Prof. Dr. Axel Gerloff, an economics scholar from Duale Hochschule Baden-Wurttemberg, spoke to students and advisors July 27 about study-abroad opportunities in his home country of Germany.
Gerloff, who is teaching at OSU summer term, told the audience in the Austin Hall Events Room about his university’s two campuses, the main one in Mosbach and a branch campus in Bad Mergentheim. Both cities are in southern Germany and steeped in history; housing the branch campus, for example, is a Renaissance castle.
Gerloff explained that OSU business and engineering students who take part in an exchange would encounter a course schedule that had them focusing on a single subject for one or two weeks, then repeating the process throughout the term with new subjects.
“Our students like just focusing on one topic at a time,” he said. “They don’t have to focus on anything else. But some international students think it’s too intense, that you don’t have time to let it sink in.”
Class size tops out at about 30 students, Gerloff said, which is necessary because of the compressed, accelerated nature of the coursework.
“That works a lot better in smaller classes than larger ones,” he said.
The business program focuses on international business administration, with everything taught in English. Prior to the start of classes, however, is a German-language course geared toward helping international students make their away around the country. Classes feature a mix of students from different nations.
The program is available in one- or two-semester options and is available at both campuses in the spring and at Mosbach in the fall as well.
For more information, drop by the College of Business advising office, 122 Austin Hall, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or call 541-737-3716.