Engineering students take course taught entirely in German

Engineering students take course taught entirely in German

The University of Alabama is currently offering an engineering course this semester taught entirely in German.

According to UANews, 13 engineering students have the opportunity to learn automotive engineering through the course. The program, Two Steps Ahead, offered through the University's College of Engineering, gives students experience with the latest automotive engineering technology and exposure to the technology environment in the German industry, per UANews. 

The program began in Fall 2014 as a student exchange program with a partnership with a German university and Mercedes Benz. 

Bharat Balasubramanian, professor of mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, is teaching the course.

“The purpose of the class is to experience the German style of teaching and to understand technical phrases,” Balasubramanian said to UANews.

Every year, freshmen from each engineering track are selected by invitation to join the program. They then continue their academic career by completing engineering and language courses and also spend a year studying in Germany, per UANews. 

“The idea that I would actually be able to speak the language not only in a social setting, but use the language professionally was a huge draw for me,” said Carter Boyle, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering and taking the class, to UANews. 

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