Language for Business and Technology: Germany

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Britta Kallin
britta.kallin [at]
Swann 231

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2017 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 6 (Departure date) – June 10th: Düsseldorf – Stuttgart – 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 and Dr. Jan Uelzmann

June 10th – July 1st:  Weimar GRMN 3696 “Germany Today: Sustainability”

July 1 – July 8th:  free days

July 8 – July 29th   (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.


North-Rhine-Westfalia’s financial hub Düsseldorf is the first anchor point, followed by the city of Stuttgart known for its automotive- dominated culture, then 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 “Zeitzeugen” (witnesses who speak about their personal lives) as well as an extensive array of activities that showcase the German outdoors (a 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! As you can see, one of the major challenges is how to pack for all occasions and keep the luggage under 23 kg!

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 your 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 weeks), Stuttgart (1 week), Munich (2 weeks)

LBAT II: Weimar (3 weeks); Travel on your own (7 days); Berlin (3 weeks)


May 6 – June 10, 2017 LBAT I: Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich

June 10 – July 29, 2017 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


  •  Program Fee includes: Breakfast, ground transportation, housing, excursions, health insurance, cultural events, materials and books

       LBAT I:  $4500*

       LBAT II:  $3500*

       (*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,” most meals​


There are multiple scholarships available:

  • 2x Gail and Barry Spurlock Scholarships:  $1100 each
  • 5x The Halle Foundation Scholarship: $1200 each
  • 1x The Friends of LBAT Scholarship:  $1200

Scholarships are awarded according to merit and/or need.  Please send applications to Dr. Bettina Cothran under bcotheran [at]

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 20th, 2017, will lose their $250.00 deposit. 
  2. Students canceling AFTER February 20th, 2017, must pay 30% of the program fee.
  3. Students canceling AFTER March 20th, 2017, 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/or March 2017.  Note that other meetings may be required by OIE.