Finding Nano: Nanotechnology & Culture in Germany
Sponsor: Northwestern University Study Abroad Office, in conjunction with the Technische Universität München
Location: Munich, Germany
Description:This 6-week program takes advantage of the high tech expertise of the Technische Universität München (the Technical University of Munich), by offering an in-depth look at the fundamentals of nanotechnology, exposure to the heart of German culture, and opportunities to interact with German students. As one of only three universities distinguished with the German Excellence Award in 2006, the Technische Universität München is a leading university in Germany and Europe, serving as an important global player in the international world of science and technology. This program provides the unique opportunity to visit nine different research technology centers in Germany to get a behind-the-scenes look at German technological culture, highlighting possible career opportunities.
Term Notes: June 17th - July 28th, 2013
- Cumulative GPA of 3.3
- This program is intended for students who have finished their junior years, but exceptionally advanced sophomores are welcome to apply.
- Students must have taken introductory level quantum mechanics at Northwestern before beginning the program, either quantum chemistry (CHEM 342-2), quantum electronics (EECS 223), quantum materials (MAT SCI 351-1, 351-2), or basic quantum mechanics (PHYS 339-1, 339-2).
Students enroll in all three of the following one-credit courses and the required non-credit supplement to earn a total of three credits at Northwestern.
- Electronic Properties of Nanoengineered Materials: This course introduces students to the rapidly developing field of nanoengineered materials with special focus on their electronic properties, fabrication processes and applications. Download a course syllabus (pdf).
- Nanotechnology in Germany: This course gives students an overview of the technological landscape of Germany, with an emphasis on nanotechnology centers and excursions to industrial sites such as BMW and research laboratories including Max-Planck-Institute. Download a course syllabus (pdf).
- German Language: Students take a placement test upon arrival in Munich and are placed in an appropriate course (beginner or intermediate) with other students.
- Required Non-Credit Supplement: German Culture and History: Excursions to cultural sites give both an introduction to the cultural and political profile and to the importance of technology in the development of the arts and the architecture in history. Social events complement the daily life experience and create opportunities to interact with other students.
Students can earn a 4th quarter credit by adding on an 8-week or longer summer research internship opportunity at RWTH Aachen University, a leading technical research university located on Germany's western border. For more info, please contact Professor Matthew Grayson.
To apply, Northwestern students must complete the following steps.
- Schedule an interview with Professor Matthew Grayson prior to the application deadline. Please email Professor Grayson to schedule an interview.
- Complete a Northwestern Summer Study Abroad Application by March 1.
- Complete a Technical University of Munich (TUM) Application and upload it along with one copy of your resume to the "Transcript" section of the Northwestern Study Abroad Application by March 1.
Languages: English, German
Language Requirements:None; however, students are required to take a German language course while on the program.
Housing:Single rooms or double rooms at university dormitories.
Summer 2013: $6,200
- The program fee includes: tuition, housing, some meals, books, transit pass, program excursions, German health insurance, HTH health insurance, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee.
- Students should plan to budget an additional $2,700-$3,100 for round-trip airfare, meals, personal expenses.
- Summer Undergraduate Research Grants, sponsored by the Provost, provide unrestricted funds to cover research and living expenses for full-time summer projects, plus a portion of travel expenses for international projects. See the Summer Undergraduate Research Grants web page for more information.
- Northwestern students receiving financial aid during the academic year may be eligible for summer aid for this program. If awarded, summer assistance may count as one of your 12 quarters of aid eligibility. Visit the Summer Scholarships page for additional information.