Michigan State University Broad College of Business Full-Time MBA Class of 2016 students leveraged opportunities to interact with global companies and enjoy activities during a European study abroad in May. Here, they share what they picked up along the way.

Full-Time MBA study abroad visit to the BMW Welt plant.

Our class started out at the BMW Welt building/plant in Munich, next to the Olympic Park. We toured the facility and saw the three different brands of cars in the BMW group—BMW, MINI, and Rolls Royce. The architecture of the BMW World building has won several awards and holds several records.

One of the most interesting things was learning that BMW customers from around the world could come to BMW World to take delivery of their automobiles. Our tour guide mentioned that the cost of the flight and hotel stay approximates the cost of the dealer charges that would have to be paid if buying from the U.S.

We then proceeded to the Dingolfing plant, approximately 100 km from BMW World in Munich, for a factory tour. The Dingolfing facility produces a wide range of models, mostly from the 5 and 7 Series. From a supply chain perspective it was quite impressive. As most auto plants do, BMW utilizes just-in-time manufacturing for most of the parts. We started watching the bodies being produced from cutting and stamping of the aluminum and steel to the marriage of the undercarriage and body. It was very insightful to see the things learned throughout the year in the MBA program from all areas being used in these companies.


— Adapted from Hunter Phillips, Alex Fusco, Na Young, and Kevin Blanton