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UMD-Summer: Germany: Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment (ENME)

Hamburg, Germany
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Join students from the Technical University of Hamburg, Korea University, Waseda University (Japan), and Shanghai Jiaotong University (China) for an intensive two-week course in energy engineering. The participating universities host the course in turns, and in 2018 the course will take place at the Technical University of Hamburg. In this course you'll learn about the of technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization, its limitations and opportunities. You'll gain experience in the challenges and opportunities in designing sustainable energy systems. You will develop your own vision for a future sustainable energy scenario and for the path that gets us there.

By participating in this program, students will:

  • Understand technologies for sustainable energy production, conversion and utilization, their limitations and opportunities.
  • Gain experience in challenges and opportunities in designing sustainable energy systems.
  • Develop their own vision for a future sustainable energy scenario.

See the UMD Center for Environmental Energy Engineering webpage here.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD and Non-UMD seniors, graduate students and professionals in the Energy Engineering field are eligible to apply.
NOTE: Seniors must gain approval to apply by contacting

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • ENME701; Sustainable Energy Conversion and the Environment

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.


Students will stay in a hotel chosen by TU Hamburg staff, within walking distance to campus.  Details will be available in the spring.

Costs listed are for summer 2018. 

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $37
Tuition $133
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $380
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $560
Visa $0
Passport $140
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,000
Course Materials $0
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $100
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180

NOTE: If you are a non-UMD graduate student, you will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD graduate school to participate in this program.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Reinhard Radermacher is the program director and a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, U.S.A. He is an internationally recognized expert in working fluids for energy conversion systems; in particular heat pumps, air-conditioners and refrigeration systems. His work has resulted in more than 400 publications, including three books he co-authored, approximately 200 invention records and 12 patents. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of ASHRAE's archival journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Work in international groups on projects regarding sustainable energy scenarios
  • Visit a renewable energy cluster
  • Visit to local historical sites such as the Speicherstadt Warehouse District or the Port of Hamburg
  • Join in a farewell dinner featuring local cuisine
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2018 03/15/2018 03/11/2018 06/24/2018 07/07/2018