Program Details 2020

Duration: 6 weeks - tbd

General Information:

Course A: Perspectives and Developments in the EU
In this interactive lecture, students discuss the history of European integration following World War II, learn about the challenges and responsibilities of the European Union’s institutions, and discover the link between political developments and subsequent economic outcomes in the Single European Market and the Eurozone. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the European Union and discuss the EU‘s opinions for the future. Included in the overall program are visits to institutions such as the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and the German stock market, known as the Börse Frankfurt.

Course B: European Business, Politics and Culture
In interactive lectures with various professors and industry experts, students will explore a number of topics relevant in today’s business environment. Classroom and off-site lectures are led by some of the Business School’s top professors and a number of industry experts from major firms and institutions. Company visits illustrate how these topics affect real companies and institutions, providing students with the chance to pose questions directly to business owners, R&D managers, recruiters, etc.

Course C: German as a Foreign Language
We offer a beginner’s course for students without previous knowledge in the German language. Based on a placement test for those who want to improve their language profile by acquiring good basic skills in German, we will check a participant’s skill level in the German language and find suitable classes in our regular program of Pforzheim University’s Institute of Foreign Languages. The different levels are indicated in the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" (CEFR).

General Content & Emphasis
Lectures, field trips and company visits; Analysis of international companies in the State of Baden-Württemberg whose success lies in innovation and international reputation in their industries (Mercedes, Audi, BMW, SAP, Rolf Benz, Admedes, Viktor Mayer, and more).

Free time
Some weekends are left free for cultural excursions. Three major airports are nearby (Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich).


As an example of our program offerings, please look at the Summer School Brochure and the 2016 schedule:

Penn State students pay tuition for credits directly to the home university, and all program costs in Germany are covered by this tuition fee, including accommodation in double or triple rooms, local transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, entrance fees, etc. Students from other universities pay tuition (in 2017, tuition was € 5000,-) directly to Hochschule Pforzheim University, which covers all program costs in Germany. Tuition for academic credits will be worked out on a case-by-case basis with the home university and may, in some cases, be credited against the fee.

All students are responsible for arranging and pay travel to and from Pforzheim/Germany and for providing applicable health insurance and other coverage. Grants for international travel may be available. For personal expenditures (such as snacks, gifts, and entertainment) and optional free time activities and excursions, participants should bring additional spending money.
Please send an e-mail for more information.

Access & Credits

The Summer School will generally accept students only when the course(s) are part of their curriculum, normally majors or minors such as International Business, International Management, Globalization, European Economy, German will be considered.

Penn State students are guaranteed 9 credits for successful completion of the full program:
Course A: Requirement - written exam, 3 credits
Course B: Requirement - final term paper and participation, 3 credits
Course C: Requirement - written exam, 3 credits

Students from other universities must arrange for credit transfer with the home university in conjunction with Hochschule Pforzheim University.

Personal Mentoring

An important component of our program is the personal mentoring. For questions concerning our program or applications, please contact either the German director of the Business Summer School or the American international programs coordinator. While in Germany, students will be supported by the program assistant and will have 24-hour emergency access. Our general E-mail address is eurosummer(at)hs-pforzheim(dot)de

Helpful Links

These institutions may be helpful for obtaining additional information about living and studying in Germany:

German Foreign Office:

German Embassy in Washington:

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