Germany Global Intensive

You will be introduced to an overseas travel and cultural experience, combined with studies focusing on the European Union. Since students come from across the entire university, the courses consist of content designed to be interesting to all participants, regardless of background.

Cologne, Germany

This global intensive is suitable for Undergraduate students from any discipline and will be taking place 9 - 20 January 2017.

Itinerary

During study period in Cologne, you will be involved in:

  • Study at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences
  • You may use your free time to explore the city; there will also be some organised dinners or other social activities

Information about joining the study tour group in Europe will be provided at pre-departure briefings.

Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Germany (Deutschland)) is located in central Europe, bordering the Baltic and North Seas, between the Netherlands and Poland and south of Denmark, with an area of 357,022 square kilometres and a population of approximately 81 million people.

As Europe's largest economy and second most populous nation, Germany is a key member of the continents economic, political, and defence organisations. The German economy - the fifth largest in the world, with an annual gross domestic product (GDP) of $3.227 trillion ($US, 2013 est.), and Europe's largest - is a leading exporter and benefits from a highly skilled labour force. In January 1999 Germany and 10 other EU countries introduced a common European exchange currency, the euro.

The German political system is based around a head of state, called the President, and a Chancellor, who is the leader of the government. The legislative branch of government consists of a two chamber parliament (bicameral system) made up of the Federal Council or Bundesrat and the Federal Parliament or Bundestag.

The major urban areas of Germany are the capital city Berlin, with a population of 3.438 million inhabitants, Hamburg (1.786 million), Munich (1.349 million), and Cologne (Köln) (1.001 million).

Cologne (Köln)

Cologne (Köln) is located in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, along the Rhine river between Dusseldorf and Bonn, and it was founded by Romans and is one of Germany's oldest cities.

Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city and its historic centre is easily walkable. The huge central train station (Cologne Central Station - Köln Hbf) is one of the key rail hubs in Europe and is centrally located.

Cologne's Gothic Cathedral is one of its top attractions, taking over 600 years to build, is a UNESCO world heritage site. Construction of the Gothic Cathedral of Cologne Commenced in 1248 and was not completed until 1880 and is Germany's most visited landmark.

University of Applied Sciences (UAS)

Cologne University of Applied Sciences is Germany‘s biggest University of Applied Sciences with about 21,000 students and 420 professors. Ten faculties offer over 70 courses of study in engineering and social sciences as well as in the humanities, ranging from architecture via mechanical engineering and social work to business, law and languages. The wide range of subject’s yields excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary projects and cooperation’s and its top-quality teaching and research spectrum puts Cologne University of Applied Sciences much in demand. The university cultivates close relations with universities both in Germany and abroad.

Application-oriented and interdisciplinary teaching and R&D, dynamic development of the range of courses offered, integrated practical semesters and brief course duration are all characteristic of Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Closely related theory and practice mean that current developments in business and society are integrated quickly in our courses. About 60 per cent of all degree theses are drafted in cooperation with businesses. The results are a seal of approval for students and tailored solutions for the businesses involved that they can make immediate use of.

Program

Date of overseas tour: Monday 9 – Friday 20 January 2017.

Pre-Tour Workshops:

  • Workshop 1 Saturday 20 August 2016
  • Workshop 2 Saturday 17 September 2016
  • Workshop 3 Saturday 15 October 2016

Post-Tour Workshop:

  • Saturday 18 March 2017

Students must attend ALL classes unless ill, in which case they must obtain a medical certificate as evidence of their illness

Overseas Course Content/Topics

Based on the 2016 program, topics covered overseas include*:

  • German Language and Culture
  • Germany and the European Economy
  • German Business
  • Monetary Policy, From the German Central Bank to the ECB
  • The European Union - History, Present, Future
  • European Economy and Business
  • German, European and International Law

As well as including visits to Bonn, Frankfurt, local businesses and a presentation from the European Commission.

* Please note that the program changes from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

Course content and assessment

You will enrol in the course:
BAFI2099 Germany and the European Union

Assessment tasks may include*:
  • Individual Cologne University Assessment Tasks as specified by staff at University of Applied Sciences
  • Destination report
  • Reflective journal
  • Group business report & presentation

Students will undertake assessments prepared by the European partner university that are designed to assess students’ understanding of the theoretical and practical issues explored and developed during the European study experience.

* Please note that the program & assessments change from year to year and will be finalised before the second weekend workshop in Melbourne.

How to apply and information sessions

Complete the Germany & the European Union Mobi application form by Monday 11 July 2016.

As there are limited places available, students are encouraged to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Information Sessions:

  • 16 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.4.20
  • 17 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.7.2
  • 18 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.7.58
  • 18 May 2016, 6.00pm - 7.00pm in room 80.10.7
  • 19 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.9.6
  • 19 May 2016, 7.30pm - 8.30pm in room 80.2.16
  • 20 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.9.5
  • 23 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.4.20
  • 24 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.7.2
  • 24 May 2016, 6.00pm - 7.00pm in room 80.7.7
  • 25 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, in room 80.4.22
  • 25 May 2016, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, in room 80.10.7
  • 26 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, in room 80.9.6
  • 26 May 2016, 7.30pm - 8.30pm, in room 80.2.16
  • 27 May 2016, 12.30pm - 1.30pm in room 80.9.5

Accommodation

Hotel Name: Hostel Köln
Street Address: Marsilstein 29
City, Post Code: 50676 Köln
Country: Germany
Phone Number: + 49 0 221 998 776 0

The cost of accommodation in 2016 was approximately:
€39 [A$62] per person for a quad room per night
€42 [A$66 ] per person for a triple room per night
€46 [A$73 ] per person for a double room per night
€72 [A$112 ] per person for a single room per night.

Buffet breakfast is included with the per person room cost.

[Payment for accommodation in 2017 will be upon check in/out]

Although students will be advised of the cost of accommodation prior to departure, they should be prepared for the possibility of a variation upon arrival.

Further information

Michael Gangemi
School of Economics, Finance & Marketing Study Tours Coordinator
Phone: 9925-5870
Email: michael.gangemi@rmit.edu.au