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January 3 – 15, 2017
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Info Session

Learn more about this program at our upcoming info session!

Itinerary Highlights

To read more of our itinerary, click “Register Now” to view the registration portal.

6 days, 5 nights

  • The Alstadt: More than 260 pubs line the “longest bar in the world.”  Most of the city’s art and cultural venues are to be found here. Also see some of the most beautiful churches.
  • Architecture: Take a guided group tour of Medienhafen or Media Port, with its unique architecture.
  • Art Exhibits: Tour the K20 Grabbeplatz and the K21 Ständehaus, part of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen art exhibit.

6 days, 6 nights

  • Muenster’s Alstadt: Walking tour of St. Paulus Cathedral and its Astronomical Clock, the Rathaus or City Hall, the Prinzipalmarkt, Church of St. Lamberti, the Castle – now the seat of Muenster’s university, and the Hafen (harbor).
  • Peace Hall: Visit to Peace Hall, a gothic town hall owing its name to the peace treaty between Spain and the Netherlands in 1648.
Trip ID: 139292
Register By: 11/25/2016

Germany: Leading the Renewables Revolution - Snapshot

Meet leaders from Germany and Minnesota who are involved in solving the social, technical, and political challenges of transforming industrial economies. This program is administered by College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Applications are processed by the Learning Abroad Center.

Meet the Faculty

Beth Mercer-Taylor

Sustainability Education Coordinator
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

Program Director in the Institute on the Environment
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.

Shane Stennes

Director of Sustainability
Shane Stennes is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Minnesota. In this role, Shane works with staff, students, and faculty to advance campus sustainability, particularly as relates to energy, food, construction, transportation, water, and waste management systems. Shane is also responsible for campus sustainability reporting, the campus Climate Action Plan ( and Second Nature Carbon Commitment, engaging the campus community in sustainability initiatives, and program management. Prior to becoming Director of Sustainability in 2015, Shane served in a variety of related roles including Chief Administrative Officer for the University's Facilities Management department, Sustainability Coordinator for University Services, and Human Resource Consultant for University Services. Shane has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and a Master of Human Resources degree from the University of South Carolina. He is looking forward to engaging in hands-on learning with the students, co-instructors, and German colleagues to understand the interface between social, technical, and political aspects of the German energy transition.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

WorldStrides is committed to making international travel accessible for students. To find out how to apply for $500 in need-based assistance or our merit-based $3,000 Higher Education Traveler Scholarship, click here.

For Parents

Thank you for considering this global opportunity for your students, and for trusting us with the important responsibility of educating them. In addition to building their resume and their network, we believe a program like this builds essential perspective that will set them on a path to becoming more global citizens!

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