Berlin, Germany Summer Engineering

Aerial photo of Berlin, Germany

Program Description

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 2023 program will be led by Hirotaka Sakaue.

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 6 credits. (3 engineering credits and 3 arts and letters credits).

  • AME 34282: Introduction to Space Exploration (3 credits)
  • GE 34241: European History, Politics & Society

The Introduction to Space Exploration course objective is to introduce space exploration in science and industry. The course is broken down to three main sections: the beginning, successes, and future challenges in space exploration. The course is covered by taking notes. All class notes covered in class are posted on Canvas. To take a great advantage of the oversea program, a tour to the German Aerospace Center will be organized during the class. At the end of the lectures, students will give presentations as a final project.

In the companion course, European History, Politics, & Society, students will explore topics related to post-1945 history and politics and how they affected European society. In addition to assigned readings and coursework, students will use what is learned in class at sites and on excursions outside the classroom to inform their understanding of and discussion of contemporary European issues.


May 26 – July 8


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.

Program Fee

The cost of the 2023 program is $8,800, plus a $250 University Study Abroad Administration Fee.

The program fee includes the cost of 6 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.


Applications will be accepted between September 22, 2022 and November 1, 2022.

Program assignments and waitlist notifications occur before Christmas break.


Feel free to contact:

Mike Kitz
Executive Director, Summer Engineering International Programs

Todd Taylor
Director, Summer Engineering International Programs