Final Thoughts and Reflection

My time abroad in Germany through the Plus 3 program has been absolutely amazing.  Whenever anybody asks me how my trip was, I simply respond with “It was one of the best experiences of my life.”  I say that with the truest sincerity.  While I have traveled extensively, I had never been to Germany and…

Day 13: The Festival in Erlangen

Today was our free day.  AJ, Bob, and I were invited by some of the German students to go to a festival in Erlangen, a small city North-West of Nuremberg.  The plan was to drive there around 2:30 with Melanie and Stefanie and then take the train back.  We had heard that many people at…

Day 12: Saying Our Goodbyes

Today we went to Baindlkirch for a Bavarian breakfast and Oberammergau, a small alpine town.  We took the bus to a restaurant in Baindlkirch where we were given the opportunity to have a traditional Bavarian breakfast.  This consisted of pretzels, weisswurst, and for all the other tables but ours, beer at 9:00am.  The weisswurst were…

Day 11: Presentation Day- Happy Birthday Jeremy!

Today was the day we gave our final presentations.  I woke up and put my business professional outfit on.  My group decided it would be best to meet early in the afternoon at the University to get our final thoughts together and practice our timing.  Jeremy, Stephen, Lexi, and I took the tram over to…

Day 10: H&K and Final Preparations

Today we went to Hörauf & Kohler.  Their facilities were only a few tram stops away from our hotel.  H&K was much different than the other companies that we visited.  In comparison, H&K was much smaller, with fewer employees and fewer locations around the world than the others.  Hörauf & Kohler is part of the…

Day 9: Politics & KUKA

Today we first went to the University of Augsburg for a talk on the German Political System.  It was extremely insightful to hear about how German politics work and the differences between the American and German political systems.  It left me with a very positive view of the German political system compared to the current…

Day 8: Dachau, A Day I’ll Never Forget

Today we headed to Dachau, a suburb of Munich and home to the infamous concentration camp of World War II.  On the bus to the concentration camp, I didn’t really know what to expect.  I had learned a a lot about concentration camps in history classes throughout grade school, but this was my first opportunity…

Day 7: Free Time in Munich

Today we headed back to the train station to take the regional rail to Munich.  The train pulled in and was absolutely packed.  Our group boarded, squeezing into one of the rear cars with standing room only.  I looked around the train and noticed everyone on the train was dressed in red. It was game-day. …

Day 6: The Never Ending Climb in Ulm

Today we left our hotel and walked to the train station where we took the regional train to Ulm.  The train was delayed and we waited a long time time before it arrived.  Once it pulled into the station, we boarded and I instantly fell asleep.  I was woken up just as we arrived at…

Day 5: Neuschwanstein (“New Swan Rock”)

Today we took the bus to Neuschwanstein Castle, created by King Ludwig.  The bus ride provided amazing views of the Alps and the farm land between the mountains.  The bus parked at the bottom of the hill and we first saw King Ludwig’s father’s castle, which was much lower on the mountain than Neuschwanstein and…

Day 4: Continental, ”The Future in Motion”, Regensburg in the Evening

Today we visited Continental Tire.  This visit was extra meaningful because Continental is my assigned company for our presentation and I was excited to learn more about the company that we had researched a few days earlier.  I had always perceived Continental Tire as a company that simply sold tires, however, I was completely wrong. …

Day 3: SGL & BMW, a High-Tech Day

On Day 3, we visited SGL Carbon Group.  We were given a presentation that detailed aspects of the company’s products and production processes.  SGL works with Carbon technologies and specializes in production of Carbon fiber for the automotive and sports industries.  We were given a company tour in which we viewed the process for creating…

Day 2: University Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Today we left the hotel early and took the tram to the University of Augsburg.  We met with our groups that included the German students for the first time and had an hour and a half to create our presentation.  Our presentation went well and it was great to get to know Jan, Felix, and…

Day 1: Made it to Augsburg!

We finally made it to Germany!  After arriving at the airport, we took a bus to the hotel.  We quickly dropped our bags off and headed out on our city tour.  Walking through the city of Augsburg was amazing.  The city is full of history and we were able to experience it firsthand touring the…

Cannot Wait for Germany!

  Hi, my name is Derek Frappa and I am a Freshman Finance major attending the University of Pittsburgh.  Currently, I am also working towards minors in Italian and Economics, as well as a certificate in International Business.  I chose Finance at the University of Pittsburgh because I have always been interested in learning about…

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,…