Servus Deutschland! Wir sehen uns wieder.

The Plus3 Germany trip was everything I thought it would be and more. While I had previously been to Germany, I still learned so much about German culture, and the opportunity to use my German language skills and converse with native speakers was amazing. Not only do I feel like my German improved, but I…

Day 13: Weltstadt mit Herz

The last day of the trip was a free day, so I decided to meet up with my host family from my previous trip to Germany, since they live in Bavaria. After enjoying my time in Munich on Saturday, I suggested that we spend the day there. I wanted to spend as much time as…

Day 12: Sightseeing in Bayern

The penultimate day of the trip did not begin the same as most of the other days. Instead of a hotel breakfast, we went to the small village of Baindlkirch for a Bavarian breakfast consisting of Weißwürste with sweet mustard and pretzels. The place was right next to a farm field, and the surrounding village…

Day 11: Final Preparations for the Final Presentation

Day eleven started as usual, with breakfast followed by a departure, which today was for the university. We decided to meet our German colleagues pretty early to give ourselves plenty of time to prepare for the presentation. While we were working, the Germans were concerned that we might be too loud and thus disturb those…

Day 10: To the top!

The tenth day of the trip began early, and after a quick breakfast, we caught our ICE train to Ulm. Although the ICE train was quite nice as far as trains go, the electronic displays did not work, which I thought was somewhat reflective of the state of Deutsche Bahn itself. Historically, Deutsche Bahn has…

Day 9: Carbon, Cabbage, and Collaboration

A shining sun awaited me as I awoke on the ninth day of the trip, which was a nice change from the weather of the previous days. After breakfast, we boarded our bus and began the relatively short trip to SGL in Meitingen. Along the way, some of us were talking about social media, and…

Day 8: Dachau und Döner

Mother’s day began for me at 8:00 AM after a restful night’s sleep. Following breakfast, we boarded our bus and began the trip to Dachau. While looking out the window as usual, I observed a number of interesting things. I saw signs for a political party called the Piraten (pirates), which seems like an outlandish…

Day 7: In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus

Thankfully, day seven started a little later, so I was able to get a bit more sleep than the last few nights. After breakfast, we headed to the Augsburg Hauptbahnhof in order to catch our train to Munich. When looking at the list of incoming trains, I noticed that about half of them were running…

Day 6: Faurecia, Far-Right Politics, and Filling Food

Fortunately, day six began about an hour later than the previous day. After breakfast, the group headed to Königsplatz and caught the tram headed to Faurecia in Augsburg. Along the way, the sheer number of station wagons on the road caught my attention. My family used to own two station wagons, but they are a…

Day 5: Automated Audi and the Electric Future

The fifth day of the trip began very early with a quick breakfast, followed by a bus ride to Ingolstadt. Along the way, while looking out the window as usual, I noticed a couple of interesting things. I saw lots of campaign signs for the upcoming European Parliament elections, and I found them to be…

Day 4: Regensburg, Romans, and Robots

Day four began much the same as the previous days, with a quick breakfast followed by a ride to our destination, which was Regensburg today. I noticed on the bus ride that the bus driver, despite speaking no or very little English, still had American music playing. Although Americans also listen to music from other…

Day 3: Stahl, Schnee and die Zugspitze

Day three dawned at an early hour, and I quickly got dressed and headed down for breakfast. At breakfast, I observed that the plates were noticeably smaller than typical American plates. For some reason I had failed to notice yesterday, but today it caught my eye. It seems to be that almost everything is smaller…

Day 2: The University and the City

The second day of the program started bright and early with some hotel breakfast, which included eggs, rolls, deli meats, and some fruit. We then took the street car to the University of Augsburg, where we met our German colleagues and were quickly thrown into work on a presentation to be given that same morning….

Arrival: My First Impression of Augsburg

Today, after much travel and little sleep, we arrived in Germany. Before we had even left the airport, I had already begun to observe the subtle differences between Germany and home. In particular, I was reminded of the Germans’ strong environmentalism when I saw the reusable hand towel in the bathroom as opposed to the…

Zurück nach Deutschland!

Servus! My name is Justin Chudzik, and I am a freshman in the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. I intend to major in both finance and accounting, but I am also taking German classes, and I may add it as a minor. Financial management and financial analysis are my two biggest…

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,…