Absolutely not! Our entire Bible school program and all activities are run in English. Also, our area of Europe is very international, so German is not even needed to shop, travel, or visit local businesses. The only language you will really need during your time in Bible school with us is English.
While at Bodenseehof, you are near some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world. If you plan to take advantage of this during your stay here, it would make sense to bring your skis or snowboard. There are plenty of opportunities to hit the mountains on Saturdays, on travel weekend, and over Christmas break.
Of course, you are more than welcome to drop off excess luggage here before school begins. If you would like to drop off luggage before school starts, please send us an email beforehand so that we can make sure that someone is here in the office when you come.
Lodging and all Meals Email/Internet access Laundry and Detergent All Books Yearbook Four Student Trips* Use of Bodenseehof sports equipment (bikes, boats, sauna)
What is not included in your tuition and fees:
The residency visa for students not from the European union (120€) Health and accident insurance during Bible school Postage and telephone calls Bus fares to town Travel Expenses
*Already included in your fees are a trip to the Alps for a hike, a trip to Neuschwanstein (the castle Walt Disney used to model his own), a trip to Stuttgart to visit the Christmas market, and a trip to Münich. Many other trips and activities will be also be made available throughout the year (not included in the fee).
North Americans can buy a Eurail pass (www.eurail.com or www.raileurope.com) before coming. If you are 26 or under, you can also purchase an InterRail pass here in Europe after you have stayed in Germany for 6 months. The InterRail pass is significantly cheaper than the Eurail Pass; you can find more information at www.bahn.de.
It is also possible to travel very inexpensively by airplane throughout Europe , often cheaper than by train, but we can tell you more details when you get here. (www.europebyair.com or www.ryanair.com )
It is may be worthwhile to get an International Youth Hostel Card and an International Student ID Card before coming, although you will also receive a less-recognized student ID from Bodenseehof.
This is a very individual consideration. While you are at Bodenseehof, you really would not need any additional money, except for any food you eat or trips you take part in above and beyond what is included in your tuition.
Generally, you will need money for any travelling you do outside of school or on the travel weekends (it is also possible to stay at Bodenseehof for free during these weekends). Of course, any skiing or other such activities require an appropriate amount of money. So...in many ways, it is up to you!
Yes, in Germany everyone must have medical insurance by law. In order to get a student visa proof of medical insurance is required. Therefore, you must be insured when you arrive.
For those outside of the EU:
In Germany you normally don’t have to pay the bill immediately; you are given a 2-4 week grace period before paying it. When the time comes to pay, you need to pay it in cash and than hand the receipt in to your insurance company and they will pay you back.
During the week, students have class in the morning and several of the evenings. Afternoons and evenings after lecture are free for study, sports, outreach, trips, socializing, etc. Students also meet during the week for family groups and various other activities.
During the week, students normally have 3 morning sessions which may include lectures or group activities. On Monday through Thursday evenings there are two additional sessions.
For those who are not on outreaches: Friday afternoons and evenings are normally free, though we offer a social event every friday night for those who are interested.
Saturdays are free, and you can use them to enjoy a restful brunch at Bodenseehof or take advantage of the hundreds of options for daytrips. Germany has an effective public transportation system, so you can easily visit nice middle age cities, the Alps, Switerland, Austria, France, or go skiing.
On Sundays we have an english church service at the school, and then either a sharing service or small groups in the evening.
Each student receives a Bible certificate and transcript upon completion of the course. College credit is given by schools in North America and Europe, depending on the school attended and course of study. Bodenseehof has a Credit Transfer Agreement with Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Columbia International University as well as its German branch AWM Korntal which offers college credit based on the courses attended and grades earned at Bodenseehof.
At Columbia International University, their mission and academic standards are closely aligned with our Torchbearer Bible Schools. You can receive transfer credits by: - Creating a portfolio - Writing an essay - Sending a transcript
Is your son or daughter coming to Bodenseehof this fall? More and more parents are taking advantage of the opportunity and planning a trip to Europe to visit their children who are attending Bodenseehof. Please know that there are limited guest rooms available for visitors during bible school. Also, parents and friends are more than welcome to sit in on the lectures and attend any outreach functions that may be going on at Bodenseehof during their stay. For some it’s the perfect chance to take the trip to Europe they’ve always wanted and now are able to combine it with a once in a life-time experience with the family at Bodenseehof. For more information simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website for dates and topics of the various lecture series given during the school year.