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Guten Tag, Germany!

Take your engineering class on another continent—maybe even vlog about it.


Photo credit: Michelle Widjanarko

  •   Author: Tiffany Kajiwara
  •   Published: October 2, 2019
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Calvin engineering majors don’t have to choose between going abroad and graduating on time. With the Summer Program in Germany, you can spend six weeks in Berlin while gaining a competitive edge in your field.

International experience prepares you to thrive in a global field, and it's particularly valued by engineering employers. Studying abroad can break down cultural barriers and improve your communication skills. And because employers value international experience so highly, we've made it a key part of the Calvin engineering program. At Calvin, you can explore another continent while making yourself stand out in the job market.

Studying abroad shouldn’t mess up your timeline, though. Since you’ll take your class during the summer, you can get one step ahead instead of falling one step behind. Explore new cities and don’t worry about getting off schedule.

To remember her experience, engineering student Emily Dwyer vlogged the 2018 trip. Here’s a fraction of what she did in her adventure abroad—see what you can do, too.

Discover the German Museum of Technology

Emily and her friends went to the German Museum of Technology. Here, you can learn about a 26-year-old’s journey creating the first computer, or maybe you’d rather learn about the world through the lens of sugar.

Emily spent some time in the aerospace exhibit. She moved on to learn more about battleships, but not before her friends recreated a scene from the Titanic.

Explore new cities

Emily and her friends ventured into cities like Koblenz. The city was established as a part of the Roman empire, and it’s home to the second largest preserved fortress in Europe.

Since Koblenz is known for being on the banks of two rivers, they walked the path along the shore. They agreed that Koblenz was a beautiful city—even if they couldn’t agree on how to say the city’s name.

Walk through castle ruins

Heidelberg Castle was a monument in the Holy Roman Empire, and it’s still a monument in modern-day Germany. The red structure tucked away in green forests was once considered the eighth wonder of the world.

Against the backdrop of the surrounding city, the group took some photos on the balcony. Emily wondered at the towering walls and incredible view. Her friend saw a real-estate opportunity.

Find the full vlog here or check out their blog. For more information about the Engineering Summer Program in Germany, visit their off-campus programs page.

  •   Author: Tiffany Kajiwara
  •   Published: October 2, 2019

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