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Encounter Engineering in Europe
Berlin, Germany; Brannenburg, Germany; Hamburg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer Semester
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Minimum GPA:
Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

Encounter Engineering in Europe (E3) 2017 | facebookicon

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Please note: as of 10/31/2016, this program is currently full.  Students who apply will be placed on a waitlist.

This is a program for anyone who is interested in engineering!

You will tour a variety of diverse factories to see firsthand how industries apply technology today and learn about past technologies by visiting museums.

Not only will you gain invaluable engineering knowledge, but you will also be exposed to another culture and gain a global perspective by traveling in Germany for three weeks! Earn three credit hours!

You do not need to speak or learn German to participate!

  • E3 studentStudy state-of-the-art manufacturing and technology
  • Tour factories in one of the world's most advanced engineering communities, Germany
  • Take classes in English!  You do not need to know German!
  • Experience a different culture safely, right on location
  • Travel to other countries on your free weekend
  • Live in one of the most beautiful and historically significant regions in Europe
  • Get the most for your money: all meals, housing, and health insurance are included!
This is an unique opportunity to combine travel, immersion into a new culture, and earning LSU credit (technical elective and/or required engineering course) at an affordable price.

Want to know what the group did last year?  Check out the 2016 program's blog!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 3 hours)
June 9 July 1 $3,300 instate: $1,059
out of state: $1,911

E3 2012 with luggageProgram Fee Includes

  • Housing
  • All meals (except during free weekend)
  • Ground transportation
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Transportation between sites in Germany
  • Health insurance


Meals: Students will receive three meals/day as part of the program.  Most of the meals will be taken at the hotels.  On fieldtrip days, Ms. Davis (the Program Director) will arrange for sack lunches or for the group to eat in a local restaurant near the fieldtrip site.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition for all courses you take through LSU, including courses on the E3 program.

mikefrankfurtAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  You will be notified by Ms. Davis when you should purchase airfare.  Do not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so.  Once you are told to purchase airfare, you should plan to fly on June 10 (which means you will need to leave the US on June 9).  Your return ticket should be on June 30.

Spending money: Although all meals while the group is together are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, such as snacks, meals during your free weekend, and souvenirs. You should plan to bring your spending money to Germany on a debit or credit card.  Do not bring travelers' checks! 

Don't forget to call your bank and let them know that your card will be used in Germany and the dates you will be there, so that they don't block your card for suspicious charges once they see purchases from Germany showing up on your card.  


engineers in classStudents choose one of the courses offered on the program.  You must meet all pre-requisites for the course you take in Germany.

Prerequisites are listed in the LSU Course Catalog.

IE 4785: this course allows students to research and study German companies and their manufacturing processes, focusing on how technology is used.  

Before departing the US, students will conduct in-depth research on specific topics that pertain directly to their fields of study. Each company visited while in Germany will be discussed prior to the tour, so that students can ask questions on the tours that pertain to their research.  

HNRS 2020: this course develops students' first-hand understanding of, and appreciation for, manufacturing in a foreign country, as well as an understanding of how technology reflects the values and culture of any given society.  

There will be three full or half-day excursions per week to see technology in actual production environments.
Course Description
HNRS 2020* Technical Literacy: Contemporary International Communications, Design, and Industrial Processes
IE 4785 Special Topics in Industrial Engineering

*can be taken for Gen Ed credit


May 3 Summer fee bills available via myLSU
May 13 10:00am Parents' Orientation
May 18 Summer fee bills are due
June 9 Depart USA
June 10 Arrive in Hamburg
June 11 Free morning; afternoon tour of the city
June 12 Tour Montblanc
June 13 Tour Airbus; afternoon classes
June 14 Tour Lufthansa Technique; afternoon classes
June 15 Travel to Berlin; BMW Motorcycle tour
June 16 ic! Berlin tour; afternoon classes
June 17 Tour of city; Reichstag (German Parliament) tour
June 18 Free Day
June 19 Travel to Brannenburg
June 20 Classes
June 21 BMW R&D; Deutsches Museum
June 22 Morning classes; brewery tour
June 23 Free Weekend
June 24 Free Weekend
June 25 Free Weekend
June 26 Classes
June 27 Krones Tour; Corrtec Tour
June 28 Morning classes; Dachau tour
June 29 Classes
June 30  
July 1 Program ends; fly home or continue to travel Europe on your own
Aug 2 Grades are available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


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Mrs. Paige Davis
Program Director
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Eligibility & Withdrawal

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In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students)
  • Be a student in the College of Engineering
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take
Application Deadline
March 31, 2017

Although the application deadline is March 31, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 3, 2017.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and the tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU on May 3 and are due on May 18.

If you withdraw from the program: After February 3, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The schedule of payments for students who withdraw is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 3, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after March 3, 2017 $500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after March 31, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after April 21, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.