Final Reflection

Before visiting Germany, I had some international experience from trips to Spain, Canada, and the Dominican Republic, but I had never done any work for school while abroad so I didn’t really know what to expect.  I thought the two weeks would be primarily work, including company visits and work on presentations, and “downtime” only…

The Last Day

It’s hard to believe it, but today is our thirteenth day in Germany.  We will wake up and leave early on the fourteenth day, so today is really our last day in Germany.  Today was also our first and only free day here, and while a few people bought train tickets for Munich, a couple…

My Legs Hurt

When I said yesterday that the rest of the trip would be stress-free, I was both right and wrong.  Sure, I wouldn’t have to worry about doing any work, but I forgot that just one day later, I would be climbing 768 steps to the top of a tower of Ulm Minster, the tallest Christian…

Back to School (Again)

Being in Germany has been mostly a positive experience so far, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little bit of stress and nervousness for the presentations that we would be giving today.  Each group had to present for about 20 minutes and answer questions for an estimated 10 minutes….

Disney in Germany!

Okay, this is far from being Disney.  In fact, I personally don’t see the similarities between the Disney Castle and the Neuschwanstein Castle, but it is true that Walt Disney was heavily inspired by this castle when designing his own.  Along with our day at BMW,  this was one of the days I was most…

This is What Defines Germany

I’m not sure why I think this way, but when I think of Germany, two things come to my mind: BMW and Audi.  Audi won’t be a part of this trip, but today, we visited the BMW factory.  I woke up a couple minutes too late today so I only had time to eat an…

Germany’s First Concentration Camp

Despite not having family directly affected by the Holocaust, today was a rough day.  After my daily sandwich, we took a bus to Dachau to see what was the first concentration camp in Germany.  The whole tour was hard to take part of.  We first saw the large open area where the prisoners, both alive and…

Day in the City

After four consecutive days of company visits, today was a different type of day.  I returned to my usual breakfast consisting of a turkey sausage sandwich today, but after that, the whole day was a new experience. Today was Munich day, so we boarded a train for the city.  Apparently, this was one of the nicest…

One Day, Two Companies

Over 4,000 miles away, my dad is celebrating his birthday today by watching my brother graduate from college.  It hurt to miss two events on this one day, but two companies, SGL and BMW, would help take my mind off of it. I couldn’t bring myself to eat my sausage and cheese sandwich today, not…

A Real Bavarian Breakfast

Like every day since arriving in Germany, I had sausage for breakfast today.  However, I didn’t have my plain turkey sausage and cheese sandwich at the hotel.  Today, we went to a restaurant that specializes in a certain type of wurst that comes from lamb.  I remember thinking after my first breakfast at the hotel…

A Mesmerizing Day

Everything about Germany has been great so far.  The food has been great, the people have been great, Augsburg has been great, but today seems like it will be the day to beat for the rest of our time here. After my usual sausage and cheese sandwich for breakfast, we took a bus to Hirschvogel where…

Cars and Churches

Before going to Germany there were three things I really wanted to see: nice cars, old buildings, and historic castles.  Today, I could cross two of those off my list. I started the day just as I did the previous day, with a sausage and cheese sandwich.  After this, we boarded a bus and rode…

Back to School

While some of my friends in the United States stressed over finals, I too found myself in a classroom today despite having taken my last final over a week ago.  Our trip to the University of Augsburg was preceded by an early awakening and our first breakfast in the hotel.  I don’t know if any German…

The Start of a Journey

Usually, going to sleep at 11pm will result in a long (or at least sufficient) amount of sleep.  However, going to sleep at 11pm the day before leaving for Germany was little more than a long nap.  But in this case, I was completely happy with waking up at two in the morning; I would…

Introductory Post

My name is Dave Stawowczyk.  I am from a town called Canonsburg, which is about half an hour south of Pittsburgh, and currently I am a freshman at the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh.  I plan on double-majoring in Global Management and one of Supply Chain Management or Accounting.  I feel…

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,…