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*WKU Faculty Led: Germany- Simulation Game (TopSim) Reutlingen University
Reutlingen, Germany; Stuttgart, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall
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Restrictions: WKU applicants only
Program Cost: Fall
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Program Dates:
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 08/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 09/23/2008 09/30/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Number of Credits:
3, 6
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Credit Type:
WKU Credit
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Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
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Faculty/Program Leader(s):
Arbuckle, Greg, Doggett, Mark
Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Program Description:
Program Description:

The aim of this program is the planning of a production facility based on real data in a worldwide virtual team. The student teams are from various participating international universities, so that cultural differences and time zones will have to be overcome.
Reutlingen University located in Reutlingen Germany has created several simulation courses as part of their Engineering Business program.  These simulation games bring students together from across Western Europe and Asia to participate in a one week simulation of a worldwide virtual team.  Students are then divided into teams and the teams are then separated into different areas of campus. The teams are then required to solve a production facility problem using the software and communication devices set-up on campus.  Teams are penalized for any face-to-face meetings as part of the project.


Dr. Mark Doggett -  
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AMS 401 - Contemporary Issues (undergraduate course)
IT 510 - Investigation in Industrial Technology (graduate course)

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
  • Develop strategies and plans for simulated industrial business in a global context
  • Work as part of an actual multi-cultural team
  • Use marketing, sales, financial, and production information technologies for decision-making, planning and policy
  • Cope with the communication and social challenges of working in a diverse team
Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility requirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Current WKU student eligible to enroll in WKU courses OR students from outside WKU may participate as non-degree seeking student,
  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog,
  • A minimum of 16 years of age at time of departure (parental/legal guardian expressed, written consent required for those under 18 at time of departure) Refer to program green sheet for program specific details,
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs,
  • Students must complete Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course. All students studying abroad are required to pay $150 SAGL application fee,
  • Students must select program on TopNet and pay $250 deposit to finalize admittance process,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date. 
  • Students must complete pre-departure orientations,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
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