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Germany – Accounting & Finance

Due to continued safety concerns related to COVID-19, in-country summer programs will not run during Summer 2021. The Poole College of Management is excited to offer the Global Summer Institute, an alternative 4-week, internationally-focused program.

As an economic powerhouse in the European Union and the site of numerous multinational operations, Germany is an ideal location for students interested in studying business on a global scale. While studying at the ESB Business School at Reutlingen University, students gain exposure to one of the world’s most prominent economies and identify its role within the European and global context. Students also explore the culture of Germany with excursions to nearby cities such as Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Tübingen, and Munich. In addition, participants have the opportunity to visit multinational corporations such as BMW and Hugo Boss to see business in action. To view more photos from previous years, click here.

Program Dates

May – June, 6 Weeks


Reutlingen, Germany

Estimated Cost



ACC 220 | Introduction to Managerial Accounting

The course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of managerial accounting concepts and a brief overview of corporate income tax concepts. Students will analyze accounting data that are useful in managerial decision making and in the control and evaluation of the decisions made within business organizations. The course will also provide an introduction to basic models, financial statement analysis, cost behavior analysis and cost control procedures.

BUS 320 | Financial Management

Financial decision making by businesses, including capital structure and dividend decisions, capital budgeting and working capital management. Basic financial concepts are covered such as risk and return measurement, portfolio theory and the time value of money.

M 380 | Doing Business in Germany

This experiential course combines in-class learning with out-of-classroom experiences to learn how business is done in Germany from multiple perspectives. *The M 380 course fulfills 3 credits of the interdisciplinary degree requirements for all NC State students. In addition, it counts as an elective for the business administration minor.


ACC 210: Concepts of Financial Accounting

Pre-requisites must be successfully completed before the start of the program. Students are able to apply to the program before they are enrolled in or while they are enrolled in the pre-requisite course. Acceptance to the program is conditional on the student enrolling in the pre-requisite and then successfully completing the course before the start of the program. 

If a student fails the pre-requisite course and is not able to repeat the course before the start of the program, he or she will be required to withdraw from the program and the refund/withdrawal policy will come into effect. Exceptions to the refund/withdrawal policy will not be made due to a student’s failure to pass the pre-requisite course. 

Academic Considerations

  • All courses are NC State courses and the grade earned in the course will count toward NC State GPA.
  • Review your degree audit to determine how courses will count for your major or minor. This program is designed for Poole majors and minors but all NC State students, who meet the prerequisites, are welcome to apply.

Calendar and Excursions

Based in Reutlingen, Germany, students on the Accounting & Finance program experience the local charm of a small German city. Students explore the German culture by tasting the local cuisine at a nearby beer garden, hiking the Achalm (mountain of Reutlingen), and  spending a relaxing afternoon in the city’s many parks. Students can also visit nearby towns such as Tübingen for dinner or a nice Sunday afternoon.

Through a mid-semester excursion to Frankfurt, Heidelberg, and Cologne and a capstone excursion to Munich, students visit the main historical and tourist sights in Germany while also visiting German corporations to learn how business is done in an international context.

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