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  • Locations: Frankfurt, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Schwaebisch Hall, Germany; Stuttgart, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host University Website: Click to visit
  • Cost Estimate: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission 05/21/2017 06/03/2017

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.0
Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Housing Options: Hostels, Hotels
Language Courses Offered: No Internships Available: No
Faculty Led: Yes Exchange Program: No
Program Description:


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Students will travel to southern Germany and tour packaging machinery manufacturers, historically significant sites and other landmarks as a way to expand their knowledge of technology, culture, and the historical significance of Germany in world history. Germany is one of the largest producers of quality packaging machinery in the world. Many of the companies that produce machinery for the packaging industry also have a presence in the United States, including the Optima Group, which has facilities located in Wisconsin.

The past and present collide in cities full of German traditions and new age European entertainment. Enjoy authentic music, food, language and customs of the German culture while walking the streets full of today’s hip German youth. No matter how you choose to spend your time, you will surely experience the authentic German culture in these exciting cities.
Location: Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Schwabisch Hall and Stuttgart, Germany

The weather in Germany is similar to Wisconsin summer weather. Expect 75-90 degrees average this time of year.



Freshman status at time of participation
Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Prerequisites: None

Course Information:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a total of 3 credits in PKG-499, Independent Study. Non-PKG students: Check with your program director to see how this will fulfill your program requirements

The graded components of the course include a pre-trip research paper, thank you letters to the host companies, and a final report. The final report will cover the companies, industry, history and the entire overseas experience. The grading will be based on the sincerity of the thank you letters and the professionalism of the pre-trip and final reports, depth of content, grammar, spelling, references, and due dates.

This course is appropriate for students studying Packaging, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering Technology and Plastics Engineering.

Speak with your academic adviser to ask how this course will fit into your program plan. This course can help students fulfill university requirements in the following areas:
Global Perspective

This course will be taught by:
Robert Meisner
Phone: 715.232.2138
Office: 232 Jarvis Hall Tech Wing




Accommodation: Students will be sharing living quarters at several sites during their stay.  The specific hotels/hostels/pensions have not been determined at this time. The cost is included in the program fee.

Meals: Some meals will be provided. Otherwise, meals will be the responsibility of the student. Supermarkets, restaurants and food stands are located throughout the proposed travel region giving students several options.

Travel: Students will be responsible for their airfare travel arrangements and encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to explore more of Germany and Europe before or after the program. Transportation will be done utilizing the excellent public transportation systems of trains. The cost for local transportation is included in the program fee.

Passport: All students must have a valid U.S. passport for entrance into Germany. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity. It must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date to the U.S.

Visa: Many countries do not require a visa for U.S. passport holders if visiting for less than 90 days. You may inquire with the faculty leader, the Office of International Education or Perry International on visa requirements for the country you are visiting. If you do not hold a U.S. passport the requirements may be different for you and we encourage you to inquire with your consulate or Perry International. Please contact the Office of International Education with any further questions. 



Click below to see a breakdown of the estimated program costs.


Students who are eligible for financial aid may use applicable grants, scholarships and loans to pay for study abroad programs at UW-Stout. Participants should apply for aid in the same manner as a typical semester on campus then provide your financial aid counselor with the estimated costs from the link above. Every student’s financial situation is different, meet with your financial aid counselor to discuss your options today!

This program is currently not accepting applications.