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Dept ENGR: Duisburg, Automotive Summer School (Summer)
Duisburg, Germany
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Engineering, German
 Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
 Language of Instruction:
English, German
 Language Requirement:
0 - none
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Kathleen Fox
 Internship Available:
 Non-Penn State Students:
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
Life Size Chess GameThe "International Summer Program for Automotive Engineering Technology" will last ten weeks. It will consist of an initial two-week intensive German language course to acclimate Penn State students to life in Germany. This course will be taught by Duisburg faculty and will count towards 3 credits of lower-level credits of German language (GER 099) at Penn State. The third week will consist of an intensive lecture program about Automotive Engineering Technology, to be taught by Duisburg faculty. During the next five weeks, Penn State students will work on individual research projects that are relevant to cutting-edge technologies in Automotive Engineering. The projects will be subject to Penn State and Duisburg approval. Penn State students will also continue to receive language training during these five weeks. The six weeks spent dealing with Automotive Engineering will result in six (6) upper-level credits of Mechanical Engineering (M E 499) at Penn State. Mechanical engineering students can use these six credits of M E 499 to fulfill technical elective requirements, and should consult with their academic adviser to select specifically how to use the credits.  Students in other departments should consult with their academic adviser. The last two weeks of the summer program include excursions to German automotive companies and a final close-up workshop.In addition to the academic program described above, students will have the option of participating in an internship organized by the student with an interview coordinated by Duisburg and with support from the proposed organization.  Academic credit for the internship will be managed by the Penn State Department of Engineering.

Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Duisburg Summer Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad.  To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Housing and Meals
Duisburg will support Penn State students in securing accommodation for the period of study on campus. This accommodation will consist of dormitories and/or student residences. Based on availability, the rooms will be private and will have a private bath.  Meals eaten while at Duisburg are not included in the program fee. The students will be responsible for providing their own food. During excursions, meals will be provided by Duisburg and paid for by the program fee.

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please see Funding Study Abroad.

German dog riding a bikeFor More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Kate Fox, the education abroad adviser for this program.

Penn State College of Engineering has resources to help students gain international experience.  The college's international office is located in 205 Hammond Building, and international engineering envoys are available during fall and spring semesters to help answer your questions.  In addition, there is a study abroad advisor in each department in the college who can help to answer academic questions that you may have.  Please see for information about our office, programs for College of Engineering students, and the College of Engineering International Travel Grant.  In addition, it is strongly recommended that all College of Engineering students take ENGR 111: Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication for Engineers, a 1 credit online course, before their semester abroad.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.


Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.