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UF in Lippe - Building Construction
Detmold, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 03/15/2018
03/15/2018 04/30/2018 05/18/2018

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Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement:
Language of Instruction:
Program Advisor: Aaron Watkins
Type of Credit:
Open to non-UF students:
Yes Program Type: UF Exchange
Design, Construction and Planning
Program Description:

UF in Lippe - Building Construction

Building Construction
Summer A: April 30 - May 18, 2018


About the Program

The program was developed so that participating University of Florida students, as well as graduate or undergraduate students from other universities, and the Interior Architecture, Architecture, and Construction Engineering students of Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (University of Applied Sciences) in Germany could benefit from the mutual exchange of knowledge. German interior architecture and architecture students from the Detmolder Schule für Architektur and Innernarchitektur participate in the program by enrolling in regular courses offered in the Department of Interior Design, Department of Construction Engineering students enroll in regular courses offered in the Rinker School of Construction Management and UF students (and other university students) participate in this summer program in Germany. As part of this program students attend lectures and visit various locations to observe different design and construction processes, techniques, and methods used in Germany.
Students will also learn about the history of Germany, its government, the culture and social norms of Germans, preservation techniques, restoration efforts, and construction practices in Germany. In addition, UF students see many points of interest that are of historical, cultural, or architectural importance. The 6-week program also includes completion of a design studio project that utilizes cutting edge lab facilities and additional design firm and industry tours.

Course Information

Please note: If you wish to attend the program for 3 weeks, apply to Summer A.

Summer A (3 week option):

BCN 4956 International Studies in Construction (3 UF GPA Credits)

BCN 5957 Advanced International Studies in Construction (3 UF GPA Credits)

All instruction is in English. Lectures are offered on many different topics of interest, but much of the learning and enjoyment of this exchange lies in experiencing the places that are visited.


  • UF students are hosted by German students, further adding to the enjoyment of the program
  • Students experience the culture, view magnificent architecture, and take enlightening walking tours in cities, including Berlin, Dessau, Potsdam, and Oranienburg
  • Create international project work that can be included as part of a resume
  • Experience multiple industry tours to understand international practice

Week 1: Berlin- Dessau- Oranienburg-Potsdam
  • Architectural Sight-Seeing Tour Berlin
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Alexanderplatz
  • Reichstag & Altes Museum
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • National Gallery & Potsdamer Platz
  • Umweltbundesamt (German Federal Environmental Agency)
  • Meisterhäuser & Bauhaus
  • Kornhaus
  • Sachsenhausen (Concentration Camp)
  • Parc Sanssouci
  • Cecilienhof (UNESCO World Heritage)

Week 2: Detmold and Region

  • Campus Emile Tour and Lab introduction
  • City of Detmold tour: Hermann Memorial, Castle of Detmold/Theatre, Open Air Museum
  • Company visits including:
    • Building Industry: Schüco (Façade Company), Goldbeck (Turnkey Construction)
    • Furniture Industry and Construction: Cor/interlübke (Furniture Design), HBZ (Craftsmen Center of Learning)

Week 3: Project Charrette, Workshops & Project Work

2018 Pricing:


Students will receive two different invoices, one from UFIC (program fees) and one from the UF Bursar (UF tuition based on residency)

Incidental Expenses: Allow $1000-1500 (estimated, this is for some food only. Remember, almost all travel, lodging and about half of the meals are covered in the program fees)

UFIC Study Abroad Advisor
Aaron Watkins

Department Contact:
Dr. Robert Ries
Interim Director, Building Construction
RNK 311



This program is currently not accepting applications.