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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:
USFSP Business in Germany

July 6-16, 2018


Program Description


FieldTravel Dates: July 6-16, 2018

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. 


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.


Who Can Participate

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

This program is currently not accepting applications.