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  • Locations: Bochum, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: No Requirement Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, German
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior
Type of Program: Hybrid Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Andrew Sandefur
Academic Focus: Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
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Drexel in Germany: Engineering Spring in Bochum

Ruhr Campus Picture

About The Program

The Drexel Engineering Spring in Germany study abroad program is an exciting opportunity sponsored by both Drexel's Study Abroad Office and College of Engineering. This program takes place at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. It is open to Chemical engineering students in the Spring term of their Pre-junior OR Junior years and Mechanical engineering students during the Spring term of their Pre-junior year. Electrical engineering majors may also be eligible for participation. 
This unique hybrid program allows Drexel students to take a full course-load of engineering curriculum while studying in one of the most dynamic cities in Germany. Drexel students will be joined by Ruhr University students in some of their courses. Besides traditional engineering coursework students will be working with Ruhr University faculty in directed research and also have the opportunity to take a German language course.

About The City 

Bochum,  a lively university city with 370,000 inhabitants, is situated in the heart of the Ruhr area, which is the largest economic region in Europe. Bochum is famous for its many theatres, concert halls, cinemas and museums. The Ruhr metropolis is one of Europe's densest cultural landscape and is located a short distance from Cologne, with its stunning cathedral.

Ruhr University is located in the heart of an exciting region which, as part of the Ruhr metropolis, is one of Europe's largest urban centers.  It is also surrounded by greenery: directly to the south of the university, the Ruhr Valley opens up with its popular recreational destination around the Kemnader lake.
In Bochum alone, more than forty theatres, including the famous Schauspielhaus Bochum, provide the framework for many evenings' entertainment. The unique German Mining Museum, the Museum Bochum, the Planetarium and numerous smaller museums and galleries are waiting to be explored. In the heritage-protected Bochum city park and along the Ruhr, there are endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as jogging, inline skating, cycling  or surfing, sailing or rowing on the Kemnader lake.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • No language requirement
  • Pre-junior or Junior Mechanical or Chemical Engineering Majors  


All coursework will be in English. There is no German language pre-requisite, but students are encouraged to take German 101 for basic survival and conversational skills.
Students interested in this program should speak with their academic advisor as soon as possible to understand how spending a term in Germany might affect their schedule. 
All participants are required to take the following 5 courses, for a total of 17 or 18 Drexel credits. 
1.  German Language GER T180 (4 credits)
This course will be taught by a Ruhr faculty member. It fulfills a free elective for Chemical and Mechanical Engineering majors.
2.  Heat Transfer CHE 303 (3 credits)/MEM 345 (4 credits)
This course will be taught by a Bochum faculty member or by Dr. Steven Wrenn ( This course fulfills a core requirement for both Chemical and Mechanical Engineering majors.
3.  Fluid Mechanics CHE 302/MEM 220 (4 credits)
This course will be taught by a Bochum faculty member or by Dr. Steven Wrenn ( This course fulfills a core requirement for both Chemical and Mechanical Engineering majors.
4.  Research Project CHE 399/MEM 399 (4 credits)
Students will work with a Bochum faculty member and a teaching assistant in their lab for at least 3 hours per week. Oversight will be provided by the Drexel faculty director.This course fulfills a MEM elective or a CHE concentration requirement.
5.   Unit Ops Lab CHE 351 (2.5 Credits)/MEM 399 (2 credits)
Students will work with Ruhr University professor Pollak who is responsible for a Unit Operations Lab at Ruhr University.  This is a brand new state of the art facility and will allow student to work side-by-side with German students.  This course will be taught intensively during the first month of the program.  This course fulfills a concentration elective for both CHE and MEM students. 
Grading: Students will earn 17-18 Drexel credits and will earn Drexel grades, which will factor into their GPA. Classes will be taught by both Drexel and Ruhr University faculty members.

Program Calendar

Spring Term Dates and Itinerary
Program Start Date Early April
Program End Date Mid-June


Students will stay in a single occupancy dorm room at Ruhr University. 


Visa: US Citizens will not be required to obtain a visa for entry into Germany. Students from other countries should check for visa requirements on the German Embassy website.  

Cost and Financial Aid

Program Fee approximately $2,000 (in addition to regular Drexel tuition)
Program Fee will be updated in the near future
Included in the program fee:
A single occupancy dorm room at Ruhr University
Local transportation pass in Bochum
Some site visits
The student program fee will be added directly to the student's spring term bill.  Students will be asked to pay a $500 non-refundable commitment fee within 2 weeks of being accepted to the program.
In addition students will have the following estimated expenses:
R/T airfare to Dusseldorf $1,500
Train ticket Dusseldorf to Bochum $50
Passport $140
Books/Supplies $200
Food/Spending Money $1,350
Misc $1,000
German Health Insurance $300  

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 12/02/2019 12/16/2019 TBA TBA