Final Reflection

Thanks to the help of the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarships, I was able to participate in the Plus3 Study Abroad Program to Germany for May 2017. The scholarship allowed me to worry less about the financials of the program, and instead focus entirely on the academic and cultural portions of Plus3. I would not have…

Day 13 – Free Day

Friday May 19th, 2017   For our last day in Germany, my friends and I decided to stay in Augsburg. First we went to the zoo, which is very close to the hotel we are staying at, and so large for being in the middle of a city! We spent the rest of the day…

Day 12 – Ulm

Thursday May 18th, 2017   Today was our last excursion as a group. We took the train into Ulm, and immediately went to Muenster, a huge, gothic looking tower. Inside are 768 steps that we had to climb to the top of the tower. It was exhausting and dizzying to climb all the steps, especially…

Day 11 – Presentations

Wednesday May 17th, 2017   We did not do much, today, besides our final presentations at 5pm. My team met earlier in order to get our final notes and slides together, and practice a couple more times. We finished everything we had to do pretty early, so we all got gelato and pizza at the…

Day 10 – Neuschwanstein

Tuesday May 16th, 2017   This morning we took a bus ride to Neuschwanstein, a castle built in the nineteenth century by King Ludwig II. The castle is very detailed and extravagantly built. The king who built it also built a couple of other castles throughout Germany, however this particular castle was not finished being…

Day 9 – BMW and Olympic Tower

Monday May 15th, 2017   Today we headed to Munich for a tour of BMW World, my favorite site visit of the trip. BMW World was much more catered towards normal consumers, so it was much more built up and flashy than the other companies we visited. There were tons of new cars and motorcycles…

Day 8 – Dachau

Sunday May 14, 2017   We started our day by heading to the Dachau Memorial Site. A guide took us around the camp for a tour about the history of Dachau. It was a very somber experience seeing the concentration camp and picturing all the horrible things that happened where we were standing. The entire…

Day 7 – Munich

Saturday May 13, 2017   This morning we took an hour-long train ride to Munich. When we got to Munich, we took a walking tour of the city. There was a religious celebration going on that day, so the main city square was getting more and more crowded as the day went on. The New…

Day 6 – SGL

Friday May 12, 2017   This morning we took a bus to SGL, which produces carbon fiber for vehicles. The company visit started off with a presentation and then went on to a factory tour, similar to our previous company visits. The one part of the SGL visit that stood out to me was when…

Day 5 – Weisswurst and KUKA

Thursday May 11, 2017   This morning we got to sleep in an extra hour before having to get up for breakfast. Instead of having our usual hotel breakfast, we drove 40 minutes outside of Augsburg to a restaurant that serves weisswurst and pretzels. Apparently the restaurant is very well known in the area, and…

Day 4 – Hirschvogel and Oberammergau

Wednesday May 10, 2017   This morning we had a very early morning because we had to take a bus to Hirschvogel, which was about an hour away. When we got there, we listened to a presentation about the company and then toured their factory. The factory was much different from Faurecia, because Hirschvogel had…

Day 3 – Faurecia

Tuesday May 9, 2017   This morning we got up early to go to Faurecia, a French company that produces automobile parts. Because Faurecia is the company my team will present next Wednesday, so I made sure to take notes throughout the company visit. First we listened to a presentation about the company before going…

Day 2 – University of Augsburg

Monday May 8, 2017   Today was our first day to the University of Augsburg! I got to meet my German teammates for the company I will be working on for the next two weeks, Faurecia. Each of the five teams had eight minutes to introduce their company to the rest of the students. After…

Day 1 – Tour of Augsburg

Sunday May 7, 2017   Hello from Germany! We started our journey early Saturday morning when we left for the Pittsburgh airport at 3am. After a very long eight-hour layover in the Newark airport, our flight to Munich finally took off, and we all said goodbye to the United States for the next two weeks!…

Germany, Here I Come!

Hi, everyone! My name is Emma, and I am a finance student in the College of Business Administration. In less than a month I will begin my journey to Augsburg, Germany. I chose Germany because I felt like the automobile industry would be the coolest to learn about out of all of the options.¬†Some fun…

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,…