Germany: Leading the Renewables Revolution

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About Germany: Leading the Renewables Revolution

Program Overview

Germany’s growing renewable energy system emerged through collaboration across political, business and nonprofit sectors and in dialogue with science. Meet leaders from Germany and Minnesota who are involved in solving the social, technical, and political challenges of transforming industrial economies. 

In this study abroad course, you will have the opportunity to get an in-depth look at the political, social and technological drives behind renewable energy development. Visit Munster, Dusseldorf and Saerback, award-winning cities which truly excels in advancing its renewable energy storage, combined heat and power, solar and wind power, and the electrification of transportation. 

Click on this link to the Climate-Smart Municipalities Project to view the MN and German govt. partners

Program Dates

January 2, 2018 – January 14, 2018

Application Deadline

October 1, 2017

Course Description

Program DatesDates Abroad: January 2-14, 2018
On-campus class dates: Saturdays 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Institute on the Environment, room LES-R370 November 4, November 18, December 2.

Program Deadline: October 1, 2018

This is an embedded course with on-campus class time during fall term.  Part of the course will meet Saturdays, November 4, November 18, and December 2.  
CourseworkCFAN 3520(3 credits):Students will learn about renewable energy through speakers, excursions and workshops. Students will also have the opportunity to connect with faculty and students from the university of Applied Sciences in Muenster. While this course is open to students from any major, those who have either academic, work or co-curricular experience with renewable energy or sustainability, are encouraged to apply. 

Program Leaders

Beth Mercer-Taylor, JD, is the sustainability education coordinator at the University of Minnesota, where she administers the Sustainability Studies Minor. Beth has helped to implement the GreenStep Cities program in Minnesota and many campus sustainability programs. 

Sabine Engel is a program director in the Institute on the Environment, and is a lead in the climate-smart exchange program with Germany. Sabine has led 12 delegations to Germany of MN elected officials, business and community leaders and is connected to a large network of influential German partners. 


Daily visits to renewable energy organizations in Dusseldorf, Munster and Saerbeck Germany. Walking tours, bike tour, boat tour, museums, pubs and other excursions.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in hostels in Dusseldorf and Muenster. Many dinners will be provided, but students should plan for most lunches, approximately 13, on their own

Program Fee

The program fee is $4600 and includes tuition and registration fees, orientation, program administration, international health insurance, airfare and most in-country transportation, lodging, excursions, and most meals. In the event that you are not a full time student or are a non-University of Minnesota student, you will also be charged for tuition. The cost of this program will be considered as part of your fall semester cost of attendance for financial aid calculations. You are eligible to apply for Winter Break scholarships and grants for this program. Note that in most cases the award will not be posted to your student account until after the program fee is due. Once confirmed your program fee will be billed to your student account during fall semester and will be due prior to program departure.

Cost of Participation

More Information 

For more information please contact CFANS Office of International Programs at, or Maggie Wallenta at