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The German Program at Purdue offers a track German for Science and Engineering consisting of three courses, beginning at the second year level. Our goal is to develop students’ communicative competence in a variety of activities with focus on German for Science and Engineering. Topics covered in our courses include the history of science and scientists in German, articles on scientific research in a variety of fields in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, energy sources, approaches to these sources, to ecology, recycling methods, dealing with issues of pollution, information on various auto industries, live reports by students returning from study abroad or participating in other work abroad or research abroad programs. This course will further help with writing how to apply for jobs, practicing for interviews, and to prepare oneself in a culture-specific way for a global market in a German speaking environment. It will incorporate presentations by students propelled by their own interests and involving aspects of intercultural communication as most interesting for those studying German and disciplines of Science and Engineering.

GER 223 (an alternative to GER 202)

GER 323 (an alternative to GER 302)

GER 523 new course to be co-taught by faculty in German & Engineering (in planning stages)

All classes use up-to-date broadcasts and podcasts from German TV, as well as other authentic materials from print and online sources related to Science and Engineering education, as well promoting intercultural competence which is vital to be successful in those fields. Students will further develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, as well as develop their intercultural awareness for application in a German speaking science and engineering environment.

GEARE students are especially invited. All are welcome. Here is the link to the GEARE program:

For more information on this track in our German Program, please contact

Prof. Beate I. Allert ( and Prof. Eckhard A. Groll (

For links to articles see: B.I. Allert*, D.L Atkinson, E. A. Groll, and E. D. Hirleman. “Making a Case for Global Engineering: Building Foreign Language Collaborations for Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Program” The Online Journal for Global Engineering Education 12 (2007): 1-14, see


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