AMBEX partnership continues to benefit faculty, students

  • Students have the opportunity for travel and hands-on studies in Germany.

  • Students have the opportunity for travel and hands-on studies in Germany.

  • Students have the opportunity for travel and hands-on studies in Germany.

  • Students have the opportunity for travel and hands-on studies in Germany.

The picturesque city of Regensburg, Germany, has become an immersion learning experience for students that goes well beyond tourism.

Regensburg is the European home of American Bavarian Exchange (AMBEX), a program developed by director Jerry Orr in partnership with Corban University. AMBEX provides opportunities not only for students to study in Germany, but also for faculty to travel and teach. Students from Corban and other Christian colleges have gone through the 90-day program and grown educationally and spiritually.

“It’s a beautifully balanced program,” Orr said. “It’s a mixture of time in the classroom with opportunities for travel and hands-on learning. Students interact with Christians from churches in Regensburg and non-Christians from all walks of life.”

During their stay, participants take five core courses in two-week blocks:  Christian Worldview, Theology of Reformation, Modern European Literature, Renaissance Art History and European/German History and Geology. Every third week is designated for independent study and travel.

“These students become more confident in themselves and their ability to travel,” Orr said. “They are making up their own itineraries, creating budgets for themselves and learning time management. They are studying in the heart of Christian reformation and world history.”

Additionally, the AMBEX program is expanding with new internship opportunities. Orr said German businesses are eager to hire American interns, and he is making new connections regularly. To be considered, a prospective intern must first complete the AMBEX study abroad program.

For more information, email Orr at jorr@corban.edu.

Monday, 1 September 2014