Why Vienna?

Vienna is teeming with people from around the world who have made this city their home.

Situated at the center of Europe and rich in culture, this is a place where people from all walks of life thrive. Perhaps not surprisingly, it is also a city where the study of society has a long history and where modern psychology claims its birthplace. Many prominent thinkers made Vienna their home—Alfred Adler, Max Wertheimer, Helene Deutsch, Erwin Ringel, Viktor Frankl (who taught at IES Abroad), and, of course, Sigmund Freud.

What You'll Study

Experience life in Vienna as a student of Psychology and Social Sciences. Our courses give you the opportunity to explore youth cultures, childhood development, virtual identity on the web, the immigrant experience, and the social and psychological dimensions of discrimination. Deepen your learning experience with a program-related trip to destinations throughout Austria, Hungary, and Germany to explore these issues in a broader cultural and geographical context.

You can also enroll in an internship or field experience in public service organizations, NGOs, or teaching English to kindergarten, primary, or secondary students. This hands-on experience includes time spent at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

Taking German is required, but no background in the language is necessary. If you have sufficient German language skills, you can also enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien. There, you will experience the Austrian education system, be able to participate in University student activities and make Austrian friends.

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 Psychology & Social Sciences 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 IES Abroad courses in English. If you have advanced German language proficiency, you may enroll in IES Abroad courses in German and English. 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)

*In addition to your program’s specified coursework, you can take any of the area studies courses offered through our European Society & Culture Program.

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. In addition to your program’s specified coursework, you can take any of the area studies courses offered through our European Society & Culture Program.

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.

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

Education

Course name Term Language Credits
IN/ED 395 - Supervised Teaching Field Experience 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

International Business

Course name Term Language Credits
IB/GR 333 - Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business Spring German 3

Intercultural Communication

Course name Term Language Credits
IC 215 - Intercultural Communication Spring English 3

Internship Seminar

Course name Term Language Credits
IN/ED 395 - Supervised Teaching Field Experience Fall, Spring English 3
SO/IN 395 - Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar Fall, Spring 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

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/IN 395 - Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar Fall, Spring English 3
SO/PS 340 - The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination Fall, Spring English 3

Partner Institution(s)

Universität Wien

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

Daily Life

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

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

1. Experience an Opera at the Wiener Staatsoper

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

2. Relax Along the Danube Canal

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

3. 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.

4. 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!

5. 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.

Vienna – Psychology & Social Sciences Application Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when the program begins.
  • 2.75 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Some local university courses may not be available to students of sophomore standing. Please contact your IES Abroad Representative for more details.
  • No previous German language study required for students enrolling in English-taught courses.
  • 4 semesters or the equivalent of college-level German required for students enrolling in German-taught or University courses.
  • 5 semesters or the equivalent of college-level German required for spring semester students enrolling in German-taught or University courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application: Applications may be considered after the published deadline on a space available basis. Please note that late applicants may be required to submit a non-refundable confirmation deposit upon acceptance in order to secure a place in the program. Please contact us with questions about applying after the deadline.

Submit the following in your MyIESabroad account after your Online Application is processed:

  • Home School Authorization: Your on-campus study abroad advisor can either complete the Home School Authorization electronically through IES Abroad’s PartnerPortal system, or by filling out the PDF form linked above. Consult your study abroad advisor to determine how they would prefer to complete your Home School Authorization.
  • Official Transcript(s) for each college/university you have attended since high school. If you have multiple transcripts, IES Abroad will average the GPAs for all colleges/universities you have attended and use that cumulative GPA when reviewing your application.
  • Students attending higher education institutions outside of the U.S. may need to submit English language proficiency exam results. Contact your IES Abroad Representative for more information.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS IF CUMULATIVE GPA IS BELOW 2.75:

  • Professor Recommendation Letter: Although there is no length requirement, the recommendation must indicate a professor's opinion of the applicant's ability to pursue university-level coursework in a foreign country, in addition to any information that would help IES Abroad gain a better understanding of the applicant.
  • Personal Academic Essay: Although there is no length requirement, the essay must address your GPA, any particular academic challenges faced, reasons you chose this IES Abroad program, and how it fits into your academic career.

Passport & Visa Requirements:

  • A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Visit travel.state.gov to locate U.S. passport agencies in your area.

AT A GLANCE

  • Includes Optional: Part-time Internship
  • Language prerequisites: None
  • Language of Instruction: English, German
  • Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • Housing: Apartment, Homestay, Residence Hall
  • Estimated Cost: Price TBD
  • Upcoming Program Dates: Fall 2019: Coming Soon!
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines: Fall 2019 - May 15, 2019
Program taught in:
  • English
  • German (Austria)
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