Germany in Review

By: Nicholas Erni May 17th This final blog of mine could go on forever. I had some much good to say about Germany, but not soo much space and or time to write. I will attempt to encompass everything I can in the next page or two. My time in Germany was unbelievable. Not just…

Free Day Germany Day 13

May 16th Nicholas Erni Well it sure feels like the trip has been slowing down since the sight visits are over. We have much more time to ourselves and that was on display today when we had the whole day to ourselves.On the bus coming home from the castle me and a group consisting of…

The Kings Castle (Day 12)

By: Nicholas Erni May 16th Well it was a long day once again to say the least. I woke up at 6:45 am to start the day. I was craving some Dunkin Donuts, but they were closed for no apparent reason. I then went to Starbucks where I got a mediocre breakfast bagel.  The group…

Presentations on Presentations (Day 11)

By: Nicholas Erni May 15th Today was the day. It was presentation day. The cloud that had been looming over all of us the whole trip would finally move on.  It was a typical morning. We got some breakfast at the hotel, woke up at 8:30, etc. But unlike the other days we ventured over…

Running on Empty (Day 10)

By Nicholas Erni May 14th Germany Day 10: Today began on a weird note. Yes, we had our typical breakfast at the hotel and left around 7:35 am, but I found something in my waffle. This thing was a large piece of metal. I was disgusted to say the least and spit it out immediately….

A Light Material and Day (Day 9)

By: Nicholas Erni May 14 Germany Day 9: Well today did not start off on a high note. I was actually up until 3:45 am watching my Philadelphia Sixers play the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals game 7. Due to the time difference of 6 hours it was not the best for us…

Dachau. Week in Review (Day 8)

By: Nicholas Erni May 12th Today began like any other day. Wake up eat breakfast and leave @ 8:00 am. Just like every other day it was rainy, but today was colder than the others, quite fitting for our upcoming visit. We were visiting Dachau.  Dachau is one of the concentration camps that was set…

Surfing in Munich, Germany! (Day 7)

By: Nicholas Erni May 12th Once again an early start. I feel as if this “early start thing”, is a trend that tends to be repeating itself. After breakfast we headed out to the train station. This was a short 5 minute walk from the hotel. We arrived to the station and I decided to…

“Flopping” Faurecia? (Day 6)

By Nicholas Erni Today like every single other day of the trip, began in the same fashion. Bright and early. After the same breakfast we’ve had the past 6 days, we ventured to the tram station where we would go for a 20 minute ride to our 4th site visit, Faurecia.  We arrived at Faurecia…

A1 Visit at Audi (Day 5)

Nicholas Erni: May 9th Germany Day 5: Today was the earliest day of the trip. We started at a bright and early 7:15am. The wake up time was completely worth it though, was we were going to Audi. Audi was probably the company that stood out to me and most of the group the most…

Continental, “Not Just Tires” (Day 4)

Nicholas Erni: May 8th Today was an extremely long day once again, the longest of the trip excluding the travel day. We woke up and were out of the hotel @ 8:00 am and did not arrive back home until 9:30 pm. The day started with scenic a 2 hour bus ride throughout southern Germany…

Engineering and Earth at its Finest (Day 3)

Nicholas Erni: May 7th Today started at 8:00 am sharp with a nice hour bus ride to our first company visit of the trip, Hirschvogel.  Hirschvogel is a Hot and Cold forging company, which specializes in the processing of steel. Although I was not a member of the group that is presenting on Hirschvogel, I…

Taking Off the Training Wheels (Day 2)

By Nick Erni: May 6th Day two started off at a bright and early 7:00 am sharp. I took a quick shower and was out the door to the breakfast station in the hotel. The breakfast in the German hotel was not much different from American breakfast, it was just the fact they had significantly…

My First Day in Europe (Travel and Day 1)

By: Nicholas Erni May 4 & 5 Well today was an extremely long day, around 36 hours or so to be exact. It all started at the university of Pittsburgh @ 10:00am when we boarded the bus to begin our journey to Germany. The bus ride to the Pittsburgh airport was uneventful, as well was…

Plus 3 Introductory Post

Whats up guys my name is Nicholas Erni and I am currently a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh studying finance. I have a deep passion for the car industry, as I have been exposed to it ever since I was a young kid. My father often deals with the buying and selling of German…

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,…