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

Collaborations, Cars, and Commerce: Collisions with German Culture via Industry 4.0

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 Reutlingen, Stuttgart, Munich, Germany
Course # SA 10931
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/11/23 to 03/19/23

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

1/3/23:  This trip's enrollment has officially closed as we are at our cap.  Feel free to consider my May trip.  https://www.studyabroad.purdue.edu/programs/flyer.cfm?flyer=1353&AcademicSchoolCode=W  Email me (Jim) for more information (jtanoos@purdue.edu).



Go to jimtanoos.com for past trip reports.  You can go to "student blog" for student posts from past trips.

We'll leave on Saturday after classes end on Friday and get back before classes resume on Monday.

Trip Synopsis:  "This study abroad is through three cities in Bavaria, Germany: Stuttgart, Reutlingen, and Munich. The core theme of this trip involves German applications of Industry 4.0 via their modern, innovative production facilities. Tours include three multinational automobile factories (Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW), Bayern Munich soccer arena, and the Bavarian Royal Palace. Collaborations with German undergraduate peers at Reutlingen University via their renown Learning Factory and experiences with world famous Bavarian culture at its most authentic are key aspects of the trip."

- Explore the Learning Factory and the most efficient multinational automobile factories in the region of Europe known for its innovation & industrial prowess
- 3 credits/IET 490
- Collaborate with German undergraduates
- Pre- and post- curriculum required
- Tour the BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz factories
- Experience Bavarian cuisine and culture at its most authentic

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.

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.


Students must be in good academic standing.

This is a Spring Semester class and will hit your bursar's account at the time of your other classes before the start of the entire semester.  This is a military-friendly trip.

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 $1,800, which includes trains, hotels, 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  Typical fafsa summer financial aid covers the tuition and will provide extra for food, airfare, passport, etc.  This is a military-friendly trip so inquire about how the GI bill applies to this trip.

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.  The roster will be closed in December.

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.