International Study ProgramMay 6 to June 13, 2019


The International Study Program is a six-week-long, intensive and interdisciplinary program in the areas of engineering, agriculture and planning. Since 2006, it has been offered in cooperation with the University of Florida (UF), USA, as a Study Abroad option for UF students. However, the program is open to students of other universities as well, and German students are also invited to participate. It takes place at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences each summer semester in May and June.

The program is a great opportunity for visiting students to combine practice-oriented studies with an interesting cultural experience and to receive 10 ECTS Credit Points (6 UF Credit Points) in a short period of time, allowing them to pursue other activities, like internships, during the regular semester. Students and international visiting students of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences can earn up to 5 ECTS through the program (see details below).

The academic coordinators of the International Study Program are Prof. Dr. Dirk Junker (Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture) and Prof. Dr. Svea Petersen (Faculty of Engineering and Computer Sciences) at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.


As one of the countries leading technical innovation globally, Germany is an interesting case study for examining the impact of innovation on the course of environmental and social change. The International Study Program explores this question, focusing in particular on sustainability innovation.

Through lab and project work, theoretical input, discussion and company visits, students gain a comprehensive view of innovation processes which transcend disciplinary borders and deepen their understanding of the role and scope of their own discipline therein. Visiting and local students participate together, enabling intercultural exchange and offering an unforgettable experience abroad.

The program is designed for students from various engineering and planning fields. It consists of three parts. In Course 1, students choose one of two hands-on workshops on visualization. Course 2 surveys recent technological developments in five smaller units dedicated to different research areas. The accompanying cultural module “Living Society” contextualizes the innovation trends explored in Courses 1 and 2 in terms of German culture and history.

Each course is worth has 5 ECTS credit points (3 UF credits). The cultural module "Living Society" comprises 20% of the grade for Course 1.

More information on the program components can be found below.



The program is open to advanced bachelor students in engineering, life sciences, agriculture, landscape architecture and planning and related disciplines.

Students from University of Florida will find this course listed as a Study Abroad Program. The program is also open to students of other universities, as well as to students from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.

Information for Students from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Are you interested in gaining intercultural experience and credits towards your degree by traveling, studying and working together with US and Canadian students in small groups? What if you could do it without leaving Osnabrück? You can! Join the International Study Program and earn up to 5 ECTS fast!


Prof. Dirk Junker / Prof. Dr. Svea Petersen

Academic Director
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture


Academic Director
Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science

Shelby Long

Center for International Mobility
+49 (0)541 969-3979



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