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Thomas Gaczkowski Michael Liberda Spring 2008 University of South Carolina Columbia, SC 29208 USA Motivation Facts Housing Courses Fees and Tuition Studying at USC Around Campus & Columbia Conclusion Agenda MOTIVATION Choices included: University of South Carolina

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university of south carolina

Thomas Gaczkowski

Michael Liberda

Spring 2008

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC 29208 USA



  • Facts
  • Housing
  • Courses
  • Fees and Tuition
  • Studying at USC
  • Around Campus & Columbia
  • Conclusion

Choices included:

  • University of South Carolina
  • Clemson University
  • College of Charleston

Choice fell on usc

  • Great reputation
  • Positive feedback from former students
  • A lot of students, a lot of student life

Studies start a lot earlier in the U.S. than in Germany (January 14th, 2008)

Booked flights a few months earlier

Arrived in the U.S. January 5th

Welcomed by a former student of the University, Don Caughman

Studies started January 14th


Several different options for housing on-campus

Our address: South Quad…

…houses a living-learning community called the “Carolina Global Community”

  • participate in activities throughout the semester
  • placed intentionally mixed: International and American
  • apartment style living: own bedroom, share living area with three other students
  • very centrally located, which made finding our way around campus very easy
  • International Financial Management (Schwerpunktmodul Financial Accounting)
    • The financial management of a multinational business enterprise
    • “Makroökonomie” - Prof. Dr. Kronenberger – but with a stronger financial aspect
  • International Marketing (International Aspects)
    • Cultural, legal, political, and economic factors affecting international marketing of products and services. Emphasis on differences in life styles, beliefs, attitudes, etc., and their influences upon marketing decisions
    • “Marketing” – Prof. Dr. Thomaschewski – but a lot more practical in nature
  • Cross-Cultural Behavior and Negotiations (International Aspects)
    • Understanding of cross-cultural differences and their effects on individual behavior and business practices in organizations
    • This course involves a lot of practices in cross-cultural negotiations through group or one-on-one sessions
  • Organization Behavior (Schwerpunktmodul Strategisches Management)
    • Introduction to human behavior in organizations. Emphasis on factors that contribute to the effectiveness of individuals and groups in organizations
    • “Personalwirtschaft” – Prof. Dr. Möbius – but more in-depth
  • Operations Management (Schwerpunktmodul Management II)
    • Management of activities/resources that result in the production of competitive goods and services in the global market place. Integrates cross-functional concepts from marketing, finance, and management
    • “Leistungswirtschaft” – Prof. Dr. Kals
fees tuition

Payable by cash or check

Tuition fees: $ 4,700 / semester

Residential fees: $ 2,970 / semester (= South-Quad)

  • $1,000 more than other on-campus housings
  • You may open a bank account in the U.S.
studying at usc

5 courses = lot of work

Classes were refreshingly different

  • Weekly home works (got graded)
  • Many presentations
  • Each class up to 3 exams
around campus columbia

West of the University

  • District called “Vista” with a lot of restaurants, bars and “Publix”, comparable to “Aldi/Lidl”

East of the University

  • District “Five-Points”, where the party goes on in the weekends, with a bunch of students’ pubs and clubs
  • Only opened until 2 a.m. on Saturdays!

North-West of the University

  • “Harbison” with a huge buying center
    • Malls
    • Cinemas
around campus columbia13

South Carolina = Car state

Public transport is nearly not available

Leisure activities possible on campus

  • Basketball/Baseball /Football stadium
    • free entry into those games as a student
  • Two fitness gyms
  • Free cinema
  • Koger Center
    • Barrack Obama
    • Blue Man Group

Excellent Time !!!

  • A lot of new American and international friends
  • Great Professors and great care
  • Many activities at campus and in SC
Thank you for

your attention !!!