There is no group flight for this program. Students are encouraged to make flight arrangements to Frankfurt where they will meet with Professor Decker and other program participations to travel together to Münster. IP will provide students with specific arrival details so students may book their flights accordingly.
Upon arrival on Saturday, students will be provided transportation from the Münster train station to the student apartments. Students will have time to settle in and will then proceed to a welcome dinner later that evening. On Sunday, students will meet with Professor Decker to enjoy a walking tour of Münster and a group lunch. On Monday, students will be introduced to KAPITO and will take a placement exam. Intensive German classes will start on Monday or Tuesday.
In Münster, students will live in furnished apartments with native German speakers. Common areas and kitchens are shared and all students typically assist with chores in the apartment. Most students will have their own bedroom. There is internet access at KAPITO, but it is not guaranteed in the student apartments.
Students may cook meals in their apartment or go out to eat. Grocery shopping can be done at the open-air market on Domplatz or at a variety of grocery stores in Münster. Students may also choose to eat meals at the University of Münster cafeterias, which are particularly inexpensive. Please note that the estimate for meal costs assumes that students are purchasing groceries and preparing about half their meals.
Professor Decker will arrange two group meals per week—generally lunches or dinners. The schedule for these meals will be determined after students have been placed into courses. Some of the group meals may be integrated with cultural activites.
KAPITO arranges five cultural and/or social activities per week. These activities may include cycle tours, film shows, excursions, museum visits, visit to a moated castle near Münster, pub tours, and sporting events. There will be one full day excursion on one of the two middle weekends to Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen, Oberhausen, Aachen, Bremen or Hamburg. A guided tour of the city and a museum visit will normally be included. Professor Decker will also lead cultural activities each week, some of which may be integrated with the KAPITO events.
Münster is located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the cultural center of Westphalia and a significant center for business and administration. Although the city was destroyed in World War II, the historic center of the city was fully restored. The colorful bustle of the market in front of Münster’s Roman gothic cathedral, which lies in the middle of the oldest part of town, attracts crowds several times a week. The most popular mode of transportation in Münster is the bicycle! A wide net of bicycle paths makes it possible for cyclists to make outings to the green surroundings of the city. In and around Münster, there are also many castles, which were once inhabited by nobility and are now open to visitors. Rollins students in Münster typically walk to/from classes and activities, though there are is also public transportation available (buses and trains).
Students are encouraged to travel independently on the one free weekend during the program. From Münster students can travel easily by train or plane to many locations in Germany and/or nearby locations in Europe.