A Comparative Study of Operations Management
Stuttgart and Munich, Germany and Dornbirn and Innsbruck, Austria


SET 490:  Topics in International Field Studies, 3 credits
SET 590:  Topics in International Field Studies, 3 credits


Permission of Academic Advisor


A limited number of $300 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

This program will begin in Stuttgart, in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the sixth largest city in Germany.  Stuttgart is also the home of Mercedes Benz and Porsche/Audi.  Students will also have the opportunity to visit and meet with students and professors from the University of Stuttgart to better understand their beliefs, ideas, and world views.

Then, we will go on to Austria, a landlocked, mountainous country in the Alps of Central Europe and the 12th richest country in the world.  In Dornbirn and Innsbruck, students will visit world-class large-scale factories and tour the city centers.

The final stop will be Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, located north of the Bavarian Alps in Germany. A financial hub and location of the second largest publishing center in the world, it was meticulously rebuilt after the U.S. occupied the city in 1945. Today, Munich is home to Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) and electronics giant Siemens, and enjoys a thriving economy and low environmental pollution.  A major European cultural center, the city is a mix of historic buildings and impressive architecture.  
In this course, students will engage in a comparative analysis of manufacturing and construction techniques used in the European Union (EU) and the U.S.  Cultural impacts on labor and the quality of materials will also be considered.  Students will visit various industrial sites, including German automotive factories, and an Austrian glass factory.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, multiple-occupancy accommodations, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., meals, medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.  

Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.  Tuition for Spring Course Abroad programs may be included in a full-time student's tuition, if the student is carrying no more than 18 credits.  Excess credit fees apply to all students carrying an overload.  Part-time students must pay course tuition and registration fees.  See the CCSU Bursar's website for complete information about tuition and fees.

Note to students from Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities regarding the Connecticut Reciprocity Program:

Under the terms of the State College/University Reciprocity Program, full-time students (graduate and undergraduate) may, in certain circumstances, take courses at another state college or university without paying additional tuition.  This policy is applicable to ECSU, SCSU, and WCSU students registering for Spring Course Abroad programs offered by CCSU.

To request consideration under the Reciprocity Program, visit the Registrar’s Office (or the Registrar’s website) on your home campus and obtain a copy of the appropriate Request for Reciprocity form.  Complete the form and submit it to your home campus’s Registrar for review and approval.  After the form has been approved by the home campus Registrar, you can submit it to the CCSU Registrar’s Office at the time of registration for the coursework connected to the Course Abroad Program.  The Registrar will process your course registration and forward your approved Reciprocity Agreement to the CCSU Bursar, who will waive the course tuition and registration fees for the program.  The CIE Travel Program fee is not waivable under the Reciprocity Program and will be charged.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline:

December 1, 2013


$2,795 per person

Travel Dates

March 13 - 23, 2014

Faculty Directors

Prof. Paul Resetarits
Manufacturing and Construction Management Department
(860) 832-1834

Prof. Haoyu Wang
Manufacturing and Construction Management Department
(860) 832-1824

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