Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- June 24, 2005

Cal Poly Partners With Munich University in New Study Abroad Program

Cal Poly was among 10 United States universities chosen to partner with German colleges and universities through a new international study program funded by the German Academic Exchange Service.

The German government will grant start-up funding over the next three years to 10 German institutions of higher education for the new study-abroad programs for American students. The programs were selected by a committee of nine leading study-abroad experts from the U.S. and Germany as part of a recent national competition among many of the top higher education institutions in Germany.

The new programs will be launched in 2006. They will involve students and programs ranging from mechanical engineering and life sciences to music composition and architecture. All will involve three- to ten-week courses taught in English and combined with intensive German language learning at German partner campuses.

The selected institutions will receive three years of seed funding for new programs with their main U.S. partner universities, as well as assistance in creating and marketing the new programs. The 10 German institutions and their U.S. partners are:

  • Munich University of Applied Sciences and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • Berlin Technical University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Berlin University of Applied Sciences and City College of New York
  • Freie Universitšt Berlin and The Juilliard School
  • Hessen Networks at Fulda University of Applied Sciences and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the University of Cincinnati
  • Trier University of Applied Sciences and Clemson University
  • University of Bonn Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of Kassel and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Massachusetts, and Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • University of Leipzig and the University of Chicago
Funding for this program was provided by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor. For details visit:

About the German Academic Exchange Service
The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. It offers programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education. It provides financial support to over 50,000 individuals per year, as well as representing the German higher education system abroad.

For more details, contact Laura Montgomery, program and information officer in the German Academic Exchange Service New York office, (212) 758-3223 ext. 211, or

Contact: Monica Schechter, International Programs and Education, (805) 756-5964

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