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KIIS - Regensburg, Germany
Regensburg, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.

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Language of Instruction:
German Language Courses Offered: German
Prior Language Study Required:
9 hours of college-level German or the equivalent by the start of the program
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Program Type: Provider
Program Description:

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Since 2002, the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) has offered a fall semester program in Regensburg, Germany. Situated on the Danube River in central Bavaria, about one and a half hours northeast of Munich, this city of nearly 200,000 residents can boast a history dating back more than two thousand years. The city core, virtually spared of any destruction over these many years, provides at every turn a glimpse into this rich heritage.
The medium-sized University of Regensburg (enrollment roughly 15,000) helps support a thriving cultural scene in the city. Numerous plays, films, exhibitions, and concerts featuring both classical and modern music offer something for all tastes and interests. The proximity of Munich and Nuremburg expands the cultural opportunities even further.



Unlike the majority of its German counterparts, the University of Regensburg is situated on an American-style campus south of the city center. City buses provide excellent service to the campus, free of charge to students. Computer rooms, a student cafeteria, an extensive library, and recreational opportunities are available on campus, and students have ready access both to the internet and their e-mail providers. A bookstore, an Italian restaurant, a travel agency and a bank complement the university facilities.

Students just beginning to experience living in the language, however, might still find Regensburg and its university a bit daunting, in spite of their modest size. To facilitate this transition into German immersion, the program will house individual students with German families in the area, which will afford them a comfortable, quickly familiar setting in which to learn the language. In addition, a German student program assistant organizes excursions, arranges and participates in student get-togethers throughout the semester, and informs students of upcoming events. He or she plays a most active role in helping KIIS students adjust to the new setting and experience both German student life and German culture. Finally, there is a KIIS on-site director who takes care of all administrative matters for students, insures that the program runs smoothly, and addresses any concerns that may arise.

Because the home stay element of the program provides a wonderful opportunity to surround oneself with the German language and culture, students wishing to participate must have completed the equivalent of twelve semester hours (or four courses) of college German. In this way they will be able to take greater advantage of this unique opportunity to get to know a German family closely.




A unique aspect of the Regensburg semester program is the home stay.  Students live individually with host families in Regensburg, chosen because they are interested in helping their guest learn the language and experience German family life.  The host family will provide a private room, breakfast and dinner.  Students will be responsible for purchasing their own lunch, usually at the Mensa, the student cafeteria.

Host families will try to accommodate requests for special diets and a smoke-free environment, but KIIS cannot guarantee that those requests will be met entirely.  Students with serious dietary restrictions or acute need for smoke-free conditions should bear this in mind when considering whether the program is suitable for them.