The Virginia Military Institute, in partnership with Studienforum Berlin, is pleased to present the following engineering summer four-week program in Berlin, the capital of Germany.

Dates:  May 19 - June 21, 2016

Cost: $4900, excluding airfare (Subject to BOV approval)

Fees include tuition, books, accommodation with host families, two meals/day, public transportation (pass for the subway, trams and buses), sightseeing tours in Berlin and Potsdam, excursion to Weimar and Buchenwald, museum entrance fees, as well as airport pick-up and drop-off service. International airfare is not included.

Program Director

Mrs. Patricia Hardin, who has been teaching German at VMI since 2000, will serve as the Program Director. Mrs. Hardin, who was born in communist Romania, immigrated to Germany when she was 10 years old and spent many years living, and attending school, in Germany until coming to the US to attend college at Wake Forest University in 1984. She received her Masters degree in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 18 December 2015.


 Engineering Program

  • No foreign language requirement
  • Col Michael Hardin will be teaching two Mechanical Engineering Courses
    • ME 302 - Dynamics
    • ME 360X - Global Engineering

List of excursion in conjunction with the Global Engineering class:

  • Science Park Adlershof 
  • BMW Motorcycle Plant
  • Siemens
  • Transparent VW Factory in Dresden, Germany
  • Technical University Berlin
  • Frauenhofer Institute of Production Systems and Design Technology
  • Museum of German Technology

Room and Board

Students will be living with German families who speak English. This allows students to see German culture ‘up close and personal.’ Students will share two meals a day with their German family. The meals are included in the program cost.

Academic Facilities

The engineering classroom is located in a quiet residential area within walking distance to the heart of Berlin and to the subway stations.

As part of the engineering cultural program, students will learn about Imperial and Nazi Germany as they visit the Jewish Museum and the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald. They will learn about the division and re-unification of Germany as they visit the former German Democratic Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Stasi prison Hohenschönhausen as well as cities such as Dresden, previously under the “iron curtain.” They will experience the cultural life of contemporary Germany as they visit contemporary art exhibits and concerts, and shop at the most trendy boutiques and one of the largest department stores in Europe, KaDeWe. Since Berlin is the capital city of Germany, students will learn about the German government and political system through a visit to the Reichstag, the German Capital Building. Students will also visit the Sanssouci Palace, the summer residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great, and the Cecilienhof Palace, site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference.