Hochschule Pforzheim University dates back to 1877 when the School of Design was founded. The School of Business, established in 1963, merged with the School of Design and the newly created School of Engineering in 1992 to form Hochschule Pforzheim. The city of Pforzheim (population 117,000) is located in the southern Black Forest region of Germany near Stuttgart.
Today the University has more than 4,500 students and 145 professors, and it is the third largest university of applied sciences in the State of Baden-Württemberg - and one of the biggest in Germany.
This program is designed for students who are looking for an internship experience in Germany where they will be immersed in the German language. Students will have a three-week language course beginning in May at the Hochshule Pforzheim University followed by an eight-week internship with a German company in the area of southwestern Germany that includes Pforzheim, Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart. The internships will be arranged for the students based on their skills and background. The internships will also have an academic component at the Hochschule Pforzheim University in which students learn about Germany's place in the European and global communities in terms of business, culture, and politics. Students will receive 3 credits of GER X99 for the language course and 6 credits of GER 495 for the internship.
The area around Pforzheim is home to some of Germany's most well-known international companies, such as Daimler (maker of Mercedes-Benz automobiles and other products), Porsche, Hugo Boss, and Bosch. In addition, several international jewelry companies are headquartered in Pforzheim. Pforzheim is close to the Black Forest, and popular cities such as Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Freiburg, and Karlsurhe are easily accessible as is Strasbourg, France.
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 on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, golf, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
This program offers three required courses:
- Internship (GER 495 - 6 credits): All students will receive credit for GER 495 unless you complete the Course Equivalency Process.
- German Language (GER X99 - 3 credits)
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Pforzheim 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.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
Successful completion of GER 201 or GER 003 upon recommendation from the German faculty
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer Budget Sheet. 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 may vary depending on major and class standing.
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 visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact 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. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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