International Aerospace and Aviation Operations Course | Kent State University

International Aerospace and Aviation Operations Course

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018

Intersession 2018 Special Course listing for International Aerospace and Aviation Operations Intersession Course AERN 35095. Only 15 spots available, register now!

photo inside international ATC tower


May 29, 2018 to June 9, 2018


Frankfort and Hamburg, Germany, Maastricht, Netherlands, Brussels, Belgium

Course Description

International Aerospace and Aviation Operations: This course is designed to introduce students to various aspects of the international aerospace and aviation industries by means of a week-long intensive lecture which will be delivered via WebEx through Kent State University, followed by a 10 day overseas tour which will showcase the principles and topics covered in lecture. Lecture topics will vary from year to year so as to capitalize on emerging trends and issues; countries visited will also vary yearly so as to expose students to the truly global nature of these industries. Special course fees apply.

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2.5 GPA
Completed 48 Credit Hours
Attend an Information Session
Students not in the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (with a declared Aeronautics field major) will need a letter of recommendation from the department head of their major.

Detailed cost breakdown

  • Tuition: $1368 in-state, $2454 out-of-state
  • Program Fees/Flight/Land/Lodging/Ground Transportation: $4011
  • Estimated personal expenses: $500 ($50 per day)
  • Total Estimated Cost: $5879 in-state, $6965 out-of-state

Application Information

Dealine: February 1, 2018

Deposit: $200, refundable if the course is canceled

Complete Application

Tour Includes

  • Transfer to and from the airport in Germany
  • Meals and modern coach per itinerary 
  • Travel cards: Frankfurt 1 day, Maastricht 2 days, Hamburg 3 days
  • Train from Maastricht to Brussels (2nd class) 
  • Flight from Brussels to Hamburg 
  • Visits and tours per itinerary

Not included: Passports and/or visa fees, travel insurance, gratuities for guides and drivers.


This itinerary may be modified if major airline schedule changes dictate. Accommodations are subject to confirmation and change.

Wednesday, May 30, Frankfurt
Upon arrival in Frankfurt, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Your Frankfurt travel passes will be waiting at the front desk. Start with a meeting at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Training Center. IATA represents 275 of the world’s airlines, 83% of all air traffic. In the evening, freshen up at the hotel and enjoy a group dinner.

Thursday, May 31, Frankfurt
Start your day with group breakfast then a tour of the Frankfurt Airport. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the day-to-day airport operations (3 hours). In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Frankfurt on your own.

Friday, June 1, Frankfurt-Maastricht
Group breakfast, then check out of your hotel and transfer to Maastricht. Visit the Eurocontrol Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), an international non-profit air navigation service provider for Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The MUAC manages the airspace over the Benelux and northwest Germany to ensure that aircraft travel safely and efficiently. Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the evening on your own.

Saturday, June 2, Maastricht
Enjoy a group breakfast before your city tour of Maastricht (2 hours). This city on the southern tip of the Netherlands is one of the oldest cities in Holland. Visit the major sites, see medieval architecture, discover the history behind the city and where to eat in Europe’s smallest metropolis. In the afternoon, explore the city with your professor.

Sunday, June 3, Maastricht-Brussels
After a group breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Brussels by train, then on to your hotel for check in. Enjoy some free time to explore Brussels on your own. Your 2-day Brussels transportation passes will be waiting for you at the hotel.

Monday, June 4, Brussels
Enjoy a group breakfast before visiting the Eurocontrol Headquarters. Transport by private coach. This intergovernmental organization is comprised of 41 members and 2 comprehensive agreement states. Together, they provide air traffic management (ATM) performance for a single European sky. After, return to your hotel to freshen up. Then, head out to explore of Brussels by foot.

Tuesday, June 5, Brussels-Hamburg
Group breakfast and check out of your hotel and transfer by private coach to the airport for your flight to Hamburg. Upon arrival, visit Airbus Industries for a tour of the facility. Here, you can see where half of the total A320 family are assembled, painted and delivered to customers around the world. After, check in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Wednesday, June 6, Hamburg
Group breakfast. Time to explore Hamburg with your professor. Today, you may have an optional B737-800 simulator experience. As a training tool for pilots, these simulators are meant to feel realistic, with motion systems & visual displays.
Make sure to stop at your hotel’s front desk to pick up your three-day travel cards for Hamburg.

Thursday, June 7, Hamburg
After group breakfast, begin Luftansa’s Technik Tour, where you’ll learn about the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Lufthansa aircrafts. You’ll also have a chance to see new products including Premium Economy Plus and Premium Economy classes.

Friday, June 8, Hamburg
Enjoy group breakfast before exploring Hamburg with your professor today. Time permitting, you may have a chance to experience a helicopter simulator. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Saturday, June 9, Hamburg-USA
After group breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the Hamburg airport for your return flight home