ABOUT THE SCHOOL
BCA Marburg takes place in two cities: Marburg and Vienna.
Situated north of the Balkan Peninsula, students will spend 8-12 weeks experiencing the opera, theater, museums, cafes, and castles that make up Vienna’s artsy coffeehouse culture. They will study at a small language institute in Vienna’s first district, Internationales Kultureinstitut Wien.
While in Marburg, students will study at Philipps-Universität, one of Germany’s most distinguished universities. You can choose from a wide variety of courses based on your language level—a fantastic way to fine-tune your German skills while exploring the quaint, medieval city of Marburg. Located in the wooded Lahn River Valley in the state of Hesse, Marburg is full of history, architecture, and charm. It hosts a population of 80,000—quite a difference from Vienna, which clocks in at almost 2 million people!
Our language school partner, Internationales Kulturinstitut (IKI) Wien, teaches approximately 450-550 students from all over the world. Meanwhile, there are about 25,700 students at Philipps-Universität, with around 12% coming from outside Germany.
Most classes at IKI Wien consist of 8-15 students, and there are usually somewhere between 20 and 80 students per class at Philipps-Universität. For the most part, students will be learning alongside other BCA students in Vienna (though divided into groups according to proficiency), whereas many Marburg classes will be filled with mostly students from Germany.
For classes at IKI Wien, there is a healthy mix between small group and individual attention. You’ll have lots of opportunities to work on improving your speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills. BCA enrolls its students at IKI because IKI provides a comfortable learning environment focused on culture and language acquisition.
Our partner university in Marburg, Philipps-Universität, has a similar teaching style to the United States, with PowerPoint presentations, oral and written examinations, and group discussions. Students will likely be assessed based on active participation, an oral presentation, and a final exam at the end of the semester. In some classes there will be only a final examination to determine the final grade.
For the BCA courses, BCA instructors strive to strike a balance between US teaching and assessment and the local style. Students are expected to work hard, but the classroom environment is friendly and conducive to learning. Some BCA courses are taught in English and others are taught in German.
Aside from the events hosted by IKI Vienna, students typically socialize after class and/or on weekends. Don’t be surprised to find yourself in a café with a group from Italy, Brazil, Syria, China, Croatia, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and Egypt.
Philipps-Universität offers plenty of opportunities to get involved. Catch a glimpse of it here.
BCA Marburg’s study center is right in the heart of Marburg’s Oberstadt, the historic part of town that draws visitors from all over Germany and Europe for its winding cobblestone streets, Fachwerkhäuser and cafés. Something is always happening in Marburg, so getting involved is easy once you make the decision to immerse!
In Vienna, you will be placed in a single room of a shared suite, so you will have a private room and a shared bath and kitchenette with other students who are studying at various institutes and universities in Vienna.
In Marburg, students will live with international and German students. Single rooms in co-ed dormitories are available, or there is an option to apply for housing in Schloss, Marburg’s castle. There are double rooms in the castle, so you’ll have a roommate.