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Chemical Engineering Germany

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Berlin, Munich, Germany
Course # SA 10520
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2018 03/09/18 to 03/18/18

Program Leader

Name Cristina Farmus
Phone765 494 0027

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description

The goal of the Chemical Engineering Study Abroad Spring Break 2018 course is to expose Purdue chemical engineering undergraduate students to the academic and industrial environment of Germany.

In the context of a global economy, it is critical for our students to have knowledge of foreign cultures. Germany plays an important economic role and offers good examples of industrial and engineering development.

This course will have a focus on energy and will help our students understand how education, research and industrial development impact the economic and social evolution of a nation. Besides the academic and industrial component, this course will also involve a cultural aspect through immersion for one week in the life of the country and trips to two major cities: Berlin and Munich.

Berlin is a leader in the field of energy technology. The city and its surroundings are among the regions with the highest density of environmental technology companies, research institutions and clean technology workers in Germany.

In Munich, authorities are targeting a 100 percent clean electricity supply by 2025, which would make the city a world leader in sustainability.

Academic Credit

ChE 497000, 1 credit Technical Elective Course objective: to expose the students to a prime example of Chemical Engineering education and chemical industry in Germany.

The course will have the following structure:

One pre-departure lecture on German history, economy, culture, travel details and expectations

Interactions at prominent German universities/institutes with faculty and students: UniCat (Technische Universitat Berlin; Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin; Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin)

  • Visit of academic and research facilities
  • Several lectures on Chemical Engineering relevant topics such as energy and catalysis
  • Several industrial sites visits
  • Cultural objectives:
  • Berlin: German Museum of Technology, Energy Museum, Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, Reichstag Building
  • Munich: BMW World, Marienplatz, Neues Rathaus (The New Town Hall), Peterskirche (Saint Peters Church), Neuschwanstein Castle nearby Berlin
  • Post trip outreach and engagement:
  • Each student will be encouraged to maintain a photo or video journal during the trip. For each main location and important activity a team leader will be assigned to compile key photos from all students into a post-visit electronic photo album.
  • Each student will be required to write a one page fact sheet to document key information they learned and to produce a 3-5 minute video highlighting what they have learned during the trip and how this visit will benefit them in the future.
  • A select number of students will be invited to present about their trip to the School, the Purdue ChE Industrial Advisory Council and any prospective students for future trips.
  • Expected outcome:
  • Exposure to the German higher education and research system
  • Basic understanding of industrial and energy infrastructure in Germany
  • Comprehension of similarities and differences between the US and Germany regarding educational systems, cultures and life styles


Junior and senior students who have completed CHE 20500 and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. We expect 20 students to enroll in this activity.

Program Cost

Approximate cost is $3000.  If you qualify for the $500 Purdue Moves Scholarship, that price will be $2500.

Application Deadline

Applicants accepted on a rolling basis until the program is filled.

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