Arts & Communication Program

Us Partner Institution Loyola Marymount University
Faculty US and German Faculty
On-Site Coordinator  
Level All majors
Sequence Spring & Fall Semeters


The LMU Business, Arts and Communication Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a great study abroad experience while also discovering new countries and forming lasting friendships. Originally called the New Europe Program, it is LMU‘s longest-running study abroad program and is coordinated by the Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB) in Bonn, Germany. Students of all majors are eligible to participate because the program is designed to offer a wide range of LMU’s CORE courses and upper-division major requirements. This includes classes in theology, ethics, history, art and business.

For business students the program offers three upper-division business courses that count towards a business major or minor, allowing students to obtain a substantial part of the credits needed for graduation. In 2017, a fourth business course will be added: Building Global Career Competencies.

During the program all students receive a comprehensive introduction to European history and politics. Students learn how business, commerce and communications operate in the European Union. With nearly 500 million citizens, the EU is one of the largest markets in the world! Courses in art and art history explore sustainability, culture and the environment.

The Business, Arts and Communication Program also puts an emphasis on engaged learning as a means of heightening the students’ educational experience. Students are asked to work with community partners on vital projects. These can include participating in course-related site visits throughout Germany and Europe or setting up an exhibition or installation as the final project. It could also mean cooperating with local businesses or non-governmental organizations to develop ideas or campaigns together.

The Business, Arts and Communication Program gives students insight into how Europe functions and perceives itself, how its histories and nuanced cultures have defined it, and what the future of Europe may be like. Such an invaluable learning experience is also an excellent springboard for entering the professional world after graduation.

Professors in this program have a passion for learning. They come from LMU and from universities and institutions throughout Europe. Courses are taught in English with a strong emphasis on global, political and cultural issues. All courses are recorded on LMU transcripts and count for academic credit. A German language and culture course is required to assist students in communicating effectively during their stay.

Offering the opportunity to experience firsthand how Europe is tackling crucial social, cultural, economic and environmental issues, students in the Business, Arts and Communication Program will explore topics such as changing demographics, climate change and declining natural resources. This leads to a deeper understanding of how Europe works to maintain a strong sense of national identity and cultural specificity within the individual nations while also functioning on the global stage as an integrated, multinational entity.

Included in the program cost: Housing, two meals a day, all multi-day study tours and field trips, public transportation passes, all facilities and administration fees.


Students of all majors are eligible to participate because the program is designed to offer a wide range of LMU’s CORE courses and upper-division major requirements. This includes classes in theology, ethics, history, art and business.

Note: Course offerings are subject to change. Please visit the LMU Study Abroad website to find out which of the following courses will be offered in the upcoming Spring or Fall semester in Bonn:

Art/Art History

ART 350 – Visual Thinking (Exploration: Creative Experience)
ART 354 – Art and Ecology (Exploration: Creative Experience; Flag: Engaged Learning)
ARHS 2004 – Modernism (Exploration: Historical Analysis and Perspectives)
ARHS 4756 – The Making and Use of Spaces: Urban Art and Architecture (Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections; Flag: Engaged Learning)


INBA 3810 – International Business 
MRKT 3510 – Principles of Marketing 
MGMT 3610 – Managing People and Organizations (Flag: Engaged Learning)
MGMT 3651/INBA 3851 – Building Global Career Competence (Flag: Engaged Learning)

Communication & Fine Arts 

CMST 2200 – Intercultural Communication 
MUSC 398 – Beethoven and his Times 

European Studies

EURO 1181/1182 – Elementary German I/II 
Students learn basic, practical German language and gain insights into German culture, supporting them in their day-to-day life in Bonn.
EURO 2283 – Intermediate German 
GRMN 3998 – German Mastery 
GRMN 4999 – Independent Studies (1-3 units)

Theology (Integrations: Faith and Reason)

THST 3998 – European Christianity

Philosophy (Integrations: Ethics and Justice)

PHIL 3135 – Bioethics 
PHIL 3110 – Environmental Ethics (Flag: Writing)
PHIL 3145 – Ethics and the Arts (Flag: Writing)


Study Tours

Several study tours throughout the semester allow students to progress in their major and core curriculum while exploring a country with a rich history of intellectual, scientific and cultural achievement. Two multi-day excursions are offered during the Spring and Fall semester.

Berlin/Dresden (Spring & Fall)
Students take a multi-day excursion to Germany‘s capital Berlin and the romantic German city Dresden. In Berlin, students experience the excitement and remarkable history of this recently unified and reclaimed capital city. Once the seat of two dictatorships and the frontier city of Cold War, Berlin offers a multitude of cultural and educational possibilities including the German Reichstag, the Jewish Museum and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. Dresden, a beautiful city on the Elbe River, is rich in palaces, churches, museums, opera and concert halls.

Brussels/Bruges/Paris (Fall)
Students enjoy a multi-day visit to the medieval city Bruges, to Brussels, the headquarters of the EU and to the romantic city of Paris, famous for its elegant shops and cafés, its abundance of art galleries, its museums, and its historical architecture. This study tour gives students a greater understanding of the European Union and European integration as well as Parisian history and culture by exploring typical French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the world famous Louvre Museum.

Madrid/Barcelona (Spring)
Viva España! Students enjoy a multi-day excursion to the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona, visiting historic sites in order to explore the variegated histories of Spanish history and art. Famous for its Prado and Reina Sofia museums as well as its professional soccer teams, Madrid is one of Europe‘s most important capitals. Barcelona is the heart of the Catalonia region, the birthplace of artists like Dalí, Gaudí and Picasso. As Spain‘s second largest city, Barcelona is also one of the world‘s leading cultural and design centers.

Multiple Regional Study Tours (major-related or with a cultural focus; Note: study trips are subject to change)
Visits to multinational companies such as DHL, T-Mobile or Bayer are often part of the business students´ curriculum. Art and history students enjoy trips to the many superb museums in Bonn and Cologne. We also go on day excursions, following the trails of the Romans in Cologne, discovering the royal relics of Charlemagne in Aachen, and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the romantic Rhine Valley on a boat cruise. Classical concerts, theater plays, and sport events add to the program’s integrated approach to creating a truly exceptional study abroad experience.

Art & Ecology class projects
The Art & Ecology class is a great example of the sustainability focus of the LMU spring semester in Bonn. This course is a visual arts course which is inspired by art and science. It incorporates readings, site-specific engaged learning opportunities, and contemporary and historical examples that explore visual art and environmental ethics, culture, sustainability, and resilience. Students will produce unique and collaborative works of art that interact with, integrate and respond to an environmental issue. The key to all of this is interaction with the local ecology. Field trips with naturalists, biologists, and other artists will supplement the classroom discussions. Each semester the class focuses on a different environmental issue. In spring 2016, for example, the students created their own sustainable garden by successfully working together with an urban gardening project in Cologne. The students also presented their final art projects and sketchbooks in an exhibition at the end of the semester.

Beethoven Music Course
This interactive course is designed for students with a general interest in music with a focus on Beethoven and his impact on music society. No prior musical knowledge is required. This class is specifically designed to accommodate students’ personal cultural interests and skills to develop a greater understanding of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn's famous musical son. Students will become actively involved in the process of listening, exploring musical elements and historical content, improvising in the classroom and in attending some of the professional concerts that are part of the extraordinary richness of cultural life in Bonn. With an emphasis on Intercultural communication, which gives students the ability to effectively communicate with individuals from other cultural backgrounds, students will gain a deeper understanding of German culture and music traditions. There will be regular in-class sessions with a focus on one of Beethoven's compositions, i.e. 'Eroica' Symphony. Concert visits include: Beethoven Concert Hall, Beethovenhaus and Beethoven Music Festival.

Business Projects, Building Global Career Competences (NEW)
The LMU Business, Arts and Communication program offers a wide range of both liberal arts classes and business classes in the spring and fall semesters. One of these 3-Credit business classes, called “Building Global Career Competences,” allows students to learn through experience in an international business environment in: students work directly with a local profit and non-profit organization to complete a challenging consulting project. This experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance:

  • their understanding of who they are – their likes, dislikes, strengths, areas of improvement – and their ability to effectively plan for their future career;
  • their ability to adapt to new international working environments;
  • their skills in diagnosing and understanding cultural differences which will positively affect their work performance;
  • their ability to work effectively with a client in the role of an independent organizational consultant;
  • their professional work experience within an international setting;
  • their connections for potential future international career opportunities.

The opportunity to work in an international business context is a very important aspect of this course and a key source of experience-based learning. Students will naturally become much more familiar with what it’s like to work in an international business environment, especially in Germany and the European Union, than can be achieved with a traditional study abroad experience.


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