Join us on this 14-day journey to study German culture and economics throughout multiple locations across the country.

Explore many sites of cultural and historic significance, while visiting businesses and institutions to determine how culture impacts German business success. Learn the behind-the-scenes of German export achievements and ways to conduct business with Germans.

This multi-destination journey will stop in major cities such as Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, and Frankfurt. This program also includes numerous day trips to historic sites such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Dachau Concentration Camp, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The group will also have a chance to step across the mountain border to Austria while on the top of Zugspitze, and will spend a day exploring the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France.

NOTE: This program is now open to all majors!

Program Details

Program Itinerary

NOTE: This is the proposed itinerary and it is subject to change. The final itinerary and flight information will be confirmed with all trip participants well in advance of the departure date.

Day 1 (Thursday, May 23): Departure from either Toronto (YYZ) or New York City (JFK). Overnight flight.

Day 2 (Friday, May 24): Arrival in Berlin in the morning/early afternoon. Lunch at a biergarten. Hald-day walking tour of central Berlin - Reichstag, Brandenberg Gate, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin Wall, Gendarmenmarkt, Baudenkmal, etc. Group dinner. Overnight in Berlin.

Day 3 (Saturday, May 25): Visit Deutsche Bahn Headquarters in the morning. Across the street is Panoramapunkt Berlin (Panorama Point), a 360 rooftop panorama overlooking Potsdamer Platz. Then go to Potsdamer Platz to see how this shopping center and business hub has emerged from the wasteland that it was in 1987. Visit to the Institute for Ecological Economy Research for a guest lecture/overview of their projects. Overnight in Berlin.

Day 4 (Sunday, May 26): Walking tour of Alexanderplatz, Berliner Dom, etc. Group lunch around Hackescher Markt. Afternoon visit to Museum Island and free time to explore Pergamonmuseum, Neues Museum, Bode Museum, Altes Museum, James Simon Gallery, and/or the National Gallery at your own pace. Overnight in Berlin.

Day 5 (Monday, May 27): Morning train from Berlin Hauptbahnhof to Munich Hauptbahnhof. Arrival to Munich around 12-1pm. Half-day walking tour of Munich Old Town - Marienplatz, Labyrinth Rathaus, Frauenkirche, St. Peter’s Bell Tower for view of old town, Odeonsplatz & Felderenhalle. Group dinner at Hofbrauhaus. Overnight in Munich.

Day 6 (Tuesday, May 28): Early morning visit to the BMW Production Plant. Group lunch. Afternoon visit to the Siemens Corporate Headquarters, the world’s largest supplier of sustainable technology. Students can walk back to the hotel or old town from Siemens. Free time in Munich in late afternoon and evening. Overnight in Munich.

Day 7 (Wednesday, May 29):  Morning guided day trip to Dachau Concentration Camp. Private bus transfer from hotel and guide with 3-4 hours on site (5-6 hour day total). Free time in Munich in the afternoon. Set aside time to reflect about visiting a concentration camp at group dinner. Overnight in Munich.

Day 8 (Thursday, May 30): Guided day trip to Rothenberg ob der Tauber. Visit the Harburg Castle, Dinkelsbuhl, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in this full day tour via bus. Return to Munich via Bavarian countryside where the largest hops fields are in Germany. Lunch and dinner on your own today. Overnight in Munich.

Day 9 (Friday, May 31): Guided day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle in the morning. Then take the cog train and cable car up to Zugspitze viewpoint (Zugspitze is Germany’s highest peak). Spend an hour or so at the top where you can walk across the mountaintop border to Austria, then come down to explore the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the late afternoon. Group dinner in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, then back to Munich by bus. Overnight in Munich.

Day 10 (Saturday, June 1): Morning train from Munich to Stuttgart. Explore the city center - Schillerplatz, Stiftskirche, Plaza del Castillo, etc. Group lunch, then afternoon at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. This museum serves as a great bridge between history, business, innovation, and museum studies. Free time in the late afternoon and evening. Overnight in Stuttgart.

Day 11 (Sunday, June 2): Day trip to Strasbourg, France via train, a city that has been passed back and forth between Germany and France for centuries. Group visit to the European Parliament and an opportunity for students to learn about and experience how EU/Schengen area borders operate. Group lunch in old town. Afternoon walking tour of UNESCO island - Place Kleber, Notre Dame Cathedral of Strasbourg, Grande-Ile, Barrage Vauban, Ponts Couverts. Train back to Stuttgart in late afternoon/early evening. Overnight in Stuttgart.

Day 12 (Monday, June 3): Morning train from Stuttgart to Frankfurt. Walking tour of Frankfurt - Romerberg (Old Town Center), Maintower (rooftop visit), Frankfurt Cathedral, The Hauptwache, Opernplatz, and theFrankfurt Stock Exchange. Overnight in Frankfurt.

Day 13 (Tuesday, June 4): Visit the Frankfurt Museum to discover how the city has been a trade center since 749. Lunch and the visit Bankenviertel, the financial center of Frankfurt - many headquarters are here including the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers - nicknamed the “Greentowers.” Free afternoon for students to explore Frankfurt. Final group dinner. Overnight in Frankfurt.

Day 14: Full day of travel. Departure for direct flight from Frankfurt to Toronto. Bus back from Toronto to Nazareth.

Course Information

ECO.348 - German Economics & Business Culture

Students will learn the German cultural norms, understand Germany's economy, visit historical sites, discover a growing sustainable country, and enjoy a unique environment. This class broadens the academics beyond business to include Germany’s cultural norms and how their culture drives the economy and their European leadership in sustainability. The trip tours the dark German 20th Century history and explains how it both haunts and motivates its society.
Student Learning Outcomes:

- Understand how the German culture drives innovation in its society.

- Evaluate how Germany is constantly growing as an exporter and financial power.

- Evaluate how Germany is leading Europe and North America in moving away from fossil fuels.

- Assess how the 20th century history still impacts German society today.


This program will include stays at both hotels and hostels. Specific details regarding accommodations will be provided in the final itinerary before departure.

Program Dates

This program will run during Summer A, from May 23 through June 5, 2024.

Program Costs

Program Fee: $3,600 before funding

Funding Sources: 

SPARK Students: $1,500 + 3-credit offset = $2,100 final program fee (no charge for credits)

Non-SPARK Students: $600 + 2-credit offset = $3,000 + 1-credit

NOTE: All students will still need to pay the mandatory $30 course registration fee.

Payments will be broken up in four installments over the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters. 

Program Fee Includes:

  • Round trip airfare
  • All hotels and accommodation
  • All meals part of the itinerary
  • All in-country transportation
  • All museum entry fees, day trips, tours, etc.
  • Bus to and from either New York (JFK) or Toronto (YYZ) airports
  • Travel Insurance

Not Included:

  • Passport (must be valid at least 6 months past the return date of the program). Contact Josh Fess as soon as possible for assistance with applying for or renewing your passport.
  • Additional meals (meals not in the itinerary)
  • Miscellaneous expenses (such as souvenirs, personal care items, etc.)


Qualifying freshman, sophomore, and transfer students can use their SPARK Grant for this short-term study abroad program.

Explore Germany

    Views from Abroad

      Brandenburg Gate
      BMW Headquarters

      At A Glance

      (S): SPARK-Eligible

      Term: Summer A 2024

      Program Level: Undergraduate

      Program Type: Academic

      Major(s): Open to all majors, and of particular interest to the following majors:

      • All School of Business & Leadership majors
      • Anthropology
      • Global Sustainability
      • History
      • Museum, Archives, & Public History
      • Political Science
      • Religious Studies

      Language Requirement: None

      Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5