Your home-away-from home will be historic Regensburg, home of AMBEX, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Germany’s oldest ancient Roman settlements.
Located in beautiful Bavaria on the Danube River, Regensburg is near Munich (1 hr), Nuremberg (1 hr), Austria (1hr) and the Czech Republic (1.5hr). Despite its well-preserved 2,000-year heritage, Regensburg is an energetic, prosperous town of 142,000 with a major university (16,000 students) that gives a lively boost to the cultural and entertainment scene. Best of all, Regensburg is off the main American and British tourist circuit, so you’ll feel that you’re visiting “the real Germany”- at least until you see KFC and the San Francisco Coffee Company in old-town Regensburg.
Regensburg is the best preserved medieval Gothic city in Germany, according to Deutsche Welle. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.
In this relatively small, charming, conservative (pro-American) city, you will have many opportunities to get acquainted with their German hosts—nearly all speak English.
You will live in a very clean, secure, well managed Student Inn aka Regensburg Youth Hostel on an island in the middle of the Danube River just a short walk to the UNESCO Heritage Site in Regensburg's medieval core. A major shopping mall beckons on the opposite side of the river. Plentiful, nutritious meals are served at the Student Inn's attractive, award-winning dining hall in buffet style. The Student Inn also has indoor and outdoor recreation facilities/equipment, internet, overnight storage, and laundry capabilities on site.
The Student Inn provides AMBEX with its own state-of-the-art classroom, making it very easy to get to class on time.
AMBEX also shares a cooperative agreement with the University of Regensburg so that students can utilize the extensive English holdings at the university library. The library affords AMBEX students the opportunity to do research and interact with Europeans.
To ensure safety and 24-hour contact, AMBEX supplies each student with a cell phone while they attend the program. Students can load the phones with minutes to make outgoing calls.
Somewhat unique to study abroad programs in central Europe, AMBEX offers students opportunities beyond the classroom, such as attending local churches and getting involved with its own university outreach to German students as well as short-term mission trips (German and/or English)—among Americans (military families) and/or Germans.
Take the step of faith and join us for the next AMBEX semester abroad!
LAND OF THE REFORMERS ACADEMIC TOUR
A week-long "traveling-classroom" tour with immersive lectures throughout Germany.
CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW ACADEMIC TOUR
Connect with German culture, history and theology in the first weekend trip of the semester.
ART HISTORY ACADEMIC TOUR
Cross the Alps through Austria and descend into the heart of the Renaissance as we begin our final academic tour into Italy.
Co-curricular excursions through the semester bring history to life.
INDEPENDENT READING AND TRAVEL WEEKS
Travel and study for three weeks with your peers! In addition to scheduled academic tours, you will travel independently and extensively beyond the city limits of Regensburg. Where to?
AMBEX students travel independently in groups of at least two same-gender students during the three Independent Reading and Travel Weeks.
Transit During Independent Travel Weeks students also have the option of going on mission/ministry trips with local missionaries. In the past students have gone to Romania, Hungary & all over Germany to support and assist local churches & missionaries in their endeavors. AMBEX will assist in connecting students with these ministry partners whenever possible. In addition there are many additional outreach opportunities available through World Venture.
Train travel within Germany is easy to use and is relatively inexpensive. Train travel anywhere in Bavaria (Germany's largest & most beautiful state) only costs 10€/day with five classmates, and on weekends, students can choose any destination in Germany for only 40€/day. Round-trip airfare from Munich or Nuremberg to most major cities in Europe usually costs around 100€.
During Independent Travel Weeks students also have the option of going on mission/ministry trips with local missionaries. In the past students have gone to Romania, Hungary & all over Germany to support and assist local churches & missionaries in their endeavors. AMBEX will assist in connecting students with these ministry partners whenever possible. In addition there are many additional outreach opportunities available through World Venture.
Will you take the leap of faith for a semester of a lifetime? Where will you leave your legacy as a future AMBEXer?
"It's a dangerous business going out your door. You step out onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to." -J.R.R. Tolkien