Katz European Summer Program - WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management


The summer program in Germany is divided among a series of modules under the theme of “The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe".

Modules will take place along the following topics:

  • European Integration: The Single European Market of the EU and European Monetary Union
  • Doing Business in Eastern Europe
  • Restructuring Companies in Transition Economies
  • Innovation Strategies of European Companies
  • European Marketing
  • The Environment of Mergers and Acquisitions: European Competition Policies

Cultural Program - Included as part of the two-week program are several cultural and social activities:

  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Visit to a medieval castle
  • Guided city tour of Koblenz
  • Boat tour along the Rhine
  • Winery tour and tasting

Up to three (3) MBA students will be nominiated by the Graduate Programs Office for this summer program.
Please see the "Application Instructions" section for more information on how to apply.

Learning Objectives: 

As an engaged and active participant on the program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen your analytical and critical thinking skills through coursework at a high-quality European business school
  • Explore business ideas and themes through a new perspective
  • Advance your communication and interpersonal skills through interaction with faculty, fellow students and European business executives
  • Improve your global awareness and acumen through immersion in a foreign country
  • Broaden and enhance your personal and professional network
Partner Information: 

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is a leading German business school with an exceptional national and international reputation. Founded in 1984 on the initiative of the Koblenz Chamber of Commerce and Industry, WHU has become a model for future-oriented research and teaching in business economics. The WHU network consists of 1,549 students, 54 faculty members, and 200 partner schools. According to the Financial Times’ on European Business School, Global MBA, and Masters-in-Management program rankings, WHU ranks 1st (in Germany), 71st (worldwide), and 16th (worldwide), respectively.

Location Description: 

Vallendar: A residential community with tourism, farms and part-time businesses, several service companies, and small industries. In the middle of the Rhine, opposite of Vallendar, lies the island Niederwerth, the only river island in Germany with a village community. Today Vallendar's appearance is influenced mostly by the internationally renowned Schönstatt and the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management and its students.
Koblenz: This historic city celebrated its 2000th anniversary in 1992. After Mainz and Ludwigshafen am Rhein, it is the third-largest city in Rhineland-Palatinate, with a population of around 112,000 (2015). Koblenz is a principal seat of the Mosel and Rhenish wine trade and does a large amount of business in the export of mineral waters. Local manufacturers include automotive parts (braking systems – TRW Automotive, gas springs and hydraulic vibration dampers – Stabilus), aluminum coils (Aleris Aluminum), pianos, paper, cardboard, machinery, boats, and barges.

Housing Description: 

Students attending the summer program at WHU have a number of options for accommodations. A complete list can be found on the WHU website and will be communicated to accepted students. Below is a snap-shot of opportunities:

  • Vallendar, Heerstraße 37: 2 min. walking distance to WHU. Renovated and modern furnished with single bed, kitchenette and private bathroom.
    • Costs for two weeks 385 €


  • Vallendar, Höhrerstraße 34: 5 min. walking distance to WHU. New and modern furnished with single bed, kitchenette and private bathroom, different sizes: single room apartments or shared apartments for 2, 4 or 5 students (with single room). Costs for two weeks:
    • 385 € for a single room apartment
    • 360 € for a single room in a shared apartment (2 students)
    • 320 € for a single room in a shared apartment (4 students)
    • 340 € for a single room in a shared apartment (5 students)


  • Vallendar, SmartFlats Goethestraße (SFG): 5-8 min walking distance to WHU. Newly built apartment house, single room with own bathroom and kitchenette.
    • Costs for two weeks 385 €
Academic Description: 

The WHU MBA European Summer Program comprises a two-week course on “The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe” on the attractive campus in Vallendar, located just outside of Koblenz in the valley of the Rhine River.

The program is designed for MBA students of WHU's partner schools in their second year who are interested in International Business, Finance, and Corporate Strategy.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to transfer back three (3) credits.

Up to three (3) MBA students will be nominiated by the Graduate Programs Office for this summer program.

WHU Grading System Description
1.0 - 1.5 (sehr gut) Very Good
1.6 - 2.5 (gut) Good
2.6 - 3.5 (befriedigend) Satisfactory
3.6-4.0 (ausreichend) Sufficient
5.0 (nicht ausreichend) Fail

Students who receive a grade of "B" or better will be able to transfer the credits back to Katz. Only the credits transfer back NOT the grade.

Experiential Learning Description: 

Integrated into the program are several company visits including a visit to the European Central Bank or another large financial institution, as well as visits to several international companies in the area.

Program Fees: 

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $4,041 $6,252
Mandatory Fees $445 $445
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $4,786 $6,997

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

WHU Program Fee $530 (479 euro)
Airfare $1,500
Housing $400-$500
Visa (if applicable) $150
Meals $100-$200
Personal Expenses $300-$400

Total Estimated Cost of Program (Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)

Total Estimated Program Cost

  In-State Out-of-State
  $8,066 $10,277


Bill McShane

I am the Experience Based Learning Program Manager at the Katz Graduate School of Business. Part of my responsibilities includes expanding and enhancing global programing for graduate business students. Originally from South Central Pennsylvania, I studied abroad in Berlin, Germany during my undergrad in Philadelphia and taught English on a Fulbright grant to Hanover, Germany for a year following graduation. During my time as a grad student at Pitt, I interned in Brussels, Belgium at the US Mission to NATO. After working for four years in international education in Washington, DC, I am excited to be back in Pittsburgh working on study abroad programming. Outside of the office, you can probably find me somewhere outdoors in the region running, biking, hiking or camping. Contact me at wmcshane@katz.pitt.edu.


Schedule an appointment

I am reachable via email during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30am - 5:00pm).

Application Instructions: 

In order to be considered for this opportunity, students must complete the following information in the Study Abroad system:

  • Application form
  • Copy of Passport

Additional materials may be required by WHU following your acceptance into the program. 

Applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Programs Office.

Selected students will then be nominated by the Graduate Programs Office.

Additional Information: 

Up to three (3) MBA students will be nominiated by the Graduate Programs Office for this summer program.

Selected students are required to meet with Bill McShane prior to the end of the Spring semester. This meeting will cover ground rules and expectations for Pitt Study Abroad.

Insurance Requirements: 

Students studying abroad through Pitt Study Abroad are automatically provided health insurance coverage during the official program dates.

Visa Requirements: 

Some nationalities, such as Americans, Canadians, and Australians, in possession of a valid passport, do not need a visa for stays up to 90 days.

The Study Abroad Office (and most foreign governments) requires that your passport be valid for at least six months after you plan on leaving your host country.