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Germany: Explore German Technology and Culture
Munich, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Program Cost Spring
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: College of Engineering and Mineral Resources Best Fit Majors: Engineering
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led, Spring Break
Credits Earned: 3 Faculty Leader: Todd Hamrick
Program Description:


Germany: Explore German Technology and Culture

This course will give students a look at working as an engineer in a global environment, and will count toward the Statler College Certificate of Global Competency.  Students will learn about working internationally around the world, using Germany as a focus for understanding other engineering and business cultures. This includes gaining a basic understanding of the language and history that make cultures unique. The trip also will have a number of technical components including one of the worlds' largest science museums, factory tours of plastic parts, a tour of the BMW factory, a cable car system, nuclear fusion energy research, and more.



City: Munich

Country: Germany

Population: 1.388 Million

Information: Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and cavernous beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the walkable Old Town, Marienplatz is a central square containing landmarks such as Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show.

Places of Interest:
Nymphenburg Palace


ENGR 293N - SPTP: Exploring German Engr - 2 credits
ENGR 293O - SPTP: Exploring German Engr - Trvl - 1 credit

The purpose of this course is to expose students to engineering as a global profession. Students will learn how to work as an engineer in an international environment. Focusing on Germany, students will learn the language, culture, customs, and history of another country, especially in regards to engineering. Students will also travel to that country in order to gain practical, first-hand experience with the coursework. The travel will focus not on sightseeing, but on site visits to sites of cultural and historic relevance, as well as factories, facilities and universities relevant to the study and practice of engineering. The course fulfills 3 hours of the cultural component of the Statler College Certificate of Global Competency.
Course Objectives
Students completing this course successfully will: 
 * Students will acquire basic knowledge of other languages and cultures while acquiring or applying engineering or computer science skills. (Consistent with ABET Outcomes h and j)
 * Students will develop communication and interpersonal skills to work with people of different backgrounds. (Consistent with ABET Outcomes d and g)
 * Students will acquire an appreciation for contemporary issues and of the role of engineering or computer science solutions in a societal context. (Consistent with ABET Outcomes h and j) 

Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing this course successfully will be able to: 
 * Work effectively in different international settings,
 * Have an awareness of the major currents of global change and the issues arising from such changes,
 * Develop a knowledge of global organizations and business activities,
 * Have the capacity for effective communication across cultural and linguistic boundaries, and
 * Have personal adaptability to diverse cultures,
 * Apply these outcomes both globally in general, and specifically in regards to Germany. 


Todd Hamrick

Teaching Assistant Professor/Academic Advisor
Teaching Assistant Professor, Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, WVU
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, WVU
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, WVU
B.A., German, WVU

Phone: (304) 293-7104
Office: ESB G111D

Dr. Todd Hamrick, PhD is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Freshman Engineering Program at West Virginia University's Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, a position he has held since 2011. He received his PhD that same year from WVU in Mechanical Engineering, with studies in efficiency improvement in well drilling and organic solar cells. Dr. Hamrick received undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and German in 1987, and returned to academia after a 22 year engineering career in industry. During his career Dr. Hamrick served in a broad range of positions including design, product development, tool and die, manufacturing, sales, and management. His teaching style brings practical, innovative, experience based learning to the classroom, where hands on projects that reflect real world applications are valued by students. Since 1998 he has mentored and lead youth organizations including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and First Robotics, with youth ranging in ages from first grade through high school.


Total Cost: $3,800
* Includes:WVU Course Credit
* Round Trip Airfare
* All Lodging and Transportation
* Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
* Academic Excursions such as worlds' largest science and aircraft museums, factory tours of plastic automotive parts, a tour of the BMW factory and recycling facility

Billing for the programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Education Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Semester Tuition and Fees. Students will receive correspondence from OGA with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

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