Reunion 2022 Program

The Academic Year in Freiburg and the AYF Alumni & Friends e.V. (the German chapter of the AYF alumni club) are hosting an AYF Reunion from July 7-10, 2022.

On this page you will find a detailed program description. The registration form for reunion events can be found on this Registration Page.

Please register by June 20, 2022, all persons in your party for each event you wish to attend in the registration form that follows below. All alumni should register themselves (plus partner/s, children, close friend/s joining you). Please do not register whole groups of alumni using this form; doing so would likely lead to duplication and confusion on our end.

Thursday, July 7 – Open House & Dinner

AYF Program Center, Open House, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Make sure to visit the new AYF program center to find out where current students make their home away from home.

Our current students are eager to meet you and hear about your year abroad while sharing stories and photographs from a few highlights of their time in Freiburg. Refreshments, coffee/tea, fruit juices and water will be served.

Your Welcome Package and any pre-ordered AYF T-shirts (more info below) can be picked up during the Open House.

We are also organizing an alumni group dinner at “Der Kaiser” but of course you are more than welcome to make your own arrangements. If you are meeting friends and classmates on Thursday evening and want to go out for dinner, reservations are strongly encouraged for larger groups.

Dinner at “Der Kaiser”, 7 p.m.

Join us for a Reunion Dinner at “Der Kaiser.”

This local favorite offers both Badische and Viennese classics, Mediterranean cuisine and Alsatian staples such as Flammkuchen. The Freiburger “Kaiser” has a very good but not overly fancy (nor pricey) kitchen, a great selection of libations, and a lovely atmosphere!

Depending on the group size, we will either order from a “kleine Karte” or à la carte (t.b.d.).

Friday, July 8 – Open House, Guided Tours, Welcome Reception

For Friday, July 8, we have lined up four guided tours for JYF and AYF alumni and invite you to stop by at the Open House of the current AYF Program Center.

In the evening, we will gather for a Welcome Reception in Kastaniengarten on Schlossberg, the Freiburg Biergarten with the most fabulous view of the Schwabentor and the Münster.

AYF Program Center, Open House, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make sure to visit the new AYF program center to find out where current students make their home away from home.

Our current students are eager to meet you and hear about your year abroad while sharing stories and photographs from a few highlights of their time in Freiburg. Refreshments, coffee/tea, fruit juices and water will be served.

Your Welcome Package and any pre-ordered AYF T-shirts (more info below) can be picked up during the Open House.

Guided Tours (in English, different times)

Four different tours will be offered on Friday for anyone ready to start the festivities on Thursday or planning on an early Friday arrival. Maximum group size for each tour is 25. The “Freiburg Yesterday and Today” tour could accommodate two groups of 25 each, if needed. Meeting locations will be announced in your confirmation email after registration.

 

Prof. Angeli Janhsen

Art in Public Spaces Around the University

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

 

 

Freiburg Yesterday and Today

Brush up on your Freiburg history and explore recent developments alike.

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

 

 

University Library

The UB has been called “Death Star” by its detractors and “Black Diamond” by fans. Certainly, its design evokes strong reactions. Find out more during a tour that explores the architecture, function, and sustainability features of the new UB!

2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

 

Prof. Peter McIsaac

 Freiburg Memory Culture: From Holocaust Memorials to Reckoning with Freiburg’s Colonial Legacy

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

 

Welcome Reception and Biergarten (6 p.m. – open end)

Please join us for a Welcome Reception at Freiburg’s most stunning summer living room, the Kastaniengarten behind Greiffenegg-Schlössle. We will have a special section overlooking Schwabentor and the Münster reserved for us and start out the evening with some flutes of Geldermann-Sekt.

Stay as long as you like to catch up with friends and make new friends, or head off into the city at your leisure. If you plan to go out for dinner with your JYF / AYF friends and classmates at a different location, reservations are strongly encouraged for larger groups.

Saturday, July 9 – AYF Band Performance at Ganter Biergarten

Revisit your old haunts, your favorite dorm, or rediscover the city at your leisure during the day.

In the evening, let’s close out the day together with a casual gathering and live music at the Ganter Biergarten (6 p.m., rain location: Wodanhalle) 

While basking in the company of your classmates, swapping stories with other alumni and current students while enjoying a cool beer or other beverage, cheer on our very own AYF band!

The Black Forest Badgers – a band featuring AYF students and staff alongside local friends of the program – are looking forward to playing for you at Ganter Biergarten! 

Sunday, July 10 – Hike along Schluchsee

We invite you to join us for a moderate hike along beautiful Schluchsee on this daytrip into the Black Forest (ca. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).

Take in gorgeous views on a meandering train ride past Titisee and up into the Black Forest, then walk, hike or amble alongside Schluchsee from Seebrugg to Aha. Stop for lunch or Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) at Unterkrummenhof, a charming Black Forest farm restaurant with good local fare.

The actual hike is roughly 6.5 miles and takes about 2.5 hours at medium speed (longer if you opt for an amble). It has an elevation gain of only about 130 meters along the whole distance. Our lunch / Kaffee und Kuchen stop at Unterkrummenhof breaks it up just a touch past the middle of the whole tour.

If you feel adventurous, bring your swimming gear and a towel! Swimming is permitted and AYFers have been observed jumping into Schluchsee to cool off lakeside just 50 meters from Unterkrummenhof.

 

A Word about Corona

If trends from the past two summers hold and barring dramatic pandemic developments, we should be able to have a fun-filled boisterous celebration together with minimal restrictions come July. Even at this moment there are barely any restrictions left. But, of course, the schedule outlined above depends on the then-current pandemic – or possibly – endemic situation and the state’s mitigation rules at the time. As of early May 2022, for example, University buildings are accessible to everyone without special checks of their vaccination or testing status, and FFP2 / N95 masks are required only through the end of May. Germany has recently seen significant opening and reduction of Corona mitigation regulations and while Omicron infection incidences are still high, we are quite optimistic that by July the situation will be much improved and a “new normal” celebration entirely possible. Some uncertainty will remain. Therefore, we encourage you to book flights and accommodations with generous cancellation or re-booking policies, just in case.

Accommodations and Public Transportation

If you are planning to join us on this special occasion, we strongly encourage you to begin looking for accommodations as soon as possible. There is clearly pent-up demand and desire for travel (who among us couldn’t relate to that?). And we – along with the local tourism board – anticipate further increased demand resulting from all the great press Freiburg received after Lonely Planet named it the 3rd best city in the world to visit in 2022. We expect that hotel accommodations for the summer will begin to fill up quickly this year. It is worth to start planning your visit now.

On a side note, the BIG Anniversary Reunion will be held July 6-10, 2023, and information on the detailed program for 2023 will be made available in the next few months. We expect Registration for 2023 to open in October 2022.

Information on Accommodations and Public Transportation is available online on the AYF website in the Alumni Visits section.

Registration and Fee Information 2022

Since capacities are limited in some venues, since reservations, bookings, and locations may need to be adjusted based on alumni interest, a detailed pre-registration through this Registration Page is required. 

To register, please go to the Registration Page to sign up and let us know which events you are planning to attend.

As part of registration for this celebratory reunion weekend, we are kindly requesting a contribution of 30 € for each adult in your party to AYF Alumni & Friends, the German Chapter of the AYF Alumni Club.

These funds help defray part of the cost associated with the festivities. Any surplus is a fundraiser earmarked for scholarships and travel grants for current and future AYF students. By celebrating with us, you can ensure that their year with AYF will be as memorable as yours!

AYF Logo T-Shirt Fundraiser

AYF Alumni & Friends, the German chapter of the alumni club, is offering AYF logo T-Shirts for 25 € a piece. All proceeds go toward the alumni club scholarship fund.

Available ash-grey Fruit-of-the-Loom  T-Shirts in the following sizes: S, M, L, XL, and XXL.

Pre-order with your reunion 2022 registration and your T-Shirt(s) will be waiting for you at the AYF Open House on Thursday and Friday or at the Welcome Reception on Friday evening.

For program alumni who are sadly not able to attend the Reunion and don’t want to wait for the big Anniversary Celebration next year, it is possible to make their donation to the AYF Alumni & Friends e.V. and request shipping of AYF T-Shirts for an additional 5 € through the alumni club’s German website.

What to do next and where to go from here …

Inquiries regarding the reunion may also be directed to reunion@ayf.uni-freiburg.de.