Thomas Angelo Honor Scholarship

Firstly, I would like to thank Dean Arjang Assad, the Office of the Dean in the College of Business Administration, and the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarships for this great honor. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have received the Plus3 Study Abroad Scholarship during my Plus3 trip to Germany. Plus3 was the single greatest…

Post Program

Overall this trip provided me with the greatest experience of my life. It was my first trip to Europe and went above and beyond any of the expectations I had. The historical sites we visited like Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau, Dachau, and the multiple beautiful churches, was eye-opening and incredible to witness in person. It is one…

Day 13: Free Day

We had many different ideas for our free day. A large portion of the students wanted to take a train to Salzburg, Austria and spend the day there, others wanted to spend another day in Munich, and others wanted to just stay in Augsburg and explore the city a little more. However, a couple of…

Day 12: Oberammergau

Day 12 started with an early morning bus ride to a small town to try weisswurst, which is a white sausage. We got to the restaurant very early (on a Thursday) and it was already packed with people drinking beer and eating. To eat the weisswurst you first have to cut the links apart, then…

Day 11: Final Presentations

Well the day finally arrived! Day 11 included the highly anticipated final presentation of our company analyses. My group and I met at the University around noon to finish up our presentation and practice it as a group a couple times. The first thing we did when  we got to the University was eat at…

Day 10: Horauf and Kohler

Day 10 included our fifth and final company visit to Horauf and Kohler, which is a plastics company. H&K mainly specializes in plastic parts for the interior of cars such as the dashboard, parts for the glove box, dials, etc. We also learned that a majority of their business comes from BMW and that their…

Day 9: KUKA

Day 9 included our talk on German politics and our company visit to KUKA. To be honest I wasn’t too excited for the politics talk due to me not being very informed on foreign politics as well as my lack of interest in it. However, the talk was a pleasant surprise in that it was…

Day 8: Dachau

Day 8 was our trip to Dachau which was a concentration camp located near Munich. I originally thought all concentration camps were extermination camps, but we learned that thats not necessarily the case. Some camps were “reeducation” camps including Dachau. Dachau included many minorities including Jews, Italians, Russians, Slavs, political prisoners, political enemies, and gays….

Day 7: Munich

Saturday was our day trip to Munich, which is the largest city in Bavaria. From the moment we stepped foot on the train in Augsburg you could tell it was a game day for the German powerhouse soccer team, FC Bayern Munich. The trains were jam-packed with people wearing jerseys from Bayern and Stuttgart (the…

Day 6: Ulm and BMW Talk

Day 6 was our trip to Ulm to see the city and the church which is the tallest in all of Germany: Ulm Minister. The church has a staircase of 768 steps which takes you to the top of the church—which of course we had to do. The staircase was extremely tight and winding which…

Day 5: Neuschwanstein

Day 5 brought with it our trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. As our bus approached the castle it looked very small against the massive alps behind it, but soon enlarged as we grew closer. King Ludwig II lived there, which is basically right across the street from his father’s castle. King Ludwig II is sometimes referred…

Day 4: Continental and Regensburg

Day 4 included our second company tour which was with Continental. Before our visit I thought Continental specialized in strictly tires, however that only makes up about a quarter of their staggering 40 billion (euro) yearly sales. We were given an eye-opening presentation by the Head of Innovation of Continental that gave us insight into…

Day 3: SGL and BMW

Day 3 brought us to our first company visit at SGL. SGL is a company specializing in the production carbon fiber. We were presented with an introductory slide show and talked with a company representative which was very insightful. I found it very interesting how the company was able to recover from the economic crash…

Day 2: Scavenger Hunt

The first thing we did on Day 2 was meet the German students at the University of Augsburg. We met our groups that we will be working with on our assigned company and gave a short introductory presentation on basic information on our company. The German students are very outgoing and very intelligent, and their…

First Day in Germany

Well we made it! After what seemed like days we finally arrived in Munich and made it to our hotel in Augsburg. I was immediately taken back by how clean, quiet, and open Germany seemed to be. The cars and people are much quieter in Germany than in America, and the “city” of Augsburg is…

Hallo!

My name is Anthony Jones and I am a freshman double majoring in finance and business information systems, as well as working towards a certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship at the University of Pittsburgh. I am originally from the Pittsburgh area and chose the University of Pittsburgh out of my love for the city and…

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,…