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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Munich, Germany
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Spring Break
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective Study Abroad Contact: Elizabeth Hall
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
German Architecture
Germany is a leading nation in the development and use of cutting-edge technologies that have exceptionally large growth rates, such as bio-technology, nano-technology, IT, and the numerous high-tech divisions in individual sectors (automobile, aviation and aerospace, electrical engineering, logistics). Many German firms also focus on environmental technology (wind energy, photovoltaic power, and biomass generation) to achieve their organizational goals in a socially-responsible way. Students participating in this seminar will develop an understanding of how companies can leverage technology and innovation to maximize organizational effectiveness.

The program to Munich will likely include five or six visits to companies such as BMW, Schuh Bertl (a handmade shoe and lederhosen manufacturer), Ayinger (a German brewery), ARRI (movie camera manufacturer), Porsche, as well as a few others. Appropriate business attire will be required for the company visits and presentations (business casual).

On the cultural side, in the past the program has visited Dachau (a World War II concentration camp) and Neuschwanstein Castle (the model for Disneyland's castle) in Bavaria. We also frequently have attended a German soccer match (depending on the league schedule). Both the company visits and cultural activities are still being finalized for the next iteration of the program.


Dr. Stephen Koernig is the faculty director for this program. He is from the Department of Marketing.

There will be three pre-trip class sessions at DePaul's Loop campus in February and March and one post-trip class session. Attendance at all four classes is mandatory. Students will receive notice via e-mail as to the specific meeting dates, times, and locations. Participation in class and during scheduled activities including the company visits (where appropriate behavior will be expected), as well as a final paper (due after return), will be considered for the final grade. Dr. Koernig will provide the course syllabus and provide further details at the first required pre-trip class.
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate): International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Liberal Studies Domains: Global Business Perspective & Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Dr. Stephen Koernig
Course description This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others.
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Hotel accommodations are double occupancy.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Germany program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Listen and get to know your professors/guides, as they are extremely knowledgeable about any questions you may have about your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with key phrases before departure and make a strong effort to use them once abroad.
  • Bring snacks in case you are a picky eater or want to take a break from heavy meals.
  • Record voice memos and/or take notes on a day to day basis in preparation for the end of trip assignment due.
  • Be easygoing and get to know the people in your group.
  • Familiarize yourself with key German phrases before departure and make a strong effort to use them once abroad.

If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 11/01/2020 12/01/2020 03/17/2021 03/28/2021
NOTE: Please consider the program dates carefully. Due to the program travel dates, participants may miss final exams. Please make arrangements with your Winter Quarter professors as soon as possible if this will affect you.