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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.6
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Pre-requisite Subjects: For some courses
Field of Study: Art: Art History, Art: Cinema-Television, Art: Communications, Art: Music, Economics, History, International Studies, Language: German, Political Science, Psychology, Religion SMU Abroad Application Cycle: August 15-October 1 for Spring, November 15-March 1 for Fall
Program Description:

BCA Abroad Marburg
Philipps University
Marburg, Germany

Located in the wooded Lahn River valley in the state of Hesse, Marburg is picture-postcard gorgeous. Marburg is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Germany; its many architectural gems include Germany's oldest Gothic church, the Elisabethkirche. An ambitious project to restore the city's half-timbered houses has added tremendously to Marburg's immense charm.

On a hill high above, the city is dominated by the Landgrafenschloss, an imposing 13th-century stone castle. Formerly the home of Hesse's rulers, today it's a museum and a student residence.
With a population of 80,000, Marburg offers the friendliness and convenience of a small city, but as a university town, Marburg also offers plenty of culture and nightlife.

Founded in 1527, Philipps University 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 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. Philipps University has hosted BCA participants since 1962, when 25 American students boarded a ship bound for Germany.


Course Information by Language Preparation*
Students with four semesters (or more) of college-level German are automatically enrolled in the 4 week pre-semester language course in Vienna and are eligible to take any combination of courses during their regular semester in Marburg. (4 week program included in program fee)

Students with less than four semesters of college-level German but have completed at least beginner-level German are encouraged to enroll in the 8 week pre-semester language course in Vienna and are eligible to take any combination of courses during their regular semester in Marburg.(please note this course carries an additional fee)

Students accepted into the program with no prior German language experience are encouraged to consider the 12 week pre-semester language course in Vienna. (please note this course carries an additional fee)

*All BCA Marburg students are encouraged to enroll in as much pre-semester language training as possible. Language training is essential for success in the classroom.

Types of Courses

BCA students can also take courses in peace and justice, which is an important focus for BCA programs.

The courses available to BCA Marburg students fall into three general categories:

I. BCA courses. For American students only. The BCA courses are taught in German by instructors hired by BCA. These courses have a minimum enrollment number and will be cancelled if the minimum enrollment is not met.

II. German as a Foreign Language courses available through the University of Marburg Language Center (Sprachenzentrum der Uni Marburg) or the German Department of the Uni Marburg (09. Fachbereich). Intended for foreign students, taught by German instructors.

III. Regular university courses. Taught primarily for German students by regular university faculty. Most courses are taught in German.

BCA Courses - These courses are for U.S. students only and are taught in German by instructors hired by BCA. These courses require a minimum enrollment number.

GER 301 Deutsche Sprache: schriftlich, grammatisch, und mündlich
LIT 332 Deutsche Kurzprosa des 20. Jahrhunderts
LIT 335 Deutsche Romane und Novellen
GER 312 Deutsche Sprache und Grammatik I
GER 315 Deutsche Sprache und Grammatik II
GER 310 Übersetzen aus dem Deutschen ins Englische I (taught primarily in English)

German as a Foreign Language Courses

Regular University Courses

Sample Schedule

A typical student's first-semester schedule might consist of the following:

Two 3-credit BCA courses

Four credits in university classes for foreign students or German as a foreign language at the Sprachenzentrum (required)
One or two seminars in your field of study
Possible audits. You should challenge yourself to take as many full university courses as possible. If you decide at mid-term that the course will be too difficult, you can switch from for-credit to audit status.

BCA Marburg students 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.

BCA arranges housing in various student residence halls in the Oberstadt (the historical old town of Marburg) that are run by the university. These residence halls are located near the castle and overlook the Lahn River Valley. The central location makes this a popular spot. Most BCA students live in the Oberstadt, but the housing options not in the Oberstadt also have their benefits. All accommodations include a private room with communal lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

All housing options except the Schloss have single rooms only. All student residence halls in Marburg are co-ed.

Students typically prepare their own meals, especially in the evening. You can purchase a healthy, inexpensive lunch at the Mensa and other locations throughout the town of Marburg. The BCA resident director will provide you with a meal stipend for the semester.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.