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ENGR-GRMN Frequently Asked Questions

 

​ German-Engineering students from the University of Georgia have dinner on campus at KIT in Germany
University of Georgia GRMN+ENGR students have dinner together in campus housing at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) during their capstone year abroad. Besides engineering courses, students also have language immersion studies at The Goethe Institute in Bonn, and experiential learning via an international internship in their engineering field.

 

How does the German+Engineering dual degree program work?

GRMN + ENGR is an innovative five-year academic program in which highly motivated students receive a well-rounded education combining the humanities with STEM. Students earn an A.B. in German and a B.S. in the Engineering field of their choice. There's also an experiential learning component: study abroad and international work experience through an internship with one of ______ German companies. an education in the fundamentals of engineering and design with advanced German language proficiency and intercultural competency. 

The program has four components:

  • Engineering fundamentals and design as well as other courses leading to an undergraduate degree in a specific engineering discipline;
  • German language, literature, and culture courses leading to a second undergraduate degree with a major in German;
  • One semester of study at a respected German technical university (the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology);
  • An engineering-focused internship for 3 to 4 months with a company in Germany.

The program is a collaboration of the University of Georgia's College of Engineering and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

Do I need to know German already?

No!  You can enter the program with no prior German language study. If you do not know any German or you took one year or less of German in high school, then you should start with GRMN 1001 Elementary German I in YOUR FIRST SEMESTER at UGAIf you took two years or more of German in high school, take the placement test and either register for GRMN 1110 Accelerated Elementary German or for a higher level German course, such as GRMN 2001 Intermediate German I, based on the placement test results.

Standard GRMN Course Sequence – First Three Years Only:

  • (GRMN 1001 and GRMN 1002) or GRMN 1110 (first year)
  • GRMN 2001 and GRMN 2002 (second year)
  • GRMN 3015, GRMN 3020, plus and additional 3000 level GRMN course (third year)
What is the basic process to expect during my year in Germany?

You first will spend approximately four weeks in intensive language training at the Goethe Institute in Bonn and then transition to the German technical university. Upon your arrival at the university approximately one month before classes start, you will have additional language training, an orientation program and obtain your housing assignment. During these initial few weeks at the university, you also will work with a faculty mentor who will help you select the engineering classes to take.  Before you go to Germany, you should also coordinate with the engineering and German program advisors to prepare an initial list of courses to consider taking, but the actual selection process will not be done until your meeting with the German university advisors.

What are the requirements for the year of study and internship in Germany?

 There are five basic requirements that a student must meet before attending the German technical university and participating in a German based internship as part of the UGA Engineering – German Program.

  1. A student must be formally registered with the Engineering – German Program and have declared both engineering and German as their major in Athena.
  2. Students who participate in the dual degree program, like all other students who major in German, will be required to earn a grade of C or higher in any course they wish to apply toward their German major. Furthermore, in order to be considered eligible for the year of study and work abroad (designed to be students’ fourth year of study), they must demonstrate their readiness by successful completion of the fifth-semester German language course for engineers (GRMN 3010-E).
  3. An additional course taught in German at the 3000/4000 level is highly encouraged before going to Germany.
  4. The student must successfully complete an oral interview in German conducted by the UGA Engineering German Program faculty.
  5. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of engineering courses appropriate for their degree objective.  UGA students participating in the Engineering and German exchange program will be required to have, at the time of their application to the program, a minimum B average (3.0 GPA) in their German and Engineering courses counting toward the completion of the two degree programs.
Are there any scholarships available to cover travel, living, and education expenses for the capstone year in Germany?

We're so glad you asked! Info on Halle award, Kicklighter? Other sources?

What are the internship options in Germany?

You first will spend approximately four weeks in intensive language training at the Goethe Institute in Bonn and then transition to the German technical university. Upon your arrival at the university approximately one month before classes start, you will have additional language training, an orientation program and obtain your housing assignment. During these initial few weeks at the university, you also will work with a faculty mentor who will help you select the engineering classes to take.  Before you go to Germany, you should also coordinate with the engineering and German program advisors to prepare an initial list of courses to consider taking, but the actual selection process will not be done until your meeting with the German university advisors.

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