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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description

Please note: This program has been cancelled for Post-Spring 2020.


Frankfurt Aerial View

Darmstadt Garden

Do you want to investigate, explore, and see, first-hand the use of renewable energy sources in one of the most energy-efficient countries in the world? Then this Global Intense Experience is for you!
In Germany, we will engage with sustainable solutions through science, technology, and society by touring renewable energy sites, observing science classrooms and talking to scientists who are implementing some of the most innovative STEM-related practices on the earth! This experience will ensure that you walk away with new insights you can bring back to your future classrooms, current studies and promising professions.  

Quick Facts

  • Extended application deadline: Now January 26, 2020!
  • May 14 - May 22, 2020
  • Three cities: Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Freiburg
  • Academic visits to Heliotrope hous, Heidelberg Castle, Innovation Academy, and more!
  • School visits to see how STEM education is taught in Germany
  • Open to students in and outside of MLFTC with a 2.5 GPA or higher

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Frankfurt Nighttime Sky

Heidelberg Castle Facade

Freiburg Bridge

Location Details

Known as the financial hub of Germany. Visit to the Castle in Frankfurt including two castles, built from the 14th – 16th centuries. It has two museums: one for the history of the district Höchst and one for the Hoechst AG, one of the three biggest chemical and pharmaceutical companies in Germany. After your visit you can stroll along the Main river. Enjoy the Palmengarten, one of the biggest gardens in the city, with greenhouses including a variety of tropical plants.
The majestic Old Bridge crosses into the heart of Heidelberg, a city set in the lush green foothills of the Neckar Valley. Travel along medieval streets lined with peaked red roofs on your sightseeing tour. Numerous Nobel Prize winners and philosophers studied here and established Heidelberg as Germany’s premier university city. Ride a funicular up to Heidelberg Castle and see the stunning views that inspired Goethe, as well as a statue dedicated to the poet in the gardens. You will not be able to miss the wine barrel—it is so large that a dance floor was once built on top of it. Take a
solar boat cruise, enjoying a scenic cruise in the evening.
As the sunniest city in Germany, Freiburg makes sense as a hub for solar energy. Freiburg prides itself on being an eco-city, and you will see why on this guided tour. In the late 1990s, a new neighborhood called Vauban was built on the site of a former French Army base. Built as a sustainable model district, Vauban uses solar energy to power many of its households. In 1992, the Freiburg city council adopted a resolution that it would only permit construction of low-energy buildings on municipal land. Enjoy a lecture at the Innovation Academy, a non-profit association that focuses on the issue of climate protection. The Innovation Academy addresses themes such as renewable energy, sustainable urban development, old building modernization, and mobility.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to students of any major with a 2.5 GPA or higher


Students will register during the spring registration period for the following course:

  • SCN 494: Exploring STEM Education in Germany (1 credit)
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.  

Course Format

SCN 494: Renewable Energy in Germany will be a one credit, standalone course during Spring semester 2020. There will be both pre and post work assigned through Canvas, with the majority of the coursework occurring abroad in Germany in May 2020. 

Heliotrope House Freiburg


Faculty Directors

Instructor: Sarah Carranza, M.A.
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, ESL/BLE Instructor
Office: Farmer Education Bldg, MC 1811
Contact Info: 602-791-7973,

Teaching Assistant: Michelle Jordan, PhD
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Associate Professor
Office: Farmer 438h
Contact Info: 480-965-9663,

Sarah Carranza

Michelle Jordan


Frankfurt Traditional Building

Program Housing

Students will stay in shared rooms in hotels with breakfast provided daily as well as a welcome and a farewell dinner. The program will use a mix of transportation, including charter buses, public transportation, and a moderate amount of walking each day.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Germany, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture, which promises cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entry-ways, and small indoor spaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Germany, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Post-Spring 2020 is $2,995.

Program Fee includes: Housing in shared rooms, daily breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners, academic visits, cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Tuition for 1 credit course, airfare, passport & visa fees, most meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.