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  • Locations: Bonn, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Loyola Marymount University 
  • Program Costs: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start/Arrival Date End/Departure Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017
10/21/2017 01/10/2018 05/02/2018

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Fact Sheet:
Application Fee: $100 Financial Aid Applicability: All Financial Aid (Institutional, Federal and State)
Class Standing: Sophomore, Junior, Senior Minimum GPA: 2.70
Housing Option(s): Host Family/ Homestay Credit Type: LMU Credit & Grades
Study Abroad 101 Info Session Required: Yes Study Abroad Advisor: Lisa Reid
Study Abroad Program Advising Meeting Required: Yes Areas of Study: Art, Business, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Entrepreneurship, European Studies, German, History, International Business, Management, Marketing, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Theological Studies
LMU Core Courses Available: Explorations: Creative Experience (ECRE), Explorations: Historical Analysis and Perspective (EHAP), Flags: Engaged Learning (LENL), Flags: Writing (LWRT), Integrations: Ethics and Justice (IEJT), Integrations: Faith and Reason (IFTR), Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections (IINC)
Program Description:
Bonn, Germany - Summer


The LMU Business, Arts and Communication Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only discover new countries and to form lasting friendships, but also to have a great study abroad experience! Originally called New Europe Program it is LMU's longest-running study abroad program and is coordinated by the Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) in Bonn, Germany. Students of all majors are eligible to participate because the program is designed to offer a wide range of LMU’s CORE courses and upper-division major requirements. This includes classes in theology, ethics, history, art and business.

Ludwig For business students, the program offers three upper-division business courses that count towards the major or minor while obtaining a substantial part of the credits needed for graduation. In 2017 a fourth business course was added: Building Global Career Competencies.

During the course of the program, all students gain a comprehensive introduction to European history and politics. Students learn how business, commerce and communications operates in the European Union. With nearly 500 million citizens the EU is one of the largest markets in the world! Courses in art and art history explore sustainability, culture and the environment.

The Business, Arts and Communication Program also puts an emphasis on engaged learning as a means of heightening the educational experience. Students are asked to work with community partners on vital projects. This can include participating in course-related site visits throughout Germany and Europe or setting up an exhibition or installation as the final project. It can also mean cooperating with local businesses or non-governmental organizations to develop ideas or campaigns together.
The Business, Arts and Communication Program gives students insight into how Europe functions and perceives itself, how its histories and nuanced cultures have defined it and a glimpse into its future. Such an invaluable learning experience is also an excellent springboard for entering the professional world after graduation.
Professors in this program have a passion for learning. They come from LMU and from universities and institutions throughout Europe. Courses are taught in English with a strong emphasis on global, political and cultural issues. All courses are recorded on LMU transcripts and count for academic credit. A German language and culture course is required to assist students in communicating effectively during their stay.
Offering the opportunity to experience firsthand how Europe is tackling crucial social, cultural, economic and environmental issues, students in the Business, Arts and Communication Program will explore topics such as changing demographics, climate change and declining natural resources. This leads to a deeper understanding of how Europe works to maintain a strong sense of national identity and cultural specificity within the individual nations while also functioning on the global stage as an integrated, multinational entity.


Located in Western Europe on the river Rhine and surrounded by many medieval castles and towns and beautiful landscapes,
Bonn has shaped itself into a global center for peace-keeping, and research on sustainable resources and renewable energies. Bonn as the German United Nations City holds regular conferences on key issues of the future. This creates an excellent international environment for scientists and research institutions to co-operate together. It also provides a vibrant and intense environment for its large student population.
The city’s cosmopolitan openness attracts an international cast of global businesses such as T-Mobile and DHL/Deutsche Post, which have their headquarters here. It is also home to the Deutsche Welle, the international radio and television broadcaster, which broadcasts across the planet.
As for art and culture, Bonn has a phenomenal Museum Mile, incorporating five state-of-the-art museums specializing in a broad variety of disciplines, ranging from German contemporary history to art, photographic history and zoology.
Experience this unique city – its ancient Roman sites, the house where Ludwig van Beethoven was born, and the majestic Rhine, located in the heart of Europe!


The Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) is an independent, non-profit educational organization based in Bonn. LMU and the AIB have been partners in providing high-quality study abroad programs for undergraduate and business students for over 20 years. AIB manages all of the onsite logistical details of the program: matching students with host families, coordinating schedules and classroom spaces, planning and leading educational excursions, organizing cultural activities and extra-curricular programming, and offering advice and support during your stay. For more information on the AIB, including videos and photos, please click here.


Projected Course Offerings for Fall 2017*:

LMU Professor Dr. Mahmoud Nourayi will be teaching two featured courses:
Accounting Information for Decision Making (ACCT 2120): This course involves the study of managerial accounting, in which economic information (both qualitative and quantitative) is used to make strategic business decisions. This course is the second of two introductory accounting courses (business core prerequisite: ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting) required for all business majors and as a prerequisite to all other accounting courses. Managerial accounting information is used to make decisions that guide the organization through planning, organizing, directing, and controlling activities. Strategic decision making requires a future orientation to the information, with relevant and flexible data. This course draws heavily from economics, finance, management, and marketing.

Financial Analysis and Valuation (ACCT 3198/4198): The objective of the course is to provide hands-on experience in financial statement analysis. Students will be exposed to tools of financial analysis, Earnings Measurement, theoretical concepts, and practical valuation issues. By the end of the course, students should become comfortable with using firms' financial statements to draw an understanding of their performance and provide a basis for making reasonable valuation estimates.
Course Name Course Number LMU Core Satisfied Units
German Language Course (required) EURO 1181/1182/2283,
GRMN 3998/4999
Accounting Information for Decision Making ACCT 2120 Flag: Information Literacy 3
Financial Analysis & Valuation ACCT 3198/4198   3
Visual Thinking ART 350 Explorations: Creative Experience 3
The Making and Use of Space:
Urban Art and Architecture
ARHS 4756 Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections
Flag: Engaged Learning
Intercultural Communication CMST 2200   4
20th Century Europe EURO 3998, HIST 4998, POLS 3998   3
International Business INBA 3810   3
Principles of Marketing MRKT 3510   3
Ethics and the Arts  PHIL 3145   Integrations: Ethics and Justice
Flag: Writing
European Christianity THST 3998 Integrations: Faith and Reason 4
Projected Course Offerings for Spring 2018*:

LMU Professor Jane Brucker will be teaching Modernism (ARHS 2004). This course is an introductory survey of the historical development and global implications of modern art, modernism, and modernity from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. This course fulfills the following core requirement: Explorations: Historical Analysis and Perspectives. For more information, contact Prof. Jane Brucker at
Course Name Course Number LMU Core Satisfied Units
German Language Course (required) EURO 1181/1182/2283,
GRMN 3998/4999
Art and Ecology ART 354 Explorations: Creative Experience
Flag: Engaged Learning
Modernism ARHS 2004 Explorations: Historical Analysis and Perspectives 4
The Making and Use of Space:
Urban Art and Architecture
ARHS 4756 Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections
Flag: Engaged Learning
International Business INBA 3810   3
Building Global Career Competence MGMT 3651, INBA 3851 Flag: Engaged Learning 3
Managing People and Organizations MGMT 3610 Flag: Engaged Learning 3
Principles of Marketing MRKT 3510   3
Environmental Ethics PHIL 3110 Integrations: Ethics and Justice
Flag: Writing
European Christianity THST 3998 Integrations: Faith and Reason 4

Full course descriptions for the 2017-2018 academic year: BAC Course Descriptions '17-'18.

* NOTE: Courses subject to change or cancellation due to low enrollment.

You don’t know the difference between „Guten Tag“ and „Gesundheit“? That’s fine. NO previous knowledge of German is necessary! During your study abroad experience in Bonn, all courses whether presented by LMU or German faculty are taught in English. You will find that you can easily get around in Germany, as most Germans speak English well enough to help you out in any situation. However, we want you to be more than a tourist. In our German Language and Culture class you will learn enough German to feel less like a tourist and more equipped to enjoy all aspects of everyday life in Bonn.

All students have the opportunity to experience German culture firsthand by living with a German host family. We believe these homestays to be the best way for students to immerse themselves into the new German cultural environment. Your host family will also be delighted to help you practice your German! The program fee includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner with the host family, and a public transportation pass for the Bonn region. The families who participate in the Business, Arts and Communication Program have a long history of welcoming students into their homes. Many students say that living with their host family was one of the highlights of the program.
Visits to multinational companies such as DHL, T-Mobile or Bayer are often part of the business students´ curriculum. Art and history students enjoy trips to the many superb museums in Bonn and Cologne. Together, we also go on day excursions, following the trails of the Romans in Cologne, discovering the royal relicts of Charlemagne in Aachen, and savoring the beautiful scenery of the romantic Rhine Valley on a boat cruise. Classical concerts, theater plays and sport events add to the program’s integrated approach to creating a truly exceptional study abroad experience. Note: Study trips are subject to change.

The LMU Business, Arts and Communication Program also includes two multi-day excursions during the semester.

Paris bikeFall Semester
Bruges, Brussels & Paris
– Students enjoy a multi-day visit to the medieval city Bruges, to Brussels, the headquarter of the EU and to the romantic city of Paris, famous for its elegant shops and cafés, and its abundance of art galleries, museums and historical architecture.
This study tour gives students a greater understanding of the European Union and European integration as well as Parisian history and culture by exploring typical French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or the world famous Louvre Museum.
Berlin and Dresden
– Students take a second multi-day excursion to Germany's capital Berlin and the romantic German city Dresden. In Berlin, students explore the modern excitement and remarkable history of this recently unified and reclaimed capital city.
Once the seat of two dictatorships and the frontier city of Cold War, Berlin offers a multitude of cultural and educational possibilities including the German Reichstag, the Jewish Museum and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial.
Dresden, a beautiful city on the Elbe River, is rich in palaces, churches, museums and opera and concert halls. It was also part of the old East Germany so students will be able to contrast it with old West German cities such as Bonn and Cologne. In Dresden, we visit Volkswagen’s 'transparent' factory and enjoy a concert at one of the world’s finest opera houses, the Semperoper.

Spring Semester
Madrid and Barcelona – Viva Espana! Students enjoy a multi-day excursion to the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona, visiting historic sites in order to explore the variegated histories of Spanish history and art. Famous for its Prado and Reina Sofia museums as well as its professional soccer teams, Madrid is one of Europe's most important capitals. Barcelona is the heart of the Catalonia region, the birthplace of artists like Dalí, Gaudí and Picasso. As Spain's second largest city, Barcelona is also one of the world's leading cultural and design centers.

Berlin and Dresden – In the spring semester, Business, Arts and Communication students also get to visit Berlin and Dresden for their second multi-day excursion.


Fall Program Costs: (click here)
Spring Program Costs: (click here)

This program is currently not accepting applications.