Why Engineering+German? Because German companies comprise a large sector of investment in the economy of the state of Georgia, and indeed, in the Southeastern U.S., providing a wealth of desirable job opportunities.
Some 800-German-owned facilities, small and large --including manufacturers-- employ more than 36,000 Georgians in competitively compensated, highly-trained positions. In some cases, employers offer training and the ability to relocate to their other locations around the globe.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development opened a European trade and investment office in Munich in Jan. 2020, citing Germany as one of the state's top investor nations.
German culture values hard work, efficiency,environmental sustainability, and innovation. These traits have been borne out in successful products and services in the economic sectors, as well as the public sector, benefiting society at large, as demonstrated with the first vaccine for COVID-19 by German bio-tech company BioNTech in partnership with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Adding value to your engineering degree
Engineers with foreign language skills and strong intercultural competence stand out in the global economy. By combining UGA's demanding engineering education with German language proficiency and a solid understanding of intercultural relations -- and the hands-on, immersive work experience in Germany in your capstone year -- sets you apart. The international experience, whether it's in mechanical, biochemical, or some other engineering specialization, brings added value to a potential employer, whether in Georgia or Germany.
Savvy STEM students recognize the value of adding a humanities education, with its interdisciplinary training that fosters critical thinking skills, and an expanded worldview that facilitates global interaction in academia and the workplace, shaping you in unexpected ways. Bilingualism is a valuable skillset, rounded out with an intercultural understanding that fosters -- and indeed is necessary for -- relationships in other cultures and countries. This comes through examining the literature, film, and specific cultural knowledge needed to live and work abroad or for an international company based in the U.S.