Engineering the German Way 2.0

Engineering the German Way 2.0 is a month long program and you can earn 6 credits studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. The program focuses on German engineering technology and engineering business culture. Check out this video about the program! 

 

 

What You'll Accomplish

You will gain:

  • Insight into the German approach to engineering and management
  • Experience various engineering perspectives and methods by combining technical classes with factory tours
  • Insight into German engineering business culture
  • Cultural understanding of southern Germany

The Munich University of Applied Sciences is our program provider and host. This university’s practice-oriented approach and its contacts at local firms guarantee application-oriented training.The study program is complemented by field trips (e.g. to the factory of a famous Bavarian car brand) and enriched with cultural activities in Munich and Bavaria.
Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is the third largest city in Germany, with about 1.4 million people within the city limits. Munich was officially granted city status in 1175, but did not become the capital until Bavaria was reunited in 1506. Today Munich is a financial, social, and industrial hub of Europe; it is frequently recognized for its innovation in such areas. It is a green city, having numerous parks dating back to the 16th century. One park in particular, the Englischer Garten (The English Garden), is larger than Central Park in New York and houses four of the most famous beer gardens in Munich.

 

Where You'll Live

You will be staying at a local hotel/hostel that has shared bedrooms.  You could be staying in a large room that could house as many as 8 people per room.  
All rooms have: 

  • a shower/ bathroom and hair dryer
  • bedding and towels
  • flat screen TV
  • Wifi access
  • luggage storage room/lockers
  • washing machine and dryer
  • guest kitchen
  • game zone
  • breakfast included! 
What You'll Study

This program is now two, 3 credit courses for a total of 6 credits. One course is German Engineering Technology and one is German Engineering culture.  You will not receive a letter grade for this program but will receive academic credit as long as you receive a C or higher in each course. 
In addition, the program includes cultural activities such as touring Upper Bavaria, Lake Tegernsee, a city tour of Munich, a cooking event, a city tour of Salzburg, and more! 
If you are a Swanson School of Engineering student- these courses should be reviewed by your Department’s Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for how they will be counted toward degree requirements. Students from other majors, please consult with your academic advisor. 
The lectures are conducted in English by a professor in the department of Engineering and Management at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.
Coursework may count towards the UCIS European Studies certificate.  

Engineering the German Way 2.0-German Engineering (ENGR1450)

This 3 credit course highlights technological approaches, global German production footprint, ergonomics in German production, and R&D management in the German context. The course includes factory tours and case studies

Engineering the German Way 2.0-German Business Culture (ENGR1282)

This 3 credit course focuses on the day-to-day business issues facing German engineers. The course will cover service businesses in Germany, workplace culture, digital factories, engineering law in Germany and a project that will tackle solving real engineering problems.

We partner with the University of Applied Sciences to create this program. They have created this program along with faculty in our school.  

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian.  After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad.  For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course). Come talk with me about studying abroad!  dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall @SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg  

 

Your In-Country Contacts

Dr. Johannes Brombach

Johannes Brombach is a Professor for Work Science and Ergonomics (Human Factors Engineering) at the Department of Engineering and Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany. He worked before at the Institute for Applied Work Science (ifaa) and as a production manager in the German automotive industry. He was elected as a representative for ergonomics for the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) and as a board member of the German Association for Work Science (Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft, GfA). 
 
Johannes studied at the University of Siegen, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Economics ("Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur") and earned his PhD with an award from the chamber for Industry and Commerce in Siegen in 2005. 
 
In 2018 he visited the US on a Fulbright Research and Teaching Scholarship at Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, from August to December.
 

Dr. Joerg Elias

Joerg started his professional career as a core team member of the global automotive practice group of the top management consultancy firm A.T. Kearney. He then joined Saab Automobile AB in Sweden where he held managerial positions in the functions Advanced Engineering, Production, Purchasing and Marketing. He joined executive search firm Egon Zehnder International, where he was member of the global Automotive practice group and headed the Chemical practice group in the DACH-region and the global Aerospace practice group. Joerg joined the industry again where he was globally responsible for Production and Quality Management for the food container service company Cartonplast where he implemented a food safety management system according to ISO 22000. In 2015, he became professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Munich for the service industry in the automotive sector.

Joerg studied Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering at the TH Darmstadt, and the TU Munich and he holds a Master of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned his PhD at the TU Braunschweig working for the German Aerospace Research Establishment.

He acquired broad international expertise with extended stays in the USA, Sweden and Austria, as well as in Brazil and Italy and is fluent in German, English and Swedish.
 
 

Maria Tomann

Graduated in Business Administration and since 9 years department office coordinator.
Member of the Core Team of EGW since 2013 and mainly responsible for the organisation and planning of the Summer School.
Professional assistance for your stay in Munich during the Summer School.
 

Doris Konrad

Doris
Graduated in History of Arts and Literature and since 4 years in the departmental administration of the Department of Engineering and Management.
Member of the Core Team of EGW since 2016 and mainly responsible for the organisation and planning of the Summer School.
Professional assistance for your stay in Munich during the Summer School.
 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $2580 $2780
Program Fee $3620 $3620
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $6500 $6700

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1000
Meals $500
Personal expenses  $1500
If you are not a U.S. citizen there might be a cost associated with applying for a visa and/or traveling to an embassy or consulate TBD

Total Estimated Program Cost

  In-State Out-of-State

Total Estimated Cost of Program
(Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)

$8000 $8200

 

What's Included

As a part of the fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for two, 3 credit courses (total of 6 credits)
  • On-site orientation (including a group arrival dinner)
  • Housing in youth hostel
  • Some other meals
  • Airport transfer and ground transportation in Munich (4-week subway, bus and tramway ticket)
  • Health insurance
  • Admission to all scheduled tours and excursions (including reimbursement for museum visits)
  • Group departure ceremony and dinner

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.
Questions about Funding study abroad?  Check out the study abroad’s funding search page and note that SSoE has funding specifically for Pitt engineering students.
 

When You'll Go

 

Traveling to and from Germany
Students will make their own arrangements to Germany once the program manager suggests to buy their ticket.  

While in Germany - Itinerary and Independent Travel
Click here to download an example itinerary for the program (coming soon).  Keep in mind that the excursions, their lengths, and dates are all subject to change.  
Traveling while on the program should be within the area around Munich. The instructors at MUAS will set those guidelines. Travel after the program is possible, we suggest that you always travel with others unless you are an experienced traveler. 
  

What Else You Need to Know

Application Requirements: 

  • Graduate or Undergraduate students who have a solid background in physics and math
  • Good academic and behavioral standing
  • Must be in your second year student or higher at the time of application
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA 

Listen to a student tell you why the program was meaningful!

 

 

 

Students that have attended this program previously want you to know....

"I've never met a better staff of people than I did on this trip. The professors were some of the most knowledgeable I've ever had, true experts in their fields. To be able to have them give us tours of the facilities that they'd worked with was even better. The two trip coordinators, Maria and Katharina, were simply amazing. They went above and beyond for us, and truly treated us to a full cultural experience of Munich, Bavaria, and southern Germany."

- Thomas Zacher (Check out his blog!)

 

"Before this trip my career goals were all of self interest.  I like to solve problems, do math, and chemistry.  Now I can truly say I want to be an engineer to help make the world a better place.  This gives chemical engineering a greater meaning and I am proud to be on the road to accomplishing great things. "

- Michell Leech (Check out her blog)