Looking Back…

It has been exactly one week since this program ended and I am still in awe of the experience. I learned so many valuable lessons including how to sleep on any and every mode of transportation, where to find the best ice cream and döner, and how to ask for plain (non bubbly) water. While…

Day 13: Austria

Today was the last day of our trip. While we were all very upset about this, we really made the most of it. We started at 7:45 this morning where we took a train to Munich and then from Munich to Salzburg, Austria. The travel time in total was between 3 and 4 hours. What…

Day 12: last day in Germany :(

We started our day today with a traditional Bavarian breakfast- pretzels and weisswurst. The place was very authentic; I really felt I was getting the full Bavarian experience just sitting inside. One of the biggest cultural differences I’ve noticed since being here is the normality of drinking alcohol all the time. It’s been almost two…

Day 11: strictly business

For the first time in two weeks, we had no wake up time! Today we had the entire day to work on our presentations as we wished, the only requirement being that we were ready to present at 5:30. As you can probably guess, I took this opportunity to sleep in a little bit later…

Day 10: H&K

This morning we toured Hörauf & Kohler, a plastic manufacturing company based in Augsburg. I would say that this tour was probably the most interesting of all of our company visits thus far for a couple different reasons. Most importantly, the tour was given in German. The company has one English speaking employee who was…

Day 9: politics and robots

This morning we started our week with an interesting lecture about politics in Germany. I don’t usually find politics to be interesting, so I was expecting quite a boring morning. To my surprise, the lecture was actually quite intriguing, and I really enjoyed learning about the political system here. I found it especially interesting when…

Day 8: Dachau

  This morning we took a bus to Dachau, a concentration camp from World War II. The visit was quite interesting and rather surreal. To start, the town of Dachau surrounding the POW camp was surprisingly nice. I didn’t realize that concentration camps were located within populated areas; I thought that they were placed in…

Day 7: the train to Munich

This morning’s train ride was an experience! The train was unusually crowded heading into Munich because there was a Bayern-Munich game in Munich this afternoon. Trying to outsmart the system, at the first stop we tried to get off the train and run up a few cars. However, the entire train was equally crowded, and…

Day 6: the Münster

Here we are, back again with an extremely early wake up call. But like yesterday, today’s was well worth it too. We started the day by taking a train to Ulm. Perhaps I’m biased coming from the New Jersey Transit train system, but the trains here are considerably nicer than those I’ve experienced in the…

Day 5: Early Bird Gets the Worm

Remember that late morning I raved about yesterday? Yes, I remember it fondly too… however today we were up and out by 7:30. We took a bus to tour King Ludwig II’s beautiful home, commonly known as Neuschwanstein. This castle lies on a hill in the town of Schwangau. During the bus ride, we drove…

Day 4: Continental and Regensburg

We slept in this morning (didn’t have to be ready until 9:15)!! It was a small victory but was definitely key in keeping me awake throughout the entire day. Today we visited Continental, a company that is commonly known for producing tires, though they do produce vary other technologies for automobiles as well. We were…

Day 3: two companies and an olympic stadium

Our first company visit was at SGL Carbon Company this morning. After hearing about the chemical processes and importance of carbon fibers, we toured a factory at the company and saw the production of these fibers, as well as some examples of products that are made with carbon fibers. It’s amazing how light weight the…

Day 2: University

I felt a lot more alive today, of course sleeping for 12 straight hours will do that! Our morning started with collaborating with German students from Universitat Augsburg to create a presentation for our assigned company, Horauf and Kohler. When we connected to the internet and began to research, we realized that all of the…

Day 1: Willkommen

Hello from Germany!! We arrived around 5:30 this morning. The flight was long and much different than any of the domestic flights I’ve been on; the three rows of seating made me feel like I was in a movie! We had two meals on the plane, dinner and breakfast. Our flight landed about an hour…

Counting Down the Days to Germany…

  Hi! My name is Jess Wolff and I am a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh. I am studying in the College of Business Administration at Pitt with no declared major yet however I am pursuing a minor in economics as well as a certificate in Leadership and Ethics. I grew up in a…

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,…