Germany is a leading nation in the development and use of cutting-edge technologies that have exceptionally large growth rates, such as bio-technology, nano-technology, IT, and the numerous high-tech divisions in individual sectors (automobile, aviation and aerospace, electrical engineering, logistics). Many German firms also focus on environmental technology (wind energy, photovoltaic power, and biomass generation) to achieve their organizational goals in a socially-responsible way. Students participating in this seminar will develop an understanding of how companies can leverage technology and innovation to maximize organizational effectiveness.
German companies are also well known for the manufacture of high quality products; this is evidenced by their strong focus on research and development. For example, private German companies spend the third highest amount globally on research and development ($40 billion) and more than 18% of all patents worldwide are registered in Germany. Thus, the impact of innovation and technology on product quality will also be examined.
The program to Munich and Berlin will likely include five or six visits to companies such as BMW, Schuh Bertl (a handmade shoe and lederhosen manufacturer), Ayinger (a German brewery), KPM (the royal porcelain manufacturer), the Bundestag (German parliament) as well as a few others. Appropriate business attire will be required for the company visits and presentations (business casual).
On the cultural side, in the past the program has visited Dachau (a World War II concentration camp) and Neuschwanstein Castle (the model for Disneyland's castle) in Bavaria. In Berlin, we have visited the Berlin Wall and many World War II sites. We also frequently have attended a German soccer match (depending on the league schedule). Both the company visits and cultural activities are still being finalized for the next iteration of the program.
The faculty director for this program is Dr. Stephen Koernig from the Department of Marketing.
There will be three pre-trip class sessions at DePaul's Loop campus in February and March and one post-trip class session. Attendance at all four classes is mandatory. Students will receive notice via e-mail as to the specific meeting dates, times, and locations. Participation in class and during scheduled activities including the company visits (where appropriate behavior will be expected), as well as a final paper (due after return), will be considered for the final grade. Dr. Koernig will provide the course syllabus and provide further details at the first required pre-trip class. Upon successful completion of the course, seminar participants will receive 4 hours of elective credit for the winter quarter. Graduate students receive credit for IB 750, while undergraduate students for ICS 350, which fulfills the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Germany program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.
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