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Vienna Summer - Psychology

Why Vienna?

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.

What You'll Study

The program is organized into three topics:

  • Psychology & Society in Vienna
  • Health Psychology & Communication Skills
  • Vienna Project on Child Development: Culture and Developmental Psychology

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 Skills take a more practical approach as they explore the field of counseling, and develop skills in listening and empathy. Lastly, if you choose to enroll in a course on the Vienna Project, you'll delve into the cultural influence on human development. Particular attention is given to language acquisition, cognitive and moral development. 

German language instruction is required for students with less than one year of college-level German.

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$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and aid programs.


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.

German Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Summer German 3
GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Summer German 3
GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent I Summer German 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
PS 343 - Psychology And Society In Vienna Summer English 3
PS 353 - Health Psychology and Communication Skills Summer English 3
SO/PS 340 - The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination Summer English 3
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/PS 340 - The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination Summer English 3

Field Trips & Events

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. 

We also organize various course-related trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society. Destinations may include:

  • The Sigmund Freud Museum
  • The "Narrenturm" (first psychiatric asylum)
  • The Museum of Medical History (Josephinum)
  • The Federal Institute for the Blind (Bundesblinden Institut) with its Museum of the Blind

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

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.


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.


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.

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: Summer 2019
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Summer 2019 $4,885 $1,900 $135 $6,920

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000

Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.

Criteria reviewed to determine award:

  • Level of financial need as determined from infromation provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
  • IES Abroad program location.
  • IES Abroad membership status of home campus

Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$5 Million in Scholarships & 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 scholarship and 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:

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

Elizabeth English
Summer Internship Coordinator and Special Programs Assistant

Katherine Mawdsley
Special Programs Manager

Helmut Summesberger
Manager of Student Affairs

Meral Kölblinger
Student Health & Safety Coordinator / Student Affairs

Maria Gabler
Program Assistant /Student Affairs

Mathias Schmerbach
Accounting and Finance Manager

Tobias Sigmund
Student Housing Coordinator / Student Affairs 

Kaja Ciupinska
Events and Trips Coordinator

Dieter Strobl
Facilities Coordinator / Library Services