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Explore the Global Classroom: Bavaria to Catalonia

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 Germany and Spain, Multiple Countries (Germany, Spain)
Course # SA 10929
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 07/16/24 to 07/30/24

Program Leader

Name Elizabeth Barajas
Email barajase@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Explore the Global Classroom:  Bavaria to Catalonia

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 Valencia Polytechnic University (Valencia, Spain). 

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.  After a week of activities in Munich and Bavaria, we will fly to Valencia. 

Located on Spain’s east coast, the 2,000-year-old city of Valencia boasts wide sandy beaches, striking architecture, a buzzing food scene and culture. It’s the third-largest city in Spain, but the main attractions – including the cathedral, the Mercado Central and the Unesco-listed Lonja de la Seda – are walkable around the town center.  We will enjoy a visit to our partner university, Valencia Polytechnic University, to experience what they have to offer and learn about future options available to Techies.

Traveling by train from Valencia and following the coast, we will end our program in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s Catalonia region is known for its art, Art Nouveau architecture, and independent industrious nature. Curriculum will focus on the distinct regional approach that contributed to Catalonia's position as an industrial leader in Spain. 

This 3 credit hour course will utilize the Global Competence Certificate (GlobalUp Abroad) curriculum as we work toward increasing the intercultural competence of our Polytechnic student participants.  Students will complete course work by utilizing the GlobalUp 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- Director of Globalization & Misty Clugh- Global Programs Specialist. 


Tentative Program Itinerary

Tuesday, July 16th- Travel to Munich

Wednesday, July 17th- Arrive in Munich by 10am, meet group in Munich Airport. Guided city walking tour. Group dinner.

Thursday, July 18th- Tour of Munich University of Applied Sciences. Group Lunch. Industry visit. Visit Olympic Park & BMW Welt. Free time/evening.

Friday, July 19th-  Scavenger hunt activities. Class time at the English Garden. Group Dinner.

Saturday, July 20th- Neuschwanstein Castle/Tegelbergbahn day trip.

Sunday, July 21st- Dachau Memorial Site visit. Free time (shopping will be closed). Group Dinner.

Monday, July 22nd- Flight to Valencia. City of Arts & Sciences area & Oceanogràfic València. Group Dinner.

Tuesday, July 23rd- Visit to Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (University visit). Class session on campus. Flamenco Workshop. Free evening.

Wednesday, July 24th- Historic walking tour. Group Lunch. Free evening.   

Thursday, July 25th- Fallas Museum & Workshop. Beach. Group Dinner.

Friday, July 26th- Train to Barcelona. Walking tour. Group Dinner.

Saturday, July 27th- Casa Batllo tour. Scavenger Hunt. Class session. Group Dinner.

Sunday, July 28th- Visit Park Guell. Group Lunch. Visit Sagrada Familia. Free evening.

Monday, July 29th- Industry visit. Group Dinner.

Tuesday, July 30th- Depart for the U.S.    


Academic Credit

TECH 28155 (3 credit hours) 

Successful completion will also result in the participant receiving the GlobalUp intercultural 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. 

Due to potential conflicts with visa restrictions, international students cannot take part. 

Program Cost

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

Estimated expenses for this experience are around: $2500 (Note: Purdue tuition will not be charged for this program)

   Included in the program fee: 

-Lodging in all cities

-Daily Breakfast

-Eleven group meals through program (almost 1 per day)

-Ground transportation in Germany and Spain 

-Flight from Germany to Spain (only this flight) 

-Entry fees to all activities on itinerary (museums, tours, visits, etc.)

   NOT included in the program fee:

-Passport & visa costs

-Flight to Germany and flight to US from Spain

-Transport to US airports (NOTE:  students can fly from airport of their choosing and will receive instructions on how to meet up with the group in Munich) 

-Cost of remaining meals (usually lunch)

-Spending money

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. (When it asks for your Academic Advisor, enter "Not yet assigned")

After you complete the online enrollment portion via this website, you will then need to complete the secondary application and upload documentation for review as noted below before the program leader will change your status from applied to accepted. 

Plan to upload the secondary application, a copy of your High School transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and an essay in your myStudyAbroad webpage in order for the leaders to consider your application for acceptance into this program.  

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

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.