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Exchange for TCNJ Students coming to Berlin University for Applied Science and Technology:

This is a 0.5 Unit course designed for physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering majors who have completed Phy 321- Modern Physics as a minimum, and who want an introduction to modern optical and photonic technology.  For physics majors, this course will count as 0.5 Unit of PHY 393, Independent Research.  Students in other majors should contact the instructor,  Prof. David McGee (mcgeed@tcnj.edu) for questions about receiving equivalent course credit (e.g. ELC 470 or ELC 391) in their major department.   Students selected for this study abroad course will complete predeparture laboratory training in lasers and photonics during spring semester 2022.

Students participating will receive a partial scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for travel and living expenses and in addition are eligible for a National Science Foundation-sponsored research fellowship to work in Prof. McGee’s photonics laboratory for summer 2022.  This research fellowship is similar to an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates fellowship, and will pay students approximately $6K for full time research.  The research will occur on campus at TCNJ, in collaboration with our German counterparts, and represents an outstanding opportunity for TCNJ students to gain paid experience in photonics research in an international team setting. 

About your stay in Berlin:

As the birthplace of photonics, Berlin, Germany is home to universities and industries focused on the science of light in fields ranging from astrophysics to telecommunications to virtual reality. 

In partnership with the Berlin University of Applied Sciences and Technology in Berlin (also known as Berlin Institute of Technology), this summer 2022 course gives TCNJ students a hands-on survey of selected topics in modern photonics.  TCNJ students will first partner with visiting BHT students for predeparture activities in Spring 2022, rejoining them in Berlin during summer 2022. 

In Berlin, the TCNJ-BHT teams will be immersed in hands-on lab experiences in laser technology, optical image processing, and materials characterization via atomic force microscopy. Students will also visit local photonics industries such as Jenoptik and Carl Zeiss and research institutes such as the Max Planck Institute.  Throughout the course, students will also experience the intertwined history of modern physics with Germany’s tragic period 1933-1945 through visits and guest lectures with local science and technology historians. The course language is English, and students will have the opportunity to participate in basic German language instruction as part of the course.

Week 1- Lab Physics at Berlin University of Applied Sciences and Technology w/ faculty

Week 2- Visits to industrial research institutes

Week 3- Workshops, presentations & cultural experiences

Welcome to Berlin University of Applied Science and Technology

Berlin University of Applied Sciences and Technology, BHT, is a higher educational institution which has a long history of providing academic learning and and in its earlier days also vocational training to its students.

The institution first opened in 1823 and was known as the Royal Gardening Academy. In the two centuries that followed the Academy rapidly expanded to include training for architectural engineering and vocational training for carpenters and bricklayers. The University as we know it today was founded in 1971, when programs such as Food Technology were added to the course catalogue. Today the university boasts eight faculty departments, departments with more than 70 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.

BHT currently has more than 13,000 students, 291 professors, 43 guest lecturers and 795 employees overall. The university is located in a green oasis in Wedding, Berlin, where students have ample opportunity to explore the city and engage with their learning commitments.

To learn more about Berlin University of Applied Sciences and Technology, you can visit our facebooktwitterInstagram or visit the university website.

Living in Berlin

Living in Berlin presents itself with many unique opportunities. When you have finished your day in our state of the art laboratories, you can venture out into the amazing city. 

If you have a knack for history, then Berlin is one of the most interesting places in Europe. The city has a rich history dating back to the thirteen hundreds. Today the city is known for its role in the Cold War, with the Berlin Wall dividing the city for 28 years and the legacy that lingers form the Second World War. If you are interested in castles and palaces on the other hand, Berlin can also satisfy this need. Along the popular Unter den Linden, you will discover palaces dating back to the era of the Prussian monarchy. For the avid museum goer, Berlin is the perfect destination, as we have more museums in the city than rainy days in a year. Some museums you might want to see include the Jewish Museum, the Sausage Museum and the newly renovated Museum of German History.

If, on the other hand, you are more interested in bars, cafés and clubs, fear not, because Berlin has also got your back here! The city is renowned for its vibrant night life and the possibilities that arise from them.

Berlin is also a green city, with over 430,000 trees lining the streets, not including the over 1 million trees found in various parks and green areas throughout the city. In true German fashion, the Berlin government has numbered each and every one of them. 

Cost of living in Berlin

Below you can see our estimation of the cost of living for the average student coming to Berlin for a whole semester. Please note, that this can vary depending on each individuals life style.

  Estimated Monthly Costs
Accommodation € 250 - 400
Food € 200 - 300
Books and study materials € 50
Phone/postage € 20 - 30
Other € 50 - 250
Monthly estimate
(public transportation not included)
€ 570- 1030
Public Transportation
(included in the semester contribution, ≈ 31€ per month)
€ 185 per semester