Winter/Spring Engineering Exchange Program
This term takes place in two cities. Aachen is located in the border area between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, charming visitors with its international ambiance. Today, with a population of 250,000, Aachen is Germany's largest westernmost city. Four universities host over 40,000 students, creating an idyllic atmosphere for learning and recreation.
Jülich, a quaint city of approximately 33,000 inhabitants, is located about 20 miles west of Aachen. A well-established city of science, it is home to Forschungszentrum Jülich, the largest research center in Germany home to the world's second fastest supercomputer and the 2007 Nobel Prize winner in physics, Peter Grünberg.
Course of Study
Union engineering students may participate in this exchange program with the Fachhochschule Aachen/Jülich (FH Aachen). (To see the site in English, click on the British flag.) The academic calendar in Germany does not correspond closely with either the term or semester calendars in the U.S. The spring term in Germany begins in mid-March and finishes in mid-July. Therefore, Union students must spend Union's winter/spring terms to accommodate the German spring term. It may be possible for a student to finish Union's winter term by the second week in March, then travel to Germany for the summer term.
Students will select courses from the course catalog. Please consult with your advisor about credits and equivalent courses.
Courses marked as IOS are bachelors programs at the Jülich campus, with the first year in English. For more information about the Jülich Internationally Oriented Students Program, click here. The masters level programs marked with E are in English. The introductory courses in these programs should be appropriate for upper-level undergraduates.
The Aachen campus also hosts intensive summer and fall German language programs.
- Declared engineering major
- Some degree of proficiency in German (GER 102 or equivalent)
The application date is the third Friday of spring term for Winter/Spring. For specific dates, contact the International Programs Office, Old Chapel, Third Floor.