Germany January 2012 Interim
Location: Fulda, Germany
Course: BUS 365 and 494/694
When: December 30, 2011-January 14, 2012
Faculty Leader: Mark Manske
Description: In January 2012, Professor Manske will led students to Fulda, Germany for two weeks. Fulda is about 65 miles northeast of Frankfurt, and is the home of Fulda University of Applied Sciences. The students enjoyed exploring the Baroque-style architecture of the city, including many historic churches and castles. The main church (the Dome Cathedral) houses the remains of St Boniface.
During the weekdays students studied Global Management as well as attend a German Language/Culture course where they will learn basic German and some of the history and traditions of Germany. During some afternoons, students toured German businesses to compare how they operate with similar US businesses. Other afternoons included German cooking and dance classes.
One memorable excursion included a visit to Point Alpha. Point Alpha is located on the former East/West German border pass which is just east of Fulda. Large Soviet and East German forces were stationed in the area as it was considered to be a potential invasion route against the German Democratic Republic and the Eastern bloc countries.
Evenings were usually open for the students to explore the Fulda nightlife. Over the weekend students will travel to Berlin. In Berlin, they visited important historic sites including the remnants of the Berlin wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Olympic Stadium, the Holocaust memorial, and the Brandenburg gate. The highlight of this visit was a behind-the-scenes look at the Reichstag, the home of the German parliament (The Bundestag). Students will enjoy shopping and nightlife in Berlin.