The worldwide pandemic has required us to reimagine the LBAT experiences we offer students. Programs that advertise for 2021 will have a go/no go date and, in the case that international travel should be impossible, will offer a virtual study abroad option as a backup. Please check the program website regularly for updates/announcements on our 2021 programming.

Language for Business and Technology: Germany

 

Description

We will offer the German LBAT as a six-credit, four week long program in Düsseldorf:

The entire German LBAT 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

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

  • Live with families

The program takes students to Düsseldorf, Germany. You will stay with host families in Düsseldorf 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 German LBAT 2021 consists of 6 credit hours and will take place in June 2021.

Application deadline is January 31, 2021.

 

LBAT I    Director: Dr. Annika Orich (Düsseldorf)

Courses covered:

GRMN 3695 “Business German: The Structure of German Business, the Language and Protocol”

GRMN 4693 “High-Tech Heimat: Technology, Business, and German Conceptualizations of Home" 

 

Detailed Overview of the German LBAT

LBAT I 2021

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 a 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). 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, and WDR broadcasting network.

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    Locations

    Düsseldorf (4 weeks)

    Dates

    June 2021 (tentative dates, exact dates to be confirmed soon) 

    Host Institution

    IIK Düsseldorf

    Accommodations

    Host families

    Courses

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

    Prerequisites

    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. Orich (aorich@gatech.edu) to meet with them personally before being eligible to apply for the program.

    Program Charge:

    Program Charge includes: Housing with host families, ground transportation, excursions, health insurance, cultural events, materials and books

    • $4000*

    In addition to the program charge, you must pay an application fee of $250.00.

    If you participate, the following payments have to be made:

    • February 15 - $2,000*
    • March 15 - $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. 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.

     

    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, 2021, will lose their $250.00 deposit.
    2. Students canceling after February 15th, 2021, must pay 30% of the entire program charge.
    3. Students canceling after March 15th, 2021, must pay 100% of the entire program charge.

    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. Depending on international travel restrictions, the program may have to be cancelled, and fees that cannot be refunded may have to be paid. If the program cannot take place in Germany, it will be offered online. 

    If a student withdraws from the program, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees.

     

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

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