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Faculty-led: Field Experience Fashion Study Tour of Germany
Berlin, Germany; Munich, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Description:
Program Description:

Field Experience Fashion Study Tour of Germany
Berlin & Munich, Germany

Professor Name: William Perrine (leader) and Frank Congin (co-leader)
Total Estimated Cost:
     In State: $4,868
     Out of State: $6,045
Eligibility: students in the School of Fashion
Course and Credits: Field Experience Fashion Study Tour of Germany - 3 credits
Program Dates: May 26 - June 9, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb. 19, 2018 
  • Course Name: 45392 – 0001: Field Experience Fashion Study Tour of Germany
  • Locations: Berlin & Munich, Germany
  • KSU Sponsoring College: School of Fashion
During the course of this trip you will develop a basic knowledge of German fashion history, culture, people, and language, as well as acquire an understanding of Germany as a major player in the European fashion and retail world. You will be able to compare the differences between apparel retailing and design in the US and Germany and develop an understanding of Germany and its place in the Global textiles and apparel industry. Through this program you will get an appreciation for your fashion student counterparts in Germany through visiting three fashion schools (University of the Arts, AMD Akademie Mode & Design and University Reutlingen, one in Berlin, one in Reutlingen and one in Munich.  You will also research information in order to take full advantage of the wealth of opportunities presented by study abroad.

In order to come to a better understanding of Germany, you will obtain a basic knowledge of the history and cultural importance of the cities of Berlin and Munich, in general and specifically as they relate to the business and art of fashion.
In order to see the industry side of, we will take a trip to Reutlingen to visit the factory of Stoll GmbH, a major player in industrial knitting.
It is our hope that you will be well prepared for the demands of short term travel and immersion into a foreign culture as well as to commit to being a contributing, responsible program participant who is flexible and embraces cultural differences.

Berlin 1

May 22 – May 25 will be in class work at Kent State University
May 26 – June 9 will be conducted in country in the cities of Berlin, Munich and Reutlingen 
  • Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Depart for Germany
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018 - Arrive in Berlin
    • Mauerpark (afternoon)
    • Hackescher Markt  (late afternoon/ early evening)
  • Monday, May 28, 2018 - Walking tour of Berlin (am)
               Deutsches Historisches Museum (afternoon) 
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Berlin
    • Academics at AMD (am): [1]
      Innovation in Fashion
      9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Recent Innovations in Fashion and their Management [2]
      11.30 a.m. – 01.30 p.m. Textile and other innovations in the (Berlin) fashion industry [3]
    • Reichstag visit (afternoon)
    • Tour of Kunstgewerbemuseum (afternoon)
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - Berlin
    • Academics at AMD (am) :  “New digital aesthetics and trends in aesthetic (sub)culture and media culture and digital entrepreneurship” [1]
                                                                                      9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  digital aesthetics and subcultures:
                                                                                      11.30 a.m. – 01.30 p.m. digital entrepreneurship in fashion
    • Tour of KaDeWe (afternoon)
    • Schloss Charlottenburg (late afternoon)
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Berlin
    • Academics at AMD (am):
      Fashion Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Fashion[1] (2 sessions)
                                                                                      9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
                                                                                      11.30 a.m. – 01.30 p.m. entrepreneurship (business plan)
    • Walking tour Red Berlin (afternoon)
    •  Nikolaiviertel (dinner)
  • Friday, June 1, 2018 - Berlin
    • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp visit and tour 
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 - Berlin
    • Free Day
  • Sunday, June 3, 2018 - Berlin/Munich
    • Travel to Munich via train (early departure) Munich walking tour (afternoon)
  • Monday, June 4, 2018 - Munich
    • Munich Residenz visit and tour (morning)
    • Visit Lodenfrey department store (afternoon tour TBC)
    • Visit Folk Clothier (TBC) 
  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - Munich
    • Visit and tour of Nymphenburg Castle (morning)
    • Visit and tour of the Pinokathek 
  • Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Munich
    • AMD Munich Visit and tour (am) and academic program
    • Tour SKMST Headquarters (local trend fashion)  
  • Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Munich
    • Early am departure for Reutlingen
    • Morning visit to Stoll
    • Afternoon  visit to Reutlingen University with academic program 
  • Friday, June 8, 2018 - Munich
    • Free Day
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 - Departure to the USA
Berlin 2
Requirements: must be a student enrolled in the School of Fashion in good academic standing
Maximum capacity: 20 students
In Berlin, we will be staying at the Ibis Hotel Berlin City West on Brandenburgischestraβe 10173 Berlin.  Breakfast is included daily

In Munich we will be staying at the Ibis Hotel Munich City, Dacauerstraβe 21 80335 Munich.  Breakfast is included daily.

All other meals will be the responsibility of the student. 
Detailed cost breakdown:
  • Tuition: $1368
  • Program fees: $3500 (based on 20 students)
  • Flight: included in the above price
  • Estimated personal expenses: 300€ for food (spending money and incidentals are per discretion of student)
  • Total Estimated Cost: $4868 + 300€ for food
 Munich 2
Application deadline: Feb. 19, 2018
Payment deadline: Feb 1, 2018: $1,500 and March 15, 2018: $2,000
Withdrawal deadline: see School of Fashion policy
William Perrine
Phone: 330 672 0179

William's degrees are all in fashion. William's Master's Degree is from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His Masters thesis researched the store attribute preferences of college aged Turkish consumers.  His undergraduate degree is from Dominical University in River Forest, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. William's research interests include social justice in the apparel industry, sustainable consumption of apparel products, fashion student internship experiences, retail in emerging markets such as India and Turkey, paradoxical consumption patterns and network theory as related to the fashion industry.

 Munich 3

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This program is currently not accepting applications.