October 26, 2019 until November 2, 2019

Berkeley College School of Graduate Studies is offering a Global Immersion Experiential Learning Program during the Fall semester as a unique trip that is being offered exclusively to Berkeley College MBA students. The program will be based in Cologne, Germany and will involve day trips to Frankfurt, Marburg and Dusseldorf.  Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures, seminars, workshops, and discussions at Hochschule Fresenius – an elite, private, state-accredited University of Applied Sciences. Students will also have the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers, tour various businesses and facilities, and enjoy several sightseeing visits.  The trip to Marburg will be a value addition as it will allow MBA students to understand and appreciate the complexities of multinational corporations operating in a global environment.

  • Students have taken the first level of core courses in Decision Making, Operations Management, Finance, Leadership, etc.,  studied functional areas like Operational Processes, Human Resources, Manufacturing, R&D, Marketing and Finance.  However, all of this is in a classroom setting and some integrated project experience.
  • The exposure to international companies in Germany, will give students a great opportunity to see how companies operate in the real world.
  • Diversity and cultural exchange is an integral part of their learning process, facilitated by going abroad.
Arrival in Cologne: Pick up of all students and transfer to accomodation Saturday October 26, 2019 Lufthansa Flight 1986 12.25pm

1.00pm Meet Mr. Forster at Cologne Airport in front of Rewe City Supermarket

Dinner on Your Own
10.30am Informal Meeting with Fresenius Graduate Students

1.30pm – 3.00pm Walking City Tour

3.00pm – 4.00pm Boat Trip on the Rhine

4.30pm – 5.30pm Museum Ludwig

6.30pm Hochschule Fresenius Welcome Dinner Brauerei Paeffgen, Friesenstrasse 64-66, 50670 Cologne
9.30am Welcoming & Campus Tour

Presentation on Doing Business in Germany

12.00pm Lunch in Dusseldorf


3.30pm Urban Art Walk Dusseldorf until 5.30pm

Dinner on Your Own
9.30am Visit Turtle Entertainment (to be confirmed)


2.00pm Visit Intersnack or alternatively Bayer (to be confirmed)

Dinner on Your Own
9.30am Visit Startplatz

11.00am until 2.45pm Business Ethics
Intercultural Learning Experiences

5.00pm Time Ride: 45 minutes once-in-a-lifetime journey back in time using virtual reality

Dinner on Your Own
9.00am Departure

12.00pm Lunch @ Novartis

Company Visit: Novartis Manufacturing GmbH
For more details: Novartis Agenda

Dinner on Your Own

10.30am Visit Deutsche Bank (to be confirmed)

1.30p City Tour Frankfurt + Visit Main Tower
Departure Saturday November 2, 2019 Lufthansa Flight 1987 CGN Terminal 1 1.25pm Travel back to United States

Travel to Cologne

Departure Friday October 25, 2019 Lufthansa Flight 413 EWR Terminal B 8.45pm
Arrival Saturday October 26, 2019 Lufthansa Flight 413 MUC 10.20am
1 Hour Layover in Munich
Departure Saturday October 26, 2019 Lufthansa Flight 1986 Terminal 2 11.20am
Arrival Saturday October 26, 2019 Lufthansa Flight 1986 12.25pm
Total Trip 10 Hours 40 Minutes

TIMO FÖRSTER: Your local point of contact will be Mr. Foerster who has organized company visits and your on ground activities … he is the Internationalization Project Coordinator and has worked at Hochschule Fresenius since 2012. His portfolio, besides internationalization, includes teaching in the Tourism / Hospitality Management program with a focus on business trends in the industry. Mr. Foerster has studied abroad from Germany in Netherlands, Spain and Scotland and brings his first hand expertise to you.

View of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.

The Hotel Boutique 003 Koeln am Dom

The Hotel Boutique 003 Köln am Dom is located in the city center of Cologne, just a two-minute walk from the Cologne Cathedral and Cologne Central Station. The 82 single and double rooms of the Boutique 003 Köln am Dom provide the perfect base for private excursions and business visits to the major trade fairs. Right in the heart of the old town north! The name of the boutique 003 Cologne am Dom is program. If you are looking for an accommodation in the city center for your stay in Cologne, you are in the right place with the boutique 003 Köln am Dom. It is located in the heart of Cologne’s main shopping streets, just a 5-minute walk from the famous Rhine Promenades, the Opera, the Philharmonic Hall and the Chocolate Museum, where an appetizing chocolate fountain awaits. Perfect location, attractive prices! All of the 82 rooms are equipped with cable TV and feature a seating area and a private bathroom with a shower or a bathtub. Safe and WLAN are part of the service of Boutique 003 Köln am Dom. Every morning a rich breakfast is served at the hotel. Popular district for shopping and pubs! A spa is just 100 meters from the hotel. For a fee you can use the pool, sauna and gym – and in the middle of the Altstadt-Nord, the – according to guest reviews – most popular with Cologne visitors district.

Business Etiquette in Germany

Germans take great pride in dressing well, regardless of where they are going or what position they hold. Appearance and presentation is very important to Germans, particularly with regard to business. Even when dressed informally, they are neat and conservative; their clothes are never ostentatious. The following points give an insight into the correct dress code suitable for conducting business in Germany:

  • Being well and correctly dressed is very important. Casual or sloppy attire is frowned upon.
  • Business dress in Germany is understated, formal and conservative
  • Men should wear dark coloured, conservative business suits; solid, conservative ties, and white shirts.
  • Women also dress conservatively, in dark suits and white blouses or conservative dresses. This form of dress is observed even in comparatively warm weather. Do not remove your jacket or tie before your German colleague does so.
  • Women are recommended to refrain from wearing heavy make-up and ostentatious jewellery or accessories.
  • Do not be surprised however, if occasionally you do see a fashion statement with white socks being worn with a dark suit!

Travel to New York

Departure Saturday November 2, 2019 Lufthansa Flight 1987 CGN Terminal 1 1.25pm
Arrival Saturday November 2, 2019 Lufthansa 1987 MUC 2.30pm
1 Hour 15 Minute Layover in Munich
Departure Saturday November 2, 2019 Lufthansa 412 MUC Terminal 2 3.45pm
Arrival Saturday November 2, 2019 Lufthansa 412 EWR 8.05pm
Total Trip 12 Hours 55 Minutes