Engineering and German Double Degree Program

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The Engineering and German program (EGP) is jointly sponsored by the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Department of Germanic Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Its purpose is to promote technology, language, and cultural development for students interested in these areas. Students in the program complete coursework in both Engineering and German to earn two degrees, a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in German, typically in 4-5 years. A highlight of the program is the flexibility this program affords students to study abroad either for a semester or year in Germany as well as completing an internship (between 3-6 credits) in German industry or a university laboratory.

The Engineering and German program is for highly motivated students with strong high school or college grades who are willing to embark on an exciting and challenging endeavor.


The requirements include engineering and science courses, the general education courses required for all students at the University of Maryland, and German courses in language, literature, and culture. Earning two degrees requires a minimum of 150 credits. Students participating in the Engineering and German program will complete a dual degree form outlining all course requirements for each degree. Sample EGP curricula are available on the web. Students should verify requirements with advisors in their major departments.


Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students can consider study abroad in Germany during the Spring semester of their third or fourth year.  ENME and ENEE students should consider the following institutions:

Munich University of Applied Sciences [MUAS] Technical University- Berlin

Mechanical Engineering students studying abroad in their third year are expected to have completed all 100 and 200 level technical courses and the following 300-level courses prior to studying in Germany: ENME331, ENME350, and ENME392.  

Electrical Engineering students studying abroad in their third year are expected to have completed all 100 and 200 level technical courses and the following 300-level courses prior to studying in Germany:  ENEE303, ENEE322, and ENEE380.  

If studying in Germany during the final spring semester, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students should plan to complete 12 to 15 credits of in-major and out-of-major technical electives abroad.

Other engineering majors can consider participating in the dual/double degree program and should contact advisors in both majors to discuss their 4/5 year plans.

Students outside of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering  may consider attending Technische Universitat Munchen, RWTH Aachen University, or Hochschule Mannheim.


  • Gain engineering work experience in a German company or research institute
  • Gain language proficiency in German
  • Increase your marketability to employers
  • Earn a higher starting salary
  • Increase your competitiveness in the global market place
  • Improve your communication skills and capability to function in a multicultural environment
  • Experience German culture
  • Take advantage of the excellent engineering education in Germany


Students have the option, depending on their specialization in Engineering, to study for a semester or year in Berlin, Mannheim, Munich, or Aachen. The coursework to be completed will be determined in consultation with faculty advisors in Engineering and German.

Students will also have the opportunity to complete a paid internship in German industry or a university lab. The internship experience will yield internship credits (3-6 credits) toward the German degree.


Students pay their regular University of Maryland tuition for each semester except the internship semester. For the internship semester, students will pay a program fee. Internships are paid and provide a stipend that will cover room and board during this period. Airfare, personal, miscellaneous expenses are not included.


Most scholarships and financial aid can be used for the program. To verify the terms of their aid, students should consult with the Office of Student Financial Aid or their scholarship administrator. Additional scholarships for program participants may also be available.

The Baden-Württemberg Scholarship promotes the international exchange of qualified German and non-German students. Students in the Engineering and German Program attending the Hochschule Mannheim are eligible to apply. Contact Dr. Regina Ianozi in the Department of Germanic Studies for more information and the application.


Dr. Regina Ianozi
Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Germanic Studies
School and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
3224 Jiménez Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-4096

Ms. Jane Fines, Director
International and Leadership Programs
A. James Clark School of Engineering
1124 Glenn L. Martin Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-3857



“Double majoring in German and Mechanical Engineering not only allows me to take a break from taking only STEM classes, but it also has already helped me to stand out in career/networking events and at my internships. People automatically have something to remember you by, and I'm looking forward to seeing how fluency in a foreign language like German will further my career in the future!” -  Ann Tsay, ME ENGR-GERM (2018)

“Given Germany’s strong reputation in the fields of science and engineering, I believe that a double major in German and Engineering is an interesting and strategic combination. My experience as a GERM-ENGR student was immensely gratifying, and it was a great way to distinguish myself from my colleagues in both fields of study. The culmination of my undergraduate experience occurred in my last semester, where I successfully completed my final mechanical engineering coursework in German at the Technical University of Berlin.” - Paul Wlodkowski, ME ENGR-GERM (2015)

“For me this program is a perfect fit as not only do I get to pursue all of my collegiate goals (e.g. getting a degree in engineering, becoming a fluent German speaker, and studying abroad), but additionally upon graduation I will have a unique and diverse resume to make me stand out from the hundreds of other recent ME graduates. If you have a desire to study German in college and study abroad, but think its impossible to fit into your engineering schedule, think again and consider this amazing opportunity.” - Nick Gross, ME ENGR-GERM (2019)