Language for Business and Technology: Germany


The entire 12-week long German LBAT 2020 program takes students throughout Germany: from West to East and South to North. You will stay in Düsseldorf, München, Hamburg, Husum, Weimar, and Berlin. The program from explores regional perspectives in lifestyles, history, and traditions as well as from an industrial point of view.

  • Earn upper-level language credits: be on your way to a minor or (double) major
  • Cultural immersion & interaction with Germans
  • Learn about current issues facing German business & society
  • Study sustainability in Germany
  • Come in contact with local culture & history, in cities & the outdoors
  • Use program destinations as your classroom for language & intercultural learning
  • Live with families, in apartments, & hostels

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.

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”


LBAT Detailed Location Descriptions


North-Rhine-Westfalia’s financial hub Düsseldorf is the first anchor point, followed by Bavaria’s capital München. In addition to intensive language classes, the program offers visits to companies with opportunities to talk to management, and experience the production sites first hand. Several companies also offer internship opportunities following the LBAT.  Company visits include: Mercedes Benz, BMW, Bayer, WDR broadcasting network, Grenzebach, among others.


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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. 



The LBAT experience is designed so you can:

  • Improve your German skills through study in small classes and interaction with German student tutors
  • Learn about current issues facing German business and society
  • Come in contact with culture and history through visits to about 15 cities aside from the main anchors, such as Aachen, Cologne, Augsburg, Husum, Potsdam, and others
  • Spend your free time interacting with German peers, exploring the cities and the outdoors
  • Live with families, in apartments, or a hostel
  • Earn 6 or 12 hours of upper-level language credits, and be on your way to a minor, major or double major


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 GT German instructor is required; having completed a German class at Georgia Tech.

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:  $4600*

       LBAT II:  $4000*

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​


Incentive scholarships of $200, if application is submitted before October 31, 2019.

German LBAT Scholarship/ Semester Abroad Opportunities

The German Section has a number of scholarships available to help defray cost of study abroad. There are three major funding sources available from which the Committee awards scholarship support:

  • The Halle Foundation: LBAT and semester scholarships
  • The Gail and Barry Spurlock Foundation: LBAT scholarships

The funding is the same:  generally, up to $600 are awarded for participation in one part of the LBAT program, up to $1200 for participation in both LBAT I and LBAT II.  Depending on availability of funds, we award semester scholarships of up to $2400. Please note: If you are awarded and accept a scholarship, we expect you to assist the German Program in the following year by helping to advertise the program, during German Day, Study Abroad Fair, and/or in-class visits.
Please direct your letter to: “The ML scholarship awards committee.” In the letter, you indicate that you want to apply for an LBAT scholarship (no need to apply specifically to one source); you should also detail …

  • why you want to study abroad (LBAT or semester abroad at one of our partner universities)
  • how you expect this experience would benefit your general outlook and how it may affect your career goals
  • if you are applying for an LBAT scholarship, please address if you may be also interested in adding a semester abroad at some point (taking courses in your major)
  • what your prior German experience entails, including courses at GT, participation in German Club etc.
  • what your future goals with German may be, e.g. completion of a minor or double major
  • indicate financial need, if applicable.  This is not a prerequisite, but will be taken into consideration

Please send your scholarship application letter via email to Dr. Jan Uelzmann [] and Dr. Annika Orich [].

Scholarships are awarded according to merit and/or need.  The first deadline for applications is November 1, 2019 but we will accept applications on a rolling basis.

Additionally, the Campoamor Scholarship of the School of Modern Languages offers up to $400 (see website). Other scholarships may be available through OIE. The HOPE scholarships applies. Out-of-State students pay in-state tuition plus a small fee.

Cancellation Policy

Students who choose not to participate in the program after submitting an application will be subject to the following fee schedule:

  1. Students canceling BEFORE February 15th, 2020, will lose their $250.00 deposit. 
  2. Students canceling AFTER February 15th, 2020, must pay 30% of the program fee.
  3. Students canceling AFTER March 15th, 2020, must pay 100% of the program fee.

Program descriptions and fees are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education. Fees are subject to change without notice. Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter (including a change to program fees) or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances.  If Georgia Tech cancels the entire program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants. If a student withdraws from the program, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees. 

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.