|Academic Term||Autumn Semester|
|Credits||20 - 25 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior standing or above by time of departure|
|Language||Instruction in English|
|Program Manager||Mike Engh | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Autumn Semester)|
|May 15 (Spring Semester)|
|General||This summer program to the Technical University of Berlin invites students to experience the city of Berlin and to broaden their academic knowledge in specific engineering and science subjects, while partaking in a wide variety of cultural activities in Berlin.|
Berlin is a cultural hub with immense historical significance. Young artists from around the world use the multicultural, open-minded climate as a source of inspiration. Berlin has so much to offer, from opera performances to art exhibitions, theatre productions to concerts and festivals: 180 museums and collections, 440 galleries, three opera houses, eight major symphony orchestras, 98 cinemas, 150 theatres and stages, and many other cultural institutions. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Museum Island, is the largest museum campus in the world and one of a kind.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. In terms of language requirements, students should note that teaching and examinations at the university are conducted in German. As such, they should have a solid background of German in order to effectively follow your courses.
The credits received will vary based on the enrollment track you select. Credits earned from the program can vary from 6 to 12. You should check with your major adviser to determine how these courses might count toward your degree requirements.
This exchange is focused on providing opportunities for UW students to conduct research in science and engineering laboratories at TU-Berlin. Research opportunities are available in a variety of disciplines, including materials science, aeronautics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering. Research placements are expected to last between 3 and 6 months; the exact dates of the placement can be arranged with the host faculty member. Research in conducted in English, and no German language experience is necessary to participate in lab work.
In addition to research, you can also enroll in semester-long courses. Most courses offered are in German; proficiency to A2 level must be met for students interested in these courses. A select number of science and engineering courses are offered in English each semester. You can also enroll in German language courses at various levels. Intensive language courses are offered before the start of each semester; these courses are limited to 15 participants and include 4 hours of classes for 20 days. The courses cost Euro 270€ (approximately USD $300). German language courses are also available during semesters and can be taken along with research and other courses.
You can begin your search for courses right here: Technical University of Berlin Summer University Course Catalog
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
You have two options for housing as an exchange student at TU-Berlin: dormitories or private accommodations.
The dormitories available at TU-Berlin are administered by the Studentenwerk Berlin and are very limited for exchange students. Rooms are generally small studios or single rooms with shared kitchen and bathrooms. The prices depend on the size and the furnishing. Other dormitory options for exchange students are the Student Village Schlachtenseeor the House of Nations. Private accommodations in shared or individual flats are available, as well. TU-Berlin maintains a list of flat sharing agencies that can help you find lodgings that will work for you.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
As a participant of a departmental exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
To apply to a College of Engineering partner program:
1) Submit a UW Study Abroad application. This application includes a set of electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.
Under the list of questionnaires is a link labeled “Partner Program Application.” For College of Engineering partner programs, this step is not necessary because students will receive instructions on how to submit their applications to the program provider after submitting the UW Study Abroad application. In order to ensure that your UW Study Abroad application is considered complete, click on the link labeled “Partner Program Application,” select, and click Submit. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
2) Submit the College of Engineering Summer Study Abroad Partner Program Supplemental Application. This application requires you to submit a personal statement and unofficial transcript. For competitive programs in which more applications are received than available spots, the personal statement will be the primary means for selection. Personal statements will be assessed based on how well the student's personal interests and goals match with the program. This application should be submitted by the UW application deadline.
3) After the UW application deadline, selected students will be notified of their nomination to the partner program and will receive instructions to submit the partner program application directly to the program coordinators. Students should receive confirmation from the program coordinators regarding acceptance into the program. Notification dates will vary by program.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.