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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:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start/Arrival Date End/Departure Date
Spring 2019 10/02/2018
11/02/2018 01/13/2019 05/07/2019

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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, Art History, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, German, International Business, Management, Marketing, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theological Studies
LMU Core Courses Available: Explorations: Creative Experience (ECRE), 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.

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.


Students may choose 3-4 courses in addition to the required German Language course. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units.

Projected Course Offerings for Fall 2018*:

LMU Professor Bill Semos, MBA will be teaching two featured courses:
Principles of Marketing (MRKT 3510): The course will examine the key concepts and issues of Marketing and the role it plays in the life of an organization, which can be for profit or non-profit. What are these key issues? In fact, they are the fundamental substance of Marketing: What constitutes my market? Who is my customer? What does my customer think that he/she is buying? How many potential customers will there be for my product 10 years from now? Why are customers buying my competitor’s product? What is happening in the world socially, politically, or economically which may alter a consumer’s likelihood to buy my product? How can I most effectively communicate with my customers? What price should I charge for my product?
The major purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the management practice of marketing and its role in fulfilling an organization's mission and achieving its objectives in the marketplace. What is marketing? How does it apply? The course takes a managerial approach to the study of the concepts, activities, and decisions that are designed to facilitate exchanges between buyers and sellers and that are applicable to business and non-business organizations, as well as both products and services. You will learn the basics of the marketing management function, the environmental scan, the aspects of buyer behavior, marketing research, segmentation, targeting, and positioning. Finally and most importantly, you will learn the elements of the Marketing Mix: product, pricing, placement and promotion.

The European Union - An Institution and Global Player (ECON 3998 / MRKT 3598 / POLS 3998): 
This course will examine the European Union (EU) broadly as an institution, as a policymaking body, and as a marketplace. The EU represents historically, a unique arrangement of societal organization. At the heart of it are (so far), 28 countries referred to as Member States and their over 500 million citizens. The unique feature of the EU is that, although all of the Member States are sovereign, independent states, they have collectively and democratically created some shared institutions and have delegated some of their decision-making powers to them. This allows decisions on specific matters of joint interest to be made democratically at the European level versus the national level. So, to gain strength and the benefits of greater mass, they have “pooled” some of their sovereignty.
The course will examine the features of this unique organization, analyze how political, economic, historical, social, and cultural factors have all been relevant to the shaping and functioning of today’s EU. A number of excursions will be included to visit and learn about various organizations and how they play a role as part of today’s EU. These will include the EU institutional bodies such as the EU Commission, the Committee of the Regions highlighting the cultural differences that exist, the European Central Bank, and some major companies. Finally, the course will address the current, critical EU issues of the day including the current economic problems, the Immigration issue facing the EU; and the ongoing Brexit negotiation on the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the EU, the first such instance in EU history.
This course is relevant to students majoring in most Liberal Arts areas including Political Science, Economics, and History.
Course Name Course Number LMU Core Satisfied Units
German Language Course (required) EURO 1998   1
GRMN 3998/4999 4
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
The European Union -
An Institution and Global Player
ECON 3998,
MRKT 3598,
POLS 3998
Flag: Engaged Learning 3
Introduction to Entrepreneurship ENTR 3310   3
International Business INBA 3810   3
Principles of Marketing MRKT 3510   3
Beethoven and His Times MUSC 398   3
Ethics and the Arts  PHIL 3145   Integrations: Ethics and Justice
Flag: Writing
European Christianity THST 3998 Integrations: Faith and Reason 4
* NOTE: Courses subject to change or cancellation

Projected Course Offerings for Spring 2019*:

Course Name Course Number LMU Core Satisfied Units
German Language Course (required) GRMN 1998 / 2998 / 3998 / 4999   4
Art and Ecology ART 354 Explorations: Creative Experience
Flag: Engaged Learning
The Making and Use of Space:
Urban Art and Architecture
ARHS 4756 Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections
Flag: Engaged Learning
Introduction to Entrepreneurship ENTR 3310   3
International Business INBA 3810   3
Managing People and Organizations MGMT 3610 Flag: Engaged Learning 3
Principles of Marketing MRKT 3510   3
Beethoven and His Times MUSC 398   3
Environmental Ethics PHIL 3110 Integrations: Ethics and Justice
Flag: Writing
European Christianity THST 3998 Integrations: Faith and Reason 4

Full course descriptions for this program can be found here: BAC Course Descriptions

* NOTE: Courses subject to change or cancellation.

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.

All excursions included as part of the program are mandatory for program participants.

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.