cultural activity, overnight in Berlin

May 16-Siemens visit, Berlin Museum of Technology, free evening in Berlin 

May 17-Activities and company visits in Dusseldorf

May 18-Activities and company visits in Dusseldorf/Hannover area

May 19- 25-Activities and company visits in Dusseldorf, Hannover, Stuttgart and Heidelberg

May 26-28-Karlruhe Institute of Technology activities/Celebration of GEARE 20th Anniversary GEARE 20-year reunion event

May 29-Depart for the USA 


Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ENGR 39697.  All students must check with their academic advisor to see how it can be used in their plan of study.  If you are an FYE student, that will be determined by the advisor from your major school. 

Course objective: To expose students to engineering practice in Germany. Students will gain an understanding of how German engineers are trained and their approach to problem solving. They will gain an understanding of the role engineers play in German society, and will prepare themselves for longer-term work and study experiences in Germany.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Exposure to German corporate and business culture

  • Exposure to German high education and research system

  • Basic understanding of Industrial opportunities for Engineers in Germany

  • Comprehension of similarities and differences between U.S. and Germany regarding the training of engineers, cultures, and life styles

  • Enhance understanding of individual diversity and development of strategies to bridge cultural differences

 

Eligibility

The program targets first year students from all engineering majors. The minimum GPA is 3.0. The expected enrollment number is 15-20 students. The program hopes to encourage and prepare students for future longer-term study abroad programs such as GEARE. Sophomores and Juniors are welcome to apply.

**FYE students who are admitted to Mechancial Engineering are eligible for $1000 travel scholarships** 

*Please note that acceptance decisions will be made in early January after fall 2022 grades are posted.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. 

Program Cost

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

Estimated program cost is $3900 which includes:  Housing, ground transportation in Germany, all cultural events and course activities on the itinerary, Breakfast daily, Academic credits, and International Health Insurance. 

Additional costs:  Airfare, lunches and dinners, Passport, Visa (if necessary, no for US citizens), personal spending money and personal activities. 

**FYE students who are admitted to Mechancial Engineering are eligible for $1000 travel scholarships** 

See the Financial Resources tab for information on the Purdue Moves Scholarship

Application Deadline

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity.  20 spaces maximum available.  *Please note that acceptance decisions will be made in early January after fall 2022 grades are posted.  Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. 



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.