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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 and has hired Stout graduates.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, history and culture. The trade organization, Packaging Valley Germany, will provide factory tours of member companies for three days during the trip.
- Sophomore status at time of participation
- Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
Course InformationUpon successful completion, students will receive a total of 2 credits in one of the following courses:
- PKG-499, Independent Study
- MFGT-499, Independent Study
- MFGE-499, Independent Study
The final program cost will be determined by the number of participants, shortly after the application deadline. The program cost includes instructional fees, emergency fee, health insurance, housing, some meals, cultural activities and in country transportation.
Passport fees, airfare, some meals and personal expenses are not included in the program costs and are paid directly by the students. See budget sheet (above) for cost details.
Students will be required to purchase their own airfare and must arrive on the date/time and location as specified by the instructor.
To be eligible for summer financial aid, students must take a total of six credits. Summer financial aid must be applied for separately. For more information, meet with a financial aid counselor in 210 Bowman Hall.
Lodging and Meals
Students will be staying in hotels or hostels throughout the duration of the program. Students will be responsible for meals not included in the program cost.
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.
Faculty Leader Information
Professor: Robert Meisner
Office: 231 Jarvis Hall Tech Wing