As the famous psychologist Carl Rogers once said, "This is where all the trouble started!" In Vienna, the birthplace of psychoanalysis and home to Sigmund Freud and numerous other legendary psychologists, you can experience both the history and practice of psychology from a unique vantage point. Explore the richness of this city’s past and present in an academic environment specially designed for the student of Psychology.
The program is organized into two topics: Psychology & Society, and Health Psychology & Communication. Students examining Psychology & Society learn about the emergence of psychology in Vienna and consider closely how different methodologies today both reflect and challenge Freud's legacy. Students studying Health Psychology & Communication take a more practical approach as they explore the field of counseling, and develop skills in listening and empathy.
You can also gain or build German language skills through language courses available at all levels.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
We offer unique courses that explore Psychology and related subjects through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You enroll in two or three courses, for a total of 6 to 9 credit hours (an additional fee applies for students taking more than 6 credits). German language instruction is required for students with less than one year of college-level German.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
We organize various course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society. Destinations may include:
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Vienna, it will feel like home.
You live in an apartment that typically accommodates four to five students with access to kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the program fee.
Part of making you feel at home in Vienna is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
After arrival in Vienna, you participate in an orientation program which introduces them to the city of Vienna, the IES Abroad program, and student life in the city. During the first few days, you settle into your housing, take care of formalities, receive briefings on safety and security, and tour Vienna and the surrounding area.
Your program will include an overnight trip to Budapest, Hungary. You will also go on a day trip to Semmering, a historic resort in the nearby Alps.
About the Center
Also known as the Palais Corbelli, the IES Abroad Vienna Center is an elegant 18th century palace in the heart of the city and is just minutes from many of the museums, theaters, and other major cultural attractions that have bestowed international fame on Vienna.
An international scholar, Dr. Solvik holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Music and Intellectual History from Cornell University. Born in Norway, he speaks Norwegian, German, and English fluently, and uses French as a research language.
Dr. Solvik was instrumental in setting up the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program, which he has coordinated since 1999, and has also designed and taught numerous courses in Music History. In addition to his work with IES Abroad Vienna, Dr. Solvik has served as lecturer at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (The University for Music and Performing Arts). His teaching and administrative experience is augmented by his active and productive scholarly career as an expert on Gustav Mahler.
IES Abroad Vienna Staff
Kendall Burgess, M.A.Academic Registrar / Assistant to the Center Director
Kaja CiupinskaInstitutional Relations and Events Coordinator
Helmut SummesbergerManager of Student Affairs
Meral KölblingerStudent Health & Safety Coordinator / Student Affairs
Mathias SchmerbachAccounting and Finance Manager
Tobias SigmundStudent Housing Coordinator / Student Affairs
Dieter StroblFacilities Coordinator / Library Services
IES Abroad Vienna Faculty
Mag., University of Vienna
Mag., University of Vienna
Gabriele AmonStudio Art
Mag. Art, University for Applied Arts in Vienna; Univ.-Lekt. University of Applied Arts, Institute for Art and Technology – dept. of Textile
Ulrike AntonMusic History
1er Prix—Degré Superieur (Conservatoire Hector Berlioz, Paris); Professional Performance Diploma (Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester); Master of Music (University of Manchester); Ph.D in musicology (University of Vienna/University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna); International concert flutist
Roswitha BeneschArt History
Doctor philosophiae, Lektorin Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
Deirdre BrennerMusic Performance (Coaching staff)
BA, Dartmouth College (USA); MMus, Royal Academy of Music (London, UK); Master's in Lied and Oratorio, Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversitaet (Vienna, Austria)
Bianca CalinescuMusic Performance (Coaching staff)
Diploma in Piano Performance, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Ciarán Cassidy Finance, EconomicsPh.D., University of Manchester (UK); Professor and Finance Dept. Head, University of Applied Sciences, Wiener Neustadt, Austria
Philine (Scherer-)DresslerPolitical Science, Interdisciplinary European and International StudiesDLG, MAIS-Mag., University of Vienna (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna)ICAN Austria (NGO)
Peter FischerInternational Law
Dr.juris Vienna University Dr.juris honoris causa Bratislava University Professor emeritus Vienna University Professor Bratislava School of Law
Tibor FrankHistory, Cultural History
MA, DrUniv, PhD, DLitt
Corr. Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Professor of History
Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Michele FriedmanMusic Performance
B.M., M.M., California State University; Lehrauftragte—Universität Mozarteum Salzburg; Lehrauftragte—Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst; Lehrende—Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
Dietmar FrieseneggerMusic History (Summer)MA; Ph.D Candidate, Cornell University
Peter GerlichPolitical Science
Doctor rerum politicarum, Master of Arts, Ordentlicher Professor, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien
Barbara GorzynskaMusic Performance (Coaching staff)
M.A. in Music Performance (violin), Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland; Adjunct, Academy of Music in Lodz; Visiting Professor, University for Music and Performing Arts in Graz
Gerold GruberMusic Theory
PhD Musicology, University of Vienna; Univ. Doz., a.o. Univ. Prof. Musicology at the Institute for Analysis, Theory and History of Music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
Saskia HaagTheatrePh.D, Universität Konstanz (Germany)University of Innsbruck
Carolyn HagueMusic Performance (Coaching staff)
BM, Stetson University; MM, University of Louisville; DMA, University of Maryland at College Park; Lehrende—Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
Günter HaikaLiterature, Culture and Gender Studies
Mag. phil., Professor University of Vienna; Wake Forest University Vienna Program
Doctor rerum oeconomia, Dozent, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Karl-Franzens Universität Graz und Universität Innsbruck
Antonia HanreichHistory, Cultural History
Doctor philosophiae, University of Vienna
Freiberufliche Vortragende der
Veronika HaunoldPublic Service Internship CoordinatorMA, University of ViennaEU Environmental Bureau; TINA Ltd, Vienna
Ph.D., Doctor de Letteren (Leuven, 1996); professzor, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest, Hungary
Miguel Kertsman Music ProductionBM – Music Production & Engineering/Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston; Program Director, Master’s of Arts Program in Music for Film and Media, Danube University, Austria.
Katharina KlettermayerPublic Service Internship CoordinatorMA, University of Vienna
Romano Centro, Vienna
Doerte KuhlmannArt History, ArchitecturePh.D., Bauhaus University in Weimar; professor of Architecture Theory, Gender Studies and design, Institute of Architectural Sciences,Vienna University of Technology
Janina KurzmannPsychologyMag.rer.nat, University of Vienna; Mag.rer.soc.oec., Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.Lecturer, VHS Vienna; freelance psychologist (Schmetterlingsperspektiven)
Erik LeidalMusic History
B.M. in Music History, B.A. in English Literature, Rice University; M.A. in Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; independent international performer
William McElheneyMusic Performance (Coaching staff)Indiana University (Bloomington); diploma in Trombone Performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Vienna Philharmonic
Graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Music and Political Science and a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna in Contemporary History, Editor in Chief of the English-language monthly, The Vienna Review
Monika MeyerGerman (Intensives)
Mag., Universität Wien
Wolfgang MoelzerBusiness, Management
Ph.D, University of Economics and Business Administration; Managing Partner of BKB Management
John MoraitisMusic History
Ph.D. in Musicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MA in Musicology, University of Georgia
Ph.D. in Literatures in English at Rutgers UniversityLecturer at the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies at Eötvös Loránd University
Beatrice OttersböckArt History
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh
Freiberufliche Vortragende der Kunstgeschichte
Renate Philapitsch-AschoberGerman (Intensives)
Ph.D, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Sprachtrainerin
MSc, MA, University of Vienna; Lecturer for German Language, University of York, Psychologist, Vienna grammar school teacher
Gabriele ProyMusic Composition
Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts
Lisa ReganArt HistoryPh.D University of Calfornia Berkeley, Instructor at UC Berkely and Lecturer at UC Santa Cruz
Tamás RétiEconomicsKözgazdasági és Piackutató Intézet (Kopint-Datorg), Budapest, Hungary
Mag., University of Vienna
Heidi RoesslerSupervised Teaching Internship Coordinator
Magistra philosophiae, University of Vienna
Lehrerin, Bundesgymnasium Wien XIX
Anna RonaiMusic Performance (Summer)
MA, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
Russell RyanMusic Performance (Summer)DMA, University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Professor of Collaborative Piano, Arizona State University
Margarete SchachermeierGerman, Cultural HistoryAkademisches Übersetzerdiplom, University of ViennaSprachtrainerin
Nadja SchmidtPolitical Science, Interdisciplinary European Studies
Mag., University of Vienna, Mag. College of Europe in Natolin/Poland; Phd student and lecturer, Political Science, University of Vienna
Director, ICAN Vienna (NGO)
Miyuki SchuesslerMusic Performance (Coaching Staff)
Kunitachi College of Music (Tokyo); diploma in Piano Performance from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna; Lehrende – Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität
Martin SchwarzBusiness Internship Coordinator
Master of Art, University of Southern California-Los Angeles; Direktor
Martin Schwarz G.m.b.H.
Mag., University of Vienna; Sprachtrainerin
Dip, University of Vienna
Morten SolvikMusic History
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania,
IES Abroad Vienna Center Director
Reinhold StipsitsPsychologyPh.D. Dr.phil. ao. Professor; Institut für Bildungswissenschaft (Dept. of Education); University of Vienna
Mag., University of Vienna
Doctor philosophiae, University of Vienna
Gudrun SwobodaArt History
PhD, University of Vienna
Curator Curator of Italian, Spanish and French Baroque Painting, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; Lecturer, University of Vienna
PhD in German philology from the University of ViennaProfessor für österreichische Geschichte, Univerität Wien
Ph.D., Universität Wien
Austrian Academy of Science
Natalia WächterSociology, Anthropology, Political Science
Dr. phil., Mag. rer.soc.oec, University of Vienna; senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna