International Summer School Schmalkalden


1.    a.  Introduction
       b.  Cultural Program
       c.  Lecturers and Modules
       d.  Program Cost

2.    Schmalkalden Travel Plans

a.    Information for everyone
b.   Airline Schedules
.   Getting to Schmalkalden by train
d.   Academic Issues
e.   Proposed Program in Munich
f.    Program in Berlin
g.   Emergency Information

3.    Only For those participating in German Language and Culture Class

4.    Participant class/travel schedule



The International Summer School Schmalkalden focuses on the challenges confronting the world economy under the conditions of cross-cultural management. 

The second millennium ended by bringing a truly global dimension to economic activity: the prerogative of the market extended its reach even to those countries which had resisted it for decades; the well-advanced internationalisation of economic relationships has resulted in significant interdependence between regions and countries and an increasing integration of previously peripheral societies into the world economy. Matching these empirical trends, theories of 'globalisation' have grown in influence in academic and public policy circles since the end of the Cold War. According to this emerging orthodoxy, long-standing conditions of time, space and territoriality have been transformed, or even made obsolete, by world-wide trends.

The third millennium has begun in the realisation that world-wide economic activity does not necessarily entail a growing similarity between systems of economic governance or between business practices, despite the ever increasing importance of multinational companies and the free flow of capital around the globe. Instead, inherited tradition and cultural difference are said to play a more important role than ever before as global trade and investment bring once nationally-orientated economies and firms into intimate contact and hence intense competition with one another. These developments make the role of contrasting and sometimes conflicting cultural value systems highly relevant in two regards: first, differing approaches to the means and purposes of economic activity deriving from non-Western philosophies and cultures have consequences for the way in which, for example, Asian, Latin-American or African countries understand their role in the international economy and the trade policies they adopt as a consequence. Second, individual firms interested in expanding their activities to countries where ‘western’ technocratic rationalism is confronted by religious-based value systems (e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity or Islam), have to be able to adjust their market-entry, negotiating and trading strategies to ‘fit in’ with local conventions and sensibilities.    

The challenges of the new economic reality do not, however, stop there. The enormous increase in international financial transactions, especially on the currency markets, over the past decades has been one of the clearest indications of the interconnected nature of today’s world economy. Financial crises, for example, are no longer limited to one country, or even one continent, but have global implications. At the same time international capital flows and international trade act as a motor of further globalisation, linking the fates of the richest and poorest economies. The developed democratic states face competing and possibly contradictory demands: the creation of appropriate conditions for economic growth in global markets (flexibility) versus the maintenance of social cohesion (regulation). The ever-more integrated world economy is also made responsible for global ecological damage, financial and economic instability, starvation and mass migratory pressures, and the gap in wealth and health that separates the rich West from the poor rest.

Some of the most trenchant and fundamental recent critiques of global markets have notably come from practitioners and former proponents of free market capitalism. The speculator George Soros has commented that he finds ”it easier to imagine the collapse of the global marketplace than the continuation of the present regime”, while one-time neo-liberal advisor to Margaret Thatcher, Prof. John Gray, now believes that ”by allowing ... freedom to world markets we ensure that the age of globalisation will be remembered as another turn in the history of servitude”.

The exaggerated sense of a world economy out of control is encouraging the view that capitalism's problems stem from excess, from growing too fast, and that it needs to be reined back. With governments announcing action plans involving some extension of international regulation, control and containment, today's instinct for restraint in business and finance is likely to be reinforced. A possible real danger in the major economies is that the hype about a global crisis will strengthen the impulse of business and political leaders to downplay the international economy’s potential for growth. The mentality which both inflates the difficulties and then reacts by saying 'hold back' could be a bigger threat to economic and social progress than an economic crisis and the fall-out from financial disarray.


Guest professors from different countries and continents are invited to give us their views on these issues. The wide variety of countries, cultures and religions represented by our international students provides a timely and unique opportunity to investigate the impact of contrasting cultural-religious value systems on international business. Our goal is that students participating in the ISSS will be offered, and be able to develop through the exchange of perspectives and experiences, detailed knowledge and understanding of the complex and interwoven challenges facing economies and firms in the new millennium. In addition, the growing importance of religious values and their economic implications will be examined in multicultural classes and develop the students’ cross-cultural abilities to prevent Huntington’s “clash of civilizations”.


While staying in Schmalkalden, the visiting students will have the opportunity to participate at no extra cost in the following tours and events:

Tour of Schmalkalden

Schmalkalden is one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in Thuringia, situated between steep, romantic hills and woods. The town was first officially mentioned in 874 and has had an eventful history since then. In 1531 the protestant nobility formed the 'League of Schmalkalden' against the emperor Charles V. Subsequently Martin Luther published the ‘Schmalkalden Articles’, one of the founding documents of the Protestant religion, here in 1537.




Schmalkalden is on the 'German Timber-Framed Houses Trail'. The listed buildings in the historic town centre, with their air of medieval romance, are particularly attractive, as are the late-gothic town church of St. George and the Wilhelmsburg Castle. This is the only Hessian castle in Thuringia and was built between 1585 and 1590. It exhibits wonderful wall paintings and stucco work. In the castle church there is a small, still playable organ which counts among the most impressive listed musical instruments north of the Alps.

Opening Ceremony

A welcoming get-together and introduction to the Summer School followed by a buffet reception in the historic surroundings of the 500 year old Wilhelmsburg Castle.





Disco Party

Organised by the Schmalkalden Students’ Club this party takes place in the Students’ Union Building on campus.

Tour of Weimar, Erfurt and Wartburg Castle 

Despite its modest size (population: 62 000), Weimar is associated with some of the most important developments in German cultural and political history. In the 18th Century the town became a centre of German classicism with the presence of the writers Goethe, Schiller, Herder and Wieland. Previously, Luther and Bach had lived and worked here. In the 19th Century, prominent musicians including Franz Liszt and numerous artists were attracted to the town. The famous Bauhaus school of art and design was founded here in 1919, and in the same year the German National Assembly met in Weimar to provide Germany with its first republican and democratic constitution. Weimar also has a negative association with the Nazi period: in 1937 the infamous concentration camp Buchenwald, where 65 000 people were murdered, was established on the outskirts of the town. The former camp now houses an extensive museum.

Besides the famous National Theatre founded in the 18th Century and the Bauhaus museum, one can visit the Schiller and Goethe houses in which the respective poets lived and worked. There is also a palace housing national and international art collections ranging from the middle ages to the present day. The town centre is characterised by the presence of numerous historic buildings exhibiting contrasting architectural styles. On account of its rich cultural heritage, Weimar was the 1999 European City of Culture, and celebrated with a range of special events and exhibitions.

The Wartburg, a UNESCO world heritage site, is one of Germany’s most interesting and famous castles, founded according to legend in 1067. The castle served not only defensive purposes but was also a seat of government for the surrounding area. In the early 13th Century, the Wartburg is said to have staged a competition between the famous ‘Minnesänger’ (singers of romantic ballads). Their ‘singers’ war’ is the subject of Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’ opera.





Martin Luther, who had been found guilty of heresy and made an outlaw, sought sanctuary in the Wartburg and was resident in the castle from 1521-22 under the protection of Prince Friedrich the Wise. It is here that he translated the New Testament into German and thus made a decisive contribution to the development of modern standard German. The Wartburg’s historical and political importance also derives from its hosting of a meeting of the ‘Burschenschaften’ in 1817 which is considered an important step towards the founding of the German Reich in 1871. The castle contains numerous artistic, cultural and historical exhibitions. One can also visit the room where Luther lived and worked, and which is virtually unchanged since that time.

Eisenach was once the residence of the Dukes of Thuringia. The town lies on the north-west fringe of the Thuringian Forest at the foot of the Wartburg Castle. The town is associated with such famous people as Walther von der Vogelweide, Martin Luther, JS Bach, and Fritz Reuter. From 1150 onwards, the town developed into the political and intellectual centre of Thuringia. Worth seeing are the old town market place with numerous remarkable buildings, the baroque castle, the Bach house, the Burschenschaft monument and the car museum.


The annual “Schmalympics” have been taken place in Schmalkalden since 2004. Track and Field, Swimming, Triathlon, Soccer, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Bowling, Spinning and “Beerathlon” are the core elements of the programme. International teams, including an ISSS Team, will compete in the afternoon and relax in the evening during concerts on campus.

Berlin and Potsdam Weekend

As the capital of Prussia, Bismarck’s Reich, the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s Third Reich, the German Democratic Republic and now the new united Germany, Berlin looks back on a fascinating history of unparalleled complexity. For the four decades after World War II, Berlin was at the centre of the Cold War clash of ideologies between West and East and was most famous for the Wall dividing the city – the starkest expression of the iron curtain cutting Europe in two. Berlin was reunified de facto in November 1989, when the East German government, unable to resist the massive anti-government demonstrations and civil unrest, opened the border. Official reunification came the following year, and in June 1991, the German parliament voted to make Berlin once again the German seat of government. In the ten years since, the city has undergone a major transformation as the neglected eastern part is slowly brought up to western standards, the divisions caused by the wall are eradicated, and the massive construction programme necessary for Berlin’s new role takes effect. With a population of 3.4 million, Germany’s capital city is also its largest and has a cultural and social life to match.

Famous landmarks and other attractions of interest include:

The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's only remaining city gate, is the true symbol of the city. Because it was situated in the no-man's land just behind the wall, it also became symbolic of the division of the city. After the fall of the Wall, the Gate was reopened on December 22, 1989.

The Reichstag is the seat of the German Bundestag or federal parliament and, with its new dome, one of Berlin's biggest crowd-drawers. Its colourful past reflects the turbulence of German history since the 19th century.

Unter den Linden: Berlin's magnificent boulevard, the centrepiece of the Old Berlin, leads from Pariser Platz at the Brandenburg Gate to the Schlossbrücke. Unter den Linden was originally a bridle path: from 1573, it led from Berlin Palace to Lietzow, later Charlottenburg, and then on to Spandau. From 1701, the Linden became more and more built up, mirroring the rising splendour of the monarchy and the new architectural style.

Museum Island: The consort of museums found on Museum Island is a unique cultural inheritance which unites five important museum buildings into a heterogeneous but harmonic ensemble on the River Spree. The Island has recently been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe – a must for every tourist. Here the Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral), the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) and the Konzerthaus create a beautiful architectural ensemble.

Nikolaiviertel: With its winding medieval lanes and countless bars and restaurants, the Nikolaiviertel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Berlin.

The Fernsehturm (television tower), the highest building in the city, is one of Berlin's main attractions. Its total height is 368 meters, the viewing platform is at a height of 203 metres.

Alexanderplatz is the most famous square in Berlin. Its present appearance dates from the construction of the East German city centre from 1966–71.

Potsdamer Platz is symbolic of the New Berlin. With its mix of restaurants, shopping opportunities, theatre and 3-D cinemas, both Berliners and tourists are drawn in to pass the time. The former Postdamer Platz, once the busiest junction in Europe, is only a small part of the site now bearing its name.

Checkpoint Charlie: Numerous legends and spy stories are told about Checkpoint Charlie. The former border crossing point between East and West Berlin was the place where Soviet and American tanks stood face to face after the construction of the Wall in 1961. Today, the checkpoint is commemorated by a border sign and a soldier's post.

The museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie relates the history of the Wall.

The Kurfürstendamm, ‘capitalism’s shop window’ while Berlin was divided, is still the city's showpiece boulevard, popular among Berliners and visitors alike. From the Gedächtniskirche, it stretches for 3.5 km right out to Halensee, where the exclusive villa districts of West Berlin begin. In the lively upper part of the Kurfürstendamm and its extension, Tauentzienstraße, there are countless department stores and fashion chain stores.

“Midnight-Sun” Lecture

A “Midnight-Sun” Lecture will be offered during one of the shortest nights of the year: “The German Social Market Economy”. For a dozen of hours we will discuss this famous economic order that had been elaborated and for the first time implemented in Germany. On the one hand you have to take an exam at dawn, on the other hand you can also enjoy a hot pizza during the night. If weather conditions allow this lecture will be held in the Thuringian forest. We will not be spoiled by any Power-Point presentations or any artificial light, instead we be able to “breathe” pure nature, to observe sunset, the moon, the Venus, plenty of stars, the milky way and later sunrise accompanied by a concert of birds – an unforgettable night, we hope. Do not forget to take warm clothes with you. Torches are also of some benefit.

Graduation Ceremony

The Graduation Ceremony of the faculty’s graduates takes place in the chapel of Wilhelmsburg Castle. Do  not miss your last chance to eat an original Thuringian sausage at the reception in the courtyard!

 Good-Bye Party

 Organised by the Schmalkalden Students’ Club this party takes place in the Students’ Union Building on campus. A chance to bid farewell to Schmalkalden and the friends you have made while studying at the Summer School.


Example from 2013.  The 2014 schedule will be posted when available

 Lecturers and Modules

ISSS 2013_Lecturers and Modules updated

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ISSS 2013 3rd week




 Participation in the three-week program costs Euro 900.  For the two week (IMAGE) program the cost is Euro 600.  At current exchange rate of 1.33 this means $1200 for three-week program, and $800 for 2 week program.

This includes:

*        lecture programme comprising all modules  (it does not include SEMO tuition - charged separately)

*        certificates for all successfully passed modules

*        accommodation for the period of the IMAGE/ISSS programs. Please, keep in your mind that due to limited accommodation in Schmalkalden an arrival before Monday, 2 June, 2014 and departure after Saturday, 20 June, are not possible.)   IMAGE only participants must depart on Saturday 13 June

*        cultural programme

*        Tour of Schmalkalden

*        ISSS Opening Ceremony with buffet in a medieval castle  

*        Tour of Erfurt, Weimar, Wartburg Castle,  UNESCO World Heritage Sites

*        Party/ies in Student Club

*        Schmalympics

*                concert on campus

*        3 or 4-day Berlin and Potsdam Weekend, UNESCO World Heritage Sites

*        Graduation Ceremony

*                Good-Bye Party



You will be accommodated in the university’s dormitory or apartments. In Berlin you will stay in a hostel (multi-bed rooms).


Conditions of Admission

·        You are a student of Economics or Business Administration with at least a basic knowledge of International Business.

*         You are able to understand and actively participate in lectures in English.·        

·         All students must register on Tuesday, 3 June, 9:00, room C 201 (building C: "Wirtschaft").

*         You have to show your obligatory health insurance policy at the registration.  Please have evidence of health insurance with you!

*        For IMAGE (BA490) you receive 3 hours credit.  This is a separate, dedicated class. 
For other options, for you to get 3 or 6 hours of academic credit transfer to SEMO, you have to pass three or six modules.  (7 for graduate students)   SEMO tuition is a separate charge.  You will not get SEMO credit for classes unless you pay the appropriate SEMO tuition.


2.    Schmalkalden Travel Plans:



* Make sure you bring your passport, ATM card, and student ID.   Please drop a copy of your passport into the IBP office as soon as you can.

* Remember to pack light (you may end up carrying your bags a long way).  Bring a small carry-on bag (e.g. school back pack).  Check luggage rules HERE 

* Make sure you read
TIPS.   The Tips page includes information on travel insurance, getting euros and answers to lots of other questions you might have.    There at numerous ATM machines in the Frankfurt Airport outside the Customs area.  The TIPS section includes information on health insurance, as well as many other topics.

If you are not already a member of your airline's frequent flier program, consider joining before the trip - you will get about 10,000 miles - half-way toward a free ticket anywhere in the USA.  Give AA that number when you get your boarding pass at St Louis airport.

* Please pack a towel and take your student ID.. 

For information about the weather and metric system click on link!  ;  More information on Europe and the EU?  Go here  ;   Get the latest exchange rate information.

* Please make sure tuition for your SEMO classes is paid prior to departure.  The Schmalkalden Program fee does NOT include SEMO tuition.



*    You need to arrive in Frankfurt on the morning of June 2 (Monday)

There is a "meeting point" on the arrivals level of Terminal 1, between the exits from the A & B gates (see map)  There is a little coffee shop around there.   Look for the "Meeting Point" sign and then for the little coffee shop.  That will be our meeting point.

If you arrive at Terminal 2, you will need to catch the airport train to Terminal 1.

If you are delayed beyond, try and send a text message with update E.T.A. to both Dr. Redmond and me (phone numbers above) 

 If you arrive after we have left for Schmalkalden, you should follow the directions  in 2.c below - Getting to Schmalkalden by train.  It really is not too difficult if you follow the directions.

*    The IMAGE program ends on June 13.  You can go to Frankfurt on Friday night and catch a plane on Saturday morning.  Or you can catch the train to Schmalkalden on Saturday.  However, given weekend train schedules and travel time, you should not schedule a flight from Frankfurt prior to 14:00 if you are travelling by train on the same weekend day.

*    The ISSS program ends on June 20.  You can go to Frankfurt on Friday night and catch a plane on Saturday morning.  Or you can catch the train to Schmalkalden on Saturday.  However, given weekend train schedules and travel time, you should not schedule a flight from Frankfurt prior to 14:00 if you are travelling by train on the same weekend day.



* If you are planning to make your own way to Schmalkalden, it is really easy.  Most convenient airport is Frankfurt International (FRA)   There is train station inside the airport in Frankfurt.  Just follow the train symbols after you exit Customs.  Alternately, if you are travelling before the program, you can catch a train from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (main train station) in the city center.  Or for that matter, from anywhere in Europe.

Trains headed to Schmalkalden depart from both Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (Main train station in city center) AND directly from Frankfurt airport.  Typically, the trip involves two train changes.  The German railways website ( has really complete information, as demonstrated in class)  If you are departing from Frankfurt airport your origin is "Frankfurt Flughafen".  You are going to Schmalkalden Fachhochschule.  There are several Schmalkalden train stations - make sure you go to Schmalkalden Fachhochschule (Schmalkalden FhS).  Do NOT get out at "Schmalkalden" train station - you will have a long walk!  The Schmalkalden FhS station is about 50 metres (55 yards) from the business building (Building C) 

A map of campus (showing the train station) can be found at:   The train line is the dotted line on the left, the rectangle on the dotted line is the train station.  * When you get off the train at Schmalkalden Fachhochschule train station (don't get of at the other Schmalkalden stations!) just cross the tracks and go to the building on the left - Building "C".  Got to the top floor - the office of Prof. Robert Richert.  Here is a campus map.

* If you want to see schedules in advance - go to  for complete train schedules.  Click the "English" icon.  Enter departing station (e.g. Frankfurt flughafen - airport), the arrival station (Schmalkalden Fachhochschule) and the date, and the alternate schedules will pop up. 

* You can buy your train ticket when you arrive at the airport train station - you can buy it from the red machines with the DB logo.  Or you can go to the ticket counter.  Typically, the first ticket counter you will come across as you enter the train station from the airport will have a long queue.  If so, proceed toward the platform for the IC/ICE train to Fulda/Eisenach   - they typically leave from Platform (Fern) 4.  But check the departure boards.  On your way to platform 4, you will come across a second ticket office which usually has no queue at all.  Prices for tickets will vary according to the speed of the train.  Buying individual tickets on the day is the most expensive way to buy and a fast connection to Schmalkalden will cost around 50 euros.  You will get a detailed printout with your ticket showing when and where to change trains and the connection platform number and the time you have to make the change.  I have cut and pasted a sample copy of the ticket schedule below. 

Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf
Mo, 27.05.13 dep 15:02   3:11 2 ICE, STB
29,00 EUR

56,00 EUR
Choose return trip
Schmalkalden-Fachhochschule Mo, 27.05.13 arr 18:13
Station/Stop  Date Time Platform Products  
Frankfurt(M) Flughafen Fernbf Mo, 27.05.13 dep 15:02  Fern 4 ICE 1653 Intercity-Express
Eisenach Mo, 27.05.13 arr 17:04  4
Adjust the transfer time
Eisenach Mo, 27.05.13 dep 17:15 2 STB80528 Süd-Thüringen-Bahn
Number of bicycles conveyed limited, 2nd class only, Süd-Thüringen-Bahn
Wernshausen Mo, 27.05.13 arr 17:55 1
Adjust the transfer time
Wernshausen Mo, 27.05.13 dep 18:00 3 STB80460 Süd-Thüringen-Bahn
Number of bicycles conveyed limited, 2nd class only, Süd-Thüringen-Bahn
Schmalkalden-Fachhochschule Mo, 27.05.13 arr 18:13  

You can see each departure and arrival platform number and time and also the time between trains.  Make sure you set an alarm on the first train so you don't oversleep your stop.  Look above the seat before you sit in it - it may have a reserved card, which means someone paid extra to reserve that seat - and they may be getting in the train at the next stop.

Tickets back from Schmalkalden at the end of your program should be pre-booked, as you have control over your departure time from Schmalkalden.  However, wait until you get to Schmalkalden to book return train ticket.



You basically have three enrolment options, which you designated on your application.

* For IMAGE program only - you take a designated 3 credit hour class between June 2 and June13.

* For the International Summer School, you will get a certificate from the University of Applied Sciences-Schmalkalden if you pass 5 one hour classes.  However, to get 6 hours of credit at SEMO, you must pass 6 one hour classes  Grades from 3 will be combined to give you one three hour SEMO credit, grades from the other 3 for the other three hour SEMO credit.  I do recommend to try and take 7 classes - that way the lowest can be dropped.

For Graduate students - to get 6 hours of SEMO graduate credit (5xx/6xx level classes) you need to pass 7 classes while in Germany.

International Summer School is from June 2 to June 20.

* If you are taking IMAGE + week 3 of the International Summer School, you will need to complete the IMAGE class, plus take the Midnight Sun Lecture Plus two one-hour modules during week 3 of the ISS.  June 2 to June 20.


2.e     Proposed Optional program; trip to Munich

We have a hostel close to the main train station, with multi-bedded rooms. 

Things to do in Munich:

Deutscher Musuem
Olympic Village
BMW Museum
Nymphenburg Palace
Various Churches - Cathedral Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche); Church of St. Peter (Alter Peter) ; Asamkirche; Theatinerkirche
Hofbrau Haus
Dachau (a short train/bus ride from Munich - a "must see")
and lots more!


2.f   Included weekend in Berlin

Things to do in Berlin include:

Fantastic Museums (e.g. Pergamon Museum)
Berlin Dom (Cathedral)
Brandenburg Gate
Check Point Charlie
Sections of the old Berlin wall
Lots of WWII and Cold War sites
Charlottenburg Palace (just outside Berlin)

There is a great free walking tour (tip the guide) that leaves from the Brandenburg Gate (near Starbucks).  There will be signs indicating the departure time.  (I think it is 11:00)



* Getting hold of Dr. Peter Gordon... if you are in Europe  +1 573 450 3434  Or  

Dr. Robert Richert   +49 (0)3683 688 3102* (office)  + 49  (0)160 97 62 19 64* (mobile)
*if calling from inside Germany, leave out the "+49", but include the zero.  If calling from outside Germany, include the "+49" but leave out the zero.  

* SEMO emergency contact (use only if you are unable to contact either Dr. Gordon or Dr. Richert): 

            Dean Gerald McDougall; tel: (from Europe) +1 573 651 2112
            Zahir Ahmed: tel: (from Europe) +1 573 651 6863

* US Embassy in Berlin -

* US Consulate in Frankfurt -

Please make sure you print off the above embassy/consulate information should you require emergency services while in Germany - such as if you lost you passport.



3.  Only For those participating in German Language and Culture Class

You need to be in Schmalkalden on June 23.  See train travel information listed above.  Plan to fly into Frankfurt for the most convenient connections.

NOTE: you must also apply for this program through the Magellan Exchange application process.  This must be done by April 1.  This applies ONLY to this program.  The web-address for Magellan Exchange is   There is a Magellan application fee - but the Magellan Exchange helps make this program lower cost per week than the other programs  (IMAGE is 600 euros for 2 weeks; Int. German is only 500 euros for 2 weeks) so by enrolling via Magellan you save 100 euros (approx. $130.



4.    Participant class/travel schedule


Gordon, Peter         tel: (mobile) 573 450 3434    (from Germany   +1 573 450 3434)
Redmond, Willie    tel: (mobile) 573 587 9235    (from Germany   +1 573 587 9235)

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