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Explore the Global Classroom: Bavaria to Bohemia

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Prague, Czech Republic
Course # SA 10929
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2020 07/20/20 to 08/02/20

Program Leader

Name Elizabeth Barajas

Program Description

Explore the global classroom:  Bavaria to Bohemia

 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 Czech Technical University (Prague, Czech Republic). 

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 and meet up with students from Munich’s International Club.  After a week of activities in Munich and Bavaria, we will board the train and travel to Prague. 

Prague is a city rich in cultural and technological sites and history.  Students will get the same type of experience at Czech Technical University and be exposed to the idea that Prague is truly an international city with students from all over the world taking cutting edge curriculum in English as a language of instruction.  Intercultural sessions will focus on the Czech people’s unique position in history post World War II, through the Soviet occupation to present day. A day trip to the historic city of Plzen will offer a glimpse of the US liberation of the area during WWII.  

This 3 credit hour course will utilize the Global Competence Certificate (GCC) curriculum as we work toward increasing the intercultural competence of our Polytechnic student participants.  Student will complete course work will utilize the GCC 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- Global Programs Coordinator & Misty Clugh- ISS and Globalization Liaison. 

 Preliminary Itinerary:

Monday: July 22nd 

               Depart for airport-overnight flight to Munich

Tuesday: July 23rd   

  AM: Arrive in Munich. “S1” Bahn train from airport terminal to Donnersbergerbrucke

  Walk to hotel & leave bags

               PM: Walk to Marienplatz & lunch in the area on own

  Guided city walking tour in afternoon

               Back to hotel for official hotel check in.

               6:00pm Group Dinner at Augustiner Braustuben

Wednesday: July 24th

               AM: IDI Debriefs at hotel

  Tram to Munich University of Applied Sciences

  Lunch at Habib’s Imbiss (Doner)

  Tour of the university

              Tram to Olympic Park

  Tour of Olympic tower

              Restaurant Olympiasee - pay on own

Thursday: July 25th

  AM: Tram to BMW facility

  Free exploration of BMW Welt

  Grab snack/light lunch at “Coopers”

  PM: Production Tour of BMW plant

  Class time on Olympic Park grounds

              Tram back to Hotel

  6:30pm Group Dinner at Zapata

Friday: July 26th

   Scavenger hunt activities throughout city

                Lunch –Viktualienmarkt on own

                PM: 2:00-3:30pm - Class time at the English Garden

                Free time/swimming

                7pm Dinner at Augustiner Keller Garden - pay on your own

Saturday: July 27th

                Neuschwanstein Castle trip

                11:30am Group Lunch at Alpenstuben

                Dinner on own in Fussen

    Return to Munich

Sunday: July 28th

                AM: Trip to Dachau (2.5 hour guided tour)

                PM: Free time (ALL shopping closed on Sundays)

   6:00pm Group Dinner at Il Castagno

Monday: July 29th  

                AM: Hotel checkout

                Bus/Train to Prague

                PM: Hotel transport to Hotel Ibis Praha Old Town & check in

                Walk to Old Town to see Astronomical Clock

    7:00pm Group Dinner at Ristorante Vabene Pizzeria

Tuesday: July 30th

                Explore Prague day: walking tour of Old Town, Charles Bridge, Mala Strana, & Lennon Wall

                Class session

                6:00pm Group Dinner at Kotleta

Wednesday: July 31st  

                AM: Metro to Czech Technical University

                10:00am Tour of university

                Class session on campus

   PM: explore Jewish quarter on way back to hotel

   Jewish Museum guided tour

                6:30pm Group Dinner at The Street Restaurant

Thursday: August 1st  

                AM: Visit to Prague Castle  

                PM: Scavenger Hunt activities throughout city (lunch on your own)  

                7:00pm Group Dinner at La Boca Praha

Friday: August 2nd  

                AM: Train to Plzen – depart from Praha HLN

                Brewery tour @ Pilsner Urquell at 10:30am

                12:30pm Group Lunch at Na Spilce

Underground tour 2:30pm

                Town Square & optional climb of church tower (tallest one in Czech Republic)  

                Train back to Prague

                Dinner on own

Saturday: August 3rd  

                AM: Visit to Vysehrad hilltop fortress

                Class session in fortress grounds

                Free afternoon

                6:30pm Group Dinner at Deminka

Sunday: August 4th  

                AM: Hotel check out

    Flight back to the States                 


Academic Credit

TECH 399 (3 credit hours) 

Successful completion will also result in the particpant receiving the Global 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. 

For preliminary questions please email Elizabeth Barajas at 

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


Program Cost

Estimated expenses for this experience are: $1,500 (not including airfare or passport costs.)  


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 receive an email from the program leaders requesting secondary application materials to be submitted via email before your status changes from applied to accepted.  Be sure to check your email regularly! 

Please be aware that you will be required to submit High School transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and an essay for the program application.  

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

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