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 2019 program will be led by Professor Joshua Shrout (Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences) along with Dr. Frank Wolff (History, University of Osnabruck). Besides classes and field trips in Berlin, students will also go on academic excursions to other German cities, where they will interact with engineering experts from different fields.

In Professor Shrout's "Water, Cholera, Anthrax, and Berlin," students explore the links between city planning and the conveyance of water with public health and limiting prevalent diseases important in modern society. The city where Robert Koch conducted seminal work in the discovery of the diseases Cholera and Anthrax, Berlin offers multiple examples, both current and historical, that will be used as a foundation to learn about diseases encountered presently in both developed and developing countries. Field trips will enhance lectures on water infrastructure and different diseases as we explore public health strategies to limit disease transmission.

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.


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

  • EG 34XXX: Water, Cholera, Anthrax, and Berlin (Engineering Technical Elective)
  • GE 3424: European History, Politics, and Society (Fulfills HIST requirement)


Program Dates: May 24, 2019 – July 6, 2019

Program Calendar

May 24: Arrival in Berlin and Apartment Move-In 

May 25: Orientation Weekend, Day 1

May 26: Orientation Weekend, Day 2

May 27: First day of classes

July 5: Farewell Dinner

July 6: 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
TBD (The 2018 program fee was: $8,600)

  • 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

William Collins Donahue