A Journey to Remember

Writing this blog means that Plus 3 Germany is finally over. It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, I was in Alumni Hall meeting everyone else on Plus 3 for the first time. I didn’t know anyone coming into this program, so meeting everyone for the first time was very exciting. Then,…

May 17 – Munich Take 2

Today was finally the free day! (And unfortunately the last day of the program.) While the majority of the students decided to go to Salzburg, Austria, I headed back to Munich with five other people. I really liked it the first time and thought it would be a nice place to spend the free day….

May 16 – Nice Castle, Nicer Views

Today was the last day of scheduled programming. We drove south for about two hours to visit Neuschwanstein, a castle built and formerly inhabited by King Ludwig II. But our first stop was about a twenty-minute drive away. It was a Bavarian breakfast in a small village. We were probably the only Americans there. We…

May 15 – Presentations and Schnitzel

Today was the day of presentations! I was happy to finally be done with our project and site visits so I could relax and enjoy the rest of my time in Germany. The presentations were scheduled to start at 1, so we had the whole morning to practice. My group headed to the university around…

May 14 – 700+ Steps in Ulm

Today, I woke up thinking about the presentations and stressing a little bit. But I decided to put it out of my mind and enjoy the city of Ulm. We took the train there in about 45 minutes. It was not what I expected. I’m not sure why, but I expected Ulm to be a…

May 13 – Carbon Fiber Fever

I woke up well rested and excited to finally see the company I’m doing my presentation on: SGL Carbon in Meitingen. SGL is the last company visit, so I had been waiting for nearly a week and a half for it. I wasn’t nervous for it having already been on four company visits. I felt…

May 12 – Dachau Day

I woke up around 7:30 knowing it would be a somber day. We were going to the German concentration camp of Dachau, which is located outside of Munich and about 45 minutes from Augsburg. I had visited concentration camps in Poland when I was seventeen, so I knew what to expect and felt mentally prepared….

May 10 – Faureciawkward

This morning, I ate the same hotel breakfast I had for the past six days – powdered eggs with chives and fruit salad with a cup of machine-made coffee. Then, we took the tram to a company called Faurecia on the outskirts of Augsburg that I had never heard of. From what I understood, they…

May 11 – Nine Miles in Munich

I woke up around 7:30, a little tired but more than excited to take on Munich. After four straight days of company visits, I was getting a little tired of it. It felt so good to wake up and put on jeans and a sweatshirt, rather than my dress pants and blazer. We walked in…

May 9 – A Progressive and Premium Day

On Wednesday morning, we embarked on another two hour bus ride, this time to visit Audi headquarters in Ingolstadt, a city in northeast of Augsburg. I tried to catch some Z’s on the ride there but ended up mostly looking out of the window at the German countryside. Again. I was very excited to see…

May 8 – Danke, Regensburg!

Wow, Regensburg was really something else. I had high expectations of this city ever since our program leader, Arielle, told me this was her favorite city on the trip. The city absolutely exceeded my expectations. The ride to Regensburg was one of our longest – a little over two hours. Upon our arrival, we parked…

May 7 – Not Over Oberammagau

After an early wake-up and breakfast, I watched out of the window on the ride to Denklingen, the village where the Hirschvogel headquarters is located. I am becoming familiar with the rolling hills and neatly cut grass and farm fields of the Bavarian countryside. At Hirschvogel, we were honored to hear a presentation from Hans-Willi…

May 6 – Augsgang Is Awake Now

After a good night’s sleep, we started the second day off by taking the tram to the Universität Augsburg, where we created company presentations with the German students. The twist was that we had about an hour and a half to create the presentation, which included research on the company. While the German students had…

May 5 – Wilkommen to Augsburg!

What a day this was! It started at the Pittsburgh Airport, where we arrived after breakfast. After a few hours of meeting each other and saying goodbye to the other Plus 3 groups, it was off to our first stop – O’Hare Airport in Chicago. After a brief lapse of judgement followed by about 10…

Guten tag, Augsburg

Hi! I’m Esme Bikales, a freshman in the College of Business Administration here at the University of Pittsburgh. I intend to major in finance and accounting, with a possible minor in economics. I’m from a small town called Maplewood, New Jersey, which is in the suburbs of New York City and about a six-hour drive…

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,…