Past Bamberg Buddies Events

Since 2011, the American Studies team has organized about seven international events per year to help make the study abroad of our American and Canadian students even more of a success. We provide both academic information and organize activities that offer unique insights into German culture. During these events American, Canadian, and German students can get to know each other as a group. Several smaller get-togethers are organized by individual German and American students as well.

Check out some of our previous intercultural events here:

Welcome Events

…with essential information on the German university system, recommended courses for exchange students from overseas, a high-school program for American volunteers, and many insider tips on studying and living in Germany from an American colleague who studied and now works at Bamberg University. After the official part, up to 30 American, Canadian and German students mix and mingle over drinks, snacks (and often karaoke) in a student pub.

Regional Tours

...with hikes and bicycle tours through the Mainfranken region, complete with romantic castles, deep forests, and gorgeous vineyards that produce award winning wines in the flat and round distinctive glass bottle, called the Bocksbeutel, which we tried at a wine tasting in Zeil am Main.

Sports Events

...with visits to Yako Arena to watch a game of the famous Bamberg Brose Baskets, a long night of American Football in the club house of a local football and cheerleading club, the Bamberg Phantoms, and bowling and ice-skating afternoons to beat the November weather.

Seasonal Events

...with an international Thanksgiving dinner, evenings at the Christmas Market in Bamberg and Coburg, an Easter egg hunt along the river banks in Bamberg, and - spring and summer - an introduction to Franconian traditions during a "Bockbieranstich" at the Greifenklau brewery and a "Kellerabend" at Bamberg's Spezi-Keller.

Presidential Election Nights - 2012, 2016, 2020 (virtual), ...

...with international panel discussions, student presentations, an Election Quiz - and over 600 guests!

Our annual 4th of July Barbecue in the Hain Park

...complete with outdoor games and delicious food and drinks typical for the different home regions of our guests from the USA, Canada, Germany and many other countries.

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