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 course (required, 4 credits)
- English-taught IES Abroad electives (3-4 credits)
- German-taught IES Abroad electives* (3 credits)
- German-taught courses at Universität Wien (advanced German required, credits vary)
- IES Abroad Internship or Field Experience (includes internship/field experience 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
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