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Travel in German-Speaking Countries / International Business
Travel Dates: April 26-May 17
Instructors: Rod Erfani, Richard A. Weber
Number of Students Enrolled: 3 / 19
Location: Germany

Students and professors travel to Germany as a group, then focus on their specific courses. International Business students will explore trade and financial issues, global business operations, foreign direct investment, and ethics in international business. They will reside in the Hotel Hartmann, pictured to the right. Students taking Travel in German-Speaking Countries will expand their cultural and linguistic knowledge through intensive classroom work at home and practical experience while residing with a host family in Germany.

Calendar

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Sat/Sun
4/26

2:50 p.m.
Departure

4/27

9:00 a.m.
Arrival
Trip to Hotel

3:00 p.m. Orientation to Munich

4/28

Classes begin

4/29

11:30 a.m.
Reception with the mayor of Fürstenfeldbruck at the Courthouse

4/30

8:00 a.m.
Excursion to
Neuschwanstein

5/1-5/2

Free to explore Munich

5/3

Classes

5/4

8:30 to 3:00

Visit to an
international
shipping company in Memmingen
(Hr. Decker)

5/5

Classes

5/6

Classes

5/7

Long Weekend

5/8-5/9

Long Weekend

5/10

8:00 a.m.
Visit to Siemens
in Munich
(end at 1 p.m.)

5/11

Classes

5/12

Classes

5/13

Classes

5/14

8:00 a.m.
Excursion to Rothenburg o.d.T.

5/15-5/16

5/17

11:00 a.m.
Departure

Arrival in Lexington
at 6:20 p.m.

         

Independent Travel

Although one long weekend has been created to allow you to travel independently, you may also choose to skip the bus excursions in order to travel longer distances on the other weekends. Bear in mind, however, that the cost of those excursions is included in the cost of the program and is non-refundable should you choose not to participate in this portion of the trip.

BA 3244 - International Business

International Business provides an introduction to global business issues with emphasis on cultural diversity and global competition. Students explore international trade and financial issues, global business operations, foreign direct investment, and ethics in international business. Amper, a small river that flows next to the Hotel HartmannThe course also examines economic, cultural, and political constraints of multinational companies conducting business in a diverse global environment. Field visits to business, government, and cultural sites located in Munich, Germany, and dialogues with executives, government officials, and academicians in Germany enhance the course material.

German 2904 - Travel in German-Speaking Countries

Travel in German-Speaking Countries expands students' cultural and linguistic knowledge through intensive classroom work and practical experience. After several days of improving their listening comprehension skills, students fly to Germany for a three-week stay with a host family in the small city of Fuerstenfeldbruck, a suburb of Munich. Students continue building vocabulary by studying recorded interviews and discussions, interacting with local residents, and keeping journals. In addition, students write reports on visits to historical and cultural landmarks in Munich and other locations in southern Germany.

Course Materials:

  • Schmid, Gerhard Friedrich. Kleine Deutschlandkunde: Ein erdkundlicher Überblick. Stuttgart: Klett, 1996
  • Notebook with transcriptions and activities to accompany the three audio cassettes of recorded dialogues and interviews that the instructor has prepared
  • Michelin travel guide to Germany, Bavaria and Munich, purchased on site

Sites students may visit in Munich:

  • Alte or Neue Pinakothek
  • Lenbachhaus
  • Münchner Stadtmuseum or Bayerisches Nationalmuseum
  • Deutsches Museum
  • Glyptothek or Antikensammlung
  • Frauenkirche / Asamkirche / Theatinerkirche
  • Residenz
  • Schloß Nymphenburg
  • Dachau (both the city and the concentration camp)

Regional sites students may visit:

  • Augsburg
  • Bamberg
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen / Mittenwald
  • Landshut
  • Nürnberg
  • Passau
  • Regensburg
  • Salzburg
  • Ulm
  • Würzburg
  • (or possibly an excursion with your host family)

Final Grade:

25% – Quality of journal work related to the host-family stay and conversations
40% – Reports on the sites visited in Munich and the region
15% – Sum of periodic vocabulary quizzes taken from vocabularly notebooks you keep
20% – Quality of classroom work (both at Transy and abroad) with the recorded material, attendance, and participation

Emergency Contacts

Professor Richard Weber:
c/o:Katherin und Achim Migotsch
Veit-Stoß-Str. 7,
82256 Fürstenfeldbruck
Tel.: 011-49-8141 – 4 48 68

Professor Rod Erfani:
Hotel Hartmann
Leonhardplatz 1
D-82256 Fürstenfeldbruck
Germany
Tel.: 011- 49 - 8141 - 50 14 63 0
Fax: 011 - 49 - 8141 - 50 14 63 58