Schoenbrunn Palace, Austria
Schoenbrunn Palace, Austria

Once again, the College of Business is sponsoring a European Study Abroad trip.  The destination this time is Austria, Germany and Switzerland.  The trip will be led by Dr. Neil Meredith and Ms. Karen Cooley and is scheduled during May intersession 2014.  It will focus on a comparison of the United States and European Union economic systems.  In addition to the academic aspect, ample time will be spent experiencing the unique cultures of these European countries.  Participants will initially fly to Frankfurt, Germany where they will visit Romerplatz City Square, the European Central Bank Headquarters and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  From there, they will head to Zurich, Switzerland, and among other things, visit Lenin’s Swiss home with a focus on the comparison of socialism, communism and Marxism.  Upon leaving Switzerland, the group will proceed to Munich, Germany by way of the historic Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney’s fairy tale castle.  While in Munich, they will tour Marienplatz square, the Bavarian Parliament and BMW Welt and Museum.  They will also attend a lecture at Ludwig Maximilian University on free trade.  The trip will culminate in Austria with visits to the musical city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and Vienna for a lecture at the University of Vienna on public choice in the E.U.  Students will earn three hours credit for an advanced economics course – Comparative Economic Systems.

For more information please contact Dr. Neil Meredith at nmeredith@wtamu.edu or Karen Cooley at kcooley@wtamu.edu.