Kristopher Riggs has been directing the BCA program in Marburg since 2001. Born and raised near Kansas City, Missouri, Kris studied German at William Jewell College and spent one of his four undergraduate years studying in Austria (Vienna and Graz). Bent on delving deeper into the language and culture, Kris returned to Austria for a year of graduate study in Salzburg. Kris became involved professionally in international education after completing his M.A. in German. He has worked as a foreign credentials evaluator, an international education coordinator (study abroad and foreign student advising), and as a freelance translator. Kris’s academic interests lie primarily in language acquisition, translation and cross-cultural communication, and he is also an avid (Kodak!) film photographer. Kris lives in Marburg with his wife and three daughters.