International Academy of Apologetics

Summer Session Strasbourg

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

By sending a non-refundable personal cheque for $300, made out to "M. le Pr J. W. Montgomery" (if there is an "item" line in the lower left-hand corner of the cheque, write there "Apologetics Academy"). The cheque should be sent by ordinary airmail, NOT by registered mail or by a mailing service such as FedEX or UPS requiring signature. Be sure to provide not only your mailing address, but email address and phone number as well. Your deposit holds your place.

The mailing address is:

    M. le Pr J. W. Montgomery
    2, rue de Rome
    67000 Strasbourg
    France

The remainder ($2,695, also non-refundable) is due in two equal payments on March 1, 2017 and April 1, 2017. On registration, you will receive via email a full packet of materials in preparation for the July session.

How do I receive academic credit?

You must attend the class sessions and pass the 3-hour written examination the final Saturday morning of the program.

Is the academic credit I earn at the Academy transferable to my local university, college, or theological seminary?

U.S. undergraduate academic credit for participation in the program of the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights may be arranged through Concordia University Wisconsin.  Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Participants desiring graduate credit for Academy attendance should contact the Academy directly.

How do I increase my academic credit from 6 to 9 semester hours?

You must not only pass the 3-hour written examination on the final Saturday morning of the session but also prepare a term-paper length essay on an apologetic topic falling within the nine subject areas treated in each Academy session. That paper is prepared after you return home from the session and needs to be submitted for a Pass/Fail reading within the calendar year of your attendance (i.e., by 31 December). If the paper is considered a Pass, your academic credit for the July Academy session is increased from 3 to 6 (undergraduate) or 9 (graduate) semester hours. Details on submission of the paper are provided at the July session.

How do I become a fellow of the Academy?

You need to attend two July sessions (not necessarily in contiguous years). At the end of the second July session, you will sit not only for the written examination on the final Saturday morning but also for an oral examination that afternoon. On passing it, you will become a Fellow and can use the letters F.C.A. after your name. The expectation is that you will do extensive reading in the literature of apologetics between the two sessions you attend and will thus be well prepared for the oral examination conducted by the professors who are teaching during the second week of the July session when you sit for your oral.

How do I obtain the Diploma of the Academy?

By the presentation and oral defense of a thesis during a second July session of Academy attendance. The thesis topic must be approved in October of the year preceding your second July attendance, the first draft accepted by 1 March, and the final draft by 1 June. The candidate presents a lecture on the subject of his/her thesis at the Academy session, and is publicly questioned by the professors in residence, fellow students, and guests. If the defense is successful, the candidate supplies bound copies of the thesis to Patrick Henry and may employ after his/her name the designation Dipl.C.A. (if the thesis is in apologetics) or Diploma. (if the subject matter is human rights). Theses are normally of Master's length (approximately 125 pages), but can be considerably longer. Details are provided to candidates at the July Academy sessions.

What will the final exams be on? Will they be on the sessions or will they be on the reading done beforehand?

The final 3-hr written examination consists of 9 essays questions, one each on the mini-courses you have attended. You choose 6 of the 9 questions and write on each for approximately one-half hr (thus a 3-hr examination). The focus, then, is on the content of the class sessions; but, to receive an A or B (rather than a C) grade, it is essential to show in your answers that you have assimilated readings relevant to the material and ideas presented in the class sessions.

Laptops or other computers may not be used during the final examinations. Please bring adequate paper to handwrite your answers to the final exam questions.

Is there a recommended reading list in preparation for Academy sessions?

There is, and it will be sent to you as one of the items in the packet of materials you receive on registration.

What is the best way to get to Strasbourg?

There are many ways to arrive in Strasbourg.  Generally, the best possibilities are by plane to Strasbourg via London or Paris, or to Frankfurt and then by train or bus to Strasbourg.  Lufthansa offers a very convenient direct bus service from the Frankfurt airport to Strasbourg.  There is also the TGV high speed train from Paris to Strasbourg (just over 1 hr. and 50 minutes).  To be sure, other routes are perfectly possible, especially if you wish to do some European tourist travel before or after the Academy session.

How early should I arrive in Strasbourg?

You need to arrive during the business day (before 5 p.m. local time) on the Monday preceding the beginning of instruction. (Classes begin at the AUP on Tuesday at 10 a.m.) Address of the AUP (Aumônerie Universitaire Protestante): 7, avenue de la Forêt Noire; phone: 03-88610723.

How do I get to that address?

If you fly into the Strasbourg (Entzheim) Airport, you can take a taxi directly to the AUP for about 40 euros.  If you arrive by train or Lufthansa bus, take a taxi from the train station.

Suppose I must (or want to) arrive in Strasbourg earlier than the Monday preceding the start of classes?

You will need to arrange accommodations at a nearby hotel, since the University rooms are not available before Monday night.  We suggest Hotel Aux Trois Roses, 7 rue de Zurich.  It is reasonably priced and very conveniently located.  Naturally you can arrange a room elsewhere if you prefer.

Can my spouse stay in the University Residence with me?

Only if your spouse registers, as you do, in the Academy programme, and pays normal tuition. University rooms and meal cards are available only to those registered in approved programmes (such as the Academy). The Academy session is so excellent that we strongly recommend that both husbands and wives take part! If this is not possible, and the couple wish to occupy the same room, the only choice is independently to obtain hotel accommodations for the two weeks (see above). Unhappily, this will not reduce the Academy registrant's tuition fee, since that fee applies to everyone registered in the Academy programme whether staying in University residences or not. An alternative chosen by some past participants is for the spouse to arrive on the day that the Academy programme ends (the final Saturday) for subsequent tourist travel—but the ideal is surely for husband and wife to share the entire Academy experience!

Can my children stay in the University Residence with me (or with me and my spouse)?

Not unless they are themselves registered in the Academy session (see above).

Can I stay beyond the final Friday night at the University residence?

You can stay Saturday night, and, by special permission, Sunday night as well (as long as you vacate your room by 9 a.m. on Monday morning). There may be a minimal fee associated for staying over a night or two. During the day on Monday, other students will be arriving to occupy rooms, so Sunday night is the last possible night to stay in the residence. If you need (or want) to remain in Strasbourg longer, you will need personally to arrange hotel accommodations (see above).

Is there an Academy dress code?

There is not. Dress is informal in Strasbourg. The weather is variable—it can be quite warm, but rain is not uncommon (with corresponding sudden drops in temperature). It is suggested that you bring summer weight clothing, but put in a sweater and an umbrella just in case! Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Be careful with hair dryers and other electrical devices; it is not just a matter of using a U.S. (or U.K.) to French converter plug; the device must work on 240 volts.

Can I use my laptop?

Yes—as long as it operates on 240 volts and not just 120 (same for any peripherals you will have with you). Wireless internet service is available at the AUP.

What does my payment for the Academy sessions cover? How do I handle money matters?

Your payment for attendance at the Academy session covers tuition, your accommodations (in University facilities) for the ten days of the session, and a University meal card for the University restaurants (lunch and dinner), covering the same time period; the excursion on 14 July is also included. Thus, only your travel to/from Strasbourg, a few meals (when the group plans voluntary social occasions in town or otherwise), and personal purchasing will not be covered in what you pay to the Academy. In bringing money with you, we highly recommend you exchange your money for Euros before coming to Strasbourg. For your own convenience, we have found it best to bring Euros from the States or your home country. Travelers' cheques are not recommended, since they can be cumbersome to cash. Visa and Master Card are accepted almost everywhere. Those without credit cards may wish to purchase a prepaid Visa card before departing.

About how much is a reasonable per diem for personal expenses in Strasbourg during the Academy programme?

In Strasbourg, the only expenses beyond what you pay for the programme would be about 10 Euros per day for food (the university restaurants expect students to catch light breakfasts on their own), plus your lunch on the 14th during our excursion into the Vosges (25 Euros?), plus transport to/from the train station at the beginning and end of your stay (around 50 Euros total). There are three optional restaurant evenings in town; if you do these, each will cost about 25 Euros. Naturally, any personal purchasing that you do would add to this.

What about my cell phone?

Most cell phones have the option to add on a global feature for the duration of your travels in Europe.  Contact your specific provider for information regarding this service.  If your cell phone does not have global service, it should not be relied upon to work as a timepiece in France.  Do bring a watch and perhaps even a travel alarm.

What is Strasbourg like?

For a delightful introduction to the city where the International Academy's summer study sessions take place, check out the city's official website. To see it, go to www.strasbourg.eu.

Can I contact someone personally if I have other questions?

Yes.

For students from the United States, Craig Parton can be reached at: CLICK HERE.

For U.K. or European students, Prof. Dr Montgomery is available at either +333-88610882 or +333-88867370.