UF in Osnabrück – Sustainability & Innovation in Engineering & Planning

UF in Osnabrück – Sustainability & Innovation in Engineering & Planning

Summer A: May 8 – June 17, 2022

UF in Osnabrück – Sustainability & Innovation in Engineering & Planning is a 6-week program is organized by Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and in collaboration with Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Germany to increase student engagement in international experiences through a unique study tour for all engineers.

About the program

The goal of the program is to introduce students to new ways of thinking about the real-world challenges of sustainability and their potential role in solving such problems with innovative approaches. Students can earn 6 UF credits through this interdisciplinary program that enables students to enhance their knowledge in engineering, life sciences, and planning processes and combine it with hands-on lab work and company visits.

Students will benefit from the application oriented and interdisciplinary approach of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences to address and solve major problems on the way to a sustainable use of natural resources and innovative development.


Osnabrück is located in Lower Saxony in Northwestern Germany. The peace agreement between Protestants and Catholics that helped end the 30 Years’ War was brokered here, earning it the nickname, “City of Peace.”

Osnabrück is home to Maiwoche (May week), an annual festival where artists and music groups of various genres perform on numerous stages spread out across the whole of Osnabrück’s city centre. 

Course Information

Faculty leader: Dr. Ana Martin-Ryals

  • ABE 4932: Special Topics in Engineering and Environmental Planning (3 UF Credits)

This course surveys recent developments towards sustainability in various research areas of engineering and environmental planning. It emphasizes an interdisciplinary, application-oriented approach and critical thinking. Lab work and site visits complement theoretical units in the classroom. The course comprises the topics of Energy, Technological Innovation in Agriculture, E-Mobility and Materials.

  • ABE 4932 Methods of Innovation Workshop

    In this intensive workshop, students choose one of two methods of innovation, which they learn about through a mix of theoretical input and practical application. In groups of four to six participants, they apply the new method to case studies of real-world sustainability challenges.

Workshop A – Design Thinking: This creative and agile innovation method entails defining target needs and methods, generating innovative solutions, and testing the strongest solution through prototyping.

Workshop B – Design of Experiments: This statistical experimental methodology is used to analyze and optimize a large number of industrial processes. Goals include improvement of product quality and reliability, reduction of costs, and increase of process robustness.

Total Number of Credits Offered: 6 UF Credits


  • Learn about Methods of Environmental Planning and Innovation in Germany
  • Learn about Engineering technologies in the vicinity of Osnabrück
  • Understand Sustainability in Engineering & Planning
  • Experience and understand German culture
  • Travel and live in major European cities

Social and Cultural Activities

  • VW Automobile plant in Osnabrück
  • Travel to Berlin, Bonn, Münster, Bremen, and the North Sea
  • Trips to castles, palaces, and museums


You will be sharing a double-room together with another student in a historical, newly renovated guesthouse on the University of Applied Sciences campus.

Program Dates

Summer A: May 8 – June 17, 2021

Application deadline: March 1, 2022 (spaces may fill up before the deadline)


  • Sophomore and above preferred 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Open to HWCOE and CALS majors

Program Fee for 2020

  • Program Fee: 6 credits of tuition based on residency + Program cost TBD
  • UF deposit: $425
  • Includes housing, airport pickup, local transportation, excursions, insurance & students fees, academic course and internship placement

Application Checklist:

  1. Complete the UF International Center application
  2. Submit the Academic Advising Form – Pick up at UF International Center at The HUB
  3. Pay the $425 non-refundable deposit

More information:


  • Dr. Ana Martin-Ryals admartin@ufl.edu, Faculty 
  • Ping Neo, pneo@eng.ufl.edu, Director, International Engineering Programs, Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering