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Particle Processing in Germany

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 , Multiple Countries (Germany, Switzerland)
Course # SA 10522
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2023 05/16/23 to 06/02/23

Program Leader

Name Carl Wassgren
Email wassgren@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Particle and powder processing occurs in a wide variety of industries, such as those that manufacture chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, food products, batteries, and advanced materials.  In this 2.5 week study abroad course, students will travel to Germany, a world-leader in particle processing science and technology, to tour a variety of companies to learn how particles are an integral component of many common products and how these products are produced using particle handling unit operations.

Itinerary subject to change: 

May 16-Depart USA for Munich

May 17-Arrive Munich, airport pickup and transfer to hotel, receive a public transportation pass, Guided walking tour of Munich, Welcome Dinner

May 18-Ascension Day (National Holiday) Guided tour of German Museum and German Business Etiquette Course

May 19-Tour Hofbrauhaus -Kunstmuhle grain mill, Pretzel Making course

May 20-Tour Olympic Stadium, Olympia Tower, and Brewery Tour Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau, tasting included

May 21-Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, free afternoon in Munich

May 22-Visit the Institute of Particle Technology and Beck Gewurze & Additive (spices and spice blends)

May 23-Boehringer Ingelheim Research and Development Center in Biberach, trasnfer to Heidelberg, orientation session for Heidelberg

May 24-BASF tour and guided walking tour of Heidelberg

May 25-AbbVie Tour

May 26-Visit Evonik (Specialty chemicals)

May 27-Cultural activities in Heidelberg

May 28-Heidelberg Castle and Solar Boat Tour

May 29-Free day-National Holiday-Whitmonday

May 30-Herrenknecht AG manufacturer of tunnel boring machines, transfer to Geneva

May 31-Guided walking tour of Geneva, visit to the Universe of Particles at CERN

June 1-Tour of the dairy La Maison de Gruyere and the World of Chocolate Cailer-Nestle for chocolate making experience and talk on chocolate processing, Farewell Dinner

June 2- Students are free to leave anytime from Geneva Airport



Academic Credit

Earn 3 credits for ME 49700.  This is a Tech elective for ME students.  All others must check with their academic advisors to see how this course can be used in their plan of study. 


Open to all Engineering students who have reach at least sophomore status through seniors.  Must be in good academic standing and no student on academic probation will be considered. 

If you are unsure if this course is right for you, please contact Prof. Carl Wassgren at wassgren@purdue.edu


Program Cost

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

The program fee is estimated at $4,443 which includes:  Housing, airport pick up and ground transportation in country, all course and cultural activities on the itinerary, breakfast daily, two dinners, three academic credits, and international health insurance.

Additional expenses: Airfare, meals, Passport, Personal spending  money.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program reaches capacity.  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.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.