Reflections: A Whole New World

Now that I have been back in the United States for a few days, I have integrated myself back into my summer schedule. I remember a graph that we were shown in the pre-trip classes of the possible culture shock we would experience during and after the trip. Dr. Feick even mentioned that we would…

Day 13: Summertime in Salzburg

Today we had our last full day in Germany and we were able to spend it however we chose. A few people went to Stuttgart to visit relatives and a few stayed in Augsburg, but fourteen of us made plans to go to Salzburg, a city in Austria, and spend the day there. To put…

Day 12: Firsts and Lasts

We got on a bus in the morning to take us to a traditional Bavarian breakfast in a small town in the country. The restaurant is the only one of its kind in the world. It certainly looked like one-of-a-kind when we walked in. The ground was uneven, the tables were bright orange and peeling,…

Day 11: Presentation Day

Today was almost entirely consumed by the preparation for and presentations later in the day. We had no mandated wake-up time so we all took full advantage of the extra sleep time. I very nearly missed the hotel breakfast, but I managed to get down in time to try a new breakfast food: chocolate filled…

Day 10: Work Hard, Play Hard

Today the activities started to wind down as we began to gear up for our presentations tomorrow. However, today was a special day for me and my group because it was the site visit to our company, H&K! We had prepared a plethora of questions in advance. I was crossing my fingers that it would…

Day 9: The Day of Mishaps

In the morning we made the trek by streetcar back to the University of Augsburg for a lecture on contemporary German politics. It was entitled, “The Age of Uncertainty,” because Germany is in uncharted waters regarding its near and long-term futures. Personally, I avidly try to avoid talking about politics at all costs because I…

Day 8: Always Remember and Never Forget

Today was Sunday and today’s event was to visit Dachau, a WWII concentration camp. We arrived and were met by a tour guide, a genial older gentleman who immediately captured all or our attentions and won our hearts. From the first 30 seconds he spoke to us, we could tell he was extremely passionate about…

Day 7: Train Trouble

Today we mercifully didn’t have to leave until 9:05 am so we all got to sleep in for the first time in a long time. Breakfast was extremely crowded and there must have been some event going on in Augsburg that drew so many people to our hotel. After getting to the train station, the…

Day 6: Ulm’s Stairway to Heaven

Today we visited Ulm and we began our day by taking a nice walk to the train station in the near-perfect morning weather. We got to the train station and found our that in an ironic happenstance, considering the punctuality of German trains, our train was delayed by 25 minutes. People in our group spent…

Day 5: Neuschwanstein: Where Natural and Manmade Beauty Meet

Today, we got an early start and got on a bus to Neuschwanstein Castle, about an hour and a half drive from Augsburg. As we neared the site of the castle, we entered rural Germany and the scenery exploded into brilliant greens fields and farmland. We began to see the Alps on the horizon appear…

Day 4: Innovating for the Future, Learning from the Past

Today was our company visit to Continental and on the ride there, we played cards on the bus ride. We played Rummy 500 and it worked surprisingly well especially considering our constrained playing space. When we got to Continental, we all had to sign in and get a name badge first. Then, we were led…

Day 3: Factory Tour: Sheer Walking Pleasure

Today at breakfast, I started to find out what I really liked to eat at breakfast. One delicacy that I discovered was, while attempting to get orange juice, I came upon a unique mango juice. The juice machine had two spouts and I couldn’t read the German labels on them, so I went for the…

Day 2: Gaining Our Bearings

Waking up at 7 am doesn’t seem that bad especially considering that I went to bed at 9 pm the previous night. At the University of Augsburg, we finally got to meet with and work with all of the German students in our group. I was very surprised that we only had an hour to…

Day 1: The Marathon Day

Today was travel day. The flight from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia was a breeze, fortunately. The next flight, from Philadelphia to Munich, was just a bit longer – more like 6 hours longer. I tried to view the result of the time change as a mini day as follows. The “day” portion of the day was…

Germany Bound

My name is Grant and I am studying Materials Science Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I also plan on working towards a minor in Mathematics because I’ve enjoyed all of my math classes so far. Even though they’ve forced me to put in a lot of hard work and bended my brain sometimes, it…

Meet Plus3 Germany 2018!

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 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to BMW, Faurecia,…