Can’t believe it is really over

My Germany Plus 3 program was everything I expected it to be and so much more. Initially, I had my doubts as I am  not the biggest fan of traveling or even automobiles. But I applied for the Plus 3 Germany program because I wanted to push myself. And, I am very glad I did!…

Day 13: Back in Munich

Today was our one free day and we could do almost anything. The majority of our group went to Salzburg, but I and a few others decided to revisit Munich. I knew it was going to be a great day because the weather was beautiful.  I could even wear shorts. I know that may not…

Day 12: Straight Outta Disneyland

Today we started our day with a traditional Bavarian breakfast at a special restaurant that is only open on Thursdays. Crazy to believe a business can be successful when only open for business one day. The food had to be amazing. As someone who usually does not eat early in the morning, I was not…

Day 11: The Big Day

The big day. The reason for all the sites visits. It’s presentation time! After waking up a little earlier than usual and going through my slides my group and I took the tram to the University. There we met up with our German group members and practices our presentation. Later I had my last lunch…

Day 10: 768 steps later…

Today we visited Ulm. One of the main reasons that I think our group had gone to Ulm was that it held the tallest church in the world. After seeing it I could not believe that I would be climbing up it in just a few minutes later. In total it is 768 steps. That’s…

Day 9: Carbon Creation

Today was the last visit to our companies. We went to the site of SGL Carbon. This presenter was the best! He had graduated from the Katz school of business at Pitt and had been a student of Dr. Feick! He not only gave an in depth explanation of what his company does, but did…

Day 8: The day of Dachau

Today was the hardest day on the trip for me as we visited Dachau, the Nazi concentration camp. While Dachau was a “working” camp and not one designed specifically for killing, it was brutal. Having already toured the Holocaust museum in Washington DC and Yad Vashem in Israel, Dachau was too real to me to…

Day 7: Munich lives up to the hype

Today we ventured to Munich. I finally got to see one of Germany’s most famous and popular cities.  We arrived our station and all piled into the train. Unfortunately the train was somewhat crowded so we had to split up. I was lucky enough to get a seat on the train but I gave it…

Day 6: Figuring out Faurecia

 Faurecia! Today we finally visited my company. I was excited to see Faurecia in action. I wanted a better understanding of my company and to see the factory at work. After putting on our safety gear, we began the tour. It was fascinating to see exactly how they test engines. On the factory tour, our…

Day 5: The old timers are the best

This was one the days I had been most excited for as Audi was the only company I knew before this trip. Today we went to the Audi factory, and I was immediately impressed with their layout. In the first building we waited for the tour to begin. There were four different Audi models. As…

Day 4: Maybe gravy isn’t so bad

On this lovely morning the group and I went to Regensburg and had a tour of the city. Throughout the tour, the tour guide gave us facts about the city including why it was called Regensburg and how the city was protected from invasion for hundreds of years. My favorite part of the tour was…

Day 3: I’ve never seen anything like it

Today was our first site visit, and I could not be more ready to start learning about the automobile industry. We had the pleasure of learning and exploring the company Hirschvogel. I did not know anything about this company previously, but after the presentation and the tour, I feel like I have a good grasp…

Day 2: The hunt is on

Well, I did not start my morning off very well. I forgot to check the weather before I left and did not realize it was 7.5 degrees Celsius, or for you people back in the States around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. I only had on a long sleeve t-shirt and jeans while the rest of the…

Day 1: The wait is over

Wow, what a day this has been! We just traveled for about sixteen hours, and fortunately, I was able to sleep for much of the overnight portion. But after exploring Augsburg today, I can confirm it was definitely worth the trek. While our flights to both Chicago and Munich went smoothly, my excitement for this…

The journey is almost here

Hi everyone! My name is Reid Becker and I am a freshman studying Finance and Business Information Systems with plans to also earn certificates in Business Analytics and Entrepreneurship. I live in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, about forty five minutes outside of Philadelphia. I am involved in many organizations such as a business fraternity (Phi Gamma…

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,…