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  • Locations: Heilbronn, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • Budget Sheets:: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Overview


Travel Dates: July 7-17, 2017 

This “10-day, field-school, single-country” program focuses on Germany's Mittelstand companies in the Heilbronn-Franken region (close to Stuttgart, in southern Germany).  The region is home to a large number of Mittelstand companies. These small and medium-sized enterprises are the backbone of Germany’s export-oriented economy and are often global leaders in their niche markets.

Drawing from the fields of Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Law, students will learn how Germany's Mittelstand companies operate, how they are managed, and how they compete effectively in the global arena.  The program will emphasize a holistic approach to business development and growth; it will focus on both macro as well as micro aspects of conducting international business.

Students will obtain a first-hand “front-line” appreciation of the socio-economic, political, and cultural contexts in which German Mittelstand companies operate.  Students will also gain a keen understanding of the competitive and organizational dynamics surrounding these companies via company visits and presentations by business and community leaders. It is expected that these experiences will better prepare our students to make significant contributions to companies they (will) work for.

Tentative company visits include:
Hirschmann GmbH & Co. KG
DLR Lampoldshausen
Xenios AG
Seleon GmbH
Brunnen Baier & Schneider
Robert Bosch GmbH

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This program will be delivered at the German Graduate School (GGS) which is based in Heilbronn (Germany).  The city is one of the key geographies in Southern Germany, and is home to a large and thriving automotive industry (including automotive engineering companies and OEM suppliers).  Moreover, the city is home to number of vineyards and other family-run businesses.  This makeup lends itself extremely well to study Germany's small and medium-sized enterprises (the German "Mittelstand" companies) that are the engines of economic growth in Germany--and therefore also in Europe. 

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Host Institution

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The German Graduate School of Management and Law is a state-recognised private university. It has regional roots and orients itself in all it does on international top standards. They educate and further train business leaders in the subjects management and law. These managers then go on to create sustainable values for  companies and for society. As a research-intensive university they generate new knowledge on these subjects and work with the latest findings.

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Academic Program and Course Information

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Course Approval Form: Students must download and complete a form as part of the application process. Click here for the form.

Available Courses:
GEB 6930: Study Abroad in Germany (Theme: Creating and Nurturing Company Growth), 3 credits

Mandatory Class Sessions:
3 class sessions close to travel dates (1 pre-travel and 2 post-travel) each lasting 3 hours--dates and times to be announced 

Credit Type: direct USFSP credits.

***In order to receive full credit for the program course, students must attend all class meetings and complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS. (A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.)*** 

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Dr. Hemant Merchant
Professor of International Management
Contact Information
Office: PNM 105 A
Phone: 727-873-4891

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Program Costs

GGS campus

Program Charge: $3,950.00

•3 USFSP 3 credits (program course) (approx. $1400)
•Single-occupancy room
•All breakfasts
•Most lunches and dinners 
•All program-related transportation
•All group excursions (including admission charges)
•Several company visits
•Several guest lectures
•Health Insurance
•On-site program direction by USFSP instructor

Not Included:
•Airfare (Estimate: $1500)
•Airport transfers (Estimate: $75)
•Personal expenses
•Some meals not included above
•Passport/Visa expenses--non-US passport holders are responsible for checking the entry requirements of Lithuania for their country of citizenship and procuring/purchasing any required visas.

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Living Arrangements

Single occupancy hotel room. Hotel to be finalized and subject to change.

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Who Can Participate?

The program is open to all Masters students in the USF system.

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How and When to Pay

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Payment Schedule:

Education Abroad will post Payments #1, 2, and 3 to Oasis as one whole amount a few business days prior to Payment #1 due date. Payments #2 and 3 portions will be due at posted date below.   
Payment Amount Due Due Date
Confirmation $500.00 5 days from committing to program or application deadline, whichever is first. 
#1 $862.50 April 7, 2017
#2 $1,725.00 May 7, 2017
#3 $862.50 May 19, 2017 (class starts May 21)
Total $3,950.00  

Payment instructions (only after you have been accepted to the program and log back in to your application to commit to the program):

Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Having confirmed your participation, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will place charges on your OASIS account. Students will be asked to make a confirmation payment toward the Study Abroad Program Cost (SAPC). Generally, this payment is $500, although certain programs may have alternate payment requirements as indicated on the specific program website.

Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.

To make the payment:

ON-LINE (Please note: Do not use the on-line payment option if you have other outstanding charges on your account, as any payment will automatically be credited toward your on-campus charges)
Step 1: Go to USF Single-SignOn
Step 2: Log in using your USF Net ID.
Step 3: Click on OASIS on the top menu.
Step 4: On the Main Menu, go to "Student"
Step 5: On the Student Menu, go to "Tuition & Fees"
Step 6: Click on "Student Bill Payment" PLEASE NOTE: The USF Cashier's Office charges a 2.5% "convenience fee" for using a credit or bank card. If you use an online check you will not be charged the additional fee.  They no longer accept VISA.

Step 1: Email the USFSP Education Abroad Office at for a payment form. The form must be completed and signed by an authorized member of the Education Abroad Office.
Step 2: Take payment form to the USFSP Cashier's Office (BAY 132). You may pay only pay with check, cash or money order in person.  Checks are payable to USF.
Step 3: Please keep a record of your payment for your records.

Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

You are liable for $100 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel at least 91 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for $300 plus non-recoverable program costs if you cancel 61 to 90 days prior to departure.*
You are liable for up to 100% of the program fee if you cancel 60 days or less prior to departure.*

Students must email to notify USFSP Education Abroad of their cancellation.

*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable. Non-recoverable costs may exceed to-date funds collected by USFSP Education Abroad at time of student's withdraw from the program.

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Getting There


This program begins and ends in Heilbronn (Germany). You are responsible for all your transportation to/from Heilbronn. Your program director will give you detailed instructions on how to reach Heilbronn from one of the two nearby airports (Stuttgart International; Frankfurt International). If necessary, please consider buying travel insurance to protect you from unanticipated emergencies.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation


USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

All participants must be in possession of a valid U.S. Passport or a valid passport from their country of residence. Passports must have an expiration date at least 6 months after the student's scheduled return to the U.S. U.S. citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Europe. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the German consulate in Miami or Atlanta regarding entry/visa requirements.. Non-US citizens should also check in with the USF International Services Office to ensure reentry to the US.

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Safety & Health


Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed safety and health information given in our Pre-Departure Guide before you travel. Also, don't forget to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites

In Germany, there are two separate phone numbers that correspond to 911 in the United States: In an emergency, dial 112 for an ambulance and 110 for the police.

THREATS TO SAFETY AND SECURITY: German authorities are vigilant in combating terrorism and other threats to security.  Authorities have uncovered and disrupted several extremist plots including some targeting U.S. interests.  The most recent deadly attack occurred in March 2011, when two U.S.  Airmen were killed and two others wounded when a lone Islamic extremist opened fire on them at the Frankfurt International Airport.  Like other countries in the Schengen area, Germany’s open borders with its European neighbors limit its ability to track suspect individuals entering and exiting the country with anonymity.

Large, public demonstrations on a variety of political and economic issues are common in Germany. Such demonstrations usually occur on politically significant holidays, such as German Labor Day on May 1, and during international summits hosted in Germany. In order to stage a demonstration, groups must obtain prior police approval, and police routinely oversee participants. Although the majority of demonstrations are peaceful, occasionally some attract counter-demonstrations which can create the potential for violence.  Avoid areas around protests and demonstrations and check local media for updates on the situation and traffic advisories. Security messages issued regarding demonstrations are now posted on the U.S. Mission to Germany website.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution when congregating in areas known as expatriate hangouts such as restaurants, bars, and discos frequented by high numbers of resident U.S. citizens and/or U.S. citizen tourists. In addition, hooligans, most often drunken “skinheads,” have been known to harass or even attack people whom they believe to be foreigners or members of rival groups. On occasion, German police reported assaults which appeared to have been motivated by racial reasons, and U.S. citizens have reported that they were assaulted for racial reasons or because they appeared “foreign.”

CRIME: Violent crime is rare in Germany, but can occur, especially in larger cities or high-risk areas such as on large metropolitan subway systems and in train stations, primarily during late night or early morning hours. There have been several reports of aggravated assault against U.S. citizens in higher-risk urban areas. However, most incidents of street crime involve the theft of unattended items and pick pocketing. Security messages issued regarding demonstrations and strikes in Germany will now be posted on the U.S. Mission to Germany’s website.  Travelers should pay close attention to their valuable items at all times when traveling through major train stations and airports; U.S. citizens  frequently report  stolen passports and bags at these locations. Take the same precautions that you would in any large city.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal to bring back into the United States, but by purchasing them you could also be breaking local law.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

Please note: The Education Abroad Scholarship application deadline for summer semester is February 15, 2017. However, applicants must be accepted and committed to the program as well as have paid the $500 Confirmation Payment in order to be considered for scholarships. This takes processing time. Therefore, we strongly advise applicants submit all parts of the scholarship application by February 1, 2017.

Study Abroad Grants

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

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Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Joseph Kenny
Academic Program Specialist
Global Initiatives Office
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
140 Seventh Avenue South, BAY 204K

Questions regarding academics and courses:

Dr. Hemant Merchant
Professor of International Management
Office: PNM 105 A
Phone: 727-873-4891

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This program is currently not accepting applications.