The LMU Summer in Bonn program is designed for students in the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering, especially those majoring in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, natural science and any of the majors in the Health & Human Sciences Department. The program is run by Akademie für Internationale Bildung, which has administered LMU's successful Germany programs for over 20 years.
The LMU Summer in Bonn program allows students to progress in their major and core curriculum courses in a country that is synonymous with scientific, mathematical and engineering achievement. Through class and program excursions and special presentations, students will gain exposure to important technological and artistic work being carried out in Germany and the European Union, while also experiencing and learning about German culture. In particular, the program offers the opportunity to witness firsthand the commitment by German engineers and scientists to social and environmental responsibility by seeking solutions to problems such as a rapidly growing population, demographic and climate changes, declining resources, globalization, urbanization and a growing concern for the environment.
Located in Western Europe on the river Rhine and surrounded by many medieval castles and towns and beautiful landscapes, Bonn has shaped itself into a global center for peace-keeping, and research on sustainable resources and renewable energies. Bonn as the German United Nations City holds regular conferences on key issues of the future. This creates an excellent international environment for scientists and research institutions to co-operate together. It also provides a vibrant and intense environment for its large student population.
The city’s cosmopolitan openness attracts an international cast of global businesses such as T-Mobile and DHL/Deutsche Post, which have their headquarters here. It is also home to the Deutsche Welle, the international radio and television broadcaster, which broadcasts across the planet.
As for art and culture, Bonn has a phenomenal Museum Mile, incorporating five state-of-the-art museums specializing in a broad variety of disciplines, ranging from German contemporary history to art, photographic history and zoology.
Experience this unique city – its ancient Roman sites, the house where Ludwig van Beethoven was born, and the majestic Rhine, located in the heart of Europe!
ACADEMICS (SUMMER 2018)
Students may enroll in ONE of the following combination of courses:
- MATH 355 and THEO 398
- HHSC 398/ BIOL 398 / CHEM 398 and THEO 3998
Global Sports Science
HHSC 398 / BIOL 398 / CHEM 398
Prof. Bill McCormack
Core Requirement - Explorations: Nature of Science, Technology & Mathematics (ESTM) [pending final approval]
This course will take an in-depth look into the physiology of sports from a global perspective. We will examine the human physiology and technology of sports around the world including distance running and the dominance of the East Africans, European “Football”, Grand Tour Cycling events such as the Tour de France, as well as sports in America. Students will research and report on the physiology that makes an athlete excel in a sport as well as issues that hinder performance. Students will also examine some of the fad trends in the fitness industry, including extreme workouts and extreme diets.
Methods of Applied Mathematics
Core Requirement - Flag: Quantitative Reasoning
Series solutions and special functions. Orthogonal functions and Fourier series, partial differential equations and boundary value problems.
Prerequisites: MATH 234 and 245
Core Requirement - Integrations: Faith & Reason
HOUSING AND MEALS
All students have the opportunity to experience German culture first hand by living with a German host family. We believe these homestays to be the best way for students to immerse themselves into the new German cultural environment. Your host family will also be delighted to help you practice your German! The program fee includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner with the host family, and a public transportation pass for the Bonn region. The families who participate in the LMU Summer in Bonn program have a long history of welcoming students into their homes. Many students say that living with their host family was one of the highlights of the program.
The program includes a five-day excursion to Munich, other places in Southern Germany, and perhaps a town/city in Austria. During the long excursion, students visit Neuschwanstein castle; the Deutsches Museum, the world's largest technology museum; the memorial at the Dachau concentration camp; and leading German firms and research institutes (e.g., BMW, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have been factory visits in previous years)
In addition, there will be several daylong excursions and company visits that are part of the courses, including a Rhine cruise, a visit to Cologne, art-course museum tours and activities, and a three-country trip including Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in one day.