Reflection/Retirement From Blogging

First and foremost, I would like to thank Professor Feick, Professor Paul, Arielle, Sonja, and Simon for organizing such an amazing trip. I would also like to thank Sandra, Melanie, and Stefanie for being wonderful group members and for showing us around Augsburg. Without you guys this trip would not have been as fun as…

Day Thirteen: The Festival

My last day in Germany was a free day. The plans that were made allowed me to sleep in and I was going to need it if I was going to have an enjoyable flight back. Some of the German students invited AJ, Derek and me to go to a festival in Nuremburg. In order…

Day Twelve: Oberammergau

I can’t believe how my time in Germany has flown by. There are only 2 days left. On day 12 we travelled to Oberammergau this day to see the Alps. We stopped along the way at a rural restaurant and had a traditional Bavarian breakfast of pretzels and weiβwurst, which is a white sausage.  The…

Day Eleven: Presentations

Today I got some much-needed rest because we had nothing scheduled except our presentations at 5:30. Today was intentionally left open on our schedules so we could prepare for our presentations. We met with our group at the university around noon. We were given meal tickets for the cafeteria, but one member of our group…

Day Ten: H&K

Today was the final company visit. We visited H&K which is an injection molding company which was also located in Augsburg making it only a short tram ride away. Up until this point, all of our tours and company visits have been in English which has been great because everyone in our group speaks English….

Day Nine: Politics and KUKA

Day nine. My body has started to hate me. I have walked 51.9 miles since the start of this trip and its starting to catch up to me. I must persevere. I am here for a good time not a long time. Anyway, today started with a lecture on politics in Germany at the University…

Day Eight: Dachau

Today was a difficult day because we visited the concentration camp Dachau. We had only this on the schedule today to allow us time to reflect on what we were about to see. I thought that I would have been better prepared for this visit because I enjoy history, I like watching documentaries, and reading…

Day Seven: Munich

Today we made our first mistake. We were traveling to Munich for the day and on our way there we all got off and tried to move to the next car up as the car we were currently on was filled. I didn’t ask I just followed everyone. Mob mentality. This plan failed miserably as…

Day Six: Ulm

On todays edition of what Bob did in Germany we travelled to Ulm to climb the world’s tallest steeple and we ate some crepes. To get to Ulm from Augsburg we used the regional train service. It was about a 45-minute ride, but it flies by when you fall asleep. Once we arrived in Ulm…

Day Five: Neuschwanstein Castle

Today we headed into southern Bavaria to visit the Neuschwanstein castle. The bus ride there was great because I fell asleep almost immediately and I woke up with the mountains in sight. My expectations were to see this massive castle that stands out no matter its surroundings, but I was surprised to see that the…

Day Four: Continental and Regensburg

On our fourth day in Germany we visited Continental. My idea of Continental was that they just produced tires and that they were a smaller company. I had only ever seen them advertise their tires, so that is what I assumed. I was wrong. Continental is a massive company having 235,000 employees at 317 sites…

Day Three: First Company Visits

Today was our first company visits with SGL and BMW. We first visited SGL which is a company that focuses on manufacturing products from carbon. We started the company visit with a presentation from a graduate of the Katz graduate school of business. His presentation focused on exactly explaining what carbon fiber is and how…

Day Two: First Impressions

Today we met the Augsburg students for the first time. We took the tram directly to the university where we were introduced to the German students. It was different than home because you are riding on the tram and then suddenly you have arrived at the university. In Pittsburgh we can see the Cathedral of…

Day One: The Arrival

After a long day of travel, we have finally made it to Germany. Even though the travel was exhausting, there was no time to rest. After landing at Munich airport, we took a bus that dropped us off at our hotel in Augsburg. When we were traveling on the highway I thought that we were…

Guten Tag Deutschland

My name is Robert Brown, and I am a freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In the future, I hope to work in the automotive industry, specifically in the power train area of the vehicle. I graduated from North Allegheny Senior High School,…

Meet Plus3 Germany 2018!

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 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to BMW, Faurecia,…