Germany is a world leader in technology and engineering. German companies are especially important to Kentucky’s economy. About 50 German companies are doing business in Kentucky, making Germany the second largest investor in the Commonwealth (behind Japan).

The UK College of Engineering is cooperating with the Division of German Studies in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literature and Cultures, to combine German language and culture with Engineering.



10th annual Calculus in Germany in Karlsruhe/Germany from June 11 to July 16, 2016

The Calculus III tours to Germany, after the conclusion of it’s ninth tour in July 2015, now has over 140 “alumni”.  Participants stay with host families in Karlsruhe, Germany and take Calculus III (MA 213) or – in 2016: Calculus 4 (MA 214).  The class is taught in English language by UK Math faculty members, Mondays to Thursdays.  Fridays are reserved for company visits in order to teach students about German and/or global engineering practices.  In 2014, the students visited BMW, Mercedes, Agilent, and Krauss Maffei.

To find out more , please contact Ilka


Global Energy Issues Course at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Since Summer 2012, UK Engineering students have the option to join the Global Energy Issues program in Karlsruhe, Germany. Students live in dorms or apartments during the months of June and July, and are paired with engineering students from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.  The course is taught by UK faculty members Dr. Larry Holloway and Dr. Dan Ionel. At the beginning of the fall semester, UK will welcome up to 10 KIT students to join faculty in ME and MSE for research internships. To find out more about this program, please contact Ilka Balk.

Exchange Program with the University of Karlsruhe (Spring Semester in Karlsruhe)

EE student Gabriel Lepage in his research lab at KIT, working on pedestrian detection for cars

The College of Engineering has an exchange agreement with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. The Institute is a leader in Engineering Research and Teaching.  The exchange has a research and an academic component. Students start out working in a lab, researching topics pertaining to their major.  Starting in April, students take classes at the University. Students who want to obtain credit and a grade for courses taken in Karlsruhe can take a bypass exam after their return to UK. For select courses transfer equivalencies have been established, which means that students will receive course credit at UK for the courses taken in Karlsruhe. If you are interested, please contact the College of Engineering at or at: 859-257-4178.