Germany: STEM in Germany Study Abroad
Estimate of Costs
This program runs every other year, and will next be offered in the summer of 2018.
A specialized opportunity for students in the Watson School of Engineering, and other science students, this program will allow students to visit several German universities and research centers to learn more about the advancements in the fields of engineering and science occurring in Germany. Students will also explore more in-depth the relationship between industry and research in Germany, a country where the automation industry is thriving. Students will also learn several aspects of German history, culture, and will reflect on how these affect and influence the STEM field in Germany. There will also be planned trips different German cultural attractions. Students will have an opportunity to present their research, learn more about student life in German universities, meet new research faculty and exchange ideas on research and education
Watson Students: Engineering students on the program will earn 3 credits for ISE 493/ SSIE 593. This course will count as a Professional Elective for ISE students, and is undergoing review for other Engineering majors.
Harpur Students: Science students in Harpur will receive 3 credits for Chem 397 for the course.
Other students should work with their advising departments on how the class may work into their degree plan. Students will participate in 5 meetings prior to departure and will be required to finish a paper after returning.
The faculty leaders of the program will be Dr. Mark Poliks from Industrial and Systems Engineering, Dr. Matthias Kirchner from Computer Science, and Dr. Rosmarie Morewedge from the German Language Department.
While always a major European country, Germany has emerged as a leader in the continent in the industrial and financial realms. During the program, students will be traveling to three different cities in Eastern Germany to help provide a survey of some of the STEM field and German culture in different cities.
Berlin: The first part of the program will take place in Berlin, the capital city of Germany. As a major European city, there is always something to see and do in Berlin. While in Berlin, students will be participating in industry tours, along with a tour of the city itself to learn more about its history. Students will also be visiting the Fraunhofer Society while in Berlin, a major research organization in Germany with branches around the world. The Fraunhofer Society is typically commissioned by the government and industry, which will provide great insight on the relationship between research and industry.
Leipzig: After Berlin, the group will travel about 100 miles Southwest to Leipzig, the largest city in the state of Saxony. After playing a major role in the downfall of the Soviet Union in Eastern Germany during the Cold War, Leipzig is once again re-emerging as a center in the area for various engineering sectors. Students will be visiting the Leibniz Institute of Surface Modification along with the University of Leipzig, itself one of Europe's oldest universities. Students will also be attending Bachfest as a cultural activity.
Dresden: Dresden, the capital city of Saxony, will be the final stop of the group. After serious bombing during WWII, the city and it's architecture have been rebuilt and the city has once again retaken it's place as one of Germany's premiere cities. Students will be visiting the Frauhofer Society while in Dresden, and will also visit TU Dresden, one of Germany's leading technical and research universities. There will also be industry tours in Dresden, including a Volkswagon factory. At the end of their stay in Dresden, the group will visit the smaller city of Chemnitz.
The program is for 10 days in early June. Specific dates for summer 2018 will be updated in fall 2017.
During the trip, students will stay in A&O Hostels in shared rooms with private bathrooms per room. The Hostel also will provide a daily breakfast and has free wi-fi.
Estimates to be added soon
Students who receive financial aid, or plan on using financial aid to help fund their study abroad, should print out the Estimate of Costs Sheet when available, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a financial aid counselor there about the cost of the program. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Scholarships: students applying for this program may be eligible apply for the Myers Family Scholarship. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here.
This course is open to undergraduate (sophomore and above) in the Watson School of Engineering or other science fields. Students must complete an electronic application, submit transcripts from the school(s) they’ve attended, obtain 1 recommendation through the online application, and write a brief essay about their reasons for wanting to participate in the program.
The application deadline for this program is March 14.
For questions pertaining to academics, contact Dr. Mark Poliks at email@example.com
For general study abroad advising, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To get a better idea of what the program was like when it previously ran, please visit the 2014 program blog: (sites and cultural experiences will differ this year).