Study Abroad Program: The University of Montana –
European Business School
The German Economy, Business & Management in Europe
MBA 645-62 and MGMT 495-61 and MKTG 495-61 - 2 credits
May 26 - May 31, 2013
In the international business environment, business professionals must understand how individuals and organizations operate in foreign countries. This course provides students with the opportunity to gain such international experience by visiting a number of companies and institutions in Germany and by participating in lectures given by German business professors. Germany is the most successful exporting country in the world and one of the top five largest economies. Its companies have a global reputation for excellence.
The European Business School, our host, is a part of EBS University and one of the best business schools in Germany. EBS instructors and tours of companies and institutions in the Frankfurt area will present a broad overview of business in Europe. Subjects such as retailing, supply chain management, and family businesses, as well as more general topics including the common currency “Euro” and European cultures and their impact on managing businesses in Europe will be addressed.
Participation in classes/company tours: * 55% of final grade
Academic Paper(s): ** 45% of final grade
* Participation is evaluated based on active engagement and contribution to the lectures, as well as the company visits (e.g., asking interesting questions, providing integration). Pre-departure sessions at UM are included in this evaluation. Both quality and quantity of participation are considered. Generally proper behavior during our stay in Germany is expected.
** For graduate credit, students must write two papers, one each out of group A and B, and make a presentation based on the paper from group A in this class before our departure to Germany. Paper A, paper B and the presentation each count for 15% of the final grade. Details are in the appendix. For undergraduate credit, students must write only one paper out of paper group B.
Arrive at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) on Sunday, May 26. Flights from the U.S. typically arrive before noon. Take train (S-Bahn transport to Wiesbaden leaves directly from the airport) to Wiesbaden, about ½ hour. Check in at hotel (Motel One) (address: Kaiser Friedrich Ring 81, 65185 Wiesbaden, tel. from USA 011 49 611 450 2080), which is located directly at Wiesbaden main station. Evening on your own. Get some sleep!
Monday morning breakfast at hotel. The schedule is provided below. This and each day of this week is a mixture of lectures, company visits and cultural experiences. We mostly move by train or foot. We’ll be staying at this hotel all week.
For those also signed up for the Italy course, leave for Brescia, Italy (train ride recommended, but low cost flights, car rental, etc., are available) on Saturday, June 1. The Italy program starts on Sunday, June 2 and ends on Friday, June 14.
- Clothing: The weather in Germany will be similar to Missoula at this time of year (it might be warm and nice, but it could be cold and rainy). You won’t need a suit, but business casual is always expected. Generally, dress code in Germany is more formal. No flip flops or shorts; tennis shoes are rarely used for regular dress. We will be walking a lot; plan to bring a rain jacket, maybe an umbrella, and comfortable street shoes.
- Passport required (http://www.usps.com/passport/), available at MSLA post office. To be safe, expect it to take approximately 10 weeks to receive passport. Get them early. No visa required.
- Travel: Numerous options to fly from Missoula or other Montana locations. Have to change planes at least once. Estimated cost for roundtrip MSO-FRA-MSO is about $1,300 though your ticket price may vary. Cheaper flights depart from Spokane and Salt Lake City. Check online and/or with travel agents. Travel within Europe can be booked once there (e.g., train travel). Flights (e.g., to Italy) should be booked via internet in advance. The main low cost airline is Ryanair. It flies from Frankfurt (actually the low cost airport is quite a ways outside of Frankfurt and can be reached via bus from Mainz, near Wiesbaden) to almost anywhere within Europe, including Bergamo near Brescia, which you can reach by train from Bergamo.
- Language: You usually get around with English in Germany. Instruction and talks will be in English. Still, German is the official language in Germany!
- Safety: You should feel safe in general, but pick-pocketing is more common, in particular, of tourists. Always stay in a group of at least two to be on the safe side.
- Cost of Living: Similar to here, but with the low dollar, most items will seem more expensive. You can easily survive on $25 for food per day. With breakfast covered already, you can even have wine or beer with your dinner.
- Drugs: The laws with respect to legal and illegal drugs are quite similar in the U.S. and Germany. However, there are less drugs available over the counter and/or over the counter drugs are much more expensive. Bring your medicine with you.
- Electricity: Power is 220 Volts and you’ll need an adapter plug.
- Phones: Your cell phones won’t work. You can buy phone cards and use public phones or those in the hotel. Motel One does provide Internet service free of charge during your stay.
A draft itinerary for the Summer 2013 session program is available here.
Appendix A : Paper Group A and Presentations
Appendix B : Paper Group B
2 credits (spring class); cost: spring tuition, plus $900 extra course fee; open to upper-division and graduate business students. Deposit required March 1 with balance due on April 14.
Includes lodging, breakfast, most lunches and some dinners. Students pay for their airfare, and any meals not covered, etc.