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Freising, Germany: Practical & Theoretical Brewing & Culture at TUM Weihenstephan

Students in Freising, Germany on an exchange program




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This exchange provides students the unique opportunity to learn one of humanity's most ancient crafts...brewing beer! You will be enrolled in a course at the Technical University of Munich's Weihenstephan campus — the site of the oldest continuously operating brewery in the world in Freising, Germany — which equates to a 3 credit course at Virginia Tech as a part of a bilateral exchange with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) that will take place over a period of four weeks during the summer semester. Topics covered will include brewhouse design, quality control standards, raw materials (hops, yeast, malt, water), beer filling and packaging, and draught dispensing technology. 


Go on both educational and recreational excursions and experience Bavaria's long history of brewing, culture, cuisine, and more. Visit centuries old breweries, take a historical tour of Munich, and design your own beer recipe. All courses will be taught in English by TUM-Weihenstephan faculty.

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This program is open to juniors through seniors of all majors and graduate students. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (contact program coordinator for exceptions).

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Nancy Tuguldur | Chemical Engineering Student, Class 2022

"Working at breweries is a very popular option for chemical engineers, and I wanted to explore what that side was like," she said. “I’ve also never been to Europe before, so every single moment is a new learning experience, whether it’s in the classroom or just out and about."

"Going to Germany opens up our students' world to how people have made beer for hundreds of years. It’s an opportunity for them to see actual processes and techniques from the premiere institution on this, but also to get some cultural aspects that we can’t find here in the U.S.”

Brian Wiersema
Department of Food Science and Technology Study Abroad Program Coordinator



Need some additional help deciding? Contact us below:

Brian Wiersema
(540) 231-0864

Ready for Germany?

Now's your chance to learn and live in Freising. Submit an application today!

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