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College of Letters and Science
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Oshkosh, WI 54901-8660

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2017 Viessmann Academy • Student Seminar in Sustainability

 Apply by Friday, February 10, 2017! Students can apply for the Viessmann Academy through the Office of International Education. Visit the OIE website to learn more and to apply.

Attend an upcoming presentation about the Viessmann Academy trip on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Sage 1216.

Student Seminar in Sustainability

The Viessmann Academy is a week-long seminar about sustainability at the Viessmann headquarters in Allendorf, Germany. During this week, 20 UW Oshkosh students and 10 German students currently interning at the Viessmann Corporation will jointly listen to lectures, tour company facilities, and work in small groups on projects related to sustainability. Topics will focus on the Viessmann approach to sustainability, Viessmann’s technology and business model, and climate change and renewable energies in Germany, the European Union, and the United States.

Two UW Oshkosh faculty members will accompany you and serve as mentors throughout the on-campus sessions and the international travel.

Where will you be and what will you do?

On the UW Oshkosh Campus

Your Viessmann experience will begin with three Saturday sessions in the second half of spring semester in Oshkosh. During these class/orientation sessions you will be introduced to the three major themes in this program: sustainability, business, and the history, geography, and culture of Germany.

In Berlin, Germany

The first week of the international component is set in Berlin, the capital city of Germany. Led by a UW professor who is a native of Germany, you will visit major tourist and historical sites such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Bernauer Straße Berlin Wall Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Bundestag. You will also have some free time to explore the city on your own. During the time in Berlin, you will stay in a youth hostel, sharing a room with other members of the group.

In Allendorf, Germany, at the Headquarters of the Viessmann Group

The second week of the international component, the Viessmann Sustainability Academy, is set at the Infocenter facility of the Viessmann Group in Allendorf, Germany. During the Viessmann Academy, you will stay at the Viessmann guest house, which is about 15 minutes from the Infocenter. Lectures and group work will take place at the Infocenter and we will take field trips to see various Viessmann facilities. You will also have time to socialize with the German students.

Dates for the 2017 Academy

Orientation/class dates in Oshkosh will be April 1 (9 a.m.–Noon), April 8 (9 a.m.–Noon), April 22 (9 a.m.–3 p.m.), and May 6 (9 a.m.–Noon).

We plan to leave Oshkosh on May 22 and return to the United States on June 4.

Please note that these dates (on campus and international travel) could change slightly depending on flight availability and other organizational factors. Final dates will be announced as soon as possible.


Two UW Oshkosh professors will serve as your instructors while in Oshkosh and Berlin and your mentors while at the Viessmann Academy:

Dr. Monika Hohbein-Deegen
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Clow Faculty 328

Dr. Nathan Stuart
Department of Accounting
Sage 1459

Class Credit

The Viessmann Academy is offered as a 3-credit hour class. You can enroll in Business 494 (COB International Study Tour) or Interdisciplinary Studies 350 (COLS Special Topics).  Class requirements are the same for both class options. Please see below for a tentative syllabus. The class will count as a spring 2016 interim class.


We anticipate that the program cost (excluding spending money) will be around $1,200.The Viessmann Group graciously supports students in the Sustainability Academy by subsidizing the airfare and providing lodging and meals during the Viessmann Academy time. Exact program costs will be announced as soon as possible.

2017 Faculty Mentors

Monika Hohbein-Deegen

Dr. Monika Hohbein-Deegen is Associate Professor of German and International Studies and has been at UW Oshkosh since 2003. In addition to teaching German language, literature, culture, and German for business courses as well as a Quest I course on Germany, she serves as the German Program Coordinator within the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. As a native of Germany, she has previously taught students about contemporary Germany and post World War II German history in Berlin as part of UWO’s semester-long study abroad program European Odyssey.

Nathan Stuart

Dr. Nathan Stuart is an Associate Professor of Accounting and has been at UW Oshkosh since 2009. He worked for six years as an engineer for two Fortune 100 companies, including roles as an environmental compliance engineer and a production department head. He now teaches cost accounting and cost/benefit analysis for strategic decision-making. He served as the College of Business mentor to the Viessmann Sustainability Academy in 2016 and is excited to return to Berlin and Allendorf in 2017.

Academic Expectations

Your course grade will be based on four components, each weighted 25%:

  • Participation and professionalism in all facets of the course
  • Final presentation of Viessmann project
  • Cultural reflection paper, due after returning to the U.S.
  • Business practice reflection paper, due after returning to the U.S.

Specific information and requirements for all components will be available in the syllabus at the first on-campus orientation session.