Germany: The Locomotive of Europe

Location: Wuppertal, Germany
Program Dates: May 7 - May 23, 2014
An International and Global Studies Sponsored Program


Course Overview

Deutschland ist die Lokomotive von Europa….Germany is the locomotive of Europe. There is much truth this quote. Over the last 100 years, Germany has gone through two destructive world wars, and then separated into East and West Germany; it paid expensive war reparation, but managed to rebuild and reunite herself, and emerge economically and politically stronger than before. Furthermore, Germany has historically been to a great extent influential in forming and enhancing the scientific and technological body of human knowledge while shaping human civilization and economic conditions. The objective of this course is to provide an opportunity for UM-Flint students to learn about the economy, business climate and culture of Germany in an affordable study abroad course. The students will experience firsthand the economic and business practices, management style, and culture of Germany while enhancing their understanding of the culture of a country that has made major contributions to the world through its rich history of culture, literature, music, economics, and science

Country Information 

Few countries have had as much impact on the world as Germany, which has given us the printing press, the automobile, aspirin and MP3 technology. This is the birthplace of Martin Luther, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx, of Goethe, Beethoven, the Brothers Grimm and other heavyweights who, each in their own way, have left their mark on human history. As you travel the country, you'll have plenty of brushes with genius, but Germany's storybook landscapes will likely leave an even bigger imprint on your memories. There's something undeniably artistic in the way the scenery unfolds – the corrugated, dune-fringed coasts of the north, the moody forests, romantic river valleys and vast vineyards of central Germany's backbone, and the off-the-charts splendour of the Alps, carved into rugged glory by glaciers and the elements. All are integral parts of a magical natural matrix that's bound to give your camera batteries a workout. As much fun as it may be to rev up the engines on the autobahn, getting off the highway lets you soak up the epic scenery that makes each delicious, slow, winding mile so precious.

Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germany's soul-stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big-city beauties, romantic palaces and half-timbered towns.

Excepts about Germany from Lonely Planet. 


This course is taught by Dr. Seyed Mehdian, professor from the School of Management.  


  • All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply
  • All majors are eligible to apply
  • Guest students are eligible to apply


The cost of this program is $1,655*. This includes:

  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Health insurance
  • Cultural activities
  • Transportation in Germany 

Additional costs include: 

  • Tuition charges
  • Roundtrip airfare to Germany
  • Passport

There is a $150 enrollment deposit required at the time of application. Students are required to submit full payment of program fee by March 14, 2014.

Cancelations & Refunds

Students who withdraw on or before February 21, 2014 are eligible to receive $50 from the $150 enrollment deposit. Any withdrawals must be done in writing and submitted to the Education Abroad Office. There will be no refunds after February 21, 2014. Students who withdraw after February 21, 2014 will be responsible for paying the full program fee. 

Scholarship Eligibility 

  • Students must be accepted into a UM-Flint faculty-led program.
  • Students must be full-time UM-Flints undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the application.
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 undergraduate credit hours, or 9 graduate credit hours at UM-Flint at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA for undergraduates and 5.0 GPA for graduates at the time of submitting application.
  • Students must register for the course associated with the program.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Friday, January 24, 2014.  

*Program fee is subject to change based on currency exchange rates.


Course Registration

This is a 3-credit course being offered in the Spring 2014 term. Students are required to register for one of the following courses:

  • BUS 480 –International Business Study Abroad (undergraduate)
  • INT 394 – Special Topic in Study Abroad (undergraduate)
  • MGT 580 – International Business Study Abroad (graduate)
  • INT 594 – Special Topic in Study Abroad (graduate)


  • Application & deposit : Friday,  January 24, 2014
  • 50% of program fee: Friday, February 21, 2014
  • Remainder of program fee: Friday, March 14, 2014