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.
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.
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
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 landmarksto 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.
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.