Conclusion

A large part of the Plus3 Germany experience is going on company visits to learn how they operate and all work together to produce automobiles.  These visits were very interesting and gave me a taste of what it is like to be a part of a company.  This is something that you can’t get from…

Free Day (May 19, 2017)

Today was our free day.  I chose to stay in Augsburg and hang out with some of my friends.  We were planning on playing mini golf, but it hadn’t opened yet so we decided to go to the zoo instead.  I was surprised by the size of the zoo.  I wouldn’t have guessed that there…

Ulm…How Many Steps Did You Say? (May 18, 2017)

Today was our last preplanned day in Germany.  Time has really flown on this trip and I can’t believe it is almost over.  We had to get up a little early today as we took the high-speed train to Ulm.  Once we arrived at Ulm, we met at Münster cathedral.  It is the largest Christian…

Presentations (May 17, 2017)

There was nothing on the schedule today except for presentations.  We left for the university around 10:00 and we cleaned up and practiced our presentation.  We ate lunch in the cafeteria.  After lunch we practiced some more and then it was time for the presentations.  Ours went smoothly, except there were technical issues with the…

Storming the Castle (May 16, 2017)

Today was the day I was looking forward to the most in terms of sightseeing.  We got to visit Neuschwanstein Castle!  It was built in 1886 by King Ludwig II and it served as the inspiration for the castle for Sleeping Beauty.  We had a fun hike up to the castle which is located in…

BMW Tour (May 15, 2017)

Today was an exciting day.  We traveled back to Munich to go on a factory tour of BMW.  When we got there, we got to look around the showroom which had all of their newest cars, motorcycles, and even hoverbikes (not functional of course).  After taking pictures in some of the cars, we got to…

Dachau (May 14, 2017)

Today we visited Dachau, one of the concentration camps from WWII.  The beautiful weather was in contrast to the somber mood.  I went in not really knowing what to expect.  We had an amazing tour guide who was very knowledgeable and passionate about teaching the history of the location.  When you first get to Dachau,…

Munching in Munich (May 13, 2017)

Today we got to spend the day touring Munich.  We left on the tram at 9:30 to catch the train to Munich. The trains in Germany are super smooth and they can reach speeds of almost 200 kph.  The first thing we did in Munich was a guided tour.  It was very crowded as there…

Carbon is King (May 12, 2017)

Today was focused more on companies and less on Germany itself but tomorrow we have a day in Munich, so that should even it out.  We started out with a tour of SGL, a company that specializes in carbon products.  We got to see their showroom which has everything from sports equipment (golf clubs, bows,…

-.- ..- -.- .- (May 11, 2017)

We had a special breakfast today.  We got to sleep in until 9:30 and we took the bus to Baindlkirch where we had a traditional Bavarian breakfast of weisswurst which is a white veal sausage.  It is eaten with pretzels and a sweet mustard sauce.  I ate three and I was stuffed.  You have to…

Metal and Mountains (May 10, 2017)

Today was probably my favorite day so far in Germany.  We hopped on the bus at 8:00 am to go to our next company visit, Hirschvogel.  They are a family owned mittlestand company that does a wide variety of forging for the automotive industry.  I found their business model interesting because they don’t just make…

An Exhaustive Tour (May 9, 2017)

Today we left around 8:00 am to go on our first company tour to Faurecia.  Faurecia is a company in the automotive industry that creates exhaust systems.  The tour started out with a presentation on the business side of the company.  I personally was slightly overwhelmed by all of the business terminology, but afterwards there…

First Day of School (May 8, 2017)

Somehow, I managed to wake up with enough time to eat breakfast at the hotel today.  I had yogurt, toast, juice, and hot chocolate.  It was delicious.  Today we got to visit the University of Augsburg and meet the German students who were also in our group.  We left around 8:30 to get on the…

Augsburg 101 (May 7, 2017)

Today was a shorter day, but it felt long because I had been awake for the past day and a half.  We started out with a lunch of sandwiches and one of the best soft pretzels I have ever eaten (this may be due to the fact that it was filled with butter).  We then…

Planes, Trains and Sleep Deprivation (May 6-7, 2017)

Getting to Germany from Pittsburgh was exhausting, exciting, and boring all at the same time.  It all started with meeting at 2:45 am to get on the coach bus that took us to the airport.  We then boarded our first flight to go to Newark around seven.  That flight lasted about one hour.  Then we…

Packing Up For Augsburg

Hello! I’m Gabe and I am part of the Swanson School of Engineering here at Pitt.  I am pursuing a major in mechanical engineering with a minor in computer science and electrical engineering.  I am from Lancaster Pennsylvania (and no I’m not Amish).  In my free time I love to go hiking, backpacking, and hammocking….

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,…