Globalization of Education

Germany Today: Science, Technology and Culture
January 2017

For students enrolled in the rigourous five-year dual Bachelor degree International Engineering and International Business Programs, it is crucial to get some short-term immersion experience in the country in which they will spend their senior year. This program will allow students to experience the context of the German language and engineering/business studies. Furthermore, it will give students the opportunity to explore the culture, technology environment and communicate with their budding language skills.


Students will earn 1 or 3 URI credits for GER 497: Directed Study. Students who participate in the travel component will earn 1 credit. Those who wish to earn 3 credits must participate in both the language immersion and travel component of the program. The language immersion component will take place on campus before departing for Germany, January 5-7. Students will travel to Germany on January 9. Students must be enrolled in German during the 2015-16 academic year to be eligible to apply for this program.

Course work will be supplemented with company visits to VW, Lufthansa Technology, Deutsche Bahn, and Bayer. Students will also attend city tours of Berlin, Leipzig, Braunschweig, Wolfsburg and Darmstadt. Students will visit research institutes at the Technische Universitat Braunschwig and URI’s partner University in Germany. Additionally students will visit the Phaeno Science Museum, Chocolate Museum, and the Miniatur Wunderland and Maritime Museum.


Germany has the largest population within the European Union. It is considered to be one of the historic leaders in many cultural, theoretical and technical fields. Centuries of rich heritage is prominent in the art, architecture, literature, festivals, and cuisine. The German culture is based on punctuality, discipline, and efficiency; still, Germans are very welcome to visitors and eager to share hearty way of life. Visitors traveling in January can expect to experience an average temperature of  32°F (-1°C).

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay at Youth Hostels while in Germany. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the hostel. Dinner will be eaten as a group in a pre-determined establishment.

Program Cost: TBA

 *Please note: The program fee reflects a $2,000 scholarship.

Program Fee Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health Insurance

NOTE: All fees subject to change.

Program Deadlines:

Application Deadline: TBA

Final Payment Due: TBA


For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Sigrid Berka
Intl Engineering Program

Program Director
Anett Geithner
Department of Languages

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International Center

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