- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- This program is open only to students in the Penn State College of Engineering
Germany has always been synonymous with engineering. No other country has shaped the profession and the image of an engineer more than Germany. Its reputation as a land of inventors has been the result of many successful patents, one of its most famous figures being Gottlieb Daimler, the inventor of the first car. Come to Pforzheim and gain an insight into this spirit of invention. A place closely connected to the history of cars and today's automotive industry. There are many prominent automotive plants and component suppliers located near the very same route which Bertha Benz took during her pioneering car drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim.
The Pforzheim Engineers Made in Germany (EMIG) program offers you a close-knit personal summer program at the internationally recognized Pforzheim University. The EMIG program combines high quality education and a wide cultural program with various company visits and excursions to places in Germany and Europe. Many site visits are included in the program such as the Mercedes-Benz plant, Porsche Museum and plant, SAP, Daimler Museum, European Patent Office, or HUGO BOSS. City visits include Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Munich, and Berlin.
The EMIG program combines technical coursework, language study, and cultural excursions to provide engineering students with a unique learning experience. Students will take three courses: a German language course, Production Management & Supply Chain Management, and Lecture Series Engineering in Manufacturing. The two technical courses have a focus on the German Automotive Industry.
The Production Management & Supply Chain Management course covers three main topics:
There are several areas covered in the Lecture Series Engineering in Manufacturing: Production Techniques in the German Automotive Industry, Management Skills in the German Automotive Industry, Laser Materials Processing in Automotive Production, Robotics in the Automotive Industry, Innovation Management in the Automotive Industry, Sustainable Mobility in the Automotive Sector, Intercultural Engineering, and Automotive Bus Systems.
- Production Management in the German Automotive Industry
- Supply Chain Management in the German Automotive Industry
- Management & Leadership Skills
Summer: mid May - late June
Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
Pforzheim is worth its weight in gold in every sense. With a population of 120.000 the city lies in the south-west of Germany, right in the heart of Europe – an extremely attractive location from both a commercial and geographical perspective. Known as the cradle of the German jewelry and watch-making industry Pforzheim has made its name throughout the world as the "City of Gold". 70% of German jewelry originates from factories in Pforzheim – a seal of approval which guarantees top quality.
Numerous famous global enterprises are located in the region thus making the metropolitan area around Pforzheim and the Baden-Württemberg state capital of Stuttgart into one of the strongest economic regions in Europe. Worldwide renowned companies originate from this area and even today have their headquarters in the vicinity of Pforzheim.
For engineers in particular is Pforzheim the perfect place to reap the benefits of the combination of innovative talent and the long-standing tradition of reliable quality. In a national comparison it was demonstrated that the state of Baden-Württemberg has filed the most applications for patents for its inventions. Famous inventors of the region, such as Ferdinand von Zeppelin, Gottlieb Daimler, Carl Benz, Robert Bosch and Johannes Kepler laid the foundations which led to Baden-Württemberg being deservedly known as the "land of inventors".
The Baden-Württemberg people have always been strongly linked historically to the automobile industry. Milestones, such as the first car journey, which Bertha Benz undertook from Mannheim to Pforzheim, tie the city closely to the history of the automobile and have spurred it on time and again to achieve peak innovative performance. In order to carry on this tradition Pforzheim University is educating the engineers of tomorrow in close collaboration with the region’s industry.
Alongside these economic locational advantages, Pforzheim also has something to offer when it comes to quality of life. With the highest amount of hours of sunshine per year Baden-Württemberg is known as the "Sunshine State" of Germany. Located on the northern edge of the Black Forest the city is ideally situated to undertake numerous leisure time activities in both summer and winter such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding in the mountains, watersports on Lake Constance or to enjoy the pulsating nightlife in the nearby state capital Stuttgart. In addition due to its location in the heart of Europe Pforzheim is the perfect starting point to explore Europe. You can find so much scenic and cultural diversity in very close proximity. It is all just waiting for you to visit.
Further information is available at the website of the city of Pforzheim
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.