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Encounter Engineering in Europe
Berlin, Germany; Brannenburg, Germany; Hamburg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
Program Description:
Program Description:

Encounter Engineering in Europe (E3) 2018 

2015 group with shoeThis 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.

See what life is really like on the E3 program by reading our 2017 blog!

Want to meet the other students and faculty traveling with you this summer?  Check out our Facebook page!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, 3 hours)
June 10 July 2 $3,300 instate: $1,194
out of state: $2,046

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 arrive in Germany on June 11 (which means you will need to leave the US on June 10).  Your return ticket should be on July 2.

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


April 14 10:00am Parents' Orientation
May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 17 Fee bills are due
June 10 Depart the US
June 11 Arrive in Hamburg; afternoon tour of Miniatur Wunderland and Harbor Walk
June 12 Class in AM; afternoon walking tour of Hamburg; Music and Lights show in Planten un Blomen
June 13 Presentation from Hamburg Aviation and Airbus; class; tour of Deutsche Bahn Factory
June 14 Class in AM; afternoon tour of Airbus
June 15 Tour of Blohm Voss; presentation on Renewable Energy
June 16 Free Day 
June 17 Fish market; depart Hamburg; arrive in Berlin; walking tour of Berlin; Reichstag Tour
June 18 Class; evening tour of the Eastside gallery
June 19 Volkswagon Factory Tour; tour of VW Archives
June 20 Class
June 21 Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
June 22 ic! Berlin tour
June 23 free weekend
June 24 free weekend
June 25 Depart Berlin; arrive in Brannenburg
June 26 Class
June 27 BMW Research & Development; BMW factory tour; Munich walking tour
June 28 Class; afternoon brewery tour
June 29 Class in AM; Deutsche Museum
June 30 Class
July 1 Class; afternoon excursion
July 2 Depart Brannenburg; fly home or continue to explore Europe on your own
Aug  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 an Engineering major (any concentration with 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 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, 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 2, 2018.

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 in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, 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
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

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.

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Host University Comments
Beautiful University. Food was delicious.
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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