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 2022 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 6 credits. (3 engineering credits and 3 arts and letters credits).

  • EG 44301: Sustainability and Urban Infrastructure (Engineering Technical Elective, 3 credits)
  • GE34241: European History, Politics, and Society (3 credits)

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.

In the companion course, “European History, Politics, and 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 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.

Program Fee

The cost of the 2022 program is $8,800, plus a $200 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 23, 2021 and November 1, 2021.


Feel free to contact:

Mike Kitz
Executive Director, Summer Engineering International Programs

Todd Taylor
Director, Summer Engineering International Programs