University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Office of International Education (OIE) WEB GUIDE
Viessmann Internship in Germany
Location: Allendorf and Schwandorf, Germany
Dates: ~May 29- July 26, 2015, exact dates TBD
Courses: BUS 494 & 492; Intrdscp 399, or internship
Accommodation: Guest House
Program Model: internship
COLS Contact: Gregory Kleinheinz, N/E 101, 424-3302
COB Contact: Jessie Pondell, Sage 1608, 424-3032
Undergraduate students from select majors within the College of Business and the College of Letters & Science will spend eight weeks in either Allendorf or Schwandorf, German interning at Viessmann Group.
Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM), a long-standing student exchange partner with UW Oshkosh, will pair UW Oshkosh interns with THM student buddies. The buddy program will run from the internship start date through the end of June, when THM students become unavailable during their final exam period.
College of Business Students:
- Business 494 - International Business Study Tour (3 credits)
Prerequisite: consent of the instructor
Business 492 - Internship (3 credits)
College of Letters & Science Students:
- Interview for INTRDSCP 399 - Internship
Request an appointment with Rich Marshall in Career Services to discuss enrollment in INTRDSCP 399. Be sure to request an appointment date that falls BEFORE the STEP III application deadline.
- To explore internship credit through your major department, contact your department Chair.
Study Abroad and Graduation
Students graduating at the end of this study abroad experience must choose a summer graduation date. Summer graduates may choose to walk in the May or the December graduation ceremony.
The "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" includes your Program Fee (the amount due directly to UW Oshkosh), your airfare and other expenses related to your participation on this program.
Full Estimated Cost of Participation: $1,420.00 after Viessmann Contribution for Summer 2015, Summer 2016 TBD
As part of the application process for this program, you are required to review, sign and submit the "Full Estimated Cost of Participation" worksheet for your program. The worksheet includes all of the cost details for your program and is linked from STEP III of the "Apply" section of this guide.
Interns will stay in single rooms in a guest house arranged by Viessmann.
Interns will grocery shop and cook on their own; no meals are included in the program fee.
Review the estimate for the amount of money you should bring to cover meals in the Full Cost of Participation worksheet. It is not reasonable to think that you can save money by spending less than the food estimate provided by the OIE! This estimate is meant to be the BARE MINIMUM in relation to your particular destination!
Internship placements are directed by Viessmann; eligible students in the College of Business and in the College of Letters & Science will be contacted to apply. If you are interested and have not been contacted, email or call Jessie Pondell, Sage 1608, 424-3032 (COB students only) or Greg Kleinheinz, N/E 101, 424-3302 (COLS students only) for details BEFORE applying.
Undergraduate students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0, be in good standing, and meet course prerequisites. As part of the application process, your disciplinary file will be reviewed. If you have a campus disciplinary file, this will be taken into consideration when determining your eligibility. Undergraduates who do not meet minimum GPA and course requirements should contact the program leader prior to applying to determine course eligibility.
German Employment Authorization Requirements (interns)
Undergraduate students must have completed a minimum of four semesters at a college or university (high school credits cannot be applied toward this minimum) and must not graduate prior to the end of the internship.
Inability or failure to attend class prior to or following your program abroad may affect your ability to participate, course grades and/or ability to receive and use financial aid.
- To be announced directly by the program coordinators in the COB and in the COLS to participants.
Before You Apply
- Write the deadline for completing the On-line Study Abroad Orientation in your calendar. Failure to complete orientation will affect your ability to participate.
- Write all payment deadlines in your calendar.
If you aren't the person who will be making payments, share this information with the person who will be.
- Understand how seats are assigned on study abroad programs.
Seats are assigned based on eligibility criteria provided applicants meet the application deadlines.
This means that you may be conditionally admitted following completion of steps I & II, but NOT receive a seat if you then fail to complete STEP III on time.
If you are on the waiting list, you may receive a seat if applicants who have been conditionally admitted have not completed STEP III by the deadline.
STEPS I & II: last Friday in February by 12:00 pm.
STEP III: 1st Friday of March by 12:00 pm.
Application STEPs & Application Checklist
Complete the three steps below in order, or work on all three steps simultaneously. Check off items as you SUBMIT them to the Office of International Education.
|Complete the on-line study abroad/away application.
**Be aware that the application will time out without warning! Save often, and if you answering the longer questions we recommend typing them into a Word document and pasting them in to the online application.
|Print the application packet and sign where appropriate.|
|Pay the UW Oshkosh application fee
( $200 for in-state residents and $300 for out-of-state residents) per the instructions in the application packet and turn in your receipt to the OIE. If you have mailed the application fee to the Cashier's Office, notify the OIE so that OIE staff can contact the Cashier's Office for confirmation.
|Print an unofficial copy of your university transcript
Highlight course prerequisites (if applicable) and final GPA.
To print your transcripts, EITHER copy and paste your transcript from TitanWeb into Word and print OR follow these instructions:
1) Open your transcript in TitanWeb using Internet Explorer.
2) Highlight all of the information in your transcript.
3) Go to "print preview"
4) Click on "as selected on screen"
5) Change the orientation to "landscape"
|Credit Overload Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you will exceed the maximum credit limit for the semester.
|Special Student Form for Undergraduate Admissions
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not a student at UW Oshkosh OR if you are not a student at all.
|Graduate Registration Form and Graduate Special/Non-Degree Information Form
Complete and submit to the OIE ONLY IF you are not in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn graduate level credit, or if you are in a Graduate program at UW Oshkosh and want to earn undergraduate level credit.
|Submit the Disciplinary Clearance Form
Complete ONLY IF you are a student at a university or college OTHER THAN UW Oshkosh. Submit this form to the appropriate office on your HOME campus; request that the office on your HOME campus submit the form directly to the UW Oshkosh OIE by the deadline for this step of the application process.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
|Review, sign and submit the Full Cost of Participation worksheet.
|Edit the "medical" and "medical III" sections of your on-line study abroad application to ensure that every question is complete. Each and every question must be answered, even if the answer is obviously "none" or "n/a"!|
|Provide proof of passport
Complete only if you will travel outside the U.S.
If you already have a passport, edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include all requested passport details.
If you do not already have a passport, apply for one and submit a copy of your receipt to the OIE showing that you have applied.
Click here for passport forms and instructions.
|Edit the "passport" section of your on-line study abroad application to include your full name.
If you are traveling OUTSIDE the U.S., enter your full name EXACTLY as it appears on your passport or on your passport application. DO NOT GUESS!
If you are traveling WITHIN the U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), enter your name EXACTLY as it appears on your driver’s license. DO NOT GUESS!
Your name will be printed on your airline ticket exactly as you enter it. If the name on your airline ticket does not match the name on your identification, you will be charged a correction fee or may not be allowed through airport security.
Program-specific Application Materials/Requirements:
International Driver's Permit
Apply for your international driver's permit. (You won't receive this until after the OIE STEP III deadline, but will be asked to confirm that you have applied.)
Step IV (post-application deadline)
Photocopy of your Passport
You must turn in a COPY of your signed passport valid for 6 months from the date of arrival in the foreign country (for short-term programs) or valid past the end date for your program abroad (long-term programs). The copy should only include the following two pages: the page with your photo on it and the page with your signature on it (the signature page is just above the page with your photo).
|International Driver's Permit
Submit a copy of your International Driver's Permit to the OIE.
|Evidence of Internship Approval
COLS students ONLY: submit evidence of approval for your internship course (INTRDSCP 399 or a course approved within your major). Evidence may be in the form of an email message to you from your program advisor or an email from your program advisor/internship advisor directly to email@example.com. DO NOT ENROLL IN THIS COURSE ON YOUR OWN ONCE APPROVED! Don't forget this step! OIE will need to work with the department to enroll you so that you are not charged tuition on your course.
Using financial aid to cover some or all of your costs? See our detailed financial aid information.
- First Payment of $1,000 (or full fee if the total due to UW Oshkosh is less than $1,000) is due the last Friday of March.
- Final Payment, including all related tuition fees, is due one month before the trip departure date.
First Program Fee Payment
Your emailed study abroad acceptance letter (the one that says that you have been officially accepted to participate) includes a link to a statement for your first payment. This statement will not be sent to you in any other way. No one else will receive this statement or a copy of your bill; no further reminders will be sent. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the payment deadlines; you will need to forward your statement to the person who pays your bills if you are not that person!!!
The initial Program Fee Statement is also provided here. You can use this copy or the copy included in your acceptance letter (they are identical) when paying your fees.
Second Program Fee Payment
You will receive a link to a statement for your second payment VIA EMAIL from the Office of International Education just prior to the second payment deadline. Some programs have been advertised using a range of fees; if this is the case, you must plan to cover fees at the top end of the range until you receive your second statement. This statement will indicate whether there have been cost savings due to increased participant numbers, exchange rates, etc. and, therefore, a reduced program fee.
If your program includes a required tuition payment IN ADDITION TO YOUR PROGRAM FEE, this will be clearly indicated on the Full Cost of Participation Worksheet linked within the "Apply" section of this guide.
For interim programs, follow the program fee payment deadlines ($1,000 total due by the first deadline date, the remaining tuition and program fee due by the final deadline date).
For semester & summer programs, tuition will be billed by Student Accounts just before the term at UW Oshkosh begins, just as it normally is. It is your responsibility to make payments according to the normal university tuition payment deadlines.
Payment by Cash or Check
All payments by cash or check must be accompanied by a copy of your program fee statement. Make checks payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and write “Study Abroad” in the memo section. Pay fees at the Cashier's Office on the second floor of Dempsey Hall or mail your check to: Cashier's Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901. Cashier office hours: Mon – Fri 8:30-4:00 (8:30-3:00 the day after Thanksgiving).
Payment by Credit Card or E-check
Payment by MasterCard or American Express carries a 2.5% convenience fee and can be made through TitanWeb http://www.uwosh.edu/tw/. E-checks carry a fee of $0.50 per transaction.
Payment by Financial Aid, Grant, Scholarship or External Loan
Submit the "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form to Student Accounts by the first payment deadline. Students who plan to to cover some costs on their own and remaining costs using financial aid, grants or scholarships must pay costs not covered by aid/loans/scholarships, up to $1,000, by the first payment deadline.
For UW Oshkosh students, financial aid will automatically be applied toward study abroad-related fees on your student account. If you are a student elsewhere, you may need to pick up your change check from your home campus, cash the check, and send payment to UW Oshkosh.
Once your "Notice of Financial Aid Award for Study Abroad" form has been submitted, a "positive service indicator" will appear on your record indicating that financial aid will be paying your study abroad program fees. This should not prevent you from doing anything except printing transcripts.
WorkingInternships offered through this program are unpaid.
Mode of transportation: participants find their own way to the U.S. departure airport
Carry approximately €150 (about 200 US$) in cash to cover transportation fees to your residence from the local airport and living costs for the first few days.
Flight - Departure
Participants find their own way to the U.S. departure airport
Participants arrange and pay for airline tickets on their own. DO NOT purchase these until you have been officially accepted into the program by the HOST university. Information on finding and booking airline tickets is available elsewhere in this guide.
For interns who arrive and depart on the designated program dates, your German hosts at Viessmann Group will provide airport pickup when you arrive in Germany and will bring you back to the airport when you depart from Germany. Your hosts will be looking for you just as you exit customs at the airport. Typically, people hold signs with the name of the visitor they are looking for.
When you are exiting customs at the airport, look for your name on a sign. Do not leave the immediate area just after exiting customs until you have located your Viessmann Group contact!
But, just in case you don't connect...have a back-up plan!
Review the web site/s of your arrival airport and print any information/maps available to you; carry these with you when you travel. Pre-plan your route from your arrival terminal to the bus stop, train station or other form of transportation you'll use to get to your program site. Or, plan your route to a hotel near the airport. Have the German phone number and email address for your contact with you (don't pack this in your checked luggage).
Past program itinerary for reference only - future itineraries will vary!
Allendorf Site Interns:
- Tues, 27 May 2014
- Wed, 28 May 2014
Arrive Berlin for Berlin entry tour
- Wed, 28 May - Sun, 1 June
- Sun, 1 June
Transfer Berlin to Allendorf by coach
- Sun, 1 June through Friday, 25 July
Internship at Viessmann
- Friday, 25 July
Students transfer to the airport on their own for return flight
Mode of transportation: participants find their own way home from the U.S. arrival airport
A visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that makes it possible for the bearer to visit that foreign country. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to apply for a visa to enter Germany to complete an internship. U.S. citizens planning to intern in Germany do need to apply for a Residence Permit (work permit) prior to entering Germany.
Residence Permit (work permit)
U.S. citizens planning to intern in Germany need to apply for and receive a Residence Permit (work permit) PRIOR TO entering Germany. The Residence Permit allows you to legally engage in an activity other than tourism while in Germany.
Students who have completed all four steps of the "application process" have also completed all paperwork necessary to apply for a Work Permit. The UW Oshkosh OIE will forward the appropriate paperwork to the German host company for processing.
See our new "Insurance" page for details.
In a life and death emergency ABROAD
U.S. Department of State Citizen Emergency Center (1-202-647-5225) will relay messages to the foreign Embassy. Embassy personnel may try to locate your student, pass on urgent messages and, consistent with the Privacy Act, report back.
To reach your student directly
If your student is staying in a hotel, use the hotel contact information listed on the web page for your student's program. The Office of International Education cannot give out private residence or homestay phone numbers unless authorized in advance by the student, but we will contact your student for you in an emergency.
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh during office hours (7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F)
Office of International Education Phone: 1 (920) 424-0775
Jenna Graff: Director, Office of International Education - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelsey McDaniels, Study Abroad Advisor - email@example.com
Emily Hoffmann: Hessen & NSE Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Reinke: Program Manager - email@example.com
Sarah Christensen : International Student Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of International Education Fax: 1 (920) 424-0185
Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-1410
Office of the Provost & Vice Chancellor Phone: 1 (920) 424-0300
To reach someone at UW Oshkosh outside of normal office hours
University Police: 1 (920) 424-1216
To reach an on-site local contact, IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY.
To help you prepare for your travel experience away, we'll begin with an orientation through which we'll share information on topics such as course registration & enrollment, flights, itineraries, housing, meals, emergency contacts, financial planning, program withdrawal, health & personal security, and travel.
Your orientation consists of:
- required reading materials
- required on-line presentation
- orientation quiz submitted to the OIE
- optional in-person Q&A
- in-person orientation with program leaders or department advcoates (These may be required or optional, or may not be offered for your particular program; check your program web guide and/or with your program leader for more information.)
- Participants who do not complete the orientation requirements prior to the orientation deadline will be removed from their programs. The withdrawal & refund policy will apply.
- Share the this orientation with parents, spouses, and/or other family members who may also want to review the orientation. The orientation is open to anyone who would like to participate.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY A FAMILY MEMBER COMPLETE THE ON-LINE ORIENTATION FOR YOU.
Before beginning your on-line orientation, review the materials listed below; you will refer to these materials during the on-line orientation. Share these materials with interested family members.
- Orientation Notes
These notes supplement the on-line orientation. Print these and review as you watch the orientation.
- Time Zone: Germany
- Highlighted version of the CDC for Germany (last updated 7/17/14)
- CISI Health Insurance Policy
- CISI Security Evacuation Policy
- U.S. State Department Country-specific Information
- Up-to-date Country-specific Information for Germany, including links to other Department of State-generated advisories.
- Highlighted Country-specific information for Germany (last updated 10/29/13)
- U.S. State Department Special Warning About Drug Offenses Abroad
- U.S. State Department Worldwide Caution
- Transportation Security Administration Prohibited & Permitted Items
- Transportation Security Administration 311 Rules
- Carry-on, Checked and Excess Baggage Restrictions: TBD
- Packing List
- Emergency Communication Form
- Withdrawal & Refund Policy; Uniform Statements of Responsibility
Schedule approximately 90 minutes to focus on your on-line orientation.
To access the on-line orientation
- Open the study away orientation in PowerPoint.
- Click on the "Slide Show" tab along the top menu.
- Click on the "Custom Slide Show" menu item.
- Choose your program.
Orientation Quiz - REQUIRED
Complete your orientation requirement by submitting this orientation quiz to the Office of International Education by the orientation deadline.
In Person Q & A - OPTIONAL (Formerly called "Family Orientation")
Following completion of the on-line orientation, participants are invited to attend an OPTIONAL, in-personQ & A session on:
- Spring Interim, Summer and Fall Semester programs: Sat, 4/9/16, 9:00am-1:00pm, location TBA
Family member attendance at the Q & A session is invited and encouraged. Family members who plan to attend the Q & A session should understand that this will not replace the orientation outlined above. Family members should review the full orientation prior to attending in person.
This page was last updated on: July 14, 2015