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  • Locations: Aachen, Germany; Beaune, France; Bonn, Germany; Colmar, France; Cologne, Germany; Paris, France; Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 08/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/10/2020 05/05/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty Led Academic College: College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Area: Engineering - Biomedical Engineering, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Pre-requisites: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Language courses available: No
Click here for a definition of this term Language requirement: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Program Leader: Jeremy Wasser Click here for a definition of this term Primary Contact: Ms. Alexis Humphreys (ahumpreys@tamu.edu)
Housing: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-majors: Yes
Classification: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Academic Department: Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Science, Radiological Health Engineering
Program Description:

 

Germany Biosciences Semester

Faculty Leaders
Dr. Jeremy Wasser
Associate Professor, Department of Vet. Physiol. & Pharmacol.
jwasser@cvm.tamu.edu

Dr. Virginia Fajt
Clinical Professor, Department of Vet. Physiol. & Pharmacol.
vfajt@cvm.tamu.edu

Study Abroad Advisor 
Alexis Humphreys
ahumphreys@tamu.edu
979.845.0544



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TENTATIVE: January 10 - May 5, 2020
(Departure from US on January 10; arrival in Germany on January 11)
Bonn, Germany

About
This semester-long study abroad program is designed for two specific student cohorts:

Stream 1:
Biomedical Science majors (includes life-science majors: BIMS, BIOL, GENE, MICR, PSYC, etc.)

Stream 2:
Bioengineering majors (includes BMEN & RHEN majors)

Along with providing students with international experiences programmatically linked to all of their courses, the program is designed so that participating students do not "fall behind" their on-campus peers in terms of progression towards advanced coursework and their baccalaureate degrees. 

Credit 
Students select courses from among the following offerings:

  • VTPP 401/BMEN 400 : History of Human and Veterinary Medicine in Europe (4 cr.) Fulfills ICD Credit
Stream 1: BIMS, BIOL, GENE, MICR, PSYC, etc.
Must take at least two classes taught on-site from this section
  • VTPP 423: Biomedical Physiology I (4 cr.) 
  • VTPP 427: Biomedical Physiology II (3 cr.)
  • VTPP 485: Directed Studies (1-4 cr.)
  • VTPP 420: Applied Pharmacology (2 cr.)
  • BIMS/GENE 320: Biomedical Genetics (3cr. live webstream) 
  • VIBS 311: Biomedical Explorations through Narrative (1 cr. web-based)
  • Other web-based courses as desired 
Stream 2: BMEN & RHEN
Must take at least two classes taught on-site from this section
  • VTPP 435: Physiology for Bioengineers II (4 cr.) 
  • BMEN 211: Signals and Systems for BMEN (3 cr.)
  • BMEN 253: Medical Device Design I (1 cr.)
  • VTPP 485: Directed Studies (1-4 cr.) 
  • MATH 308: Differential Equations (3 cr. live webstream)
  • Other web-based courses as desired 
Eligibility
  • In good academic standing with the university and approval of Dr. Wasser
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher by the end of the preceding spring/summer term
  • Complete the pre-requisite courses for all the courses offered in the respective stream
  • BIMS students should have also completed the Core Basic Knowledge (CBK) requirement 
Highlights
The program includes a large number of day-long and overnight field trips to museums, research institutions, medical and veterinary medical schools, and other sites of historical and cultural importance throughout Germany and neighboring EU countries. Some examples include visits to:
  • Sigmund Freud House and Museum in Vienna, Austria
  • UniKlinik at Bonn University where students will have the opportunity to observe surgical procedures
  • City visits to the following: Cologne, Hannover, Aachen, Remagen, Vienna, and Paris.
  • Students are free to travel throughout Europe on the weekends and during spring break\
  • 4 night excursion to France
  • 3 night excursion to Vienna

All students in the program participate in a semester-long biomedical science/bioengineering project in collaboration with a German biotechnology company. The project counts as a significant part of the program coursework and is a unique opportunity to get real-world experience in research and design. 

Cost
 
Estimated Program Fee (subject to change) - billed to University Account $16,900
AIB Program Fee to include lodging, most meals, excursions & cultural site visits $14,950  
Study Abroad Admin Fee $400  
Miscellaneous Program Expenses $10  
International Health Insurance $140  
Faculty Expenses $1400  
Estimated Additional Expensese - not included in Program Fee $9,335+
Tuition and fees (in-state resident for 12+ hours)* $6,330  
International Airfare $1,800  
Travel Documents (passport and visa - if needed) $155  
Meals (those not included in Program Fee) $800+  
Textbooks and Supplies $250  
Personal Spending varies  
Total Estimated Cost $26,235+
 
*Tuition & Fee rates vary depending on course load and residency status.
Check rates at: https://tuition.tamu.edu.  Web based courses may have additional fees. 

Additional Information 

Funding
Funding is available in many forms. For complete information on funding opportunities, please visit the Study Abroad Programs Office, or website here: http://studyabroad.tamu.edu/Funding

Scholarships:
College Station Students Only: The Scholarships and Financial Aid office offers two scholarship programs: The International Education Fee Scholarship and the Study Abroad Fellowship. Both of these scholarships are based on merit and/or financial need. For more information and to access the application, visit: http://uwide.tamu.edu

Financial Aid:
Federal and state financial aid and some scholarships may often be used toward the cost of TAMU study abroad programs. Students can contact the program's respective study abroad advisor (listed above) to obtain a copy of the program-specific Financial Aid Request Form.


Program Payment
Please plan accordingly as the Program Fee listed on the brochure will be due in full the terms prior to program departure (e.g. summer and fall for spring programs). The Program Fee is billed by the Study Abroad Programs Office in 3 payments: 
  1. $400 non-refundable Confirmation Payment
  2. $1000 Program Deposit
  3. Remaining Program Balance 
Note: additional expenses are due the terms prior to program departure (e.g. international airfare and travel documents).