Reflecting on the Trip

As a part of this trip, I was able to learn and experience many new things.  A large part of the trip was visiting and analyzing companies in the automobile industry in germany.  It was really interesting to be able to learn about each small part of the supply chain, and analyze it, as well…

Day 13: Free in Munich

Today was our free day, and last day in Germany.  A group of 10 of us decided to go to Munich for the day, to see the famous english gardens.  We left the hotel early and went into downtown Augsburg for breakfast, where we ate a restaurant called Picnic.  We then made our way to…

Day 12: A Münster of a Climb

      Today was the day everyone had been dreading: the climb up the Münster in Ulm. After two weeks of Brad telling us all how dizzy and nauseous and claustrophobic we were going to feel, we all expected the worst. However, I think we were trained well for it in our past climbs…

Day 10: A Cinderella Castle

Now that our company visits are over, we took a touristy day and visited a few towns and the Neuschwanstein Castle.  The first thing we did, and my only complaint about the day, was go to the castle by bus with no air conditioning. Because it was the hottest day of our trip so far,…

Day 11: Werking

(Get it?- Bayerische Motoren Werke!) Today was the biggest work day on the trip. With our company analysis presentation at 5  pm, my team decided to meet at 9 am to organize our presentation and practice. We met the German students on our team at the university and settled down to work on the project. After…

Day 9: Can you say Bayerische Motoren Werke?

Today I finally got to go to my company visit! We went to the BMW factory today, which much much more organized and busy than some of the other visits we went on. The first thing we saw when we got close was the Olympic stadium from 1972 and the Olympia tower. Then we saw…

Day 8: Dachau

Today was a moving and important day in Germany.  We went to visit the former concentration camp Dachau, and learn more about Germany’s view on the war and its effects.  Upon arrival we were greeted by an enthralling tour guide who was really great at giving his own viewpoint, as well as explaining the details…

Day 7: Fun in München

Today was a really fun day in Germany, because we got to take a sightseeing trip to Munich!  We got up early to take the train into the city, and as soon as we arrived I was struck by how much busier it seemed than Augsburg. It turned out that that was in part due…

Day 6: Car-bon

It has officially been one week since the Plus 3 program started!  It feels like so long ago, but I can’t believe that the trip is almost halfway over.  Today was a short workday with the program.  We started the day early by taking the bus to see SGL, the carbon company.  I’ll admit, I…

Day 5: Robots Are Cool

Today we had a really interesting day and tour in Augsburg.  We started off the day getting breakfast at Zünftiges Weißwurstfrühstück in Baindlkirch, where we ate traditional weisswurst, pretzels, and sweet mustard.  It was actually really good, which surprised me, because I thought it would feel weird to eat that so early in the morning….

Day 4: Forging Ahead

Today was our second company tour at Hirshvogel. First, we had a lecture from an advanced engineer at the company, who told us about the different forging and machining processes that the company does. He also told us about their business plans, and it was really impressive to me that a medium sized Mittelstand company…

Day 3: Work and Play

On our third day in Germany, we went on our first company tour to Faurecia.  It was a really interesting experience.  First, we met the communications coordinator of the company, who gave us an overview of the business side of the company.  As an engineering student, I know very little about this aspect, but just…

Day 2: Exploring the City

Today was our first full day in Augsburg, and we are already starting to get a hang of getting around the city. Our first event today was going to the University of Augsburg campus for the first time. We got to meet the students who are in the Plus 3 program from Germany, and who…

Day 1: From Pitt to Augsburg at Last

Don’t be fooled: our first day as part of the Plus 3 program lasted close to 72 straight hours, with a few naps in between.  From a 3 am bus ride, to a 9 hour layover in Newark, to a 7.5 hour long flight, to a day of tours, the beginning of our journey has…

To Augsburg and Beyond!

Hi! My name is Katherine Stevenson, and I am majoring in Bioengineering at the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  I am originally from Lumberton, New Jersey, but I have definitely found a home at Pitt.  When applying to Plus 3 Germany, I chose the Augsburg location because the globalization of business…

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,…