Skip to content

Germany, Innovative Building & Design

18 Germany

Apply by February 15, 2018

The Course: GLS-120 Education Experience Abroad (3 credits) 
Sustainability is an emerging practice for Americans, but is a way of life for those in Europe. Students in this program will have firsthand experience with a wide range of innovative technology and practices Germany has to offer, and will witness the societal changes that accompany this way of living. This program is perfect for students of wide and varied interests who wish to see how technology, sustainability and historic preservation blend in creating beautiful buildings. This course meets the Humanities requirement for Kirkwood AAS students. 

Printable Program Sheet and Itinerary: 2018 Germany

The Destination: Stuttgart, Biberach, Lindau and Munich 
The experience begins in Stuttgart, the capital of southwest Germany’s Baden-Württemberg state. The city is known as a manufacturing hub and describes itself as the “new heart of Europe.” The city is filled with greens spaces, which wrap around its center. Next you will take a train south to Biberach for 5 days of hands-on training and classroom instruction. In the evening you can explore the town on foot. The market place with its patrician buildings, its fountain and its renovated town hall is one of the loveliest in the south of Germany. To complete the program, you spend a day and evening in Lindau; a town on Lake Constance in Bavaria, Germany, known for its old town, on an island. In the harbor are a Bavarian Lion statue and the stone Lindau Lighthouse, with lake and mountain views. The final two days are spent in Munich, Bavaria’s capital, which is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous cultural highlights. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest and the attractive central Marienplatz square with landmarks such as the architecturally stunning Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall). 

The Experience Highlights:
Study at Bildungszentrum in Biberach, Germany. The center addresses different training requirements targeting groups from students, apprentices, journeymen, foremen, master carpenters, planners, architects and construction company´s support staff offers an integrative training concept in the field of timber construction. The center aims to become more involved in identifying the European trends and up-to-date development in the field of carpentry and construction trades and to contribute to their further enhancement. The training programs are a mixture of lectures, practical skills and site visits. In the evenings and on the weekends the participants are free to explore the region, rich of history and culture.
  • Hands-on training and field visits in Biberach, Germany (Meals included at training center)
  • Spring Fest and Soccer match in Stuttgart
  • Excursion to Lindau and Lake Constance (Border of Austria and Switzerland)
  • Visit Dachau Concentration Camp
  • Day in Munich designed by you
  • BMW Factory Tour or Mercedes Benz
Estimated Program Fee: $3,950 
($1,000 Global Advantage Scholarships for Qualified Students) 

  • Round Trip Airfare 
  • Housing 
  • Some meals 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Cultural Excursions 
Does Not Include: 
  • Tuition for 3 Summer 2018 credits 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Passport Fee 
Faculty Contacts:
Joe Greathouse, Professor, Construction Management
Jones Hall, Room 134

Steve Hanisch, Carpentry 
Jones Hall room 160A