Plus3 Germany 2019: It Really Was the Best Two Weeks of my Life

May 24th, 2019 Tough blog today. One week ago at this time, Lucas and I would be finishing up at the Porsche Museum and getting ready to head over to Mercedes on the S-Bahn in Stuttgart. Three weeks ago I would be arriving at Pitt for our overnight stay at Nordenberg Hall. It would be…

Free Day In Stuttgart, a.k.a. HEAVEN!! (Day 14)

May 17th, 2019 WARNING: LOTS OF CAR PICTURES!! Today was our free day. We could do as we pleased; we just had to be back at the hotel and checked in by 10:00 that night. One group was going to Munich, another to Salzburg in Austria, and Lucas and I were heading to Stuttgart. Why,…

The Views Were Incredible at Neuschwanstein (Day 13)

May 16th, 2019 Today was our last visit as part of the program. We were on the schedule to eat a traditional Bavarian breakfast on our way to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. I had heard plenty of times about the castle and seen it in many places, including on a Disney World ride, but today I…

The Big Day: Time for Presentations! (Day 12)

May 15th, 2019 Today was the day of our presentations (that are worth 25% of our final grade)! We still had some things to polish up on the presentation, so I got up early to make sure everything was in order. I had a quick breakfast with my team, and we left the hotel for…

I Thought Those Ten Miles in Munich Were Bad… (Day 11)

May 14th, 2019 Today we made a trip to Ulm to climb the Münster Cathedral and tour the city. We had breakfast at the hotel before departing around 7:45 for the train station. We caught the ICE to Ulm, which was super awesome. I have been in planes before, but I have never traveled so…

Cars are Made of That? (Day 10)

May 13th, 2019 Our itinerary for today included a morning visit to SGL, a manufacturer of carbon fiber components of automobiles. I knew prior to our trip that many nice cars were made from carbon fiber components, but I was still excited to witness the production process to see how it all comes together to…

A Humbling Experience at Dachau (Day 9)

May 12th, 2019 Today was a heavy day. We woke up to cold, rainy weather for our trip to Dachau. I had a small breakfast and made sure to pack a snack for after the tour. The bus ride lasted about an hour. I am still in awe of the scenes we are seeing from…

I Walked Ten Miles in Munich Today… (Day 8)

May 11th, 2019 Today, we were on the schedule to take a tour of Munich, the capital city of Bavaria. Augsburg is great because of its history and relatively small size, but I was excited to see a much larger German city to get a feel for city life. Our train was not until 9:00,…

Now I’m Wondering If My Car Has Faurecia Components (Day 7)

May 10th, 2019 Today, we were on the schedule to visit Faurecia, a manufacturer of exhaust system and interior components for many different vehicles. Their facility is located in Augsburg, so the commute there was not too long. After breakfast, we got on a tram to travel across town to the Faurecia plant (I took…

Audi Plant at Ingolstadt, a Brief Time in Paradise (Day 6)

May 9th, 2019 Today was the earliest wake-up yet. Unfortunately for Brett, I was not aware of myself until 6:30, and my alarms had been going off since 5:45. I hurried up and got dressed and had a quick breakfast before boarding the bus to Ingolstadt. I knew today would be the best company visit…

Continental, Regensburg, and More Stuff to Blow My Mind (Day 5)

May 8th, 2019 Today was the day that Brett, Steph, Nick, and I would visit our presentation company with Matthias, Luca, and Freddy, who will be working with us. The day began the same as always, with an early breakfast and an 8:00 departure. The bus ride would be the longest one yet, about two…

Tours, Presentations, and Lots of Fun in Augsburg! (Day 3)

May 6th, 2019 Today was our first full day in Augsburg. I began the day with an early wake-up and a delicious breakfast at the hotel (which I look forward to eating during the rest of our trip). We departed for our first day at Augsburg University at 8:15 and caught the tram for a…

Auf Weidersehen Pittsburgh, Hallo Augsburg! (Days 1 & 2)

May 4th-5th, 2019 Today is the day! After a rough night of intermittent sleeping in Nordenberg Hall, the Plus3 Germany crew woke up early to get a great last Pittsburgh meal. We agreed to eat at Pamela’s, and the group enjoyed some quality bonding time. Before we knew it, we were loading our bags into…

Anxiously Awaiting The Best Two Weeks of my Life

Hello! My name is Frank Czura. I am a first year student at the University of Pittsburgh participating in the Plus 3 Germany Program, and I intend to major in mechanical engineering. I am from the City of Bridges itself (and yes, I do say “dahn-tahn” and “crick”, eat lots of Heinz ketchup, and love…

Meet Plus3 Germany 2019!

Welcome to the Germany Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Lawrence Feick and Arielle Schweber, Pitt Business International Programs, are traveling to Augsburg, Germany with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 4th- May 18th. The trip will culminate in a business strategy presentation by the University of Pittsburgh students,…