As an industrial engineer at the DHBW Mosbach, you have the opportunity to take part in an international project as part of the elective studies. This project simulates real world sales conditions and cooperation in an international context.
Of course, the fact that the whole thing was held in Lyon, France, barely influenced my decision 😉. After almost 10 hours by bus to the south of France, we were welcomed at the Ecole La Mache on the first day. The Ecole La Mache is a private university with a very good reputation in Lyon and surroundings. The students there study International Business with basics from the engineering sciences – so in the end like us industrial engineers.
The next few days were devoted to the hard work. They were informed about the technology, the general conditions and the clientele. The aim was to sell a new room for compressed air generation to the Lyon public transport authority. To do this, the customer’s needs had to be recorded in an anamnesis, suitable solutions identified and finally acceptable conditions sold to seller and buyer.
The very interesting and creative cooperation with the French colleagues was particularly enjoyable. On the other hand, after “work” you spent every evening together and you learn a lot about each other and the different cultures. (In addition, you can celebrate very well in Lyon – boy, oh boy)
I would do it again and again – especially because the TecAlliance financially supports the study stay in France, so you don’t have to be afraid to end up without money!