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Experiencing German Engineering

Program Location Hannover & Stuttgart, Germany
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20199
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2017 05/07/17 to 05/21/17

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Application Details: Application Currently Closed
This application will reopen for Summer 2018.


This program is organized by the Purdue University Office of Professional Practice. To express interest for a place in the program, or if you have questions about program details, please contact Joe Tort, Assistant Director of Global Professional Practice at:

Office of Professional Practice
Potter Engineering Center, Rm. 114
500 Central Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 494-7430

Students participating in this program will gain an understanding of how German engineers are trained, differences in approaches to problem solving and communication, research topics important to German universities and the German economy, and the processes involved in designing and manufacturing products in Germany. 


The target group for this program are students who will have just completed the First Year Engineering program at Purdue before the start of the program.  Engineering students who will have completed their sophomore year will also be accepted.


GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering]

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: English

Summer Course Load: 2 Purdue credits

The Leibniz University of Hannover hosts week one of the program where students engage with faculty and students to gain an understanding of the differences between engineering in Germany and the U.S. Sustainable energy is the focus of laboratory and industrial visits. Potential lab and industry visits include the institute for Thermodynamics, Institute for Solar Energy Research, Sennheiser, Baker & Hughes (drilling technology), Volkswagen,  and enercity (energy supplier).

At the end of week one, students travel by train to Stuttgart, where they experience German culture in a different region of the country. Students continue to engage with Stuttgart faculty and students and explore various research facilities. Field trips are arranged to engage with German engineers working in industry. Potential industry visits include Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Behr, Bosch, or Mahle. 

Prior to departure, students are required to attend four one-hour pre-departure meetings. Students are introduced to the basics of international travel, German culture, and German language with the purpose of increasing student confidence in interactions with their German hosts.

The program includes several tours of iconic German companies, city tours in both Stuttgart and Hannover, as well as visits to engineering related museums. Students receive a city transportation pass in both Stuttgart and Hannover. Students have ample time to explore each city and the surrounding areas.


In Stuttgart students stay in single rooms in a student hotel near the city center. Traditional German breakfast is served daily.

In Hannover, students stay in shared rooms at a traditional hostel, where many German families stay for vacation. The hostel is located in close proximity to the Maschsee. Traditional German breakfast is served daily.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2017

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee$1,114.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

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.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program may fill before deadline. Please apply early to avoid disappointment. 
Program Application Deadline
Feb 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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