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
  • : Not Running 2018 - Will run May 2019
  • : TBD
  • : Friday, January 26, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers)


This program is now two, 3 credit courses for a total of 6 credits. You will receive a Pitt letter grade for each course. 

German Engineering Technology: This 3 credit course highlights technological approaches, global German production footprint, ergonomics in German production, and R&D management in the German context. The course includes factory tours and case studies. Here is the syllabus. 

German Engineering Culture: This 3 credit course focuses on the day-to-day business issues facing German engineers. The course will cover service businesses in Germany, workplace culture, digital factories, engineering law in Germany and a project that will tackle solving real engineering problems. Here is the syllabus.

In addition, the program includes cultural activities such as touring Upper Bavaria, Lake Tegernsee, a city tour of Munich, a cooking event, a city tour of Salzburg, and more! 

These courses should be reviewed by your Department’s Undergraduate Faculty Advisor for how they will be counted toward degree requirements. Syllabi will be posted soon. 

The lectures are conducted in English by a professor in the department of Engineering and Management at the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

Coursework may count towards the UCIS European Studies certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Prof. Dr. Andreas Rieger- Program Leader

Prof. Dr. Johannes Brombach- Program Leader

Maria Tomann- Department Office Coordinator

Katharina Sender- Administrative Assistant




You will be provided housing at a youth hostel. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Arrive in Munich Depart  Munich
Early May 2019 Early June 2019

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 two, 3 credit courses (total of 6 credits)
  • On-site orientation (including a group arrival dinner)
  • Housing in youth hostel
  • Some other meals
  • Airport transfer and ground transportation in Munich (4-week subway, bus and tramway ticket)
  • Health insurance
  • Admission to all scheduled tours and excursions (including reimbursement for museum visits)
  • Group departure ceremony and dinner

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).

Special Information

Check out these videos about the program: 

An overview of the program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXG4taShL78&t=4s

Listen to a student tell you why the program was meaningful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgVd0oE5NxY&t=15s

Students that have attended this program previously want you to know....

"I've never met a better staff of people than I did on this trip. The professors were some of the most knowledgeable I've ever had, true experts in their fields. To be able to have them give us tours of the facilities that they'd worked with was even better. The two trip coordinators, Maria and Katharina, were simply amazing. They went above and beyond for us, and truly treated us to a full cultural experience of Munich, Bavaria, and southern Germany."
- Thomas Zacher (Check out his blog!)


"Before this trip my career goals were all of self interest.  I like to solve problems, do math, and chemistry.  Now I can truly say I want to be an engineer to help make the world a better place.  This gives chemical engineering a greater meaning and I am proud to be on the road to accomplishing great things. "

- Michell Leech (Check out her blog)


Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Dr. Diane Hardy Saran

Walk-In Advising Hours:

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

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Dr. Kristine Lalley

Walk-In Advising Hours:

Bonjour! I became the Swanson School’s first Director of International Initiatives in August 2007. In this role I have collaborated with Swanson School faculty members to create international education opportunities for engineering students- including studying abroad, international internships and service learning projects along with other research opportunities abroad. I have also conducted research on learning processes in the context of international education. I studied in Paris, France during my junior year and continue to love visiting countries around the world whenever possible, learning as much as I can about other cultures. I enjoy supporting engineering students and seeing them change from their experiences abroad. 

Come talk with me about studying abroad!

Krl33@pitt.edu |  412-624-3489 | 152 Benedum Hall

@SSoEIntPrograms   |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg