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Finding Nano: Nanotechnology & Culture in Germany

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Sponsor: Northwestern University Study Abroad Office, in conjunction with the Technische Universität München (TUM)

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.  Having earned the German Excellence Award in 2006 and 2012, the Technische Universität München (TUM) 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 several industry sites (GE Global Research, BMW), research laboratories (Max-Planck-Institute, Nanosystems Initiative Munich) and start-up technology companies (Attocube) in Germany to get a behind-the-scenes look at German technological culture, highlighting possible international internship, research and career opportunities.

Terms: 

  • Summer

Term Notes: June 16th - July 27th, 2014

Requirements: 

  • 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).

Course Info: 

Students enroll in all three courses listed below, along with the required non-credit supplement, to earn a total of three credits at Northwestern:

  • Electronic Properties of Nanoengineered Materials (NanoSCI):  This course introduces students to the rapidly developing field of nanoengineered materials with special focus on their electronic properties, fabrication processes and applications. 
  • Nanotechnology in Germany - Implementing Science, Research and Technology in Germany (NanoTECH):  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. 
  • 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.

Download the syllabus (pdf) for all three courses.

Internship opportunity:
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.

Admission Info: 

To apply, Northwestern students must complete the following steps:

  1. Schedule an interview with Professor Matthew Grayson prior to the application deadline. Please email Professor Grayson to schedule an interview.
  2. Complete a Northwestern Summer Study Abroad Application by March 1. 
  3. 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.
Students interested in conducting research or internships abroad in conjunction with the Nanotechnology program should submit their application materials (including the NU Study Abroad Application, Technical University of Munich application and resume) to the Study Abroad Office as soon as possible for early review.

Languages: English, German

Language Requirements: 

None; however, students are required to take a German language course while on the program.

Housing: 

Accommodation in a student hostel;  students share a bedroom with other program participants.  Kitchen facility available for student use to prepare simple meals.

Program Costs: 

Summer 2014: $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.

Scholarships:

  • 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.

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