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German-Engineering FSP: Green City, Sustainable Engineering in Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Program At a Glance

Terms Offered



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German Studies
Thayer School of Engineering



The Department of German Studies and the Thayer School of Engineering offer a joint foreign study program in Green City, Germany's self-proclaimed "capital of sustainability" in Berlin. The program is set to be piloted in the spring term of 2022 (pending final approval). This program invites students to combine engineering coursework that focuses on "green" and sustainable engineering with a fast-track German course (GERM 2–3) that satisfies Dartmouth's foreign language requirement. It is also open to students who already have German language skills beyond the beginner's level. It takes students to a full-immersion setting and cultural environment in which sustainability is a lived practice. The program structure is flexible, giving students options to customize their course choices in accordance with their D-plans.


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Students choose any three from the following four courses.  Each course carries one course credit.

ENGS | 37 | 90: Introduction to Environmental Engineering*

ENGS | 45 | 90 (tentative number): Sustainable Cities*

GERM | 2-3 | 90 : This class will consist of both GERM | 2 | 90: Introductory German and GERM | 3 | 90: Intermediate German.  Please note this is one course.

GERM | 40.01 | 90 (tentative number): Metropolis Berlin. Taught in English with optional German major/minor credit.

*ENGS 37 and ENGS 45 will be taught sequentially during the program


GERM | 1 (Introductory German) or equivalent German language skills

MATH | 3 (Calculus)

Additional prerequisites vary depending on the choice of courses:

For ENGS | 37: CHEM | 5 (General Chemistry); *

For ENGS | 45: ENGS | 37 (Introduction to Environmental Engineering) or equivalent;*

For GERM | 40.01 with German major/minor credit: two intermediate-level German classes (GERM | 5, GERM | 6, or GERM | 10).
Without the German major/minor credit option, GERM | 40.01 has no prerequisites. 

*ENGS 37 and ENGS 45 will be taught sequentially during the program


Students live with homestay families. The cultural program will include numerous excursions, such as trips to Sanssouci Palace and the Filmpark Babelsberg in Potsdam, the memorial site Sachsenhausen, the Mauerpark and Checkpoint Charlie, and a historical tour of the Berlin subway. It will also include visits to the opera, concerts, museums, and cinemas from Berlin's vibrant cultural offerings. In addition, the program will feature day trips (e.g. to the Volkswagen manufacturing plant in Wolfsburg) and one extended overnight trip to Zurich, Switzerland. Overnight stops in the Rhine Valley, the Ruhrgebiet, and Munich will provide opportunities to study how culturally and historically diverse regions are dealing with the challenges of sustainable living, mobility, and industrial production.

For more information, please see the Department of German Studies' website  and/or the Thayer School of Engineering's website.


Spring Budget Sheet for German Engineering FSP Green City Berlin


The fees charged by the College for a Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus term of study include regular tuition charges for a term at Dartmouth, service fees, as well as the specific costs established for each off-campus study locale. In many programs, the room and board costs tend to be higher than for a term in Hanover. You can view a budget sheet for each program by clicking on the appropriate term. The cost of transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student.


In order that all qualified Dartmouth undergraduate students may have the opportunity to take part in off-campus programs, the College endeavors to adjust its normal financial aid awards for students already receiving aid. Tuition and expected family contribution for Dartmouth's off-campus programs are the same as for an on-campus term. Assistance is available to meet extra costs associated with off-campus programs, including airfare. Half of any extra cost is met with additional Dartmouth scholarship; loan assistance is offered for the other half. Loan assistance is also offered to replace the employment that would normally be included in an on-campus term. Although financial aid recipients are given aid to cover all of the required costs of the program, students are responsible for purchasing their own plane ticket and, on some programs, meals. Often this means that part of the expected family contribution is used towards these costs rather than for tuition.

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