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  • Locations: Furtwangen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Engineering, General Studies, Mechanical Engineering
Housing Options: Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Engineering in Germany

"[The] small town makes it easy to bond with your classmates, the beautiful area is relaxing, and everyone is very friendly and helpful."

-Anonymous, Summer 2017

"[One of the major strengths of this program is] being able to visit so many places in Germany while also feeling like major coursework is being accomplished."
-Justin, Summer 2016

"The [program] was wonderful and I don't regret it at all. Germany is wildly gorgeous, the dorms were great, and the faculty was incredibly kind. We all felt well supported when we were out there."
-Jacqueline, Summer 2016

Summer 2019
Course Dates: TBA
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA


This program provides students with the opportunity to gain a new perspective on engineering from a German and broader European standpoint. In addition to learning the fundamentals of fluid mechanics, students will observe engineering manufacturing practices at several German firms including Mercedes-Benz. They will also develop a sense of globalization that will bring into focus how their studies at SDSU integrate into the world marketplace. Culturally, students will be immersed in German culture but come to understand the unique differences within Germany such as the local Swabian identity and dialect. They will also learn about the importance of women in German history and their contributions to engineering, science, and society. The gender-based theme will be integrated into many field trips throughout the region.

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All participants are required register for the following TWO SDSU course(s), offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • AE 340:  Fluid Mechanics (3 units)*
  • GENS 450: Women in German and European Culture (3 units)
*Required Prerequisites: AE 220 or ME 220: Dynamics and AE 280: Methods of Analysis. These need to be complete by the end of spring semester 2018.

  • Freiburg
  • Black Forest Hike
  • Stuttgart
  • Mercedes tour
  • Zurich, Switzerland
  • Strasbourg, to see the European Parliament
Carl Tedesco is an adjunct professor at San Diego State University, teaching in the Department of Aerospace Engineering since 2005, where he teaches fluid mechanics and rocket propulsion.

Professor Tedesco is himself a graduate of SDSU with both a BS & MS in Mechanical Engineering. He also serves as a Senior Engineer for a private Engineering Services company specializing in fluid mechanics with 18 years of experience. In this capacity, Professor Tedesco has been a problem solver in industries such as: aerospace, medical devices, consumer products and industrial manufacturing.

Professor Tedesco also advises the SDSU Rocket Project, an extracurricular student team which builds, tests and fly’s rockets.
Payment Schedule:

Included in the Program Fee:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Activities as listed above
  • All meals
  • Group pickup at nearest train station (Triberg)
  • Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • 24/7 on-site support
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport/ visa fees
  • Personal Expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • TBA
Course Tuition Refund:
* The withdrawal date is the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receive written notification of withdrawal from the student. Email notification is acceptable
Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Summer 2019: Application not yet available.

The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive updates, please add your name to the inquiry list below.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.