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
  • : Mid May 2017 - Early June 2017
  • : 2017 TBD: 2016 prices: $3,800 In-State | $4,000 Out-of-State
  • : Friday, January 20, 2017
  • : 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 3 credit 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

Coursework may count towards UCIS European Studies certificate.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Prof. Dr. Andreas Rieger- Program Leader

Prof. Dr. Johannes Brombach- Program Leader

Katharina Sender- Department Office Coordinator

Maria Tomann- works in the Faculty Support Office and helps German students organizing their study program. 



You will be provided housing at a youth hostel. 

Pricing And Dates

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
2017 TBD: 2016 fees: $3,800  2017 TBD: 2016 fees: $4,000
Arrive in Munich Depart  Munich
Mid May 2017 Eary June 2017

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).

Special Information

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!)


Get Ready! Applications open August 1!  

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

@SSoEIntPrograms     |    www.facebook.com/SSOEIntProg


Dr. Kristine Lalley

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