Post Trip Reflection

I cannot believe that our two weeks are over!  The time flew by and feels like it slipped right away from me!  While most of the group traveled back home today, I am staying an extra week in Germany to travel a little more and to visit a friend who lives in Dusseldorf.  While I…

Day 13: Our Austrian Adventure!

Today was last full day in Germany and also our free day.  We split up into different groups today, and headed out to different excursions – either to Nuremburg for a festival, Stuttgart to meet family, or Salzburg, Austria for the day.   I was in the group of 14 who got up early to catch…

Day 12: Wiesswurst and Cable Cars

Today was a very busy day here in Germany.  We began the day by eating at a traditional Bavarian breakfast of Wiesswurst and pretzels. the dining hall-styled restaurant that we ate at, the butcher makes the classic Wiesswurst sausages himself and the feast is only held on Thursday mornings.  The entire experience felt very traditional…

Day 11: Presentations Day!

Today was presentation day.  We were due to meet and begin the presentations at 5:30pm, so all day beforehand everyone was focused on their presentations and perfecting their work.  My group decided to meet at 1pm for lunch at the Mensa.  Since we had time in the morning, Jackie, Gemma, and I walked down to…

Day 10: Hörauf and Kohler

Today’s Hörauf and Kohler factory visit was our last company visit of this trip.  H&K is an injection moldings company located in Augsburg.  The site is only a short streetcar ride away from our hotel; however, for me, this ride was a stressful one.  Once we got on the streetcar, I immediately realized that I…

Day 9: KUKA and Chaos

Today, we started the day off with a lecture about German politics by a professor here at the University of Augsburg and then went to the edge of Augsburg for our KUKA Robotics tour.  I was particularly excited to see this company because I am really interested in the use of robotics in car production…

Day 8: Dachau

Today we went woke up early and drove to Dachau, a concentration camp site and memorial in a western suburb of Munich.  Overall, the visit to Dachau was a heavy and intense one.  As we toured the site where thousands of people were tortured and murdered by the Nazi regime, we saw different key parts…

Day 7: Munich and The Trains

Today was wonderful mixed with some small disasters.  We left for Munich around 9:45 on a train that was absolutely packed due to the Bayern Munich game in the city today.  The cart we were on was so full that most of us couldn’t even get seats; therefore, Dr. Feick and Arielle came up with…

Day 6: 768 Steps Later…

Today was the day that we all have been slightly worried for since the beginning of this trip – the day when we climb the Münster in Ulm.  The Münster tower is taller than the Cathedral of Learning, taking 768 steps to reach the top.  The steps are in a narrow stairwell that spirals all…

Day 5: Neuschwanstein and Fried Doughnuts

Getting up for our 7:40 departure time this morning was rough, but luckily, today is the day that we went to the Neuschwanstein castle, which made the early leave much easier because I had an exciting destination to motivate me.  After the two-hour bus ride and the extra two hours of sleep, we arrived in…

Day 4: Continental and Regensburg

This morning I got up and enjoyed my now-normal brie, croissant, and orange juice for breakfast before we set out for our Continental site visit at 9:30.  Once I knew that we would be visiting Continental, I was expecting to learn about the tire company that I knew them as during our visit; therefore, I…

Day 3: SGL and BMW!

Throughout the trip, I’ve thought that our initial travel day would be the longest and most tiring; however, today may have proved me wrong.  We left for our start at 8:15am and did not return to Augsburg until 10pm.  Today was jam packed with travel to two different companies and factory tours, meaning we spent…

Day 2: The University

This morning we got up and set out to the University of Augsburg.  The university is only a streetcar ride away from Königsplatz, making it easily accessible from our hotel.   Right after we hurriedly got on, we saw the Augsburg director running franticly across the intersection in order to catch our same street car (don’t…

Day 1: Welcome to Germany!

Hello from Germany!  After a long day of traveling, we finally landed in Munich at 5:45am and then drove directly to our hotel in Augsburg to drop off our luggage and begin our day.  We went on a small city tour in order to keep everyone awake until meeting Sonja and Simon, our two main…

Next Stop: Augsburg!

Next Stop: Augsburg! Hi! My name is Ally DeVito, and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration majoring in Global Management.  I’m originally from Wilmington, Delaware, which is about a five-hour drive from Pittsburgh.  These five hours may feel like a long trip now; however, they’re nothing compared to the eight plus…

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,…