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Explore the Global Classroom: Bavaria to Catalonia

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Germany and Spain, Multiple Countries (Germany, Spain)
Course # SA 10929
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 07/18/23 to 08/01/23

Program Leader

Name Elizabeth Barajas

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Explore the Global Classroom:  Bavaria to Bohemia Catalonia*

*Due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the second half of this program has been changed out of the Czech Republic (Prague) and to Spain (Valencia and Barcelona) in an effor to ensure the safety of all particpants and program viability.  

This program is designed to be a global opportunity exclusive to Polytechnic incoming freshmen and will focus on two Polytechnic strategic partner university locations: Munich University of Applied Sciences (Munich, Germany) and Valencia Polytechnic University (Valencia, Spain). 

The program will start in Munich, Germany where the itinerary will be a combination of cultural visits, industry visit tours, open-air intercultural sessions and a college visit to the university.  While at the university, students will meet with their international office, take a campus tour to learn about the facilities and curriculum.  After a week of activities in Munich and Bavaria, we will fly to Valencia. 

Located on Spain’s east coast, the 2,000-year-old city of Valencia boasts wide sandy beaches, striking architecture, a buzzing food scene and culture. It’s the third-largest city in Spain, but the main attractions – including the cathedral, the Mercado Central and the Unesco-listed Lonja de la Seda – are walkable around the town center.  We will enjoy a visit to our partner university, Valencia Polytechnic University, to experience what they have to offer and learn about future options available to Techies.

Traveling by train from Valencia and following the coast, we will end our program in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is known for its art, Art Nouveau architecture, and independent industrious nature. Curriculum will focus on the distinct regional approach that contributed to Catalonia's position as an industrial leader in Spain. 

This 3 credit hour course will utilize the Global Competence Certificate (GlobalUp Abroad) curriculum as we work toward increasing the intercultural competence of our Polytechnic student participants.  Student will complete course work will utilize the GlobalUp online modules as well as focusing on the benefits of intercultural competence in the tech fields that operate in a global setting. 

This program is taught by Elizabeth Barajas- Director of Globalization & Misty Clugh- ISS and Globalization Liaison. 


Preliminary Itinerary

Monday: July 18th 
Depart for airport-overnight flight to Munich

Tuesday: July 19th    
AM: Arrive in Munich by 10am, meet group in Munich Airport.
Drop bags at hotel: Ibis Hotel Munchen City Arnulfpark
Walk to Marienplatz & lunch in the area on own
Group expectations discussion & IDI Debriefs in hotel lobby
Group Dinner

Wednesday: July 20th  
AM: Tour of Munich University of Applied Sciences
Group Lunch
PM: Guided city walking tour
Free time/evening

Thursday: July 21st  
AM: Scavenger hunt activities 
PM: Class time at the English Garden
Group Dinner

Friday: July 22nd
AM: BMW Tour
Tour of Olympic tower
Group Dinner

Saturday: July 23rd
Neuschwanstein Castle/Tegelbergbahn day trip

Sunday: July 24th
Travel to Dachau
AM: Dachau Memorial Site visit
PM: Free time (shopping will be closed)
Dinner (pay on your own)

Monday: July 25th 
AM: Flight to Valencia

Hotel: Sweet Hotel Renasa

PM: Walking tour of downtown

Group Dinner

Tuesday: July 26th
AM:Visit to Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (University visit)
PM: Class session
Group Dinner

Wednesday: July 27th   
AM: City of Arts and Sciences cultural visit
PM: free afternoon excusions
Group Dinner

Thursday: July 28th    
AM: Educational tour of La Lonja - UNESCO world Heritage site, former silk market and economic center of the region
PM: Train to Barcelona

Hotel: Barcelona Century Hotel
Group Dinner

Friday: July 29th    
AM: possible industry visit
PM: Universitat Politecnia de Barcelona (university visit)

Group Dinner

Saturday: July 30th  
AM: Cultural siteseeing in Barcelona
PM: Cultural siteseeing in Barcelona
Group Dinner

Sunday: July 31st    
Flight back to the States


Academic Credit

TECH 399 (3 credit hours) 

Successful completion will also result in the participant receiving the GlobalUp intercultural competence certificate. 


Incoming Purdue Polytechnic students of all majors are eligible to apply. 

GPA Requirement: Good Academic Standing on a 4.0 scale. 

Language Requirement: None

NOTE: you must have accepted your Purdue admissions and created a career account to login and apply to this program. 

Due to potential conflicts with visa restrictions, international students cannot take part. Those with Green Cards, entering Purdue as domestic students, are eligible.

Due to local regulations in Germany & Spain, this program requires all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 expenses for this experience are around: $1675 (Note: Purdue tuition will not be charged for this program)

   Included in the program fee: 

-Lodging in all cities

-Daily Breakfast

-One group meal a day

-Ground transportation in Germany and Spain 

-Flight from Germany to Spain (only this flight) 

-Entry fees to all activities on itinerary (museums, tours, visits, etc.)

   NOT included in the program fee:

-Passport costs

-Flight to Germany and flight to US from Spain

-Transport to US airports (NOTE:  students can fly from airport of their choosing and will receive instructions on how to meet up iwth the group in Munich) 

-Cost of one meal a day (usually lunch)

-Spending money

Eligible students may qualify for a scholarship from Purdue Moves Summer Study Abroad Scholarship

Application Deadline

To enroll in this program click the "Click here to enroll in this program" link under the program leader name and map at the top of the page. 

After you complete the online enrollment portion via this website, you will then need to complete the secondary application and upload documentation for review as noted below before the program leader will change your status from applied to accepted. 

Plan to upload the secondary application, a copy of your High School transcripts, a letter of recommendation, an essay, and your proof of COVID-19 vaccination in your myStudyAbroad webpage in order for the leaders to consider your application for acceptance into this program.  

This program curriculum requires you to have a laptop or tablet with you during the travel portion.  

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.

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