Language for Business and Technology: Germany


2018 will offer two LBAT programs that complement each other and are compatible.  Each carries 6 credit hours. Students may take one or both for a complete experience of Germany:

LBAT I    Director:  Dr. Bettina Cothran

May 12 (Departure date) – June 16th: Düsseldorf, Munich

GRMN 4693 “The Ruhr Area: Transformation of an Industrialized Region to High Tech and Media”

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

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

June 17th – June 22nd: free days

June 23th – July 11th: 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 14th – August 4th  (Departure date): Berlin 

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

The entire 12-week long German LBAT [both LBAT I and LBAT II] takes students throughout Germany: from West to East, South to North, and explores regional perspectives in lifestyles, history, and traditions as well as from an industrial point of view.

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, Deutsche Bahn, Siemens, Grenzebach, among others.


This part of the LBAT begins in 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 Weimar, activities that showcase the German outdoors (a short hike up to the Wartburg Castle) or culture (the Goethe-Haus in Weimar). In Berlin students will see how the city can serve as classroom:  hear about the erection of the Berlin Wall in the morning, and touch it with your own hand in the afternoon.

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, Naumburg, Leipzig, Augsburg, 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), Munich (2 1/2 weeks)

Travel on your own (7 days)

LBAT II: Weimar (2 1/2 weeks); two days off; Berlin (3 weeks)


May 12 – June 16, 2018 LBAT I: Düsseldorf, Munich

June 23 – August 4, 2018 LBAT II: Weimar, Berlin 

Host Institution

IIK Düsseldort, 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; recommendation from current German instructor; having enrolled in a GRMN class at Georgia Tech is a prerequisite


  •  Program Fee includes: Breakfast at homestays and in hostels (Düsseldorf, Munich, 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:  $3750*

       (*fees are estimates and subject to change)

  • Program Fee does not include: Application fee, tuition, international transportation, visa, technology fee, independent ground transportation “Travel on your own,” "2 days off," most meals​


Incentive scholarships of $200, if application is submitted before October 31, 2017.

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 EBD Group: LBAT and Study Abroad scholarships

The funding is the same:  generally, up to $600 are awarded for participation in 1 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 Section in the following year by helping to advertise the program, during German Day, Study Abroad Fair, 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

 You may send your application letter via email to Dr. Britta Kallin [britta.kallin] or Dr. Bettina Cothran [].

Scholarships are awarded according to merit and/or need.  The deadline for applications is November 3, 2017.

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, 2018, will lose their $250.00 deposit. 
  2. Students canceling AFTER February 15th, 2018, must pay 30% of the program fee.
  3. Students canceling AFTER March 15th, 2018, 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 2018.  Note that other meetings may be required by OIE.