Day 2: Scavenger Hunt Adventure (May 9)

The second day in Germany began early as we traveled to the University of Augsburg for the first time. It was amazing to see the vast amount of green space on campus, with the grass and flowers allowed to grow freely. We met the campus cat and saw geese swimming in the lake, which was…

Day 1: Our Action-packed Journey to Germany (May 7-8)

The trip to Augsburg has finally arrived! The time between first applying to Plus 3 and driving to the airport for our flight truly flew by. However, the duration of our journey across the Atlantic Ocean took longer than expected. After we had made it to Charlotte and took off for our connecting flight to…

Willkommen Plus 3 and Augsburg

Hello! My name is Zach Nellas and I am a freshman engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. I have lived just outside of Pittsburgh all of my life, previously attending Mt. Lebanon High School where I played soccer for most of my life. The hobbies that give me the most enjoyment in life are…

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…

Day 8: A Solemn Day at Dachau

Today was a heavy, but important experience. You learn about things in school but they really don’t click until you see it first hand. I had that experience today when vising the Dachau concentration camp. We had a tour of the camp and learned about the history of it. The camp was focused on capturing…

Day 8: Dachau- A Day to Remember

Everyone knew today was going to be long and hard, but worth it in the end. After a very exciting and upbeat day in Munich, we were going to spend the day at an old Concentration Camp. The weather was fitting, as it was cold and rainy all day long. It was not a long…

Day 7: Munchen!

Munich! Wow, today was a little overwhelming, but I enjoyed Munich the longer I stayed there. I might be visiting it again on my free day, but I am not sure yet! We took a 45-minute train ride to the big city and got off into a bustling train station. Unlike the United States, there…

Day 6: What is…Faurecia?

Day six was, well, interesting to say the least. We woke up and took the tram to Faurecia, which is a car supplier that focuses mainly on car exhaust systems and interior design products. We first had a factory tour, which was decent, but the factories seemed very empty. There were not that many workers…

Day 5: Audi’s Headquarters

Audi was quite the adventure today, and I went home today thinking how I really wouldn’t mind buying myself an Audi. I might need a bigger suitcase. Our morning started early with a two-hour bus ride to Ingolstadt, Germany, which is the world headquarters for Audi. Our bus pulled up to what was one of…

Day 7: Place of the Monks

Unfortunately, my day on Saturday did not start off so great as I imagined it to be. I was told that we had about two minutes to get downstairs and I just got out of the shower. Luckily, I was able to get downstairs on time. However, I was not able to eat breakfast before…

Electric Continental and Regensburg

May 8th: With another day filled with company visit surprises and beautiful city tours, it’s hard to find faults with the trip. Today we took a trip out to the city of Regensburg, which was about an hour and a half away from Augsburg. Being the 4th largest city in Bavaria (following Augsburg), it was…

Day 7: Making our way downtown

May 11th, 2019 GOOOOOODDDDDD MORNINGGGG AUGSSBURRGGGG! Guess what we did first thing in the morning? Breakfast at Ibis, if you couldn’t guess. Chocolate croissant, eggs, bacon, and a latte, my new morning routine. Today was our day in Munich, I was very excited. I love Augsburg, but I wanted to see another part of Germany….

Day 4: How chocolate changed my life

May 9th, 2019 Decided to change it up a bit and eat a chocolate croissant instead of a plane croissant. My entire world has changed. I have never really been a fan of plane chocolate or chocolate flavored things. For example, chocolate cake, pudding, cupcakes, or muffins, I’m just not into. But new country new…

Day 4: Way More than Just Tires

Today before our tour of Continental, we decided to tour the city of Regensburg. We began to embark on our long journey to Regensburg at eight in the morning. Regensburg, in my opinion, is very similar to Augsburg. It is a city that has a lot of rich history, very gothic buildings, and other similar…

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…

Day 4: Continental

Today was the longest day of my study abroad experience so far, but I was too tired to ever slow down. We left our hotel today at 8:00AM and took a two-hour bus ride to the city of Regensburg, which is a beautiful city in southern Germany. We had a company visit with Continental’s facility…

Day 3: Hirschvogel

Today was my company tour day, and I am so lucky I will be presenting on Hirschvogel. Hirschvogel gave us a comprehensive presentation and tour and our group has so much information and data that we can work with. After about a 45-minute drive, we arrived at Hirschvogel Umformtechnik, their company headquarters, and met with…

Day 3: Forging vs. Molding

The day has arrived for our first site visit. I set my alarm for 6:30 to have plenty of time to eat and be prepared for the visit to Hirschvogel. We boarded the bus and after falling asleep we arrived at the plant. I had no idea what to expect at the site visits and…

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…

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…