Business in German-Speaking Countries: Germany and Austria
About the Program
Germany is a true European powerhouse in politics, economy, and culture. Program will start in Berlin, the capital city of Germany, where you will grasp an overview of Germany’s history including the two World War periods, the Cold War Era, and Germany’s role in EU and world economy today by visiting the US Embassy Commerce Services, the Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie’s, the Berlin Wall Memorial, and the East Germany Museum.
After Berlin, we will travel to our main site Augsburg in Bavaria. All our classes will be held on the main campus of University of Augsburg, a partner university of UD and you will have opportunities to have lunch with German students. You will have a tour of Riegele, a traditional German brewery since 1884 in Augsburg. Munich is only 30 minutes away and you can easily hop on the train to explore on your own.
We have also integrated experiential learning into the program by organizing day trips and extended sites to help you develop a deeper understanding of “Made in Germany” and Industry 4.0. Here are some examples: a day trip to Audi, a day trip to Swarovski, and an overnight trip to Nuremberg where we will visit the toy museum, the Germanic National Museum, which is Germany's largest museum of German cultural history, Faber-Castell and a "Lebkuchen" (traditional ginger bread Christmas cookie) company, Lebkuchen-Schmidt, for a tour and tasting. In addition to the manufacturing companies, we are also planning a trip to visit a hi-tech German company, such as Siemens, Festo, Bosch, or Kuka.
We will spend the last week in Austria for you to experience its rich cultural history through concerts in historic halls, opera houses, and churches, and have the opportunity to compare this culture and history to experiences in Berlin. The program ends with a visit to the US Embassy in Vienna.
All activities are subject to change.
The following is a draft itinerary for 2019 and is subject to change:
July 1 - July 5: Berlin, Germany
(Berlin Tour, including Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Reichstag; Chamber of Commerce or US Embassy; Business visit to Siemens)
July 6 - July 24: Augsburg, Germay
(Day trip to Watten to visit the Swarovski Company; Day trip to Ingolstadt to visit Audi; Tour of Riegle Brewery in Augsburg; Overnight trip to Nuremburg to tour the toy museum and "lebkuchen")
July 24 - July 31: Vienna, Austria
(Concert; Visitor's Bureau or US Embassy; Business visit)
In Augsburg, students will either reside in a homestay or shared apartment. Housing preferences cannot be guaranteed. For more information, contact Kelly Brannan Trail (firstname.lastname@example.org). In Nuernberg, Berlin, and Vienna, housing will most likely be in nice hostels or student hotels.
Students are required to enroll in 4 credit hours, but may enroll in 7 credit hours. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin. In addition, we have listed the current CAP status for each course. However, students should consult DegreeWorks for the most accurate information since courses that satisfy CAP requirements may vary by year of admission or according to a student's major. The Degree Audit is specific to each student. Consult your academic advisor for details.
MGT 301: Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
Study of individual, group, and team behavior in organizations as they interact to achieve both personal and organizational goals. Topics include individual differences, interpersonal communication, leadership, decision-making, reward systems, conflict management, and work groups and teams, as well as culture and cross-cultural management.
MGT 300: Survey of Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
Survey of management for non-business majors. Prerequisite(s): Non-business majors only; sophomore standing.
ENG 372: Business and Professional Writing (3 credits)
Analysis and practice of effective workplace communication, including employment application materials, e-mails, and reports. Special focus will be on cultural differences in professional practices and communication, particularly between the U.S. and German speaking countries.
CAP: Crossing Boundaries Inquiry
UDI 310: MAXIE: Experience (1 credit; required)
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded minicourse required of all student participants.
Dr. Xiaoli Li, Associate Professor, Department of English (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Kathrin Hanek, Assistant Professor, Department of Management & Marketing
Students must be 18 years of age or older and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).
The details for your MAXIE course are as follows:
Once you have committed to the program, please register for this Spring 2019 mini-course, which meets March 5 - April 30, 2019. Be on the lookout for an email from the Office of Education Abroad with details on how to register.
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