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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: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/15/2018 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
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:
Minimum GPA:
Years of Eligibility:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
Renewable Energy and Green Building Best Practices: Darmstadt, Germany
Energy 3830

Summer 2017: May 20 - June 4, 2017
Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

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.
Highlights include:

  • 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 Heidelberg and Koln


Course Structure:

ORIENTATION:  Prior to departing for Germany, students will attend a mandatory predeparture meeting date and time TBA. 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 (Date TBA) will be held. At the meeting, the instructor will cover the Germany 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 Health & Safety session facilitated by the Education Abroad Office (date & time TBA). At this meeting, they will discuss terrorism, emergency health insurance, etc.

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-PROGRAM:  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 2017

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 Instructor:

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 already led this program three times.

  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.


  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. This includes program administration fees, 3 credits, textbooks, transportation (international airfare and in-country), accommodation, entrance to course related excursions and site visits, and emergency medical and accident insurance. 
*Program cost based on 8 students - is subject to change based on enrollment
+Actual Program cost may be lower if special funding from the German Exchange Fund or PAACE funds are received. Non-UWP students are not eligible to receive PACCE funding.

Cost DOES NOT include passport, transportation to gateway airport (Chicago O'Hare), some 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

Payment Schedule:

  • A first payment of $2000 is due on Friday, March 31, 2017
  • Second payment of $1000 is due on Monday, April 17, 2017
  • Third payment of $1000 is due on Monday, May 1, 2017

Program fees are due IN FULL before program departure.

Cancellation Policy:

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 $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 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 (December 4, 2017). To learn more about applying for a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Visas Requirements:

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:

Program Instructor:
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 

Program Ratings:
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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