Engineering and German Double Degree Program

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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 five year program complete coursework in both Engineering and German to earn two degrees, a B.S. in Engineering and a B.A. in German. A highlight of the program is the fourth year, which students spend in Germany completing one semester of coursework followed by a semester long internship 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.

REQUIREMENTS

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.

TYPICAL ACADEMIC PLAN FOR DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAM

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.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • 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

STUDY ABROAD AND INTERNSHIPS

Our German partner institution for the Engineering and German Program is the Hochschule Mannheim-University of Applied Sciences. Students will spend the fall semester of their fourth year enrolled in coursework at the Hochschule Mannheim. The coursework to be completed will be determined in consultation with faculty advisors in Engineering and German.

In the spring semester of the fourth year, students will complete a paid internship in German industry or a university lab. The internship experience will yield internship credits toward the German degree.

PROGRAM FEES

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID

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. Julie Koser in the Department of Germanic Studies for more information and the application.

PROGRAM CONTACTS

Dr. Regina Ianozi
Undergraduate Advisor
Department of Germanic Studies
School and Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
3206 Jiménez Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-4109
Email: ianozi@umd.edu

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
Email: jfines@umd.edu

http://www.ilp.umd.edu/

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Terrapin Take Off Program in Germany for Incoming Freshman!
The School of Engineering is running a Terrapin Take Off program this upcoming summer for incoming freshman students for 2015-2016. The course is ENES269G: Grand Challenges for Engineering (with a focus on renewable energy) is open to all incoming freshman students. The program is in Germany and fulfills an I-Series/Natural Sciences (non-lab)/Cultural Competence requirement for the general education program. Students will visit Berlin. In addition to visiting cultural sites, students also visit several industry sites. Last summer, some of the places students visited in Berlin included the Berlin Wasserwerk, Siemens Turbine Manufacturing Plant, U-Bahn Operations Center, Reichstag, and Pottsdam (Sanssouci).

For more information, visit the UMD Education Abroad Office.

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“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)

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