Global Technology Practice in Stuttgart

Four-Week Summer Program in Stuttgart, Germany

DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 1st, 2020

Since 2007, Professor Dana Elzey has been taking students to Stuttgart, Germany, for 4 weeks each summer, to study the development and use of technology in Germany and the role of cultural values in shaping technology practice. Stuttgart is one of the leading centers for scientific research, nanotechnology, automotive and aerospace engineering, advanced manufacturing, biomedical technology, robotics, and alternative and sustainable energy. Students will gain new perspectives on education, training and professional practice and the socio/cultural environment of the engineer in Germany.

This program is open to ALL UVA undergraduates. Students from other fields will also benefit from greater understanding and awareness of the globalization of business and innovation. There is no language requirement.

Participants earn a total of 6 credit hours. Students will first participate in a two-week course in German Studies (GETR 3559) for 3 credits, taught by lecturers at the University of Stuttgart.

The second half of the course focuses on site visits to various manufacturing plants, centers for basic and applied research, the Mercedes-Benz Museum and alternative energy facilities.  Students will gain knowledge of business organization and practice, logistics, manufacturing technology and experience the forefront of renewable energy technology and production.

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"This experience not only gave me a new perspective on my own country and culture, but it showed me how another country functions, opening my eyes to a different culture which broadened and expanded my knowledge of the world."

Paris Roohafzaii, 2017 GTP Participant

Summer Abroad Program in Stuttgart, Germany - Summer 2018