Reflection

Looking back, I was somewhat hesitant to travel to Germany as it was my first true experience abroad. However, any anxiety or emotion I had over the trip was quickly put to rest upon landing in Munich. Simply put, Plus3 Germany 2017 was a once in a lifetime experience. I cannot speak highly enough of…

Day Dreizehn and Vierzehn: The Thirteenth and Fourteenth Days

For our free day on Friday the 19th, I went with a group of about ten students back to Munich by train. There, we were led by one of the German students, Matthias, to the famous English Garden. Matthias was a godsend, as there is no way we would have found the Garden on our…

Day Zwölf: The Twelfth Day

Thursday, May 18th was our last day on the program. After breakfast at the B&B we boarded the train for Ulm. Immediately upon arrival, we faced down our next challenge: Ulmer Münster, the tallest church in the world. To climb the church is to go up 768 of the tightest, most claustrophobic and nauseating of spiral…

Day Elf: The Eleventh Day

Wednesday, May 17th was the date of our final company presentations. After a short breakfast at the B&B, we had essentially the entire day to ourselves to prepare. The presentations themselves did not begin until 5pm. From 9am to 5pm, my group perfected our delivery and points on the Hirschvogel Automotive Group in the University’s…

Day Zehn: The Tenth Day

Tuesday, May 16th we traveled south again by bus to see King Ludwig II’s castle. Close to the border with Austria, Neuschwanstein Castle was supposed to be a home for the Bavarian king, within walking distance of his father’s castle. However, after his untimely death, the castle was never finished. Now, the 30% that is finished…

Day Neun: The Ninth Day

Monday, May 15th was our final company visit. This was the one we had all been looking forward to: BMW. As opposed to the train, this time we departed from the B&B (and breakfast) by a bus bound for Munich. After an hour, we arrived at BMW’s headquarters. First, we were given the opportunity to explore…

Day Acht: The Eighth Day

Sunday, May 14th was a very somber day. After a breakfast at the B&B, we got on the bus and headed for Dachau. As we rode on the bus, I wasn’t quite sure what my reaction to seeing a concentration camp in person would be. American history classes certainly teach the topic of the Holocaust, but…

Day Sieben: The Seventh Day

Saturday, May 13th was our day trip to Munich. After another breakfast at the B&B, we took a train from Haunstetterstrasse to Munich, arriving in a little under an hour. In Munich, we met our tour guide at Marienplatz and she led us on a quick tour of the city as it began to rain….

Day Sechs: The Sixth Day

Friday, May 12th was our fourth company visit. After another breakfast at the B&B, we boarded a bus bound for Meitingen, home of SGL Group – The Carbon Company. From our introduction at SGL, we learned that the company is a leading carbon and carbon biproduct manufacturer, up until recently also operating in the graphite…

Day Fünf: The Fifth Day

Thursday, May 11th was our third company visit. We met in the hotel lobby and traveled by bus to Baindlkirch for breakfast. There, we had the opportunity to try a traditional Bavarian breakfast: weisswurst (veal sausage) and pretzels. The German students helped teach us how to separate the white sausages and then eat them, as…

Day Vier: The Fourth Day

Wednesday, May 10th was the date of our second site visit. After another short breakfast at the B&B, we boarded a bus bound for Denklingen, home of my presentation team’s company: Hirschvogel Automotive Group. Hirschvogel is primarily a forging and machining company, responsible for many of the small parts within automobiles. Once at Hirschvogel, we had…

Day Drei: The Third Day

Tuesday, May 9th was the date of our first company visit. After a short breakfast at the B&B, we took the tram to Faurecia, a French company that produces car interiors (especially seating) and exhaust systems. The Augsburg facility we visited specifically focused on exhaust systems. After receiving the protective eyewear, shoe covers, and lab coats…

Day Zwei: The Second Day

Monday, May 8th we woke up to rain. After a short breakfast at the B&B, we traveled by tram to the University of Augsburg, located in the opposite direction of downtown. My first impressions of the University were overwhelmingly positive, as it was both very clean and very modern. Despite having a student population comparable…

Day Eins: The First Day

A week removed from Germany, I feel that I can finally reflect and report on my experiences. I learned a lot — like the straightforward nature of German engineering I’ll be modeling my blog titles after. I hope to share my broader insights later on, but for now, the specifics: After a brief stint in Pittsburgh…

Audi-ble Excitement

Hi! My name is Daniel Schlegel, and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration at Pitt. I am currently pursuing majors in Finance and Accounting with an intended minor in Legal Studies. I am originally from Wilmington, Delaware but have always considered Pittsburgh my second home, as most of my family still…

Meet Plus3 Germany 2017!

Welcome to the Germany Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professor Lawrence Feick and Brad Miner, Pitt Business International Programs, are traveling to Augsburg, Germany with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 6 – May 20. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to BMW, Faurecia, Hirschvogel,…