As the BCA Resident Director (RD) in Marburg, Germany since 2001, Kris Riggs has helped countless BCA students get to know Marburg and German culture. We caught up with Kris to learn more about [...]
Live and study in both Austria and Germany–get two study abroad experiences in one! You will begin your journey living in the heart of Vienna as you learn German at the prestigious Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien language school. Next, Marburg, Germany, will be your home for your study at Philipps University. Set in a river valley in central Germany, Marburg offers some of the best-preserved medieval architecture in the country. The city is full of cafés, restaurants and entertainment with many opportunities to socialize with German students and to get involved in the community—it is an ideal city for an immersive study abroad experience!
- Experience student life as a regularly enrolled student at the Philipps-Universität while also having the option to take BCA’s courses in language, literature and translation, offered exclusively for BCA students.
- Focus on your language proficiency during the eight-week pre-semester intensive German course in the beautiful Austrian capital city, Vienna.
- Explore the entire state of Hesse with the public transportation pass that is included in the program fee.
- Bike or hike the region’s nearly infinite trail systems, both in the forest and throughout the river valley. Most students are amazed at just how much nature is at their fingertips.
Language of Instruction: German with limited courses in English
GPA Requirement: 2.6 or higher
Housing: University Housing
Volunteering: Opportunities Available
You will live and study side-by-side with local students, both in Vienna and in Marburg. Housing options include university and privately-operated student dormitories— for the regular semester you can even apply to live in Marburg’s castle (Schloss). The Schloss is located at the very center of Marburg and offers students the opportunity to live alongside a special group of German and international students!
Designed to enrich your understanding of local life and culture, BCA excursions are unique to each program and offer you exciting learning experiences you couldn’t get on your own. All costs are included in the program fee. Excursion destinations are likely to change from year to year, however, students typically visit a combination of the following:
Take a day trip to Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, to help you better understand its relationship with Vienna. Overlook Austria and Hungary in this 18th-century town.
While traveling from Vienna to Marburg, you may stop at Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and setting for the film The Sound of Music. Located on the German border, this town has breathtaking views of the Eastern Alps as well as medieval and baroque buildings.
Make a stop in Frankfurt, a central German city on the river Main, as you travel from Vienna to Marburg. Learn why Frankfurt is a global hub for commerce and culture.
Once in Marburg, you will choose semester courses based on your individual needs, interests, and German language proficiency. The more progress you make during the pre-semester course in Vienna, the more options will be available to you.
As a BCA Marburg student, you will spend the first eight weeks of the program in Vienna, Austria, focusing on German language and culture at the prestigious Internationales Kulturinstitut Wien language school. You will take a placement exam prior to the start of the program to determine your German course level in Vienna.
In Marburg, you will study alongside German students at one of Germany’s oldest and most distinguished universities, Philipps-Universität. As a supplement to the Philipps-Universität courses . BCA also offers a number of course options taught in German by local instructors. You will choose semester courses based on your individual needs, interests, and German language proficiency. More information about academics can be found by clicking the button below.
Founded in 1527, Philipps-Universität is the world’s first Protestant university still in existence. The oldest portion of the campus, the Alte Universität, is built on the site of a 13th century Dominican cloister. During its nearly 500-year history, the university has educated and employed a large number of distinguished scholars and thinkers, including nine Nobel prize winners. Today, nearly 20,000 students study in the university’s modern facilities. Philipps-Universität has hosted BCA participants since 1962, when 25 students boarded a ship bound for Germany.
Click the Academics button to learn more about: Popular Departments, Terminology, Pre-Requisites, Teaching Styles, Assessments, Credits, and Course Registration
BCA Marburg students have the opportunity through Philipps-Universität to take courses with The Centre for Conflict Studies, apply for an Internship or participate in the model UN.
- Philipps is a large university with a wide range of academic disciplines, including business, law, psychology, media, mathematics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, education, medicine, pharmacology, and physical education.
- Apply for a Tandem Partner – a language partner service provided by the Sprachenzentrum.
- The University offers a wide variety of sports each semester, from yoga to skiing and everything in between!
VOLUNTEER & INTERNSHIPS
Volunteer opportunities in the Marburg community include:
- Neustadt Welcome Center-Volunteer Accompaniment for Refugees: A unique and challenging opportunity for BCA students wanting to gain first-hand experience and make a difference in the current refugee crisis.
- Seniorentreff Mittendrin: Senior Citizen Activities
- Visiting Hours: This opportunity is especially for students who are eager to get on the inside of the local community while also helping others.
BCA encourages students to take advantage of learning opportunities both in and beyond the classroom! Our resident director has established partnerships with local organizations where you can complete a volunteer experience. Once you finalize your classes and semester’s activities, you can plan volunteer service possibilities. If you are interested in pursuing an internship opportunity, BCA may be able to find a placement that suits your interests. Immediately after starting your application, please contact BCA to ensure internship options will be available.
MARBURG RESIDENT DIRECTOR: KRISTOPHER RIGGS
BCA Marburg offers best of both worlds: pre-semester intensive language training in Vienna, and the regular semester in the heart of Germany, in the progressive and charming university town of Marburg. Regardless of whether you come from a metropolitan area or a small town, Marburg will be a relatively easy adjustment. For those of you new to German, I can relate! I grew up in a small Midwestern town and did not start learning German until I entered college. Many students have passed through my doors since I arrived in 2001, and I love to see my students grow during their time in Marburg.
Nutze den Tag! (That’s “carpe diem” in German.)
DATES & FEES
BCA Study Abroad offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:
- Full-time Tuition & Fees
- University housing
- Medical and emergency insurance
- Educational excursions
- On-site resident director
- Volunteer and internship opportunities
- On-site group activities
- Seminars and guest lectures
- University services
- BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
- Cultural and university orientation
- Intensive language training
- Academic advising
- University official transcript
- Pre-departure orientation
- Airport pickup
- On-campus internet access
The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that every school has a different financial policy for study abroad. Your university may pay BCA for all fees listed below, they may only pay for tuition while you pay BCA directly for housing, or they may require you to pay BCA directly for tuition and housing. It’s important that you talk to your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to learn your school’s approach to financing BCA’s program and what your financial responsibility will be.
|Fall Semester||April 15|
|Spring Semester||November 1|
|Fall Semester||Early August to Mid-December|
|Spring Semester||Early February to Late-July|
BCA strives to make studying abroad transparent and affordable for all students. The following budget sheet outlines program costs, as well as estimated additional expenses associated with your participation.
Prices subject to change without notice. All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.