European cities provide the ideal site to study sustainability, given their long urban history and adaptation of infrastructure over time. Germany is on the forefront of sustainability, with solar and wind power and advanced water management.
This 6-week, 6-credit, faculty-led program connects you with Germany’s multifaceted engineering landscape. Besides classes and field trips in Berlin, you’ll go on academic excursions to Dresden, Hamburg, and Odense (Denmark) where you’ll interact with global engineering experts from different fields.
The 2021 program will be led by Prof. Robert Nerenberg.
This program is open to all Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards.
Students are required to enroll in both of the following courses for a total of 4 credits. (3 engineering credits, 1 Arts and Letters credit).
- EG 44301: Sustainability and Urban Infrastructure (Engineering Technical Elective)
- GE34XXX: Contemporary Germany/Cultural Competence (1 credit)
The course “Sustainability and Urban Infrastructure” uses simple mathematical models to describe the concept of sustainability and the consequences of neglecting it. It describes urban infrastructure systems, how they developed historically, and how urban systems can transition to more sustainable modes.
The companion course “Contemporary Germany/Cultural Competence” provides an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of Europe with a special focus on Germany from the end of the Second World War to the present. We use what we learn in the city of Berlin and on excursions to inform our understanding of German and European culture.
May 20 – July 2, 2022
You’ll live in the center of Berlin in modern apartments with a shared bathroom, living room, and fully equipped kitchen. Student apartments are near underground and suburban rail stations within minutes of shopping, restaurants, and cultural institutions.
The cost of the 2021 program is $5,700, plus a $200 University Study Abroad Administration Fee.
The program fee includes the cost of 4 Notre Dame credits; accommodations/housing; program academic outings and field trips; transport to and from airport; on-site program support from Notre Dame faculty; and international health and emergency evacuation insurance.
It does not include airfare; meals; passport/visa fees; or personal spending money.
All students are considered for need-based engineering scholarships to help underwrite program costs.
Apply in October through November 15.