Are alcohol and tobacco permitted?

No!
The use of alcoholic beverages and tobacco is NOT permitted for the duration of the Bible School.

Are pets allowed?

No!
For hygienic reasons, they are not allowed at Tauernhof.

Are there shops nearby to buy groceries and toiletries?

We are about a 5 minute walk from a large grocery store and other shops which sell almost everything you could possibly need (Note: shops are closed on Sundays).

Can I do my laundry during my time there?

Yes!
The costs for one load a week are included in the student fee.

Do I need a Visa if I plan to stay longer than 90 days in Europe?

Yes, non EU nationals will need a Visa for stays in Europe of longer than 90 days.

Please note that if you are a non-European national, you may only spend a total of 90 days in Europe without a Visa in any given 6 month period.

If you don’t stay longer than 90 days in Europe, and have no plans to return to Europe in the next 6 months after leaving Europe, you don’t need a Visa.

This does not apply for people from Asia and Africa who will always need a Visa for the duration of the time in Europe.

If you are accepted to volunteer at Tauernhof before or after attending Tauernhof Bible School (this has to be a total of 6 months or more), then we can help you apply for a Visa in Austria once you are here (and this will allow you to remain in Europe from the date of application till the end). In this case, please enter Europe as a tourist.

In all other cases when you intend to stay longer than 90 days in Europe, you will need to obtain a visa BEFORE YOU COME TO EUROPE.

If you plan to travel before or after Bible School and so think you might need a Visa, we advise you to contact the Austrian Foreign Ministry in your home country. We are happy to email you a confirmation letter for the embassy.

Do I need medical insurance as a student? How does it work?

Yes, in Austria everyone must have medical insurance by law. In order to get a student visa, proof of medical insurance is required. Therefore, you must be insured when you arrive.

For those outside of the EU:
In Austria you normally pay the bill immediately in cash/credit card and then hand the receipt in to your insurance company and they will pay you back.

Do I need to have any knowledge of German to come to Tauernhof for Bible School?

No!
Our entire Bible School program and all activities are run in English. Also, our area of Europe is very international, so shopping and travelling can easily be done in English.

Does my University offer credits for attending Tauernhof Bible School ?

The following Colleges and Universities have offered credit for studies at a Torchbearer Bible School:

Alberta College of Art, 1407-14th Ave NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4R3, Canada

Appalachain State University, Boone, NC 28608, USA

Arizona State University, Temp, AZ 85287-0112, USA

Athabasca University, Box 10,000, Athabasca, AB, T0G 2R0, Canada

Azusa Pacific University, 901 E. Alosta Ave, P.O.Box 7000, Azusa, CA 91702-7000, USA

Belmont College

Bethany College, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066, USA

Bethel College & Theological Seminary, 3900 Bethel Drive, St Paul, MN 55112, USA

Biola University, 13800 Biola Ave, La Mirada, CA 90639-0001, USA

Bob Jones University, 1700 Wadhampton Blvd, Greenville, SC, USA

Bowie State University, Bowie, MD 20715, USA

Briercrest Bible College, Caronport, SK, S0H 0S0, Canada

Brock University, St Catherines, ON, L2S 3A1, Canada

Bryan College, Box 7000, Dayon, TN 37321-7000, USA

Bryn Mawr College, Ely House, Bryn Mawr, PA 19100, USA

California State College

Calvary Bible College, 15800 Calvary Road, Kansas City, MO 641-1341, USA

Canadian Bible College, 4400 4th Ave, Regina, SK, S4T 0H8 Canada

Cedarville College, P.O.Box 601, Cedarville, OH 45314, USA

Christian Heritage College, 2100 Greenfield Drive, El Cajon, CA 92019-1157, USA

Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, P.O.Box 3122, Columbia, SC 29230-3122, USA

Colorado Christian University, 180 South Garrison Street, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA

Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA 37350, USA

Crown College, 6425 County Road No. 30, St. Bonisacius, MN 55375, USA

Denver Seminary, Box 10,000, Denver, CO 80250, USA

Eastern College, St David‘s, Pennsylvania, USA

Emmanuel Bible College

Fresno Pacific College, 1717 South Chestnut Ave, Fresno, CA 93702, USA

George Fox College, 418 N Meridan St, Newberg, OR 97132, USA

Gordon Conwell Theology Seminary, 130 Essex Street, S. Hamilton, Maryland 01982, USA

Grace College of the Bible, 200 Seminary Dr, Winona Lake, IN 46590, USA

Grace Theological Seminary, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590, USA

Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA

John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR 72761, USA

Kings University College, 9125 50th St, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA 24506-8001, USA

Linda Vista Baptist College & Seminary, 2075 E Madison Ave, El Cajon, CA 92019, USA

London Baptist College, 30 Grande Ave, London, ON, N6C 1K8, Canada

Masters College, 21726 Placerita Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91321-1200, USA

McMaster University, Gilmour Hall, Room 120, Hamilton, ON, L8S 4L8, Canada

Mennonite Brethren Bible College

Miami Christian University

Michigan State University

Moody Bible Institute

Multnomah Seminary, 8435 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR 97220-5898, USA

Northwest Baptist College, P.O.Box 790, Langley, BC V3A 8B8, Canada

Northwest College, P.O.Box 579, Kirkland, WA 98083-0579, USA

Northwest College of the Assemblies of God

North Central Bible School, 910 Elliot Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404-9977, USA

North Park Theological Seminary, 5125 North Spaulding Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA

Ontario Bible College, 25 Ballyconnor Court, North York, ON, M2M 4B3, Canada

Ontario Theological Seminary, 25 Ballyconnor Court, North York, ON, M2M 4B3, Canada

Oregon Health Sciences, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, OR 97201-3098, USA

Philadelphia College of the Bible, 200 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047-2990, USA

Prairie Bible College, Box 4019, Three Hills, AB, T0M 2A0, Canada

Prairie Continuing Education, Box 4019, Three Hills, AB, T0M 2A0, Canada

Regent College, 5800 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2E4, Canada

Regis University, 3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver, CO 80881-1099, USA

San Jose Christian College, 790 5 12th Street, San Jose, CA 95112, USA

Seattle Pacific University, 3307 Third Ave West, Seattle, WA 98119-1997, USA

St Olaf College, Northfield, MN 55057-1011, USA

Tennessee State University

Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598, USA

Trent University, Peterborough, ON, K9J 7B8, Canada

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2065 Half Day Road, Deerfield, IL 60015, USA

Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Rd, Langley, BC, V3A 6H4, Canada

Triune Biblical University, P.O.Box 912, Kelso, WA 98626, USA

University of Alaska, 3211 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA

University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4, Canada

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 4200 East Ninth Ave C288, CO 80262, USA

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, USA

Univeristy of Cincinnati, ML 00091, Cincinnati, Ohio 45201, USA

University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1, Canada

University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Dr, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4, Canada

University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School, Ann Arbour, MI 48109-1070, USA

University of North Carolina

University of Waterloo

University of West Florida, 11000 University Parkway, Pnsacola, FL 32514, USA

University of Washington, 1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195, USA

University of Winnipeg

University of Victoria, P.O.Box 3025, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P2, Canada

Washington Bible College, 6511 Princess Garden Parkway, Lanham, Maryland 20706, USA

Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 5th St, Wenatchee, WA 98801, USA

Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA

Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108-1023, USA

Wheaton College, 501 College Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187, USA

Whithworth College, Spokane, WA 99251-0105, USA

York University, 4700 Keele Street, North York, ON, M3J 1P3, Canada

How can I pay the Bible School/Upward Bound fees?

There are 3 possible ways to pay:

1)     Bank Draft or International Money Order in Euros drawn on an Austrian Bank and made out to “Tauernhof”.  This can be purchased at your local bank and sent to Tauernhof at the address above.  Please note that the local service charge for cashing an international check is 12 Euros, and so please add this amount to your check.

2)     Bank Transfer: Please use the Account Number 17400007708 at Tauernhof’s bank “Die Steiermärkische”, A-8970 Schladming, Austria (International Bank Account ‘IBAN’: AT252081517400007708, Bank Identifier Code ‘BIC’: STSPAT2G). Please note that the local service charge for receiving an international bank transfer is approximately 25 Euros.  As the exact amount always varies, the easiest way around this is to tell your bank that you wish to pay the bank charges both at your home bank and in Austria (common practice is for the bank charges to be split).  Alternatively, please add 25 Euros to the amount but bear in mind that there may be a shortfall which will need to paid when you arrive.

3)     Visa/MasterCard: It is possible to pay online by Visa or MasterCard. Please see the payment window that you can access under www.tauernhofaustria.at/en/bank-details.html and ensure that you give details of the course you are attending as the reference.  Please also note that there is a 2% surcharge on credit cards.

How do I find train schedules to and from Tauernhof?

Just visit the website for the:

– German Railway: www.bahn.de
– Austrian Railway: www.oebb.at

How do I get to Tauernhof?

Flying: The nearest airport is Salzburg. The cheapest way to get to Schladming from the airport is by train. To get to the main train station „Hauptbahnhof“ from the airport in Salzburg, take bus # 2 (travel time: 20 minutes, frequency: every 15 minutes, price: € 2,30). Then follow the train directions below. Alternatively, it is possible to get a minibus transfer which although is more expensive than the train (€30,00 compared to €16,20), it has the advantage of picking you up directly from the airport and is available any time of day. Please see http://www.reisen-habersatter.at/transfer-buchen-en.php?a=1 for more information and how to book.
From North America cheaper flights to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna and Munich are frequently available. From all of these cities there are train connections to Schladming (See www.bahn.de or www.oebb.at).

Train: Schladming is easily accessible by train from anywhere in Europe. From Salzburg „Hauptbahnhof“ take any train going towards Graz, Austria. It will stop in Schladming but you may have to switch trains in Bischofshofen which is approx. 30 minutes after Salzburg. There are several train connections from Salzburg to Schladming available each day. See website www.oebb.at for detailed train schedule information. Travel time from Salzburg is approx. 1 1/2 hours, price: € 16,20, Munich approx. 4 hours, price: approx. € 55,00 . When you arrive in Schladming, you can call us and we will pick you up, or you can walk – app. 15 minutes. (Phone booth in front of the train station, costs € 0,20, our local phone number: 22294). If walking, turn left outside the train station, and walk into town. Tauernhof is located by the base station of the Planai ski area gondola „Planai Bahn“, right next to the „Charly Kahr“ ski and sport shop.

How much pocket money do I need to bring?

This is a very individual consideration. While you are at Tauernhof, you really would not need any additional money, except for any food you eat or offered trips you may want to take part in during the weekends (these trips cost on average around 15 Euros).

Generally, you will need money for any outreaches which are not local. Of course, any skiing or other such activities require an appropriate amount of money. So…in many ways, it is up to you!

I have additional travel plans. What do you advise?

If you are making any additional travel plans prior or subsequent to the course, or between if you are attending consecutive courses at more than one European Torchbearers‘ School, you may want to purchase a Eurail pass before coming, or if you are under 26, you may buy an Inter-Rail pass, available at most European train stations. For detailed information regarding train passes, please check www.oebb.at (there is an English language option). An International Student Identification Card and an International Youth Hostel Card are also valuable. If you are traveling in Europe for the first time, a valuable investment is a guidebook such as „Let’s Go“ which is updated yearly (Harvard Student Agencies Inc., St. Martins Press, New York).

If I stay for only 90 days in Austria, do I need a Visa?

If you don’t stay longer than 90 days in Europe, and have no plans to return to Europe in the next 6 months after leaving Europe, you don’t need a Visa. Note that if you are a non-European national, you may only spend 90 days in Europe without a Visa in any given 6 month period.

This does not apply for people from Asia and Africa who will always need a Visa for the duration of the time in Europe.

Is it possible to obtain details of other students before Bible School/Upward Bound starts?

Unfortunately we are not able to provide details of other students due to data protection reasons but if you would like to travel together with other students then you can make a request under

Is it possible to send luggage to be stored at Tauernhof before I arrive and to store luggage at Tauernhof if I go travelling after Bible School/Upward Bound?

Yes!
You can send luggage to be stored here before you arrive and you may store luggage which you do not need to take travelling with you in the Main Building at Tauernhof.

Is it worth bringing my mountain bike to Spring Bible School?

Yes!
There are plenty of excellent mountain bike routes nearby and there is a secure bike shed where you can store your bike.

Is it worth bringing my skis or snowboard to Fall Bible School?

Definitely! Tauernhof is located right next to the base station of a World Cup ski area (the Planai mountain) – please see the Planai website for more information.

The official opening of the season is in December but skiing is normally possible from mid-November. In the last few weeks of Fall Bible School, there will be opportunities to hit the slopes at the weekend or during sport afternoons. If you plan to take advantage of this during your stay here, it would make sense to bring your skis or snowboard.

If you need to rent ski equipment, we have a good relationship with the ski rental shop located next door to Tauernhof.

What are the weekly requirements for the Fitness Plan?

What do I need to know about using my electrical devices?

The electrical current in Austria is 220 Volts A.C. 50 Hz. Therefore if you intend to bring any electrical appliances, you may need to bring a voltage converter as well as an adaptor plug.

What does a normal week look like for a student?

During the week, students have classes in the morning and some evenings. Afternoons and evenings after lectures are free for study, sports, outreaches, trips, socializing, duties etc. Students also meet during the week for family groups and various other activities. On Friday night we offer a social event which is organized by students and staff.

During the week, students normally have 3 classes from 9.20 – 12.20. On Monday evening, Wednesday evening and Thursday evening there is normally 1 lecture from 19.30 – 20.20.

Saturdays are free. We organize every Saturday outings for our students in which they are free to participate in (extra costs involved for transportation, admission fees etc.).

On Sundays we have a brunch and in the evening a worship service at the school.

What exactly is included in the student fee?

Included in the tuition and fees are:
– Lodging and meals
– Email/Internet access
– Laundry and detergent
– all books
– USB Stick
– use of Tauernhof sports equipment for organized activities

Not included in the tuition and fees are:
– The student visa required for students not from the European union (EUR €120,00) staying longer than 3 months in Europe (see FAQ Do I need a visa if I plan to stay longer than 3 months in Europe and what do I need to apply for a visa?)
– Health and accident insurance during Bible school
– Postage and telephone calls
– Travel expenses
– Outings on Saturdays

What happens if I am sick and need to visit a doctor?

There are always staff members available, and our RA’s sleep in the dorm building and are available 24 hours a day. This means that in an emergency we are available around the clock. There is a hospital about 5 minutes away (by car) and a family doctor who is fluent in English in our neighborhood. We have a good relationship with other specialists in the area as well.

What is the best way to access my money in Austria?

The easiest way to get money is to use your bank/debit/credit card and withdraw the money from a nearby ATM (less than 1 minute walk from Tauernhof).

What should I bring to Tauernhof?

Because of limited space, and also for travelling convenience, we suggest that you bring only what is essential. Here is information to help you know what to bring.

Clothing: Located in the Austrian Alps, Tauernhof experiences a typical temperate and mountain climate, with a fair degree of temperature variation and precipitation. Therefore you should bring some warm clothing for both indoors and outdoors. We suggest that you bring easy-care clothes that may be put in a dryer. You can label your clothes for easier identification.  Our dress standards require students to maintain a general neatness in appearance. Neat clothing should be worn for lectures, meals, outreaches, and other activities.
For meetings and meals on Sundays, students are expected to dress up appropriately. For graduation, we encourage men to wear a shirt and tie and they may also want to wear a jacket. Bring along some clothes suitable for practical work, both outdoors and indoors. For the fitness plan and recreation you should also bring running shoes, shorts, and a swim suit and hiking boots if wanted. A bathrobe and slippers are also advisable.

Other: You must have a good English Bible (a translation such as NASB, NIV, NKJV or similar, not a paraphrase – Tauernhof has concordances, commentaries and Bible dictionaries) as well as pens for lecture notes and assignments. We encourage you to bring a laptop for taking notes during lectures and you will also receive a USB Stick with information on it that you need for Bible School. If you do not have a laptop then we can provide this information on paper and also provide you with paper for taking notes.

Also be sure to bring towels and toiletries (bedding is provided). Please note that the electrical current in Austria is 220 Volts A.C. 50Hz. Therefore if you intend to bring any electrical appliances, you may need to bring a voltage converter as well as an adaptor plug. Please note as well that radios, CD players, and MP3’s may only be used with headphones. We encourage you to bring along any portable musical instrument that you play.

What will the weather be like?

In Fall it can be sunny and mild from September to October but by mid November the snow has normally arrived and it will be very cold by the time Fall School ends.

In Spring it can be cold and snowy in April but by the time Spring School ends it can be warm and sunny.

What’s the typical age of a student?

We warmly welcome students of all ages over 18. We have even had a ’student‘ aged 76!

However, please note that the typical average age of the student body in recent years has been 21 and so older applicants should bear that in mind before coming. In our experience, when older students understand that and choose to embrace it, it is a great blessing for them and the younger students.

When is the deadline for applying for Bible School/Upward Bound?

There is no deadline to apply but the sooner you do, the better your chances of getting a place! To check if there are still places available, please see the „Info“ column in the table on our website .

Where can I stay if I arrive early for Bible School/Upward Bound?

Because of cleaning activities, we don’t have beds available if you arrive early for Bible School. But there are several hotels, bed & breakfasts, as well as a youth hostel nearby Tauernhof. We recommend that you book a room in advance.

To check availability and make a reservation, please visit the Schladming Tourist Information website.

Where can visitors stay and have meals?

Visitors are welcome to stay at Tauernhof and enjoy meals if there is space available (please ask the Receptionist). Please be aware that in recent times Tauernhof has been too booked up to be able to have visitors to stay, but there are also plenty of places to stay in the area. We recommend that they book a room in advance.

To check availability and make a reservation, please visit the Schladming Tourist Information website.

Will I have internet access at Tauernhof?

At Tauernhof it is possible to have free wireless Internet using our wireless access point in the Lecture Hall/Eagles Nest.
If you don´t have a Laptop, you can use our student PC´s.