International Summer School Schmalkalden (updated 30 May, 2015)

Two or three weeks in Schmalkalden, Germany.  A long weekend in Berlin.  Optional long weekend in Munich.  And earn required business 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.  Plus visit Berlin - the most important city of the 20th Century.  WWI.  Hitler and WWII.  The Berlin Wall.  The collapse of Communism.  See sites tied to all these events in Berlin!


1.   Program Information

 1a.  Introduction to the ISSS
 1b.  Cultural Program
 1c.  Lecturers and Modules
 1d.  Program Cost & Enrolment

2.    Schmalkalden Travel Plans

2a.   Travel Information
2b.   Airline Schedules
.   Getting to Schmalkalden by train
2d.   Academic Issues
2e.   Proposed Program in Munich
2f.    Program in Berlin
2g.   Emergency 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 weekend trips to Berlin and Munich may 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 questions, please discuss this with either Dr. peter Gordon or Dr. Willie Redmond.



The 2015 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 1 June to 12 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, MK560, MG560 or BA560,

* 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 20 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, 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.  You will stay in on-campus (or near campus) housing.  Between week 1 and week 2 there is a long weekend trip to Berllin.  The cost of this included in the program fee.  Following week 2 is an optional program to Munich.

The Program Fee is 300 euros per week - so two weeks is 600 euros.  (approx. $750 dollars at current exchange rates - 12/6/2014)

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 $1100 - $1300 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)

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 (Tuesday, 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 (Tuesday, 2 June, 18:00 - 22:00)

This is 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 (Tuesday, 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.

Berlin Weekend (Friday, 5 June - Sunday, 7 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 gatealso 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.

ReichstagThe 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.Fernsehturm

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 PlatzPotsdamer 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.

"Midnight-Sun" Lecture (Monday, 8 June, 20:00 - Tuesday, 9 June, 6:00)

During the shortest night of the year we offer a “Midnight-Sun” Lecture for you. Midnight sun lectureProf. Dr. Robert Richert, University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, will present the topic “Asian Economies”. After having studied some informative material the week before, during this night we will have an interactive lecture about the most dynamic economic area in the world. On the one hand you have to take an exam between the unusual time of 4:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., on the other hand you can enjoy a hot pizza and cold drinks around midnight. If weather conditions allow, this lecture will be held in the Thuringian forest. We will not be spoiled by any Power-Point presentations or 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 a concert of birds. This will be an unforgettable night, we hope. Do not forget to take WARM CLOTHES with you.

Graduation Ceremony (Friday, 12 June, 18:00 - 22:00)

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


Tour of Weimar and Erfurt (Saturday, 13 June, 10:30 - 21:00)

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.


Tour of Wartburg Castle (Sunday, 14 June, 10:30 - 17:00)

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 13thCentury, 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.

12th Schmalympics (Tuesday, 16 June - Thursday, 18 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.


Schmalkalden and the University

The Town of Schmalkalden

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 (Thüringen).

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.

The Educational Tradition and the Development of the University

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.

Small, but with lots to offer

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 individual attention.

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.


LECTURERS AND MODULES 2015 (Provisional)

The Role of Culture in the Forces Driving the Globalisation of Business

Prof. Dr. Peter Gordon, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, USA

International Trade

Prof. Dr. Willie Redmond, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, USA

Intercultural Management

Prof. Dr. José Luis Vallejo García, Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, Mexico 

 Biotech Business

Prof. Dr. Francisco Vidal Barbosa, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

 Business in Asia and Strategies for Emerging Markets

Prof. Dr. Gary Chittick, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

 European Union

Prof. Dr. Manfred Herbert, University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, Germany

 Regression Analysis in Economics and Business

     Prof. Dr. Karsten Schmidt, University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, Germany

 Asian Economies

Prof. Dr. Robert Richert, University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden, Germany


NOTE: Below is an example of the 2013 Schedule.  The 2015 Schedule will provided at check-in in Schmalkalden.

IMAGE (BA490) runs during weeks 1 & 2 on a separate schedule.

All dates below are shown dd/mm.  All times are on the 24 hour clock (military time)

Choose 3 modules for 3 hours credit, 6 modules for 6 hours credit (graduate students: choose 7)

ISSS 2013 1st week updated2

ISSS 2013 2nd week_updated

ISSS 2013 3rd week




 Participation in the three-week program costs Euro 900.  For the two week (IMAGE) program the cost is Euro 600. 

THE EXACT AMOUNT WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE EFFECTIVE EXCHANGE RATE ON THE DATE IT IS CHARGED TO YOUR STUDENT ACCOUNT.  If the exchange rate changs to more than 1 euro = $1.35. you will be notified of the change and given the opportunity to withdraw without penalty. 

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, 1 June, 2015 and departure after Saturday, 20 June, are not possible.)   IMAGE only participants must depart NO LATER than 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.          

*         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.
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*.

*    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 - 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. 


We will enrol you in the classes specified on your application.  You are enrolled in separate sections of BA490, UI343, etc.  YOU DO NOT ENROL YOURSELF!


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 1 (Monday - before noon)

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.  Make sure you know where you land!

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 absolutely need to depart Germany on Friday 19th, 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 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 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 June 1 to June 12 (2 week) or June 1 to June 19 (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.  June 2 to June 20.


2.e     Proposed Optional program; trip to Munich

We will offer an optional trip to Munich over the weekend 12-15 June.  This is the weekend following the the end of the IMAGE (BA490) program. 

We would travel to Munich on Friday, June 12.  Overnight on the 12th, 13th and 14th.

One day (either Saturday of Sunday) we could go to Salzburg, Austria. 

Either return to Schmalkalden or go to airport on Monday morning (15th)  

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!

The weekend in Munich, including transportation to and within Munich, sightseeing, hotels and breakfasts, and possible trip to Salzburg will cost $200 per person. 
f flying out from Munich, transport to the airport takes about 45 minutes and costs a few Euros.


2.f   Included weekend in Berlin

A long weekend trip to Berlin is included in your program fee.  It will be over the weekend 7/8 June.  There is no additional cost for this - it is included.  That's right - transportation to Berlin, accommodation and city sightseeing tour are all included at no extra cost.

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)



* 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.     Participant class/travel schedule


Gordon, Peter         tel: (mobile) 573 450 3434    (from Germany   +1 573 450 3434)
Flight details:    31 May;   12:39  Dep STL   AA50   14:25  Arr.  DFW;   15:15  Dep  DFW  AA70
                                 1 June;   08:30  Arr  FRA

Redmond, Willie    tel: (mobile) 573 587 9235    (from Germany   +1 573 587 9235)
Flight details:    30 May;   11:30 Dep Stl   DL1796  13:58 Arr. DTW;  19:48 Dep DTW DL86
                               31 May;    10:25 Arr FRA

Last Name

First Name


SE Email


Arrival Phone Mun





Ju 1; 08:30  AA70 fr DFW 314 680 8671 X

Wathawana Withana




Ju 1; 10:30  AA700 fr PHL   X





Ju 1; 08:30  AA70 fr DFW 573 388 6025  




BA490 (Spring)

Ju 1; 09:20  UA50 fr EWR   X




BA490 (Spring)

Ju 1; 11:50 train 573 275 9684  





Ju 1; 08:30 AA70 fr DFW 573 931 4004 X





Ju 1; 09:30  KLM 1763 +4526817721  





Ju 1; 10:25 AF/DL3608 fr DTW 573 332 4710 X




BA490         MK560

Ma 31; 09:45 UA507 fr ORD    




BA490         MK560

Ju 1; 08:55 DL 8600   X




BA490         MK560

Ju 1; 10:45 SQ25 fr JFK 573 382 0801  




BA490         MK560

Ju 1; 10:45 SQ25 fr JFK 573-382-3068  




BA490         MK560

May 30.  By train to FRA 573 837 3991  




BA490         MG560

Ju 1; 08:30  AA70 fr DFW  




BA490         BA560

Ju 1; 09:45  BA902 fr LHR 314 239 9598  




BA490         MG560

Ju 1; 10:45 SQ25 fr JFK 573 382 0520 X




BA490         MG560

Ju 1; 11:50 train 573 576 1285 X




BA490         MG560

Ju 1: 09:30 KL1763 fr AMS 314-599-3433 X




BA490         MK560

June 1; Train    




BA490         MG560

June 1; Train    




BA490         UI343

June 1; Train 314-828-0818 X


Min F;  

BA490         UI343

June 1; Train 573 382 8885 X

*Participating in Belgium/France program in May. 
Names in black = 2 week program;           Names in red = 3 week program