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The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is ranked #21 in Best US Engineering Schools (U.S. News & World Report) and offers a wide range of engineering classes for our students.  

A particularly interesting area is aerospace. The department has an excellent reputation with classes that emphasize aerodynamics, vehicle structures, vehicle performance, stability & control as well as propulsion. Lab classes use the department's outstanding experimental facilities which include a large, research-quality subsonic wind tunnel with a twenty-four-foot-long, six-by-six foot cross section test area and state of the art automated control and data collection systems, a Mach 4 supersonic wind tunnel, a Mach 7 hypersonic wind tunnel, a UAS flight-test runway, an advanced power and propulsion lab, a center for space science and the AOE Studio for Design Innovation. Honeywell International has donated two turbofan aircraft engines commonly found on the Learjet 31, Cessna Citation III, and Dassault Falcon 900 to Virginia Tech for student research. Click for more information. Questions about aeronautical engineering at Virginia Tech can be answered by Prof. Dr. Jutta Abulawi.

In addition to a study semester abroad for Bachelor students, Master students can complete their Master's thesis at Virginia Tech as part of the J1 research scholar visa programme.

But Virginia Tech is not just interesting for aeronautical engineering students. The College also offers classes in other fields.

Bachelor courses in engineering:

Aerospace Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Industrial & Systems Engineering (for Production Management Engineers)
Engineering Science & Mechanics (for Mechanical Engineers)
Biological Systems Engineering

Note: Mechanical Engineering (ME) classes are unfortunately not open to exchange students.

Nutrition & Health

The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences includes the Department of Food Science & Technology with a curriculum that offers classes in science, food business and food & health as well as the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise with programmes in dietetics and courses in exercise physiology, nutrition, epidemiology and behavior modification. The Department of Food Science & Technology has been a leader in contributing to food quality, safety, marketability and availability through excellence in teaching and research since 1968.

You can choose from these courses:

Food Science & Technology
Human Nutrition, Foods & Exercise

Life in Blacksburg & at Virginia Tech

If you love being outdoors, hiking, skiing and generally communing with nature, then the area around Blacksburg with the Blue Ridge Mountains on its doorstep, is a beautiful piece of the East coast of America. At the same time there are good bus and train connections to Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York for those who don't want to miss out on the big cities. Blacksburg is a small town with 40,000 inhabitants and half of them are Virginia Tech students. Life in Blacksburg is very much centred around the university with its 2,600 acre campus and the many clubs and sports faciltities. The students call themselves the "Hokies" and there is a very strong feeling of community, especially when the football team is playing in the university stadium with its 68,000 seats. The Princeton Review ranked Virginia Tech as no. 1 for best university quality of life. Read the reports from HAW Hamburg students below, who have spent a semester at Virginia Tech.

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ISAP-Stipendien für Flugzeugbau-Studierende: Die HAW Hamburg hat einen Verlängerungsantrag beim DAAD für 2020 & 2021 gestellt. Eine Entscheidung wird im Februar 2020 erwartet, ob wir weiterhin Vollstipendien  für ein Studiensemester an der Virginia Tech vergeben können. Teilnehmende müssen 30 ECTS absolvieren.

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Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
No. of students: 31,200

Top 10% of universities worldwide (QS World University rankings 2015)
Platz 25 Top American public universities (U.S. News & World Report 2018)
Platz 21 Best US Engineering Schools  (U.S. News & World Report 2017)
Platz10 Aerospace Engineering programmes worldwide (Shanghai Ranking 2017)
Platz 1 Best quality of life of American universities (Princeton Review 2016)

DAAD Sprachzertifikat (min. *** in each category / B1)
Students should take a language test at Hamburg School of English (mehr)

On-campus housing (shared room) is possible; off-campus housing is usually cheaper
On-Campus housing
Off-Campus housing

Semester dates:

The semester starts around the end of August. Here is the academic calendar for Virginia Tech.

To apply to Virginia Tech you must be nominated by the HAW Hamburg. Application period: November - 6. January (see more information here)
Once you have been nominated, you can apply online.