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Why Vienna?

Vienna will be your classroom. Can you imagine learning about Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis and then touring his home and the office where he practiced? Or studying politics and international organizations and visiting the UN, the OSCE, or OPEC? How about exploring art history in Vienna’s world-famous galleries and museums? Welcome to study abroad! Wherever possible our courses take advantage of the city’s historical, artistic, and cultural sites and include a hands-on, practical component.

 

What You'll Study

Offering both English- and German-taught courses, the IES Abroad Vienna European Society & Culture program allows you to study the culture, history, business, and politics of a region that continues to play a major role on the world stage. You can also enroll in an internship or field experience, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.



Open to students at all German language levels, our program brings more than 60 years of experience to a variety of unique courses taught by faculty from top European institutions. Courses are clustered into the following topics:

  • German Language
  • European Business, Economics, and Politics
  • Society and Self
  • The Arts

If you have a sufficient background in German you can also enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien. There you will experience the Austrian education system, have the option to participate in student activities, and make some Austrian friends.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home in Vienna, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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 Austrian History, Culture, Art, and many other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors, as well as course options at the prestigious Universität Wien, enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives both in and out of class.

You take 16–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Language courses are taught in German, and all other courses are taught in English, unless otherwise noted. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.

If you have taken fewer than 4 semesters of college-level German or the equivalent, you enroll in English-taught IES Abroad courses. If you have advanced-level German language proficiency, you may enroll in a combination of German- and English-taught courses or all German-taught IES Abroad courses. Students with advanced language skills can also enroll in partner university courses.

You create your academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad German language course (required, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad area studies courses* (3-4 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center in English and German in a wide range of disciplines.
  • German-taught courses at Universität Wien  (advanced German required, credits vary)
  • IES Abroad Internship (includes internship and seminar, 3 credits)

German-taught Area Studies Courses

IES Abroad teaches the following area studies courses in German. Please note that these courses are open to students who test into GR401 and GR403. Students who test into GR351 will be considered for these courses on a case-by-case basis.  

Fall Semester Only:

  • CU321 Austria in Text and Film I: From the Turn of the Century to 1945
  • DR341 Vienna Theater I

Both Semesters:

  • CU345 The Cultural Heritage of Austria

Spring Semester Only:

  • IB/GR333 Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business 
  • CU322 Austria in Text and Film II: 1945 to Present 
  • DR342 Vienna Theater II 

Courses

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.

To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.

Art History
Course Name Term Language Credits
AH 221 - Austrian Art and Architecture Fall, Spring English 3
AH 230 - Modern Architecture in Vienna Spring English 3
AH 312 - Italian and Northern European Baroque Painting Fall English 3
AH 340 - From Monument to Memorial: War, Trauma and Memory in Central Europe’s Public Spaces Spring English 3
AH 360 - Art Analysis I: What is Modern Art? What is Modern? Fall English 3
AH 362 - Art Analysis II: Current Exhibitions in Vienna Spring English 3
AH 370 - Italian and Northern Renaissance Painting Spring English 3
CU/AH/HS 350 - Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts Spring English 3
Anthropology
Course Name Term Language Credits
AN/SO 328 - The Culture of Immigration Spring English 3
AN/SO 345 - Comparative Austrian and European Youth Cultures: Theories and Practices Fall English 3
Art
Course Name Term Language Credits
AR 390 - Experimental Studio in Applied Art: Screen Printing Fall, Spring English 3
Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU 321 - Austria in Text and Film I: From the Turn of the Century to 1945 Fall German 3
CU 322 - Austria in Text and Film II: 1945 to Present Spring German 3
CU 345 - The Cultural Heritage of Austria Fall, Spring German 3
CU 361 - The Culture of Trauma Fall, Spring English 3
CU/AH/HS 350 - Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts Spring English 3
CU/HS 304 - Vienna: Past and Present Fall, Spring English 3
CU/IB 210 - The Business of Wine: from Vine to Glass Fall English 3
EU/CU/MS 351 - Opera History 1: Beginnings through the Classical Period Fall English 3
EU/CU/MS 352 - Opera History 2: Romantic Through Modern Spring English 3
IN/CU 395 - Supervised Arts and Culture Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Drama
Course Name Term Language Credits
DR 341 - Vienna Theater I Fall German 3
DR 342 - Vienna Theater II Spring German 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC 356 - Transition to Market Economy in Central and Eastern Europe Fall English 3
EC 357 - Europe in the Global Economy Spring English 3
EC/FI 358 - Financial Markets And The Economy Spring English 3
EC/PO 235 - In Search of Sustainability: Energy, the Environment, and Society in Central Europe Spring English 3
FI/EC 360 - Asset Markets, Banking and the International Financial System Fall, Spring English 3
MG/EC 366 - International Project Management and Petroleum Economics Fall English 3
Education
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN/ED 395 - Supervised Teaching Field Experience Fall, Spring English 3
European Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
EU/CU/MS 351 - Opera History 1: Beginnings through the Classical Period Fall English 3
EU/CU/MS 352 - Opera History 2: Romantic Through Modern Spring English 3
Finance
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC/FI 358 - Financial Markets And The Economy Spring English 3
FI 342 - European Monetary Union (EMU) and Financial Integration Fall, Spring English 3
FI/EC 360 - Asset Markets, Banking and the International Financial System Fall, Spring English 3
German Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Fall, Spring German 4
GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Fall, Spring German 4
GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring German 4
GR 351 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring German 4
GR 401 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I Fall, Spring German 4
GR 403 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III Fall, Spring German 4
GR 451 - German Language in Context: Competent Abroad Fall, Spring German 4
IB/GR 333 - Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business Spring German 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/AH/HS 350 - Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts Spring English 3
CU/HS 304 - Vienna: Past and Present Fall, Spring English 3
HS 340 - Fin de Siècle Vienna: 1865 - 1914 Fall English 3
HS 341 - History and Memory: Monarchy and Dictatorship in 20th Century Central Europe Spring English 3
HS 351 - History of the Habsburg Empire Fall English 3
HS 352 - Modern Austria in Central Europe Spring English 3
HS 451 - Advanced Topics in History of the Habsburg Empire Fall English 4
HS 452 - Advanced Topics in History in Modern Austria in Central Europe Spring English 4
RL/HS 311 - Nations and Religions: Majorities and Minorities in Modern Central and Eastern Europe Fall English 3
RL/HS 312 - Coexistence and Conflict: The History of Eastern and Central European Jews Spring English 3
SO/HS 326 - East-West Passage: Emigration from Central Europe and U.S. Immigration in the 19th and 20th Centuries Fall English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/IB 210 - The Business of Wine: from Vine to Glass Fall English 3
IB/GR 333 - Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business Spring German 3
IM/IB 320 - Strategic Management Spring English 3
MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics Spring English 3
MG/IB 348 - Management Theory and Practice Fall English 3
MG/IB/IM 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations Fall, Spring English 3
MK/IB 305 - International Business and Marketing in Central Europe Fall, Spring English 3
MK/IB 315 - Arts, Entertainment, & Cultural Management Fall, Spring English 3
MK/IB 344 - International Business: Towards a Global Market Fall English 3
MK/IN/IB 395 - Supervised Business Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Intercultural Communication
Course Name Term Language Credits
IC 215 - Intercultural Communication Spring English 3
Industrial Management
Course Name Term Language Credits
IM/IB 320 - Strategic Management Spring English 3
MG/IB/IM 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN/CU 395 - Supervised Arts and Culture Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
IN/ED 395 - Supervised Teaching Field Experience Fall, Spring English 3
MK/IN/IB 395 - Supervised Business Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
SO/IN 395 - Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Literature
Course Name Term Language Credits
LT 331 - Comparative Central European Literature I: Literature, Culture, History and Ideology in Hungary and in Eastern-Europe Fall English 3
LT 332 - Comparative Central European Literature II: Literature, Culture, History and Ideology: Select Masterpieces of Eastern and Central European and American Literature Spring English 3
WS/LT 351 - The Woman as Writer and Perspective in Austrian Literature after 1945 Fall, Spring English 3
Management
Course Name Term Language Credits
MG/EC 366 - International Project Management and Petroleum Economics Fall English 3
MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics Spring English 3
MG/IB 348 - Management Theory and Practice Fall English 3
MG/IB/IM 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations Fall, Spring English 3
Marketing
Course Name Term Language Credits
MK/IB 305 - International Business and Marketing in Central Europe Fall, Spring English 3
MK/IB 315 - Arts, Entertainment, & Cultural Management Fall, Spring English 3
MK/IB 344 - International Business: Towards a Global Market Fall English 3
MK/IN/IB 395 - Supervised Business Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
Music Production
Course Name Term Language Credits
MR 305 - Principles Of Sound: Recording And Room Acoustics For Musicians Fall, Spring English 2
Music
Course Name Term Language Credits
EU/CU/MS 351 - Opera History 1: Beginnings through the Classical Period Fall English 3
EU/CU/MS 352 - Opera History 2: Romantic Through Modern Spring English 3
MS 207 - Music in Performance Fall, Spring English 3
MS 301 - Music Survey: Music From the Middle Ages to the Baroque Spring English 3
MS 302 - Music Survey: Classical Era to the 20th Century Fall English 3
MS 307 - Music and Politics Fall, Spring English 3
MS 370 - Gustav Mahler and Turn-of-the-Century Vienna Fall English 3
MS 371 - Arnold Schoenberg and the Early 20th Century Spring English 3
Philosophy
Course Name Term Language Credits
PH 360 - Cross-Cultural Philosophy Fall English 3
PH 390 - The Vienna Circle and American Philosophy: an Intercultural Dialogue Spring English 3
PH 460 - Advanced Seminar - Cross-Cultural Philosophy Fall English 4
PH 490 - The Vienna Circle and American Philosophy: an upper level seminar Spring English 4
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC/PO 235 - In Search of Sustainability: Energy, the Environment, and Society in Central Europe Spring English 3
PO 229 - The Political Geography of the New Europe Spring English 3
PO 309 - Globalization, Regionalization, and International Law Spring English 3
PO 352 - Europe Beyond the Nation State Fall English 3
PO 357 - International Organizations: Structures and Case Studies Fall English 3
Psychology
Course Name Term Language Credits
PS 214 - Cyberpsychology Fall English 3
PS 235 - Cross-Cultural Psychology Fall English 3
PS 321 - Personality Theories and Psychopathology Fall English 3
PS 330 - Psychology of Language Fall English 3
PS 346 - Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Therapy and Humanistic Psychology in Contemporary Culture Spring English 3
PS 350 - Vienna Project on Child Development: Culture and Developmental Psychology Spring English 3
PS 354 - Health Psychology and Communication Skills Training Spring English 3
SO/PS 340 - The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination Fall, Spring English 3
Religious Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
RL/HS 311 - Nations and Religions: Majorities and Minorities in Modern Central and Eastern Europe Fall English 3
RL/HS 312 - Coexistence and Conflict: The History of Eastern and Central European Jews Spring English 3
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
AN/SO 328 - The Culture of Immigration Spring English 3
AN/SO 345 - Comparative Austrian and European Youth Cultures: Theories and Practices Fall English 3
SO/HS 326 - East-West Passage: Emigration from Central Europe and U.S. Immigration in the 19th and 20th Centuries Fall English 3
SO/IN 395 - Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PS 340 - The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination Fall, Spring English 3
Women's Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
WS/LT 351 - The Woman as Writer and Perspective in Austrian Literature after 1945 Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

Universität Wien
www.univie.ac.at
Enrolling approximately 90,000 students, the Universität Wien offers a wide variety of courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. The University boasts recognized academic strengths in Germanic Studies, Political Science, and Theology.

Founded in 1365, the Universität Wien is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

Courses
Listed below is the broad range of disciplines available at the University. Universität Wien does not offer any undergraduate courses taught in English, and the language of the administration of the university is German.  As such, only students with advanced German are encouraged to consider enrollment at this institution. For specific course offerings, visit the Universität Wien website, and click “Blättern” to browse options. Please note that course offerings vary from semester to semester.

  • Business & Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Earth Sciences, Geography & Astronomy
  • History & Culture Studies
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Musicology
  • Philology & Culture Studies
  • Philosophy & Pedagogy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Sports Science & Sports
  • Theology
  • Translation

Internships

Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship.

Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  1. Add international work experience to your résumé

  2. Gain real work experience and skills

  3. Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. Proficiency in German language is not required for the Education Field Experience or Public Service internships, but is recommended for Arts & Culture and Business internships.

Placement Examples

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don’t see your field listed here? Just talk to your IES Abroad Advisor—new internships are always being added.

  • Arts & Culture — The arts and culture internship offers first-hand experience and involvement in Austrian cultural institutions (including museums and theaters), businesses, and service organizations engaged in the fields of arts, culture, and entertainment in Austria. Proficiency in German is recommended.
  • Business — Apply foreign language skills while building an international résumé. Most business internships require the equivalent of four semesters of college German, but this is not a prerequisite for all internships.
  • Education Field Experience — Supervised teaching involves 30 hours of teaching English in selected Viennese secondary schools. Students attend lectures once a week on the structure and function of the Austrian school system and comparative teaching methods. Proficiency in German is not required.
  • Public Service — Supervised public service internships involve 30 hours of work with environmental, social, medical, and charitable organizations. Proficiency in German is not required.

Field Trips & Events

Although your adventure begins in Vienna, our field trips take you to other great cities in Austria and beyond to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Vienna. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.

World Heritage Tour (Hallstatt, Salzburg, Český Krumlov & Prague)
6 days | Fall & Spring
Visit the village of Hallstatt and take a boat cruise on the beautiful Hallstättersee. Then, travel to Salzburg and visit a salt mine. Visit the beautiful city of Český Krumlov, the old town of which has been designated a World Heritage site along with the Castle District of Prague, which is the final destination of the trip.

Austrian Alps
3 days | Fall & Spring
Enjoy the skiing and the breathtaking scenery!

Wachau
1 day | Fall & Spring
Visit the famous Melk Abbey.

Styria Tour
2 days | Fall & Spring
Tour this Austrian region known for its delicious wines and vineyards.

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.

Course-Related Trips

IES Abroad Vienna also organizes course-related trips that complement IES Abroad courses and help you build your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society. Past trips have included visits to:

  • Political and economic institutions such as the Austrian Parliament and the United Nations office in the Vienna International Centre “UNO City”
  • Historical sites
  • Theater performances
  • Classical concerts

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

The program begins with an orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad staff, your fellow students, and the city of Vienna. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered.

Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.

During the weeks following orientation, you spend half of each day in intensive German language instruction. The rest of your time is spent in academic advising, lectures on contemporary Europe, Austria, and Vienna, and tours of Vienna and the surrounding area.

Housing

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.

Apartments – You have the option to live in an apartment that houses between three and six students. Some apartments are set aside for students interested in taking a language pledge and speaking only in German while at home.

Housing with Local Residents – You have the opportunity to live with one or more IES Abroad students and an Austrian landlady/landlord or Resident Assistant.

Residence Halls – Allowing you to live among Austrian and international students, residence halls feature double rooms with a shared bath.

You have full access to kitchen facilities for preparing meals, which are not included in the program fee. All housing options include free Internet access.

Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events

Redefine the way you live and learn in Vienna through our cultural events, such as:

  • City tours
  • Museum visits
  • Theater events
  • Extracurricular sporting activities through the Universitätssportinstitut (for a minimal fee)

IES Abroad Vienna participates in a “buddy system” for language learning with native German speakers. The program lets you practice German and meet local students.

Get to Know Your New City

Experience an Opera at the Wiener Staatsoper

Students have the incredible opportunity to see world-class opera performances for only a few euros.

Relax Along the Danube Canal

Enjoy the late afternoon sun while you take in the tranquility of this waterway.

Visit a Museum or Two on a Rainy Day

Whether you’re into classic or modern art, history, science, architecture, or nearly anything else, at least one of the 100+ museums of Vienna will interest you.

Ride the Praterturm at Prater Park

The “Prater Tower” is the highest swing ride in the world, providing both thrills and spectacular views of the city!

Sip Wine at an Authentic Heuriger

These Viennese wine taverns serve locally-produced wines and snacks to thirsty and hungry patrons who sit at long picnic tables.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Fall 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2018
Academic Year
$15,625
$28,110
$3,900
$7,800
$230
$455
$19,755
$36,365

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $15,240 $3,900 $230 $19,370


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit $5 million to our financial aid programs.

Our Center

Also known as the Palais Corbelli, the IES Abroad Vienna Center is an elegant 17th-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.

Features include:

  • Classrooms
  • Student lounge and small library
  • Computer lab
  • High-speed Internet and printer access
  • Practice rooms and instrument storage for music students
  • Concert hall for music students

Visit the IES Abroad Vienna Center from home with our brand new VIRTUAL TOUR! Please go to: http://www.youvisit.com/tour/iesabroad/86047?tourid=tour2

Our Staff

Morten Solvik, Ph.D.

Center Director

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 Staff

IES Abroad Vienna Staff
Ginte Stankeviciute, M. Sc.
Academic Program Manager

Katherine Mawdsley
Institutional Relations and Events Coordinator

Helmut Summesberger
Manager of Student Affairs

Meral Kölblinger
Student Health & Safety Coordinator / Student Affairs

Mathias Schmerbach
Accounting and Finance Manager

Tobias Sigmund
Student Housing Coordinator / Student Affairs 

Dieter Strobl
Facilities Coordinator / Library Services