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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Field of Study: Architectural Engineering Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Number of Credits: 3 Credit Hours
Course Credit: Transfer Credit UNL College: Engineering
Experience Type: study abroad Program Type: Exchange, Faculty-Led
Program Leader(s) or Contact(s): Clarence Waters, Moe Alahmad Academic Level: 04 - Senior, 05 - Graduate or Professional Student
Click here for a definition of this term UNL Faculty-Led - Offered in academic year(s): 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019
Program Description:
a UNL-sponsored program


Biberach University of Applied Sciences/Germany 

Biberach University Germany

Program Highlights


Academic Program

Accommodations and
Other Arrangements


Additional Resources

Program Highlights

  • Participate in lectures and labwork on Applied Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis for Engineers.
  • Visit companies and sights in the south of Germany and Switzerland.
  • Enjoy the personal atmosphere of small, picturesque Biberach and interact with German and Canadian peers.


The program will be based at Biberach University of Applied Sciences. Biberach University of Applied Sciences is a technical university with courses that focus on the practical element right from the beginning. All faculties at Biberach University of Applied Sciences have on several occasions been awarded first place in the university ranking list published by CHE and ZEIT.

The University is located in Biberach, a small picturesque town. The small town size allows for a personal atmosphere. Biberach is in the southwest, right in the heart of Europe, neighboring Switzerland, France and Austria.

Academic Program

Course of Study

In the first week of the program, Dr. Moe Alahmad will deliver lectures on Applied Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis for Engineers. In the afternoons, labwork will be carried out in the laboratories at Biberach University of Applied Sciences.

In the second week, the group will visit several companies and sights in the south of Germany and Switzerland. Locations include Füssen, Munich, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Freiburg, and Jona. Stops will include cultural sites such as the cathedral with the world’s highest church spire, one of the most popular castles in Europe, and Europe’s most modern stadium. The group will also visit industry leaders such as the Mercedes-Benz Museum, the "Züblin" company (one of Germany’s leading construction companies), one of Europe’s most efficient hard coal-fired power stations, and "Geberit" company (European’s market leader in Sanitary Technology).

Course Credit

Credits earned at the Biberach University of Applied Sciences are transferable to UNL by department validation. The course will tentatively transfer to UNL as AREN 808 Applied Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis. Students should discuss study abroad plans with their departmental academic advisors.


Architectural Engineering undergraduate or graduate students in good standing and prepared to take AREN 808 or AE 8080 are eligible to participate in the program at the Biberach University of Applied Sciences. UNL graduate students may apply for graduate-level programs with approval of Graduate Studies and their graduate committees. The program requires a good degree of independence by the student.

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Moe Alahmad
Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering
206A PKI Omaha 

Mahmoud (Moe) Alahmad graduated with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2005, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989, all from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, USA. He is currently an associate professor in The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Industry experience includes over 10 years of infrastructure planning, design and analysis of electrical distribution systems for the built environment.

Dr. Alahmad is a registered Professional Engineer (PE). He is an IEEE Senior member; he is a peer reviewer for the IEEE Transaction on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, among other transactions. 

Dr. Clarence Waters
Professor, Architectural Engineering
101E PKI Omaha
(402) 554-4958

Accommodations and Other Arrangements

  • Sudents will purchase their own airfare, but a suggested flight itinerary will be recommended.
  • Students will stay in a local hostel and walk approximately one mile to the university.
  • Travel during the second week will be arranged prior to students' arrival.


See the Budget Sheet and the Financial page on the Education Abroad website.

Explanation of Costs

Please see the Budget Sheet for a detailed explanation of billable and non-billable program costs, withdrawal policies, and the payment process. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Upon confirmation of participation, UNL Faculty-Led program participants will pay a $200 deposit (including a non-refundable $150 Education Abroad Fee). The deposit will be due by February 8, 2019 and will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.

Additional Resources

Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety

Biberach University of Applied Sciences

German Embassy

US Department of State

Center for Disease Control

*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.