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UW-Platteville Short-Term Faculty-Led - Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany
Darmstadt, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Kologne, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Summer 2019 04/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Area of Study:
Cultural Studies, Economics, Engineering, European Studies, German Culture, International Studies, International Business, Renewable Energy
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Study Abroad
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Short-Term Faculty-Led
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Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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ENERGY 3830 - Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany
Summer 2018: May 19 - June 3, 2018
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

Course Description 

This international short-term study abroad course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the world’s economies, specifically focusing on the business practices of the renewable energy and green building sectors. This 15-day course will be offered through a combination of lectures, interactions, and visits to industry and governmental renewable energy and green building sites in Darmstadt, Germany as well other cities throughout the country. While in Germany, time will be devoted to activities including industry and government renewable energy and green building site visits, presentations by local professors on topic area, working with local German students on a workshop project and presenting their work to the professors from Darmstadt and Platteville. Cultural visits will also be done to introduce the Platteville students to the German culture. Participation will be key in the assessment process, along with the submission of a reflective paper summarizing and analyzing the journal students keep while in Darmstadt.
Course Highlights 

Course Structure
PRE-DEPARTURE: Prior to departing for Germany, students must attend two mandatory pre-departure meetings (date and time TBA). At the first meeting students, will get to know each other, cover brief program information, and they will be assigned a research project to be presented at the next pre-departure meeting.

At the second mandatory pre-departure meeting, the instructor will discuss the German economy, business environment, renewable energy environments; Green building industry, family, and social protocol; dress; instruction on using public transportation, appointment keeping & promptness; and other topics deemed necessary for a successful international experience. Participant research topics will also be presented (5-7 minutes each).  

Students are also required to attend the mandatory Education Abroad Health & Safety Orientation facilitated by the Education Abroad Office (date & time TBA). At this meeting, they will cover terrorism, emergency health insurance, etc.

IN-COUNTRY: Students will visit businesses and cultural sites. Presentations will be provided by local businesses and will include topics such as German culture & daily life, key German phrases and words, renewable energy implementation, policy, legal concerns, promotion, distributions, consumer perception, daily operations, and methods of continually improved energy efficiency. A question and answer session for the participants will follow company visits and presentations.

RE-ENTRY: At the conclusion of the program a paper will be due. Students are also required to attend the Re-Entry session facilitated by the Education Abroad Office in early September.

Level: 3000-level course work

Term: Pre-Summer Session, 2018

Prerequisites: Sophomore level standing AND a minimum of 2.5 GPA. The student will also need the consent of the instructor to join the course.
Note: This course is not designed to teach fundamentals of renewable energy; it is a site visit and application orientated class.

Application Materials required:  This program requires a brief interview with the instructor, one letter of recommendation, and a statement of purpose.

Course load: One 3-credit course

Grading: A-F only, cannot be audited; must be enrolled in course for credit

This course satisfies the criteria for General Education Requirements in International Education and ENERGY 3830.


Program Leader
Dr. Samir El-Omari is an Assistant Professor in the General Engineering Department. He earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany and has led this program annually from 2014-2017.

Housing and Meals
Students will stay in hostels and hotels in double occupancy rooms with other program participants.

All meals are out-of-pocket expenses. Students should plan to spend approximately $550-$650 on food. 

Program Fees

A $50 non-refundable Education Abroad application fee is due before your application can be reviewed.

The estimated program cost is $4,000*+ for UW-Platteville students and $4,600* for Non-UW-Platteville students.
This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, textbooks, international airfare, accommodation, in-country transportation, entrance to course related excursions and site visits, and international medical and accident insurance. 
The program fee will be charged to your PASS account in full. All regular registration and late fees will apply.
*Program cost based on 8 students
+Program cost based on receiving a PACCE Grant

Cost does NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), all meals, and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs:

  • Fees may change based on final enrollment, changes in fuel prices, and exchange rates
  • Fee differentials apply for non-WI/MN residents ($100) and TSI students ($40)
  • Veterans: Please contact the Education Abroad office if you have eligibility under the Wisconsin GI Bill

Students will have two weeks upon their acceptance to commit to the program. Program fees are due IN FULL before program departure.

Withdrawal Policy:

Students who withdraw on or after the day of commitment will be financially responsible for a $165 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant (i.e. airfare, housing, tickets, etc.) and is unable to recover from an organization or vendor. Students who withdraw on or after the program start date will be financially responsible for the entire program fee.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after program end date. To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State websiteYou can apply for a passport here in Platteville at the local post office. For more information, visit their website

Visas are not required for U.S. citizens to enter Germany. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for determining visa requirements for your country of citizenship. 


For More Information Contact

Program Leader
Dr. Samir El-Omari
General Engineering
Phone: 608-342-6170
Office: 316 Engineering Hall

Program Coordinator
Alyssa Shaff
Education Abroad
Phone: 608-342-6151
Office: 102 Royce Hall 

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Academic Experience: 1 2 3 4
Cultural Value: 1 2 3 4 5
Accommodation: 1 2 3 4
Food: 1 2 3 4 5
Safety: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Provider Administration: 1 2 3 4
Host Country Program Administration: 1 2 3 4
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
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