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Industrial Microbial Biotechnology in Germany

Program Details

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Heidlelberg, Germany
Course # SA 10527
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/07/23 to 05/21/23

Program Leader

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

Program Description

This course is designed to provide students with a first-hand look at the role of microbes in the production of various commercial products including enzymes, pharmaceuticals, foods, and commodity chemicals. Germany is a choice location based on its history in food fermentations and expertise in anaerobic digestion of agricultural residues. This course has been offered twice and student feedback was highly positive. 

Below is a tentative itinerary...

May 7- Depart for Munich

May 8- Arrive Munich, travel to your hotel, orientation, and Welcome Dinner 

May 9-Freising, Guided tour of BavarianState Brewery of Weihenstephan, Guest Lecture and visit to research brewery, Visit Technical University of Munich (TUM)  School of Life Sciences 

May 10-Guided walking tour of Munich, Guided tour of sewage treatment center plan Gut GroBlappen. 

May 11- Travel from Munich  to Bietigheim-Bissingen, visit to Felsengartenkellerei in Hessigheim to tour production facilities and the wine making process, wine tasting, travel to Stuttgart, orientation session for Stuttgart. 

May 12-Visit to State Institute for Agricultural Production and Bioenergy, Visit to Biogas plan Unterer Lindenhof, short lecture, and group discussion. 

May 13- Guided walking tour of Stuttgart, free afternoon

May 14-Sunday- Free day in Stuttgart 

May 15- Travel from Stuttgart to Heidelberg, guided walking tour of Heidelberg, free afternoon 

May 16-Visit to Heidelberg Pharma in Ladenburg which develops medicines for cancer therapies, visit to BRAIN Biotech in Zwingenberg a leading company in the field of industrial biotechnology. 

May 17-Visit to Thurn Germany to learn about the use of enzymes in the production of detergents during a tour of their labs. Travel to Dusseldorf

May 18- Visit to Bayer AG a Life Science Company with 150 years of history.  Travel from Dusseldorf to Berlin by train. 

May 19- Visit to Richter-Helm BioLogics, a company that specializes in products derived from bacteria and yeasts.  

May 20- Guided walking tour of Berlin, group discussion time, Farewell Dinner

May 21- Depart for the airport, students free to leave anytime. 




Academic Credit

3 credits in ABE 49500.

Pre-requisites:  ABE 202, BCHM 307, or CHE 211





This program is open to Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Food Science - or other applicable majors.  Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and be in good standing with the university.  

Please contact Prof. Engelberth if you are unsure if you qualify for this program.  


Program Cost

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

Program Cost is $3686.  This includes:  All housing, academic credits, ground transportation in Germany, Breakfast daily, Welcome and Farewell Meals, all activities listed on the itinerary, and international health insurance. 

Additional Costs:  Round trip airfare, passport, meals, personal excursions and personal spending money. 

**Purdue Moves Scholarships are available.  Please see the "Financial Resources" tab for information on qualifying and applying. 



Application Deadline

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.  20 spots available.  

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.

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