The Final Refelction

What a trip it was. Truly the experience of a lifetime. I came into this program kind of worried. The only people that I knew were the ones from my Pittsburgh presentation group, and even them I didn’t know all that well. I’m not the most talkative person either, so I didn’t know how things…

Day 13: We’re Not in Germany Anymore

Ahh! It’s our last day here. Where did the time go? Two weeks already?!?! Unbelievable. To finish our trip, we were given a free day. One of the German students had suggested going to Austria for our free day. It was only a 2-3 hour train ride away and with this ticket deal it would…

Day 12: The Beginning of the End

So our last day of planned activities…wow. This trip flew by. Today was a pretty early day because we were going to get a traditional Bavarian breakfast. Traditional Bavarian breakfast consists of Weißwurst (white sausage), pretzels and wheat beer. Obviously we didn’t have the beer but we tried everything else. It was really funny because…

Day 11: The Presentations

Welp. Today’s the day. The last academic activity of the trip. The company presentations. This is what we’ve been working towards all week, but we weren’t done yet. We had all of today free, besides the presentations, so my group decided to use our time before the presentation to perfect our PowerPoint. However, the German…

Day 10: H&K

Site visit after site visit, we’ve dressed up and sat through presentations, then killed our feet walking through each and every company tour. Finally they were about to be over. Our last one. Hörauf and Kohler. Since their company location was in Augsburg, we were able to take the streetcar there. We got there a…

Day 9: KUKA

Today was the day. This was the site visit that I’ve been waiting for. KUKA, the robot company. Sadly, before we could see these amazing robots, we had to go to a lecture about politics put on by the University. I am not the least bit interested in politics, so this lecture did not excite…

Day 8: Work Will Set You Free

Today was a pretty hard day. We went to Dachau, one of the concentration camps located in Germany. The day started out okay. The bus didn’t leave until 9, so we had a little extra time in the morning. I used this time to mentally prepare myself for what was about to come. I wasn’t…

Day 7: The Situation

Guten Tag! So, today was quite the day. Fortunately, today we had a bit of a later start, so we could catch up on some much needed sleep. 9:15 on the dot, we leave for the train station. Thankfully, the train today isn’t running late, but it was crowded, so crowded that we were gonna…

Day 6: The Climb

Today had a bit of a rocky start. I woke up on time, got breakfast, the usual. It was the first time that we would be taking a train to get to our cultural visit of the day, so it was a little stressful making sure we had everything we needed and didn’t mess anything…

Day 5: The Hike

Ugh! 6:30. Why? I was awake at 6:30 so that we could leave at 7:40 today. Woo! Today was our visit to Neuschwanstein, a very famous castle here in Germany. So, we get to the place where the castle is and there’s this hill. Naturally, I would assume that we are taking a horse drawn…

Day 4: Dress to Impress

Today was good. It started with me trying to wake up at 7:30 to catch up on some blogging, but really waking up at 8:30 after sleeping through my alarm. All good though because we weren’t leaving until 9:30 today. Today was our site visit to Continental, which was by far my favorite site visit…

Day 3: SGL and BMW

Today was one heck of a long day. I started my day out by waking up at 7:15 for an 8:15 bus ride to visit SGL: The Carbon Company. Since we were doing a site visit, we had to wear business casual which was not fun at all. The clothes and shoes were uncomfortable and…

Day 2: The University

So today, we started our adventure at the University of Augsburg. We took the public transport tram for the first time to get there. It was a lot like taking the Port Authority buses in Pittsburgh (in German of course). After finding the right room there, we were introduced to the university and all of…

Augsburg Day 1: The Intro

So I woke up at 5:45 AM to get on a bus at 7 to go to the airport to take a flight to Philly at 11 then a flight to Munich at 4:30 PM where we, finally, landed around 6 AM Germany time (Midnight US time). It was a rough 24 hours. I got…

Germany Here I Come

Hi everyone! My name’s Jackie Guhl and I’m currently a freshman in the College of Business Administration here at Pitt. At the moment I am planning on double majoring in Accounting and Business Information Systems with a minor in Administration of Justice and a certificate in Business Analytics. Yeah, I know that’s a lot, but…

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,…