Seminar Schloss Bogenhofen is located in a rural setting about four miles east of the town of Braunau on the river Inn. Across the river from Braunau is the German town of Simbach. About thirty six miles to the southwest lies one of the most beautiful cities of Europe—Salzburg, Austria. On the campus itself, the dominant building is the former castle that dates back to the mid-fifteenth century. The very modern men’s (the Burschenheim) and women’s (the Madchenheim) residence halls were opened in 1988 and 1990 and are very well designed and simply but tastefully furnished. Two students to a room is the rule and there is a beautifully tiled shower and bathroom in every room.
ACA students going to Bogenhofen will most likely fly into either Salzburg, Austria or Munich (Munchen), Germany. Whenever possible we do advise students to fly to Salzburg as this is much closer to the school. Munich is about 75 miles northwest of the campus. All students must notify the program director of their arrival time and information at least five working days prior to their arrival. There is no transportation fee for the first arrival or the final departure. Please send in your Notice of Arrival to the Program Director by going to the ACA web page, www.aca-noborders.org, click on Preparing to Travel, Arrival Form, complete the form and submit it. Someone from the school will be waiting for you at the airport to pick you up.
Citizens of US, Canada, and European Union passport holders, do not require a visa. However, you must have a valid passport (valid for at least 3-6 months longer than your stay abroad).
There is limited train service from Hagenau to Braunau. Also, the school has bicycles that are available to students. These make it easy to get into Braunau or Simbach. Both of these towns have several small stores with a reasonable range of items available. There is also a small store on campus where you can buy school supplies and everyday necessities. Adventurous students might wish to buy a bicycle box for the airplane and take their own bicycles with them.
Note: Minimum number of students required for this program will be decided by ACA and Bogenhofen.
The weather at Bogenhofen is much like that of Salzburg. Salzburg lies at the northern edge of the Eastern Alps. Below is a table indicating the average high and the average low temperatures for the months of June, July and August.
- June 73/56°F 23/13°C
- July 75/59°F 24/15°C
- August 75/59°F 24/15°C
The temperatures at Bogenhofen will probably be slightly warmer.
The school at Bogenhofen can usually be reached by phone from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Once in Europe the total number to call will depend on the origin of the call. Several probable sources are listed below:
- Germany (0043 7722) 63125
- France (1943 7722) 63125
- Spain (43 7722) 63125
- Switzerland (0043 7722) 63125
- Austria, except Braunau area (0 7722) 63125
- Braunau 63125
Students receive 120 hours of formal instruction. Except as otherwise announced classes Monday to Friday are in the morning. The remainder of the day is available for study and recreation. In addition to organized tour outings to famous places like Salzburg, Hallstatt, Vienna and Chiemsee, a variety of optional activities (like trips to Neuschwanstein castle and medieval Rothenburg) are planned - some of which will require an expenditure of money.
All students must participate in the outings designated as cultural tours. These tours are an integral part of the instructional program. Record will be taken and specific assignments given. Students' completion of these assignments and positive participation in the tours will affect their overall grade in courses for which they are enrolled.