FAQ

FAQ

Application/Registration Process

Q: How many college units do I need to have completed to apply?
A: College units are used to measure potential academic success at AMBEX. Students having fewer than 15 semester units must request an exception to policy, explaining why they lack units and why they believe they are capable of studying at the collegiate level.
Q: When may I submit my application?
A: Anytime. There is no application fee. Application/Registration is open year around but is limited to 24 students per semester.  Register early to reserve a space.
Q: What is required as part of the application?
A: Applicants may complete the on-line application or mail-in forms which include essays, a liability disclaimer and accepting the terms of the Student handbook.
Q: How does AMBEX make acceptance decisions?
A: By committee. If you are applying the first semester of your freshman year, SAT/ACT scores are evaluated as well as your high school GPA, along with the application materials (above). If you have completed a semester of college coursework, you will be evaluated on the basis of your application packet.
Q: When will I know whether or not I am accepted?
A: Usually within a couple of weeks.
Q: I'm on a wait list. What are my chances and when will I know if I get to go?
A: It is impossible to predict how quickly space(s) may become available in the program. If a position becomes available, only the student(s) on the waiting list who have been accepted will be notified. It is important that the AMBEX has your current contact information at all times. If the information from your application changes (most importantly, your address, phone number or language 151 status), please contact the AMBEX with the new information. If your plans change, let us know you are no longer interested, so that any place that opens can be offered to a student on the waitlist.
Q: What other options do I have if I've been placed on a wait list?
A: If you are on the wait list and want to go abroad, you can also apply for a summer program. Summer programs are generally less competitive than the academic year programs.
Q: What happens after I am accepted?
A: After acceptances are sent, accepted students should begin working down the AMBEX Checklist, preparing for their study/travel abroad i.e. passports, tickets, etc.

 

Orientation, Academics & Language

Q: What’s included in Orientation?
A: Orientation is a fun time to meet other students and to get acquainted with your host city. Orientation is usually a week-long, activity filled time which includes city tours, important information about the program, survival German lessons, advice on living in the Germany, a few day trips and much more!
Q: Are there any language course pre-requisites?
A: No. However it is a distinct advantage to have some German language aptitude or ability. Students are encouraged to take an introductory course, classroom or self taught/paced courses prior to arriving in Germany. Rosetta Stone has an excellent German Language software course–$199 for a six month on-line download.
Q: Do I have to take a language while overseas?
A:No.
Q: Is it possible to learn German while at AMBEX?
A: Yes, we offer individual and group tutoring free of charge.
Q: Who teaches the courses at AMBEX?
A: Highly qualified visiting professors from the U.S. and/or adjunct faculty living in Germany who bring a European, Bibliocentric view to the classroom.
Q: Are computers available overseas?
A: Students are required to bring a notebook computer with wireless internet capability.
Q: Can I do a distance learning class?
A: Yes. However any distance learning classes must be approved by your faculty advisor at your home campus, as well as the AMBEX director.
Q: Does AMBEX have five-day classes?
A: Classes are normally conducted Monday – Friday except during the “Preparation/Reading Week” prior to each two week classroom lecture session. During the reading week students may travel but are expected to be back prior to course lectures starting the following week.
Q: Is there pre and post course/program ‘home work’?
A: Yes. Students are expected to complete the AMBEX Orientation before arriving to include reading: “Germany, Unraveling an Enigma”. Students will have assignments to complete and turn in within two weeks after they return to the USA.

 

Accommodations

Q: Can my friends and parents stay with me at the AMBEX residence?
A: Yes, but they must make reservations and arrangements on their own.
Q: What about telecommunications e.g. telephone connections?
A:

  • AMBEX supplies each student with a cell phone while they attend the program. Students can load the phones with minutes to make outgoing calls.
  • Students should consider SKYPE or something similar to make international calls.
  • US cell phones even with a SIM card may have limited coverage & tend to be quite expensive for use overseas
  • Students may purchase a prepaid phone card that can be used in a public telephone at the post office and/or T-Mobile phone booth.

 

Costs

Q: How much does the program cost?
A: Tuition, Room & Board rates are equivalent to Corban University. Visit our “cost” page for current prices.
Note: Tuition, Room and Board costs are less than most private Christian Colleges.
Note: The Academic tours are included in tuition, student airfare and independent travel are additional expenses to the student.
Q: What is included in the AMBEX costs?
A: The cost includes classes, room, meals, academic tours/trips and other curricular group activities.
Q: Are there any external costs associated with the program that are not included in the AMBEX tuition, room & board charge?
A: Student airfare, personal expenses and independent travel are additional expenses to the student. AMBEX also requires proof of internation health insurance (minimum coverage $50,000) to be submitted with admission forms.
Q: Does financial aid apply to AMBEX?
A: Government Financial Aid—yes. Loans – yes. Institutional Aid (maybe): Check with your home campus Financial Aid office.
Q: Are there scholarship available?
A: Yes! Please visit our scholarship page for more information.
Q: How much spending money should I take with me?
A: How much money you will need depends entirely on personal spending preferences. Some of the factors to take into consideration are how much you think you’ll be traveling, how much you normally spend while independently traveling for meals, lodging, etc., and how many souvenirs you think you want to buy. Former Study Abroad students in Germany say on average they spend $1,500 – $2,500 per semester.
Q: How do I get money when I'm overseas?
A: ATMs accepting Visa and Master Card are easily accessible in most cities. It is important to check with your bank to make sure you have an international pin. Traveler’s Checks are not recommended as most banks no longer accept them. Using credit cards for purchases in Germany is not so common. Most students use cash for purchase (obtained from an ATM machine or traveler’s checks) in Europe.

 

Passports & Visas

Q: How do I get a passport?
A: You should begin applying for a passport as soon as possible. A list of the addresses, phone numbers, passport requirements and business hours of locations in the area that process passports is available on-line. You may also visit the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Services web site for more information such as passport offices nationwide, passport applications, and passport renewals at http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.

If you do not have a current passport, apply now. This will require a certified copy of the birth certificate. Depending upon the region, these can take a few weeks to receive. Start now–please.

If you have a passport that was obtained before you turned 16, you will need a renewal since passports issued before 16 expire in 5 years (as opposed to10). As students apply a year in advance, the passport must be also be valid the year of study abroad as well as 6-12 months after the return to the States, depending upon the airline used and/or the consulate requirements for your student visa. Renew now.

Q: Do I need a visa to participate in my program?
A: No. Students are staying less than 90 days therefore Visa’s are not required.
Q: What can I do now?

A:
1) If you do not have a current passport, apply now. This will require a certified copy of the birth certificate. Depending upon the region, these can take a few weeks to receive. Start now.

2) If you have a passport that was obtained before you turned 16, you will need a renewal since passports issued before 16 expire in5 years (as opposed to10). As students apply a year in advance, the passport must be also be valid the year of study abroad as well as 6-12 months after the return to the States, depending upon the airline used and/or the consulate requirements for your student visa. Renew now.

3) Verify coverage for your current health insurance policy. Ask for a list of all international locations. Specific requirements will differ according to the program you apply for and are accepted to; however, as all students are required to have current international health insurance coverage, you can determine the scope now and evaluate whether or not you will want or need to purchase different coverage for the time that you will be abroad.

 

Travel

Q: From where do the students depart and arrive?

A:  Students itineraries should be routed to Munich International Airport (MUC).

Students will be greeted at the airport and escourted/transported to Regensburg. Otherwise, students will find it easy to purchase a train ticket, take the train from MUC to the main train station “Hauptbahnhof” in Munich then catch the train to Regensburg. Students having unexpected difficulties or delays may call AMBEX and make arrangements to be picked-up in Munich for 100.- Euros.

Q: Is the cost of airfare included in the program charge?
A: No.
Q: Can I arrange my own travel to the program?

A: Yes.
Q: What opportunities are there for travel?

A: Traveling to selected destinations will definitely be a part of your educational experience. However, these are serious academic programs and your studies must come first. Also, don’t overlook exploring and learning about the city and country in Germany by visiting only distant places. Note where you will be going on Academic Tours and day-trips, so as not to double-book your personal travel.
Q: Do I need insurance?
A: Yes! Students are required to show proof of health insurance before arriving in Germany.  Liability insurance is also highly recommended in case a student causes injury or damage while in Germany. For the entire duration of time you are away from home i.e. in route and in Europe. Check first with your current insurance company as it’s possible to receive a discount as a current customer. Otherwise, a few recommended companies are www.travelinsured.com and www.travelguard.com.
Q: May friends or alumni visit AMBEX ?
A: Yes!
Q: Is their a special or preferred time for Family and Friends to visit AMBEX?
A:  Yes.  Family and Friends are best invited to visit during travel-reading weeks or semester break.
Q: How many students enroll at AMBEX?
A: Students are organized into a Cohort that may reach as many as 24 students.
Q: Do I need any vaccinations?
A: During your orientation and/or in your orientation book, the Health Center will give information about vaccines. Once you get that information it is your responsibility to get the vaccinations that are specific to your program. If you have any other questions call the home campus Health Center or visit your physician. You can also find helpful information at the CDC web site.
Q: Do I need to complete a medical examination evaluation?
A: We recommend all students complete a medical exam by a certified physician 90 to 45 days prior to program departure.
Q: Will I graduate on time if I study off campus for a semester?
A: It is important to review how a semester off-campus will fit with your academic program. Summer or Interterm courses may be necessary to meet graduation requirements and to graduate on time.
Q: How will I be billed?
A: Through the Business Office at Corban University. Non Corban University students will be billed directly or through their home college/university.
Q: When do I pay for the semester?
A: Payment in full is due no later than 10 days after your arrival.
Q: How is credit granted?
A: The semester hours of credit for AMBEX are approved by Corban University and/or the sending college. Grades are sent from AMBEX to the Corban University Registrar’s Office at the end of each semester. The CU Registrar in turn transcripts the credit and mails to the student or sending college Registrar at no additional cost.  Non Corban University students may but need not enroll at Corban University.  Students from other colleges and universities should be able to stay enrolled at their home/sending school.

 

Health Care

Q: How is health care handled?
A: Students are required to obtain the health insurance provided by AMBEX/Corban University as part of their Registration Package. This health insurance provider requires that students pay out of pocket (unless hospitalized) and later claim reimbursement.
Q: How does health care differ in Germany?
A: There is little difference. Regensburg has a ‘state of the art’ university hospital and emergency room. Nearly every specialty of health care is provided. Physicians and their staff are proficient in English.
Q: What about pharmaceutical matters?
A: If you are on medication be sure to bring along your prescriptions to last you through the duration of your stay in Europe. Note that it is not possible to mail any medications through the German postal system. For additional information visit the U.S. State Department http://www.state.gov/travelandbusiness.


Alumni

See what Alumni have to say about AMBEX - Christian Study Abroad program.

Karen Harriger, The Master’s College

On January 18, 2013 at 6:25 AM, my flight took off from Fresno-Yosemite International Airport bound for Munich, Germany. Like my journey toward reaching...

Aaron Thomasson, Columbia International University

Aaron: Fresh bretzel, bratwurst mit sauerkraut, schnitzel, Regensburg, Bayern, Deutsche Bahn, cobble stone, old cities, Christkindlesmarkt, and Ambex friends are a few things I...

Jasmine Benson, The Master’s College

This semester and the European History, Geography & Culture course has allowed me to grow in my spiritual walk with Christ because I have...