Reflection of the Germany Journey

During high school, I never would have thought that I would be doing a study abroad during my freshman year of college. I had never truly traveled outside of the country before this trip and, even though I wanted to, was nervous to go far abroad. So when I learned of the Plus3 trip, I…

Day 13: Adventure to Austria

Today was our last full day abroad. So some of us decided to spend the day by experiencing another country. We chose to go to Salzburg, a city in Austria. For us to do this, we needed to wake up very early and get on a train to Munich, then get on another train that…

Day 12: Picture-Perfect Neuschwanstein Castle

After the big presentations yesterday, everyone was feeling relaxed today. To begin the day, we went on a short bus ride to get a typical Bavarian breakfast at Baindlkirch. It seemed like it was in the middle of nowhere with the open fields and great views all around the building. Inside were many people already…

Day 11: Final Presentations and Ratskeller

Today was the day of final presentations. Our group was feeling confident going into this. We had done the research and everything. Our presentation looked clean and neat. We met before lunch to run through it and see how it went. For the most part it went well. One thing that we had to work…

Day 10: A True Stairway to Heaven

Today was probably the most physically challenging day so far. We climbed 768 steps to the top of the Münster, the highest church in the world. At first, I thought that it would be easy so I started out by running up the steps. They are in a circular pattern and very repetitive in a…

Day 9: SGL and Presentation Preperation

Today was great. SGL was an awesome experience for me. I’m actually sad that this will be our last company visit. Every visit has been an amazing experience for me to learn about industrial engineering directly and other areas as well. I have gained so much great exposure to topics in engineering and business that…

Day 8: A Solemn Day at Dachau

Today was a heavy, but important experience. You learn about things in school but they really don’t click until you see it first hand. I had that experience today when vising the Dachau concentration camp. We had a tour of the camp and learned about the history of it. The camp was focused on capturing…

Day 7: Chill Day in Munich

Today we took the train to Munich and went on a tour of the city for two hours. We saw beautiful buildings and learned all about the history. It was a much more busy city than any city that we’ve visited yet, and it is also a younger city compared to how old Augsburg is….

Day 6: Faurecia and Politics

Today we visited the company Faurecia near the University of Augsburg. They build interior and exhaust systems for vehicles. However, we mostly saw their research and development aspects of the company. This involved a lot of test procedures to see how each component would react to certain experiments. To be completely honest, this tour did…

Day 5: Amazing Audi Automation

Today was the big day for the Audi visit in Inglostadt. As usual, I slept on the bus to the way there to try and gain some sleep. When we got to Audi, I was surprised at how large the campus was. They had a fitness center, a restaurant, museums, and, of course, the huge…

Day 4: Continental, Regensburg, and Long Bus Rides

Time seems to be going very fast these past few days. We’re already done with day 4 and I feel like I just got here. It’s been a lot of fun so far but I needed to catch up on some sleep. Thankfully, today we went to Regensburg and I was able to sleep on…

Day 3: Hirschvogel, Oberammergau, and Beautiful Views

Today started out strong with a very interesting visit to Hirschvogel, a company that makes supplies for car companies. They gave us a lecture on their innovation management processes and how they develop an atmosphere where employees are not afraid to bring new ideas to the table. In fact, they even implemented a suggestion system…

Day 2: Exploring Augsburg and Getting Accustomed to Germany

Today we were thrown into the fire along with University of Augsburg students to make a presentation on our company (I am part of the Continental group) in only one hour. This was a difficult task for a few reasons. First, that is a very short amount of time to make a presentation that should…

Day 1: Welcoming Augsburg

After a long trek of flights and one sleepless night, we arrived at the Munich airport. We boarded a Mercedes Benz bus and headed to Augsburg. Along the way, some people analyzed the cars going by and were amazed at how many Mercedes and BMW cars there were on the road. I was just amazed…

Stairway to Augsburg

Hi everyone! My name is Brett Saunders and I am a freshman industrial engineering student in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I grew up in northern New Jersey, about 20 minutes outside of New York City. As a drummer and football player throughout most of my life, my passions include…

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,…