International Summer School Schmalkalden (updated 11 November, 2016)
May 29-June 9 or May 29-June 16, 2017
Two or three weeks in Germany. Start in Berlin. Then travel to Schmalkalden, in the Thuringian forest, with cultural trips to Wartburg Castle, Buchenwald Concentration Camp... and much more. Earn business and/or UI credit.
Schmalkalden is a charming little town in former East Germany. Here you wull have a mini-sample of life on a German university campus. Make friends from all over the world. Complete 3 or 6 SEMO credits. Spend 4 days in Berlin - the most important city of the 20th Century. WWI. WWII and the rise and fall of Hitler. The Berlin Wall. The collapse of Communism. See sites tied to all these events in Berlin!
Consider sombining the Belgium/France program (May 15-25) with the International Summer School. Up to 12 hours of credits and only one airfare to buy! For information on the Belgium/France program, click here.
1. Program Information
Introduction to the ISSS
1b. Cultural Program
1c. Lecturers and Modules
1d. Program Cost & Enrolment
2. Schmalkalden Travel Plans
2a. Travel Information
3. Participant class/travel schedule
SPECIAL NOTE: Parts of this program involve
walking distances in excess of a mile, with your suitcase, over cobblestones and
involve traversing stairs.
The program in Berlin involve walking as much as 5 miles a day...or even further. You must have a certain degree of physical fitness to participate. If you have any special needs, please discuss this with either Dr. Peter Gordon or Dr. Willie Redmond.
1. PROGRAM INFORMATION - OVERVIEW
The 2016 program to Germany consists of 2 separate programs taught on campus at the University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Everything is taught in English. This is a classroom based program.
* BA490 Business Policy and Strategy. (IMAGE - International Management in GErmany) This program runs from 29 May to 10 June. It consists of approx. 42 hours of in-class instruction by a team of International Faculty members. You will be sitting in a class of SEMO students and students from UFMG, Brazil (and perhaps even some Germans) If you elect to stay for an additional week (3 week's total) you can earn credit for BA490 plus one other class from UI343, pr the international classes - MK560, MG560 or BA560, FI540.
* International Summer School - Schmalkalden (ISSS) Here you will take a series on modules along with students from all over the world. There are often as many as 10-15 nationalities in a class. Your professors could be German, or Australian, or Mexican, or Brazilian, or British or... If you stay for 2 weeks at the ISSS, you can earn 3 hours credit for either UI343, FI540, BA560, MK560 or MG560. If you stay for 3 weeks, you can earn credit for two of the preceeding classes.
* So two or three weeks in Germany. in Schmalkalden you will stay in on-campus (or near campus) housing. The cost of the Berlin and Schmalkalden programs, all gound transportation, sightseeing and some meals is included in the program fee.
The Program Fee is: two weeks is $995, 3 weeks is $1,295.
You will pay regular SEMO tuition for all classes. You will also need to purchase an airline ticket... this will be discussed when you apply for the program, but you should budget $900 - $1200 for this.
ANOTHER GREAT IDEA: Check out the other summer program in Belgium and France in the two weeks predeeding the Germany program. Think about combining both programs; complete UI400 (Business Ethics), BA490 (Business Policy and Strategy) and an International Business class. One airfare, but two programs!
Full details and program overview are in the sections following.
1.a INTRODUCTION TO THE ISSS (IMAGE/BA490 - shares much of this information)
TheInternational 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”.
1.b 2015 CULTURAL PROGRAM
While participating in the program, visiting students will have the opportunity to participate in the following tours and events at no additional cost.
Berlin Tour (Monday, 29 May - Thursday, 1 June)
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 unofficially reunified 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 following ten years, the city underwent a major transformation as the neglected eastern part was slowly brought up to western standards. The massive construction programme necessary for Berlin's new role is eradicating the divisions caused by the wall. 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. The city gate also became symbolic of the division of the city because it was situated in the no-man's land just behind the wall. After the fall of the Wall, the Gate was reopened on December 22, 1989.
The Reichstag is one of Berlin's biggest crowd-drawers and it is the seat of the German Bundestag or federal parliament and. It has also recently received a new dome. 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 that led from Berlin Palace to Lietzow, later Charlottenburg, and then on to Spandau in the year of 1573. From the year of 1701 the Linden became increasingly built up to 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 become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Gendarmenmarkt: This 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): This is the highest building in the city and is one of Berlin's main attractions. Its total height is 368 meters and the viewing platform is at a height of 203 metres.
Alexanderplatz: This is the most famous square in Berlin. Its present appearance dates from the construction of the East German city centre between the years of 1966-71.
Potsdamer Platz: This is symbolic of the New Berlin. Both Berliners and tourists are drawn to the Platz to pass the time because it has lovely mix of restaurants, shopping opportunities, theatre and 3-D cinemas. 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, a border sign and a soldier's post commemorate the checkpoint.
The museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie relates the history of the Wall.
The Kurfürstendamm: Quoted as being a "capitalism's shop window" while Berlin was divided, is still the city's showpiece boulevard and is 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 high fashion retail stores.
Weimar and Buchenwald Tour (Thursday, 1 June)
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 there. In the 19th Century many prominent musicians, including Franz Liszt, and numerous artists were attracted to the town. The famous Bauhaus school of art and design was founded there 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 because 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 that range 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 named as the 1999 European City of Culture, and the city celebrated with a range of special events and exhibitions.
Schmalkalden Tour (Friday, 2 June, 16:45 - 17:30)
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 are particularly attractive, with their air of medieval romance, as is 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.
ISSS Opening Ceremony (Friday, 2 June, 18:00 - 22:00)
This is a welcoming get-together and introduction to the ISSS. The official ceremony will take place in the chapel of Wilhelmsburg Castle and will be combined with the Faculty’s Graduation Ceremony. Afterwards there is a buffet reception in the historic surroundings of this Schmalkalden castle, which had been constructed in the 16th century. Do not miss your chance to eat an original (world-famous) Thuringian sausage at the reception in the courtyard.
ISSS Party (Friday, 2 June, 22:00 - 2:00)
This party will be organised by the Schmalkalden Students’ Club and will take place in the Students’ Union Building on campus.
Tour to Europe's Largest Salt Mine (Sunday, 4 June)
800 meters below ground you will experience life in a salt mine. During the 20 km round trip, you will observe the world’s largest bucket-wheel excavator, be amazed by the salt crystals’ play of colours and their glittering in the millions of years old crystal grotto and have a glance into the room where the German “Reichsbank” (central bank) temporarily stored its gold and foreign currency reserves during World War II.
"24-hour Lecture" including Schmalkalden's "14th Midnight-Sun" Lecture in the Thuringian Forest (Tuesday, 7 June, 8:00 a.m. - Wednesday, 7 June, 8:00 a.m.)
This event will be the challenge of your academic life - one full day of classes! If you are still in a good shape after sunset you can subsequently participate in our “14thMidnight-Sun Lecture”, which is the second part of the “24-hour lecture”. The main topic is “The World’s Economies”. This lecture will be subdivided into six modules: North-American, Latin-American, European, African, Asian and Oceanian Economies. To avoid that you get tired, every four hours a written examination will be taken:
On the one hand you have to study and take several examinations, on the other hand you can enjoy various drinks and meals including a hot pizza at midnight. This lecture will be held in the Thuringian forest, If weather conditions allow. We will not be spoiled by any Power-Point presentations or any artificial light, instead we be able to “breathe” pure nature, to observe the sunset, the moon, the Venus, plenty of stars, the milky way and later the sunrise accompanied by an amazing concert of birds. This will be an unforgettable night for you. Do not forget to take WARM CLOTHES with you.
Erfurt Tour (Saturday, 10 June)
Erfurt is the capital of the state of Thuringia. Among others, this medieval town hosts the world’s longest bridge that is populated with houses. If you have not done your shopping in Berlin yet, you have the opportunity to catch up in Erfurt.
Wartburg Tour (Sunday, 11 June)
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,
which is virtually unchanged since the time when Luther was there.
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, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Fritz Reuter. From 1150 onwards, the town developed into the political and intellectual centre of Thuringia. The old town market place with numerous remarkable buildings, the baroque castle, the Bach house, the Burschenschaft monument and the car museum is definitely worth seeing.
13th Schmalympics (Tuesday, 13 June - Thursday, 15 June)
The annual "Schmalympics" have 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 three open-air concerts on campus.
Based on an 100-year-old
tradition of higher education in Schmalkalden, the
University of Applied Sciences (UAS) was founded on 1st October 1991, and is
thus one of Germany's newest universities. Schmalkalden is a charming town with
a 1125-year history and a population of about 20 000 situated on the southern
edge of the Thuringian Forest. The town lies 70 km south-west of Erfurt and 180
km north-east of Frankfurt am Main, in the central German state of Thuringia
The historic town centre is characterised by its well-maintained timber-framed buildings and is overlooked by the Wilhelmsburg castle, built in the late 16th Century and housing an extensive museum. Schmalkalden is associated with the high cultural and intellectual value of Luther's "Schmalkalden Articles" and with the "League of Schmalkalden", a pro-Reformation political and military association founded in 1530. Schmalkalden also gained importance because of the rich iron-ore deposits in the hills of Thuringian Forest. The university campus is only a ten-minute walk away from the town centre where one can find bookshops, restaurants, a public library, a supermarket and a range of other shops and businesses.
Schmalkalden is surrounded by many locations of historic, cultural and touristic value: Weimar, the 1999 European City of Culture famous for its connections with Goethe and Schiller; the Wartburg castle in Eisenach where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German; the historic baroque town of Fulda; Meiningen with its renowned theatre and the 'Rennsteig' walk-way along the crest of the Thuringian Forest.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, the concentration of the tool-making and small iron-ware industry in
and around Schmalkalden, the industry's production methods and the market's
demands for constantly improved products gave rise to the need for education in
modern techniques and methods. Thus, in 1902, the "Royal Prussian Technical
School for the Small Iron-Ware and Steel Goods Industry" was founded, from which
a "School of Mechanical Engineering" later emerged. This school was integrated
into the University during the 1991 foundation process.
Initially the University comprised Faculties of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. In 1992, the Faculties of Information Science and Management and Economics were added. Since 1996, the Faculty of Business Law has provided a training and educational facility forming a link between the legal and business administration fields. With the Faculty of Management and Economics complementing its degree in business administration with a degree in economics, and with the introduction of less traditional degrees, i.e. in business data processing and industrial engineering, the five faculties currently offer eight separate degree courses.
At present, the University employs more than 80 professors, who educate approximately 2500 students. Since the University was founded, extensive capital investments have been made, thus creating favourable conditions for up-to-date education at a high standard. Of all sixteen German federal states (Länder), Thuringia has highest per capita spending on higher education.
The University's manageable
size is one of its key advantages: Schmalkalden does not suffer from the
anonymity and hectic common to the typical west German 'mass universities'. The
friendly and informal atmosphere means that students are treated as individuals,
professors can be approached at any time to deal with specific problems, and
even more importantly, there are no waiting lists to take specific courses. The
degree courses are clearly organised and as a rule completed within 8 semesters.
Teaching is held in small groups, guaranteeing that all students receive
The first part of the curriculum, the basic curriculum, concentrates on academic training in the basics of the course in question. Teaching is carried out in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical training. The advanced curriculum course is application-related and practice-oriented. As a result of the choice between various special subjects in the respective faculty and the range of optional subjects offered, the degree courses can be arranged specifically in accordance with personal interests, while also taking the chosen future profession into account. By completing a semester of industrial training and a written dissertation, students gain an insight into the practical and theoretical aspects of their future occupation. Although the University places a strong emphasis on students graduating in four years, it also prides itself on continuing the tradition of high academic requirements established by its predecessor institution.
The University library contains approximately 150,000 volumes, including about 300 current periodicals, and the collection is constantly being expanded. Alongside specialised literature for the existing faculties, general literature and reference works are available. The library is connected to the international inter-library loans system and provides access to various databases. With its wide-ranging foreign contacts and as a consequence of the growing importance of the international dimension in all sectors of the economy, the University naturally has a Language Centre which provides teaching in a range of foreign languages such as English, Russian, French, Spanish and Italian. For those wishing to get or to keep fit, the University provides facilities free of charge for individual and team sports ranging from aerobics and football to table tennis and judo.
The University is located on the premises of the former Schmalkalden Engineering School, and has recently been extensively renovated and extended. New buildings include a central campus library, lecture halls, laboratories and students' apartments. Study conditions are highly advantageous owing to the campus layout of the University, the high ratio of lecturers to students, the modern student hall of residence and the well-equipped college cafeteria. The University currently has a total of 60 partner institutions across the world.
1.c LECTURERS AND MODULES(PROVISIONAL)
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Prof. Dr. Peter Gordon
The Role of Culture in the Forces Driving The Globalization of Business
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Prof. Dr. Willie Redmond
Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Dow
International Financial Management
Prof. Dr. José Luis Vallejo García
Universidads Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Francisco Vidal Barbosa
Edith Cowan University,
Prof. Dr. Gary Chittick
Business in Asia and Strategies for Emerging Markets
University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden, Germany
Prof. Dr. Manfred Herbert
University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Robert Richert
The World’s Economies
University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Robert Richert
The German Economy and Culture
IMAGE (BA490) runs during weeks 1 & 2 on a separate schedule.
Participation in the three-week program costs $1295. For the two week and IMAGE programs the cost is $995.
* In addition to the program organized by the University of Applied Sciences in both Berlin and Schmalkalden, your payment will also cover all exchange and bank transfer fees..
* lecture program 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.
* cultural programme
* Tour of Schmalkalden
* ISSS Opening Ceremony with buffet in a medieval castle
* Tours of Erfurt, Weimar, Wartburg Castle, Buchenwald Concentration Camp, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Merkers Salt Mine
* Party/ies in Student Club
* concert on campus
* 4-days Berlin program
* Graduation Ceremony
Some meals (breakfast each day plus some other meals)
* Good-Bye Party
· You are a student with at least a basic knowledge of International Business OR any discipline if seeking credit for UI343/UI498
* You are able to understand and actively participate in lectures in English.
* 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. If you are staying for week 3 you may earn an additional 3 hours credit.
* You have read and understand that SEMO's Code of Student Conduct extends to all classes/credits taken while overseas. Plagiarism, copying and other forms of cheating will be severely punished. (see http://www.semo.edu/pdf/stuconduct-code-conduct.pdf - especially definitions on pages 2 & 3) Terms relating to "University", "University premises" and "University Official" are extended to include the host university, in this case, the University of Applied Sciences, Schmalkalden.
* SEMO CLASS ENROLMENT:
We will enrol you in the classes specified on your application. You will be enrolled in dedicated sections of BA490, UI343, FI540, MK560, MG560 etc. YOU DO NOT ENROL YOURSELF!
2. Travel Plans:
2.a TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR EVERYONE
* 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
* 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.
2.b AIRLINE SCHEDULES
* You need to arrive in Berlin (Tegel - TXL) on Monday May 29 - before noon) We will meet there and go to the Hostel. Alternately, you can go directly to the hostel, arriving there after 14:00 on May 29. Full directions will be given to get to the Hostel where we are staying.
Remember, to arrive in Berlin on the 29th, you will need to depart the US on the 28th.
* The IMAGE program/2 week ISSS program ends on June 9. You can go to
Frankfurt on Friday night (9th) and catch a plane on Saturday morning.
Preferably, you can catch the train from Schmalkalden to Frankfurt 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 IMAGE program/2 week ISSS program ends on June 9. You can go to Frankfurt on Friday night (9th) and catch a plane on Saturday morning. Preferably, you can catch the train from Schmalkalden to Frankfurt 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 3 week ISSS program ends on June 16. You can go to Frankfurt on Friday night and catch a plane on Saturday
morning. Or you can catch the train from Schmalkalden to Frankfurt 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 3 week ISSS program ends on June 16.
You can go to Frankfurt on Friday night and catch a plane on Saturday morning. Or you can catch the train from Schmalkalden to Frankfurt 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.
* I would encourage you to think about spending a
day or two in Frankfurt on your way home. Definitely worth exploring!
* I would encourage you to think about spending a day or two in Frankfurt on your way home. Definitely worth exploring!
If you absolutely need to depart Germany on Friday 16th, it may be
possible for you to take your final exam for that week at 08:00, allowing you to
depart Schmalkalden on a train about 10:00. You would be at Frankfurt
airport in sufficient time to catch a plane at 15:00 or later.
If you absolutely need to depart Germany on Friday 16th, it may be possible for you to take your final exam for that week at 08:00, allowing you to depart Schmalkalden on a train about 10:00. You would be at Frankfurt airport in sufficient time to catch a plane at 15:00 or later.
2.d ACADEMIC ISSUES
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 May 29 and June10.
* 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 either 3 or 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 either 4 or 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 May 29 to June 9 (2 week) or May 29 to June 16 (3 week).
* 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. May 29 to June 16.
2.e Proposed Optional trip to Munich
We are considering offering a
pre-program in Munich from Thursday May 25 to Monday May 29. (we wouldthen
travel from Munich to Berlin on the 29th to meet the rest of the group..Price
for this program is still being calculated, but expect 4 nights' hotel, Munich
transit pass, sightseeing/admissions and some meals for about $295.
Things to do in Munich:
Various Churches - Cathedral Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche); Church of St. Peter (Alter Peter) ; Asamkirche; Theatinerkirche
Dachau (a short train/bus ride from Munich - a "must see")
and lots more!
2.f Program in Berlin
Things to do in
Fantastic Museums* (e.g. Pergamon Museum)
Berlin Dom (Cathedral)*
Check Point Charlie*
Sections of the old Berlin wall*
Lots of WWII and Cold War sites*
Charlottenburg Palace (just outside Berlin)
*these will be included in the sight-seeing/cultural program.
2.g EMERGENCY INFORMATION
* Dr. Peter Gordon... if you are in Europe +1 573 450 3434 Or Dr. Willie Redmond +1 573 587 9235
Richert +49 (0)3683 688 3102* (office) or +49 (0) 160 97 62 19 64*
*if calling from inside Germany, leave out the "+49", but include 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 - http://germany.usembassy.gov/germany/addresses.html
* US Consulate in Frankfurt - http://frankfurt.usconsulate.gov/frankfurt/contact.html
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.
tel: (mobile) 573 450 3434
(from Germany +1 573 450 3434)
Redmond, Willie tel:
(mobile) 573 587 9235 (from Germany +1 573
Names in black = 2 week program;
Names in red = 3 week program
Names in black = 2 week program; Names in red = 3 week program