Language for Business and Technology: Germany


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Program Contacts

Dr. Britta Kallin
Swann 216

Dr. Annika Orich
Swann 231

Dr. Jan Uelzmann
Swann 214


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The entire 12-week long German LBAT 2020 is designed so you can:

  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and history and interact with locals in cities and outdoors

  • Use program destinations as your classroom for language & intercultural learning

  • Improve your German skills through study in small classes and with German student tutors

  • Learn about current issues facing German businesses & society

  • Study sustainability in Germany

  • Earn upper-level language credits: be on your way to a minor or (double) major

  • Live with families, in apartments, & hostels

The program takes students throughout Germany: from West to East and South to North. You will stay in Düsseldorf, München, Hamburg, Husum, Weimar, and Berlin and visit other places during day trips. The program explores regional perspectives in lifestyles, history, and traditions as well as from an industrial point of view. 

The 2020 German LBAT consists of two parts, LBAT I and LBAT II. These parts complement each other and are compatible, and carry 6 credit hours each. Students may take one or both for a complete experience of Germany. Students who apply for all 12 credit hours will be given preference.

If you apply before October 31, 2019, you are eligible for a $200.00 incentive scholarship. Application deadline is January 31, 2020. Please click here for information on the application process and generous scholarship opportunities.


LBAT I    Director: Dr. Annika Orich (Düsseldorf & München)

May 13 (Departure date) – June 17th:

Düsseldorf until May 30th: GRMN 3695 “Business German: The Structure of German Business, the Language and Protocol”

München from May 31st: GRMN 4693 “High-Tech Heimat: Technology, Business, and German Conceptualizations of Home" 

June 18th – June 24th: free days

LBAT II   Directors:  Dr. Britta Kallin (Hamburg, Husum, Weimar) and Dr. Jan Uelzmann (Berlin)

June 25th – July 11th: Hamburg, Husum, Weimar

GRMN 3696 “Current Issues: Sustainability in Germany”; this class is affiliated with the Serve-Learn-Sustain Program at Georgia Tech, a student ambassador will serve as the liaison between Serve-Learn-Sustain and Georgia Tech students


July 12th – Aug 1st (departure date): Berlin 

GRMN 4691 “Berlin: The Capital in the 20th Century”


Detailed Overview of the German LBAT


What happens to a region when an entire industry that shaped local businesses and culture for centuries shuts down? How can knowledge about these structural changes in industries and societies assist us in confronting contemporary issues such as the loss of work due to automatization and climate change? Why does it matter that we understand culturally specific concepts such as the German "Heimat" to not only conduct business with/in Germany but also to build a democratic and just society and to make sense of our own relationships and place in today's digital, globalized world?

Are you interested in writing a CV and cover letter in German? Would you like to develop a start-up idea for a business in Germany and hone your skills in writing a business plan? Do you want to improve your business German but also read an entire graphic novel in German? Are you interested in networking with German companies?

Would you like to explore how all of these themes are connected? Would you like to trace and experience these connections outside the classroom? Are you interested in discovering these technological, economic, cultural, and social issues in the streets of German cities, museums, businesses, and families?

The German LBAT 1 program offers you the chance to investigate these connections! During the program, we will be stationed in Düsseldorf (North Rhine-Westfalia) and München (Bavaria). Besides rigorously exploring these topics in the classroom and via assignments, we will visit other German cities such as Köln and Aachen and businesses such as Mercedes-Benz, Bayer, WDR broadcasting network, BMW, and Grenzebach.

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This part of the LBAT begins in the port city of Hamburg, moves to the town Husum at the North Sea and the historic city of Weimar and ends in the vibrant capital Berlin. Students will experience the history and culture of Germany past and present through classroom instruction, site visits, meeting opportunities with tutors who live, study and/or work in Germany, activities that showcase the German outdoors (a bike ride in Husum and a hike up to the Wartburg Castle) and culture (the Goethe-Haus in Weimar). In Berlin students will see how the city can serve as classroom:  hear about the building of the Berlin Wall in the morning, and touch it with your own hand in the afternoon. Company visits include: Northland Power, Bionade, Rolls Royce Deutschland, Germany Trade & Invest. NGOs visited: WWF, Waldkindergarten Weimar, and others. 





    LBAT I: Düsseldorf (2 1/2 weeks), München (2 1/2 weeks)

    Travel on your own (one week)

    LBAT II: Hamburg, Husum, Weimar (2.5 weeks); Berlin (3 weeks)


    May 13 - Aug 1, 2020 German LBAT: Düsseldorf, München, Hamburg, Husum, Weimar, Berlin (free days June 18-24, 2020)

    May 13 – June 17, 2020 LBAT I: Düsseldorf, München

    June 25 – Aug 1, 2020 LBAT II: Hamburg, Husum, Weimar, Berlin 

    Host Institution

    IIK Düsseldorf, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Technische Universität Berlin


    Mix of home stay, apartments, and hostels


    Earn 6 or 12 hours of upper-level language credits, and be on your way to a minor, major or double major


    German at the 2000-level and good academic standing; at least GRMN 2001 but GRMN 2002 is preferred; a recommendation from current or past Georgia Tech German instructor is required; having completed a German class at Georgia Tech. If you have not yet taken a German class at Georgia Tech, please contact Dr. Uelzmann ( and Dr. Orich ( to meet with them personally before being eligible to apply for the program.

    Program Charge:

    • Program Charge includes: Breakfast at homestays and in hostels (Düsseldorf, Munich, Hamburg, Husum, Berlin) but not in Weimar where students live in apartments and will buy and prepare their own breakfast, ground transportation, housing, excursions, health insurance, cultural events, materials and books

                  LBAT I & II: $8600*

                  LBAT I:  $4600*

                  LBAT II:  $4000*

    In addition to the program charge, you must pay an application fee of $250.00. If you apply before October 31, 2019, you are eligible for an incentive scholarship of $200.00.

    If you participate in BOTH LBAT I and LBAT II, the following payments have to be made:

    February 15, 2020 - $4,600

    March 15, 2020 - $4,000


    If you participate in LBAT I ONLY, the following payments have to be made:

    February 15, 2020 - $2,600

    March 15, 2020 - $2,000


    If you participate in LBAT II ONLY, the following payments have to be made:

    February 15, 2020 - $2,000

    March 15, 2020 - $2,000


           (*fees are estimates and subject to change)

    • Program Charge does not include: Application fee, tuition, international transportation, visa, technology fee, independent ground transportation “Travel on your own,” days off, most meals​. Lunch and dinner throughout the program have to be paid by the traveler - with only welcome and farewell meal exceptions. These meals are not part of of the program charge. Out-of-State students pay in-state tuition plus a small fee.

    Informational Meetings

    There will be two mandatory meetings organized by the German Section of the School of Modern Languages, in February and March 2020. All accepted applicants will have to attend both meetings. If you have a conflict with another class, you cannot attend the other class on those days. Note that other meetings may be required by OIE.

    All of the information on this page/website is subject to change.