This practice paper presents the issues and solutions in introducing a new international engineering study program at a German university that attracts especially non-European students. The master’s program electromobility with the four majors Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Driving, Connectivity, EPowertrain and Sustainable Mobility & Production Technology was newly introduced in the winter semester 2022/23. It combines the expertise of all engineering departments like mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and artificial intelligence, materials science and chemical engineering to offer a modern and attractive engineering education for sustainability in an ecologic and economic important field. The high amount of applications with more than 1600 applicants per semester shows the high visibility and attraction of this study program. As the international master’s program is offered in English language, especially students e.g. from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh who already have a bachelor’s degree taught in English language are interested in this program. The selection of future students out of a high number of applications is challenging, while this process has to be completed in a very short period of time. With this high number of international students, further issues occur regarding visa application, housing and other organizational aspects. Practical solutions are presented in this paper that lead to transferable recommendations for the future design of such large-scale study programs for other universities.
Herbert, M., Nasarow, A., & Kreis, O. (2023). Setting Up An Engineering "Pilot Study Program" In E-Mobility" For International Students: Issues And Solutions. European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). DOI: 10.21427/WNVY-ER17
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