Germany Reflection!

Overall, this trip was amazing, and I’d return in a heartbeat if given the chance. There were many things that made this trip as enjoyable as it was. Firstly, the education: as nerdy as it sounds, I truly did enjoy learning about the automotive industry. I anticipated myself enjoying learning about the chemistry and physics…

Germany Day 13: Salzburg!

Today was our last day on the trip. We were given the freedom to do whatever we wanted, so most of the students decided to go to Salzburg, Austria. Although it wasn’t in Germany, this was one of the best parts of the trip. The plan for the day was, for the most part, tentative….

Germany Day 12: Farewell Germany!

Today’s start was a little bit more relaxed than most days. Now that we were done presentations, we were able to sleep in a little, and we taken to a traditional Bavarian breakfast. The meal consisted of pretzels and weisswurst. I am a sausage fan, so I enjoyed that weisswurst a lot. I ended up…

Germany Day 11: Presentations

Today was the long-awaited company analysis presentation day. The day began with our group meeting at the University around noon. We first ate lunch at Mensa, which was great as usual. Afterword, we practiced our presentation numerous times, making sure to finish under the strict 20-minute time limit. After a few hours, we got everything…

Germany Day 10: Horauf and Kohler

Our tenth day only had a visit to Horauf and Kohler scheduled. H&K is a family owned plastics company. H&K was assigned to me, and through our research from the introduction presentation, I knew that H&K was going to be small. Also, H&K is the only company of the five that is not corporate, so…

Germany Day 9: Kuka

We began today by traveling to the University to have a political talk. I was under the assumption that this would be another boring college lecture, but I was wrong. Once again, my expectations were shattered. I found the talk to be very interesting and intriguing. Considering I didn’t really enjoy history or politics, I…

Germany Day 8: Dachau

Today was an emotional but necessary day: we visited Dachau. As most people know, Dachau was a concentration camp during WWII. Going into it, I was a little bit skeptical and didn’t really want to go. I wanted to shy away from the events that will forever taint Germany. Although this was definitely the most…

Germany Day 7: Free Day in Munich

Today we returned to Munich to have a pseudo-free day. The day began just like every other – waking up tired and quickly eating breakfast as we prepared to leave. We got on the train and departed, just like every other day, but about 20 minutes in, we decided to get off the train and…

Germany Day 6: Ulm

We began the day with a bus ride to Ulm. After a long rest, we immediately got off and started the trek up to the top of the church. Although not considered a cathedral (because it never housed a bishop), this building was just as well designed as any cathedral I’ve seen. The tower was…

Germany Day 5: Neuschwanstein

Today we had a break from that company visits, and we instead did more touristy things. The first visit was to the nearly universally known castle, Neuschwanstein.  This castle, like most architecture in Germany, was gothic. It had large rigid edges with high towers and an asymmetric exterior. Before entering the castle, we had a…

Germany Day 4: Continental

Our fourth day in Germany included another company visit, this time on Continental. I originally thought that Continental was a solely tire based company. However, I realized that it was a much more diverse company. They sell many other automotive products such as sensors, cameras, antilock breaks, and more. The visit to the Regensburg branch…

Germany Day 3: SGL & BMW

The third day marked the beginning of the site visits. Today, we visited SGL, a carbon fiber based company. Originally, I thought these site visits would be a waste of time, but I soon realized how interesting they really were. Our SGL site visit began with a couple of presentations, the first about the company…

Germany Day 2: Universität Augsburg

Today we visited our partner campus, the University of Augsburg. The first thing I noticed is the efficiency of the tram system. Today was the first day I was able to experience it first hand, and it was great. Even though we missed our first tram,  a new one arrived within 5 minutes. Additionally, it…

Germany Day 1: Augsburg & Exhaustion

After what seemed like nearly a day flying around the world (because it literally was), we finally arrived in Augsburg, Germany. I was quite astonished before we even entered the city. My impression was that Germany would be very industrialized with large high rises  and metropolitan areas all around. Within the first 10 minutes of…

Ready for Germany!

Introduction Hi, my name is Alan Browning, and I am a rising sophomore engineer from Newtown, Pennsylvania. I plan to major in mechanical engineering, with a minor in computer science. I’ve chosen to major in engineering because I enjoy math and physics, and I love to understand how things work. I am not sure what type…

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,…