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BSBA Germany Internship Abroad
Vallendar, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term
Year
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Fall 2017 02/01/2017
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 05/01/2017
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Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

Deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Liz Shabani
Additional Opportunities:
Internship, Research
Program Description:
BSBA Germany Semester Abroad
WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
ACADEMICS
LOCATION
STUDENT LIFE
OTHER INFORMATION
 
    PROGRAM OVERVIEW
  Students earn 14.5 credits, study German and participate in an internship in a program at the Otto Beisheim School of Management at WHU in Vallendar. The Career Services department of WHU will work with students to find an internship placement with a German or European company. Although students will spend the first weeks in Vallendar, the internship can take place anywhere in Germany. Students will have to create a German C.V. and will need to interview with WHU staff in their pre-departure seminar. Internships are required of all WHU students, so Olin students will be very involved in the placement process just as the WHU students are. 

The university was only founded recently in 1984, but has risen quickly into global prominence. Its small student-body and rural campus provide a unique and close-knit culture for students. What makes the WHU really unique compared to other private Business Schools is its international flair and its so called “WHU Spirit.”
   
Eligibility: Students must meet all eligibility requirements, including a minimum 3.0 GPA and Junior standing by program start date. This program is open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School. BSBA students must have completed the prerequisite courses that relate to the field or industry in which they want to intern. For example, finance placements require FIN 340, marketing placements require MKT 370, etc. Completion of MEC 292 is a specific requirements for any second major or minor. Students need to have completed GERMAN 301D (must have been taken for a grade and not pass/fail).

Program Dates:
Term Dates
Fall Late August - Mid December
Spring Early January - Mid May

 
    ACADEMICS
 
WHU has particular strength in International Business and Economics and its academics concentrate on creating practical experience through real working situations. Students have the opportunity to take business oriented classes without the requirement of knowing German, since the entire coursework is taught in English. Great emphasis is placed on the academic and scientific foundation of the program. Students develop the necessary tools to competently tackle complex problems. At the same time the program fosters practical experience through covering real working situations. 

Students will take take a German language course and 3 business courses, followed by a full-time 15-week internship. In conjunction with the internship, you will complete a significant research project in English and perform an oral presentation of your research at the end of your program. Students do not have the option to select other course work in this particular program. All graded course will be calculated in your WU GPA. You will earn a total of 14.5 credits in this program with the following program of study:
  • 3 Business Courses at WHU (2 units each for a total of 6 credits)
  • 1 German Language Course: L99 301 Humanities Distribution (3 credits)
  • INTL 420 Internship Research Paper (3 credits)*
  • MGT 450I International Internship in Business (1.5 credits)*
  • MGT 450Z European Study Tour (1.5 credits, Spring only)*
Courses marked with an asterisk will be applied toward a student's GPA.
European Study Tour
Students studying at WHU in the Spring semester participate in the European Study Tour, a 1.5 credit hour mandatory course. The EST serves as a comprehensive introduction to the European Union and European markets. The EST is designed to develop research, analysis and presentation skills in an experiential format allowing for students to apply theory, concepts and skills gained at Olin to consulting-type exercises abroad. This course requires travel outside of your study abroad host country during two different weeks. Teams of two students are assigned an important business topic and an EU capital. You and your partner travel to the country, conduct interviews with government officials and business experts, and complete as much on-the-ground research as possible. During part two of the study tour, you and your fellow participants gather in Brussels to attend lectures and meetings with European Parliament members and debate your findings with fellow study abroad students at a mock parliament. There is an additional cost for the logistics of this program. This program may or may not be offered during the Fall semester. 
 
    LOCATION
  Vallendar, Germany
The small town of Vallendar is located in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, one of the most beautiful and ancient cultural landscapes. The numerous churches, castles, former stately homes and well-to-do burghers’ houses stand witness to over 2,000 years of history. Narrow alleyways, romantic corners and inviting squares attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to this unique city every year.The towns of Koblenz, Cologne, Mainz, and Frankfurt can be reached in just under an hour and offer students many cultural, social, and sporting activities. WHU is home to 1,450 local students and welcomes a high number of international exchange students every year. 
 
    STUDENT LIFE
  Housing: Since Vallendar is a relatively rural community, and not all landlords speak a foreign language, WHU offers international students extra support in finding an accommodation. The WHU housing office will help students find suitable accommodations, including dormitories or apartments. Students will live in Vallendar while completing their academic studies. Each student will then live in another city during their internship placements. Typically, students will live with a family, in student residences, or in apartments. Housing accommodations will vary as it will depend upon the city and company where the student completes his/her internship. 

Student Life: Many clubs and activities are available for exchange students including service clubs, sports, and cultural activities while at WHU. 

On-Site Support: WHU officials are responsible for securing the internship placement for our students. Students directly enroll at WHU and therefore have access to on-site staff in the International Office. WHU places great importance on providing support and assistance to its guest students. The "International Programs" Department at WHU provides advice and practical assistance in finding housing and mastering everyday problems. V.I.P., an initiative established by WHU students, makes a vital contribution to the integration of our visitors.

    OTHER INFORMATION
  Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party. Scroll to the top and select the appropriate term under "Budget Sheets" to view estimated program expenses.

Orientation: All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure and post-departure coursework (INTL 300A and INTL300B or alternative sessions for Fall abroad students). A special session will be organized by WHU on-site.
 
Visas & Immigration:  Students should contact the German Consulate of their home country (or country of residence) to find out if they need a student visa prior to entering Germany. In the past, US students have needed a visa if the internship will last less than 90 days; however, it is up to the individual applicant to review the most current immigration requirements. Given the differences for each country and student status, coordinators are limited in their ability to offer visa guidance. See the Global Programs handbook for more details.  

Olin Global Programs: The Olin Global Programs website provides additional information on academic policies, health insurance abroad, contact information for peer global ambassadors, and other critical information. 
 

Questions


Email the appropriate Global Programs Coordinator (listed at the top of the page), visit us during our on-call hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-6315 to schedule an appointment. Program information subject to change. 


 
 
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