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UVA in Germany: Global Technology Practice
Stuttgart, Germany (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 20-MAY-2018 16-JUN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15. Accepted students must depart the U.S. on May 19th to arrive in Germany on May 20th.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Engineering, European Studies, Information Technology
Program Description:


The Global Technology Practice program is designed to give students an introduction to the development and use of technology in Germany and the role of cultural values in shaping technology practice. The program is centered in Stuttgart, one of the leading centers for scientific research, nanotechnology, automotive and aerospace engineering, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and alternative and sustainable energy. The course enables participants to explore questions such as, why Germany is among the world's leaders in the design, production and use of alternative, sustainable energy, including wind, solar, wave and geothermal. What are the demographic, historical and cultural factors that have made Germany's formidable reputation for engineering the world's finest production automobiles? Comparisons with the US allow students to gain a better understanding of the factors that have pushed the US to the forefront in certain areas, but have held it back in others.

Engineering students will benefit from the course through new perspectives on the education, training and professional practice, and the social/cultural environment of the engineer in Germany. New frames of reference allow participants to compare and contrast their own education, professional goals and socio-cultural values with those of the host country. This increased knowledge and awareness of global context will enhance the student's ability to remain competitive as a professional engineer and engage more effectively in the global engineering enterprise.

Students from other fields will also benefit from greater understanding and awareness of the globalization of technology practice and marketing, and deeper understanding of the role of scientific research, engineering and culture in technology practice.


Students visiting Max-Plank Institute
for Materials Research

The program is centered in Stuttgart, a city of roughly 400,000 inhabitants. Stuttgart is the county seat of Baden Wuerttemberg, located in the southwestern corner of Germany, and having borders with France and Switzerland. Strasbourg is approx. one hour to the west of Stuttgart and Basel about a two-hour train ride. Stuttgart is well known for some its most famous sons, including Gottlieb Daimler, the inventor of the automobile, and Robert Bosch, inventor of fuel injection systems. Stuttgart's one-thousand year history is rife with the evidence of its significant role in the cultural, political and technological development of Europe.

The program includes a three-day excursion to the Alps, an area famous for its natural beauty, unique culture and opportunities for hiking and climbing. Several organized hikes will be available, as well as opportunities to enjoy the cuisine, and overnight in an alpine chalet.

Goals and Objectives
The objectives of ENGR 4595 are to:

  • Enable students to recognize and gain confidence in their ability to overcome cultural and other barriers to communication, exchange and collaboration, thereby enhancing their preparation for engagement in the global science, engineering and technology enterprise.
  • Increase professionalism by increasing awareness of both the advantages and shortcomings of the student's own educational and professional experiences and opportunities.
  • Encourage and stimulate engineering leadership through exposure to new ideas in engineering education and professional practice, and to different priorities and attitudes about technology, and the role of organizational and cultural context.
  • Enable and encourage participants to make friends and establish professional ties with the host country, both in academic and professional contexts.
  • Gain familiarity and working knowledge of a wide variety of renewable energy technologies, as well as deeper understanding of many of the issues related to environmental sustainability.  

The program hotel is a modern, comfortable hotel. The hotel is very conveniently located, being fifteen minutes from downtown Stuttgart by foot or five minutes by streetcar. The hotel offers highspeed (cable) internet, washer/dryer facilities, a study lounge, outdoor courtyard, and an excellent continental breakfast.


Global Technology Practice: Germany
(ENGR 4595; 3 credits)

Stuttgart in the Midst of Germany and Europe
(GETR 3559; 3 credits)

Course Information
This program is open to ALL UVA undergraduates.

Participants earn a total of 6 credits for this program. Students will first participate in a two-week course in German Cultural Studies course for 3 credits led by a University of Stuttgart instructor. Part of this course will be to write a research paper on a topic of interest related to Stuttgart. Thinking about paper topics and research sources prior to departure is highly encouraged.

2012 group

2012 Program Participants

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at then top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. Program participants may walk several miles per day. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.

Program director Dana Elzey,, is Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Virginia. His interest in Germany was first awakened by its literature, philosophy and music. This interest eventually led him to move to Germany for six years, and to complete a doctorate in materials science at the Universität Stuttgart. He also researched and taught materials science at the Max-Planck Institut in Stuttgart. He has led this program since 2007.


Stuttgart Stiftskirche Clock Tower