Reflections on the Two Weeks

I went into this trip not knowing what to expect. I never thought studying abroad was for me, but I decided to give it a try for two short weeks. It turns out those two weeks were way shorter than I wanted them to be; I didn’t want to leave. In that time, I fell in love…

Garden Goodbyes

On our last day we were able to do whatever we wanted, so we went to Munich again. We did not get to go to the English Gardens the first time we went and everyone told us it was a must see, so we went today. Thankfully we had Mattias to act as a tour…

Climbing to New Heights

768, the number of steps I had to climb to get this view. I am not going to lie, I did not think I was going to make it. Narrow and spiral stairs are two things that I do not like. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it was not that bad. I felt very accomplished…

Presenting A New Day

Today we had our presentations. My group wanted to make sure everything was perfect, so we met up in the morning to practice. The German students are very good at presenting especially when it is not in their first language. After we ran through it a couple of times, we then went to Mensa for lunch. I…

The Glass Slipper Did Not Fit

Today was the day that this princess was finally going to see her first (real) castle! The weeks leading up to my trip people kept asking me what things I would be doing and every time I would answer “seeing the castle that inspired Cinderella’s castle!” You could say I was very excited for today….

A Golden Day

Today was the company visit we all have been waiting for- BMW. As we first arrived at the headquarters, I was taken back by how cool the outsides of the buildings were; the one is modeled after a four-cylinder engine. I was even more impressed when we went inside and saw all the cars and…

Munchen Around the City

When we first got our itinerary for Germany, I was the most excited to go to Munich. My brother visited the city when he went to Europe, and he said it was amazing. So in the morning I was up early ready to get on the train to Munich. We were on our way to…

A Different Kind of Day

I was staring down at my shoes, avoiding eye contact with our tour guide. I have never been good at handling uncomfortable situations and this certainly was one. I cringed as he was describing the horrific events that took place in the room in which I was standing. The only thing I wanted in that…

We do Work Periodically

Today was a long day of company talks and presentation work. We started off by going to SGL- The Carbon Company. I originally was not looking forward to this site visit because I figured it was going to be a boring engineering focused trip. I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually much more exciting…

The Wurst Mistake

Thank god for sleeping in; the last few days have been amazing but so draining. So after a late morning, we headed to Baindlkirch for brunch. We finally arrived after a long drive, and of course the first thing I did was accidentally go in the men’s room. I was doing so well avoiding dumb…

The Peak of my Puns

Today was the best day yet. We had a great company visit at Hirschvogel where we saw a mix of machines and people working in the factory. I have never really been in a typical factory before so it was nice being able to see what I usually imagine. Our speaker knew almost everything about…

Brew-tiful Churches

Today was our first company visit; we went to Faurecia. We had two presenters that each focused on either business or engineering. I was pleasantly surprised that I understood the entire business side; it was a direct application of the knowledge I learned in Operations. The tour itself did not include much to see, but…

Ger-many Differences Here

  I woke up this morning excited and ready to take on Augsburg. Our first stop was at the University where I met my German group members. I was originally hesitant on how well we would be able to work together, but the entire presentation went very smoothly. We were able to all work together…

Sleep Deprivation- A Terminal Illness

I came into this trip fairly prepared for the long flights and layovers that were in store for me. I have been on many 8-hour flights and have had layovers so long that I had to spend the night in the terminal, but none of those were as draining as this trip. Never again will…

You Auto Know I’m Going to Germany

Hi! My name is Julia Podvin and I am a student at the College of Business Administration here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management. I am from Hampton Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, but I have not always lived in the Steel City. I spent the first…

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,…