Quick Info

  • Munich, Germany
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Engineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • : Typically Mid May - -early June (2016 dates TBD)
  • : 2015 prices: $3750 In-State | $3,950 Out-of-State (2016 prices TBD)
  • : TBD- Mid Jan 2016
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers)


This 3-credit course typically fufills a technical elective credit pending your academic advisor’s approval. The course is offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. The course covers 6 modules of technical topics and an overview of the development process for complex products like automobiles or machines, each being supplemented by a factory tour. The lectures are conducted in English by a professor in the department of Engineering and Management at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. You can review the 2015 syllabi for the course modules here. 

The course topics include:

  • R&D Management
  • Production and Manufacturing Systems
  • Digital Factory Layout and Factory Simulation
  • Product Ergonomics and Ergonomic Aspects in Manufacturing

In addition to these class topics, you will choose from one of the following profession skill options:

  • Technology Law and Technical Harmonization in Europe
  • Industrial Workforce Dynamics  in Germany


On-Site Faculty And Staff

Professor Döhl is head of the Engineering the German Way summer school and responsible for the academic content of the program. You will meet him in the Work-force dynamics class classes and at most of the day trips. At the Munich University of Applied Sciences, he teaches Marketing for Engineers.

Maria works in the Faculty Support Office and helps German students organizing their study program. In the summer school program, she oversees the budget and makes sure that every bus and every tour guide is there on time. Maria loves hiking in the mountains. On the weekend she spends a lot of her time at the beautiful countryside outside of Munich with its lakes and mountains.

At MUAS, Martina is responsible for the international activities at the department of Engineering and Management, for both incoming and outgoing students. Together with Maria, she organizes the program and makes sure that the program runs smoothly and students have a wonderful time in Munich. Martina loves skiing and mountainbiking and enjoys reading books in Munich’s beautiful parks and gardens. The Olympic Garden is her favorite.



You will be provided housing at a youth hostel. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
2015 fees -$3,750 (2016 fees TBD) 2015 fees-$3,950 (2016 fees TBD)
Arrive in Munich Depart Munich
(Tentative) Mid May (Tentative) early June

Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our budgeting page for more information.

Questions about Scholarships available? Check out our scholarship page and note that SSoE has a scholarship specifically for Pitt engineering students.

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of the fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 3 Pitt credits, on-site orientation (including a group arrival dinner)
  • Housing in youth hostel
  • Some other meals
  • Airport transfer and ground transportation in Munich (3-week subway, bus and tramway ticket)
  • Health insurance
  • Admission to all scheduled tours and excursions (including reimbursement for museum visits), and group departure ceremony and dinner at the conclusion of the program. 

Keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300.00)
  • Airfare (round trip ~$1,000-$1,500)
  • Personal expenses (depends on personal spending habits).

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Buna! That’s hello in Romanian. 
After returning from being a Peace Corp volunteer in Transylvania- I decided to work in the field of international education helping international students.  Life took me back to Buffalo, NY (where I grew up- land of chicken wings)- and I worked for SUNY Buffalo for many years assisting international students and scholars.  In 2010, I moved to the ‘Burgh- and am now assisting engineering students to study abroad. 
For fun I enjoy volunteering with my therapy dog Nora, yoga and fitness, international films, crocheting, and travel (of course).

Come talk with me about studying abroad! 

dmhardy@pitt.edu |  412-624-9823 | 152 Benedum Hall

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