Why Germany? Germany’s growing renewable energy system emerged through collaboration across political, business and nonprofit sectors and in dialogue with science. 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 as well as the opportunity to meet key leaders from Minnesota and Germany.

January 3 – 15, 2017


  • Ground transportation
  • Intra-city train
  • 11 nights hotel
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners
  • Guide
  • Admission fees
  • Country guidebook and pre-travel docs
  • Embedded medical insurance
  • 24/7 emergency support

Info Session

Learn more about this program at our upcoming info session!

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 (z.umn.edu/CAP) 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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