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Saarbrücken, Germany

Program Description

Participants in this study-abroad experience in Saarbrücken, Germany, will complete two 3-credit courses, chosen from ISAT 416, ISAT 426, ISAT 428 and ISAT 480. ISAT 416 (Alternative Energy Practicum) is a mini-internship conducted in the energy labs of the host university.

ISAT 426 (Environmental Information Systems) is a project-based course conducted in tandem with a German course of the same title.

ISAT 428 (Industrial Ecology) is a lecture-based course conducted in tandem with a German course of the same title which considers ways to create a more sustainable industrial society.

ISAT 480 (International Energy Initiatives) is an experiential course consisting of site visits and tours, guest lectures, and discussions about energy technologies and policies in Germany.

Location Description

Saarbrücken, Germany, is about 2 hours west of Heidelberg, 2 hours east of Paris (by fast train), and is within walking distance of the French border. Students will have plenty of free time to explore Saarbrücken and its environs, as well as at least two weekends to visit other destinations in western Europe.


Steven Frysinger | | ISAT


Hotel accommodations will be provided for students through shared furnished rooms with kitchenettes, with wireless Internet and breakfast included. A laundry service is available. There is easy bus and foot access throughout the city.

· All breakfasts will be provided at the hotel as a part of the program.

· Students will be provided approximately 2 group meals per week by the Director.

· Students should plan to spend their own money each day to cover the cost of other meals; inexpensive meals (under 10 Euros) are available in the city and students may prepare inexpensive meals in the kitchenettes in their hotel rooms.

Additional Items to Consider

Cell phones that work in Europe are helpful, but not required. There are Internet cafes, but laptop computers/pads are also helpful and may connect with the Internet in many restaurants and cafes, as well as in the hotel and the host university.

For some of the ISAT 416 internships the student may be required to bring their own computer. The number of students admitted to ISAT 416 will be limited by available lab space.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.75 (except by director's permission)

Junior or senior standing is ideal, but sophomore is possible

This program will be highly beneficial for students of all majors interested in environmental and energy sustainability.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Program Closed.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ISAT 416: Alternative Energy Practicum (3 credits)

ISAT 426: Environmental Information Systems (3 credits)

ISAT 428: Industrial Ecology (3 credits)

ISAT 480: International Environmental Initiatives (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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