Exploring Central Europe

Group of students pose behind an engineering device

CEC's Steve Keller, associate professor of chemical, paper, and biomedical engineering will lead this amazing study abroad experience in Graz, Austria, and a tour throughout central Europe, in January 2016.


This three-week workshop combines the lecture content of two required paper engineering courses, with the experience of touring a wide variety of world-class paper manufacturing facilities.

Classes will be held at the Technical University of Graz. Required content in courses will be augmented by visits to some the largest and fastest paper machines, a ground marble mine, and a dissolving pulp mill used to make nonwovens and textiles.

Miami students will meet and interact with paper engineering students in TU-Graz and Munich University of Applied Science.


Graz is the second largest city in Austria, considered as one of the best preserved cities in Central Europe, and is listed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. It is also known as a student city with its six universities.

During the program, students will have the opportunity to explore cities and countries surrounding Austria. There are stops in Munich, Vienna, Innsbruck, and Salzburg. This gives students the opportunity to tour the famous Schönbrunn castle, art museums, the Inner Ring and other landmarks that Vienna is noted for.

The tour also takes students through the Alps for skiing, and then on to Salzburg (another UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites).

There is an optional field trip that takes students to a well-known paper and watermark museum in the town of Fabriano, Italy. There will also be a brief tour of Venice.


After attending this workshop, students will have a deeper understanding of the sophistication of paper manufacturing practiced globally, and especially in Central Europe. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with European paper engineers, equipment manufacturers and mineral suppliers, as well as students studying paper engineering in Austria and Germany.

For more information please contact Steve Keller at kellerds@MiamiOH.edu or visit Miami’s study abroad website. 

-L. Kramer

-Chelsea Davis

Panoramic view of Vienna