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Summer University

Each summer, DTU Chemical Engineering teaches a four week summer course for international students.

Our Summer University offers an ambitious and unique program with practical exercises covering a wide range of unit operations at our large and modern pilot-plant facility. By performing experiments on large-scale pilot equipment, the course will challenge you to combine theory with practical experience, as well as data analysis, in order to improve your understanding of unit operations and processes used in the chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical and food industry.

Learning Philosophy

The main objectives are to show you the challenges, possibilities and limitations by combining theory with practical experience from large-scale experiments, and to make you familiar with operating equipment similar to that, which can be expected in real industrial life.

The DTU Pilot-plant facility is considered to be one of the largest of its kind in the world, with more than 30 different large pilot-plant set-ups, together representing all unit operations to be found within the modern chemical, life science and food industry.

As a DTU summer university student, you will enhance your theoretical understanding, practical and technical experience, as well as process knowledge performing several half or full day experiments. You will learn how to plan your work including a thorough safety assessment, prepare the utilities and the equipment for the experiments, operate the equipment, react to the process parameters and take the necessary process decisions – all yourself – in order to maximize the outcome and your learning from the experiments. After the experiments, you will learn how to write a scientific report. Based on the theory and the acquired experimental data, you will calculate and analyze results and provide conclusions and discussion with a critical mind – so that you delve deep into the academic understanding of a given unit operation. All together you will learn how to act and think as a real process engineer!

The 2019 course will run from Tuesday 2 July to Friday 26 July.

Learn more about DTU, the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering as well our unique and large pilot plant facilities.

The Enviroment

The DTU Lyngby Campus, where the Pilot Plant facilities are located, is situated in the beautiful northern part of Copenhagen close to forest and beaches. You will be offered an apartment in the Campus Village apartments - a single bedroom, including all modern facilities. The village will give you an excellent opportunity to mingle and socialize with fellow students in an international university environment.

From Lyngby within a radius of less than 50 km, you can use the excellent Danish public transportation system to take the train or bus to exciting and beautiful tourist attractions like Kronborg (The Hamlet Castle), The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, the impressive Hilleroed Castle with artifacts from the Danish royal families back to the 15th century, Roskilde Cathedral where the Danish Kings back to the Viking age are buried. Of course you should also not miss wonderful downtown Copenhagen with Tivoli Gardens, the Royal Palace Amalienborg, The Little Mermaid, the cosy harbor environment of Nyhavn and many other famous attractions.

Previous summer university students' experiences

“For engineering it is hard to study abroad so this is one of the few options we have. And it is a much different setup here than at our school. So just seeing the different technology or how things are done abroad helps us in the workforce”,

- Izy Godsey and Lexi Romine, University of Alabama

"I have learned a lot of things here. The class, the content in the unit operation course and the laboratory experiments are very good. But the report is very hard to write and it is difficult to submit a report in such short time",  

- Zeng Ying, SDC in Beijing.

“I decided to come to Denmark because it was a great opportunity to expand my cultural experience, meet new people, learn in a first-class laboratory, and see a different part of the world. It was everything I had hoped for and more”,

- Megan Torman, Alabama University

"It is great to be in a place with state of the art laboratory facilities, as we don’t have that at home",

- Student from Auburn University

“I haven’t had much experience with actual big machinery and chemical engineering, so I enjoy getting the experience and learning how to use the equipment that you would see in plants - which I wouldn’t have access to normally".

- Student from Virginia Tech

DTU Chemical Engineering
Building 229
Søltofts Plads 229
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Danmark
Tlf. 4525 2800
E-mail: kt@kt.dtu.dk

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Practical Information

Anne Helene Juul
Education Coordinator
DTU Chemical Engineering
+4545 25 28 36

Responsible

Steen Larsen
Chefkonsulent
DTU Chemical Engineering
+4545 25 28 04
Ivan Hundebøl
Chemical Engineer, Course responsible
DTU Chemical Engineering
+4545 25 29 33