German Engineering Program

This Berlin-based 6-week, 6-credit, faculty-led program connects Notre Dame engineering students with Germany’s multifaceted engineering landscape. The 2018 program will be led by Professor Christian Poellabauer (Computer Science & Engineering) along with Dr. Frank Wolff (History, University of Osnabruck).

In Professor Poellabauer’s course “The Internet of Things,” students explore the basic building blocks that make the IoT possible, including the underlying core hardware components, basic input/output operations, wireless radio technologies, and sensing/actuation devices. During site visits to different IoT companies, students will deepen their theoretical foundations and learn about IoT’s real-world application from and with German engineering experts.

In “European History, Society, and Politics,” Dr. Wolff provides an introduction to the political, social and cultural history of Germany from the end of the Second World War to the present. We will use what we learn in the city of Berlin and on excursions to inform our understanding of German and European culture. Excursions to Dresden and Munich augment visits to important Berlin landmarks, such as the Reichstag and the Philharmonic. GEP students will come to know a country that has produced some of the world’s greatest engineering feats.

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Note: All students in the program are required to enroll in both of the following courses for a total of 6 credits.

  • CSE34468: The Internet of Things (Engineering Technical Elective)
  • GE 3424: European History, Politics, and Society (Fulfills HIST requirement)


Program Dates: May 25, 2018 – July 7th, 2018

Program Calendar

May 25: Arrival in Berlin and Apartment Move-In 

May 26: Orientation Weekend, Day 1

May 27: Orientation Weekend, Day 2

May 28: First day of classes

June 10 - 13: Excursion to Munich

June 27 - June 29: Excursion to Dresden

July 6: Farewell Dinner

July 7: End of Program; Student departure

All Notre Dame freshmen, sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards. Visiting students also eligible.

Housing and Meals
Students will live in modern apartments in the center of Berlin with shared bath, living, and kitchen. We are ideally located near underground and suburban rail stations within minutes of shopping, restaurants, and cultural institutions. The program fee does not include meals or personal spending.

Program Fee

  • 6 Notre Dame credits
  • Accommodation
  • All program academic outings and field trips
  • Transport to and from airport
  • On-site program support from Notre Dame faculty
  • ​GeoBlue international health and emergency evacuation insurance

Program Fee does not include:

  • Airfare (approx. $1,200) • Meals (approx. $1,000)
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal spending money 

Application Instructions

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Program Contacts
QUESTIONS - please email:
Denise Della Rossa

Steffen Kaupp

William Collins Donahue