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|Area of Study:||Cultural Studies, Economics, Engineering, European Studies, German Culture, International Studies, International Business, Renewable Energy||Program Type:||Study Abroad|
|Program Model:||Short-Term Faculty-Led||Language(s) of Instruction:||English|
|Years of Eligibility:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore|
Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany
Summer 2014: May 17-June 1, 2014
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 such as Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfort, and Cologne. 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 who are currently studying renewable energy and energy management, and local cultural trips.
- Presentations and lectures by local professors from Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences
- Project work with local German students who are studying renewable energy and energy management
- Culture visits to Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, and Cologne
ORIENTATION: Prior to departing for Germany, students will attend a mandatory travelers meeting on Sunday, April 13, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. (room TBD). This meeting will include, but is not limited to, getting to know each other, brief program information, and assignment of research project to be presented at the Pre-Departure meeting.
A second mandatory orientation will be on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. (room TBD). This meeting will include, but is not limited to, the Germany economy, business environment, renewable energy environments, introduction to using German public transportation, appointment keeping and promptness, and other necessary topics for a successful international experience.
IN GERMANY: 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.
POST TRIP: At the conclusion of the program a paper will be due Sunday, June 15, 2014.
Level: 3000-level course work
Term: Pre-Summer session 2014
Prerequisites: Students must have completed two semesters of college level coursework at time of application
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, two letters 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.
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.
Housing and Meals:
Students will stay in hostels in double occupancy rooms with other program participants.
All meals are out-of-pocket expenses.
A $50 non-refundable Education Abroad application fee is due before your application can be reviewed.
The estimated program cost is $2,600*+. This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, textbooks, transportation (international airfare and in-country), accommodation, some meals, entrance to course related excursions and site visits, and emergency medical and accident insurance.
*Program cost based on 15 students - is subject to change based on enrollment
+Program cost includes special funding from the German Exchange Fund
Cost DOES NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), some meals, and personal spending. Out-of-pocket estimated costs: $350-550
- 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
- A first payment of $1300 is due on March 10, 2014
- Second payment of $650 is due on April 15, 2014
- Third payment of $650 is due on May 1, 2014
Program fees are due IN FULL before program departure.
Apply for the UW-Platteville International Study Grant by visiting the Education Abroad website. Applicants must show financial need on their FAFSA to qualify. Grant awards will be dispersed into student's PASS account approximately two weeks before program departure.
Students who withdraw prior to the first deposit will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable $50 application fee). Students who withdraw on or after the date of the first deposit will be financially responsible for a $115 Education Abroad administrative fee and all non-recoverable expenses. Non-recoverable expenses include anything UW-Platteville has paid for on behalf of the participant 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 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:
Office: 148 Ottensman Hall
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