Vienna - European Society & Culture

IES Abroad

Program Description

Vienna - European Society & Culture

IES Abroad

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Overview

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

With sufficient background in German, you can also enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien, where you experience the Austrian education system and have the option to participate in student activities. Maybe you’ll even make some Austrian friends while you’re at it.

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. 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.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Vienna
  • City: Vienna
  • Country: Austria
  • Program Credits: 15-19 per semester (5-6 courses)
  • Language of Instruction: English, German
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Fall 2018

  • August 20 - December 15 (IES Abroad courses only)
  • August 20 – Late January (Partner university courses)

Spring 2019

  • January 14 - May 11 (IES Abroad courses only)
  • January 14 - Late June/Early July (Partner university courses)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 01, 2018

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 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:

  • MS332: Music in Vienna: 1705-1820
  • 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:

  • MS334: Music in Vienna: 1800-1920
  • 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.

Art History

  • AH 221 - Austrian Art and Architecture (Fall, Spring)
  • AH 230 - Modern Architecture in Vienna (Spring)
  • AH 312 - Italian and Northern European Baroque Painting (Fall)
  • AH 340 - From Monument to Memorial: War, Trauma and Memory in Central Europe’s Public Spaces (Spring)
  • AH 360 - Art Analysis I: What is Modern Art? What is Modern? (Fall)
  • AH 362 - Art Analysis II: Current Exhibitions in Vienna (Spring)
  • AH 370 - Italian and Northern Renaissance Painting (Spring)
  • CU/AH/HS 350 - Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts (Spring)

Anthropology

  • AN/SO 328 - The Culture of Immigration (Spring)
  • AN/SO 340 - Prejudice and Discrimination (Fall)
  • AN/SO 345 - Comparative Austrian and European Youth Cultures: Theories and Practices (Fall)

Art AR 390 - Experimental Studio in Applied Art: Screen Printing (Fall, Spring) Cultural Studies

  • CU 321 - Austria in Text and Film I: From the Turn of the Century to 1945 (Fall)
  • CU 322 - Austria in Text and Film II: 1945 to Present (Spring)
  • CU 345 - The Cultural Heritage of Austria (Fall, Spring)
  • CU/AH/HS 350 - Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts (Spring)
  • CU/HS 304 - Vienna: Past and Present (Fall, Spring)
  • CU/IB 210 - The Business of Wine: from Vine to Glass (Fall)
  • IN/CU 395 - Supervised Arts and Culture Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Drama

  • DR 341 - Vienna Theater I (Fall)
  • DR 342 - Vienna Theater II (Spring)

Economics

  • EC 356 - Transition to Market Economy in Central and Eastern Europe (Fall)
  • EC 357 - Europe in the Global Economy (Spring)
  • EC/FI 358 - Financial Markets And The Economy (Spring)
  • EC/PO 235 - In Search of Sustainability: Energy, the Environment, and Society in Central Europe (Spring)
  • FI/EC 360 - Asset Markets, Banking and the International Financial System (Fall, Spring)
  • MG/EC 366 - International Project Management and Petroleum Economics (Fall)

Education

  • IN/ED 395 - Supervised Teaching Field Experience (Fall, Spring)

Finance

  • EC/FI 358 - Financial Markets And The Economy (Spring)
  • FI 342 - European Monetary Union (EMU) and Financial Integration (Fall, Spring)
  • FI/EC 360 - Asset Markets, Banking and the International Financial System (Fall, Spring)

German Language

  • GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 351 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 401 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 403 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 451 - German Language in Context: Competent Abroad (Fall, Spring)
  • IB/GR 333 - Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business (Spring)

History

  • CU/AH/HS 350 - Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts (Spring)
  • CU/HS 304 - Vienna: Past and Present (Fall, Spring)
  • HS 340 - Fin de Siècle Vienna: 1865 - 1914 (Fall)
  • HS 341 - History and Memory: Monarchy and Dictatorship in 20th Century Central Europe (Spring)
  • HS 351 - History of the Habsburg Empire (Fall)
  • HS 352 - Modern Austria in Central Europe (Spring)
  • HS 451 - Advanced Topics in History of the Habsburg Empire (Fall)
  • HS 452 - Advanced Topics in History in Modern Austria in Central Europe (Spring)
  • RL/HS 311 - Nations and Religions: Majorities and Minorities in Modern Central and Eastern Europe (Fall)
  • RL/HS 312 - Coexistence and Conflict: The History of Eastern and Central European Jews (Spring)
  • SO/HS 326 - East-West Passage: Emigration from Central Europe and U.S. Immigration in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Fall)

International Business

  • CU/IB 210 - The Business of Wine: from Vine to Glass (Fall)
  • IB/GR 333 - Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business (Spring)
  • IM/IB 320 - Strategic Management (Spring)
  • MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics (Spring)
  • MG/IB 348 - Management Theory and Practice (Fall)
  • MG/IB/IM 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations (Fall, Spring)
  • MK/IB 305 - International Business and Marketing in Central Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • MK/IB 315 - Arts, Entertainment, & Cultural Management (Fall, Spring)
  • MK/IB 344 - International Business: Towards a Global Market (Fall)
  • MK/IN/IB 395 - Supervised Business Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Intercultural Communication

  • IC 215 - Intercultural Communication (Spring)

Industrial Management

  • IM/IB 320 - Strategic Management (Spring)
  • MG/IB/IM 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

  • IN/CU 395 - Supervised Arts and Culture Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • IN/ED 395 - Supervised Teaching Field Experience (Fall, Spring)
  • MK/IN/IB 395 - Supervised Business Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/IN 395 - Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Literature

  • LT 331 - Comparative Central European Literature I: Literature, Culture, History and Ideology in Hungary and in Eastern-Europe (Fall)
  • LT 332 - Comparative Central European Literature II: Literature, Culture, History and Ideology: Select Masterpieces of Eastern and Central European and American Literature (Spring)
  • WS/LT 351 - The Woman as Writer and Perspective in Austrian Literature after 1945 (Fall, Spring)

Management

  • MG/EC 366 - International Project Management and Petroleum Economics (Fall)
  • MG/IB 329 - Business Ethics (Spring)
  • MG/IB 348 - Management Theory and Practice (Fall)
  • MG/IB/IM 302 - Managing Behavior in Organizations (Fall, Spring)

Marketing

  • MK/IB 305 - International Business and Marketing in Central Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • MK/IB 315 - Arts, Entertainment, & Cultural Management (Fall, Spring)
  • MK/IB 344 - International Business: Towards a Global Market (Fall)
  • MK/IN/IB 395 - Supervised Business Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Music Production

  • MR 305 - Principles Of Sound: Recording And Room Acoustics For Musicians (Fall, Spring)

Music

  • MS 207 - Music in Performance (Fall, Spring)
  • MS 301 - Music Survey: Music From the Middle Ages to the Baroque (Spring)
  • MS 302 - Music Survey: Classical Era to the 20th Century (Fall)
  • MS 307 - Music and Politics (Fall, Spring)
  • MS 332 - Music in Vienna I: 1750 - 1820 (Fall)
  • MS 334 - Music in Vienna II: 1800 - 1920 (Spring)
  • MS 370 - Gustav Mahler and Turn-of-the-Century Vienna (Fall)
  • MS 371 - Arnold Schoenberg and the Early 20th Century (Spring)

Philosophy

  • PH 360 - Cross-Cultural Philosophy (Fall)
  • PH 390 - The Vienna Circle and American Philosophy: an Intercultural Dialogue (Spring)
  • PH 460 - Advanced Seminar - Cross-Cultural Philosophy (Fall)
  • PH 490 - The Vienna Circle and American Philosophy: an upper level seminar (Spring)

Political Science

  • EC/PO 235 - In Search of Sustainability: Energy, the Environment, and Society in Central Europe (Spring)
  • PO 229 - The Political Geography of the New Europe (Spring)
  • PO 309 - Globalization, Regionalization, and International Law (Spring)
  • PO 352 - Europe Beyond the Nation State (Fall)
  • PO 357 - International Organizations: Structures and Case Studies (Fall)

Psychology

  • PS 235 - Cross-Cultural Psychology (Fall)
  • PS 321 - Personality Theories and Psychopathology (Fall)
  • PS 330 - Psychology of Language (Fall)
  • PS 346 - Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Therapy and Humanistic Psychology in Contemporary Culture (Spring)
  • PS 350 - Vienna Project on Child Development: Culture and Developmental Psychology (Spring)
  • PS 354 - Health Psychology and Communication Skills Training (Spring)

Religious Studies

  • RL/HS 311 - Nations and Religions: Majorities and Minorities in Modern Central and Eastern Europe (Fall)
  • RL/HS 312 - Coexistence and Conflict: The History of Eastern and Central European Jews (Spring)

Sociology

  • AN/SO 328 - The Culture of Immigration (Spring)
  • AN/SO 340 - Prejudice and Discrimination (Fall)
  • AN/SO 345 - Comparative Austrian and European Youth Cultures: Theories and Practices (Fall)
  • SO/HS 326 - East-West Passage: Emigration from Central Europe and U.S. Immigration in the 19th and 20th Centuries (Fall)
  • SO/IN 395 - Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar (Fall, Spring)

Women's Studies

  • WS/LT 351 - The Woman as Writer and Perspective in Austrian Literature after 1945 (Fall, Spring)

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. While the Universität Wien does offer courses taught in English, 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

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Vienna organizes course-related excursions that complement IES Abroad courses and help you build your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society. Past course-related excursions 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

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:

  • Add international work experience to your résumé
  • Gain real work experience and skills
  • 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.

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.

Student Life

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.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when 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.

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. A student visa is required to enter Austria. Upon admission, you will receive more information about the application process and any related fees. The visa application process for non-U.S. citizens can be extremely lengthy, please contact us for more information.

Cost

Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $15,625
  • Housing: $3,900
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $19,755

Academic Year

  • Tuition: $28,110
  • Housing: $7,800
  • Insurance: $455
  • Total: $36,365

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German
IES Abroad

Last updated August 21, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2019
Duration
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1 - 2 semesters
Full time
Price
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19,755 USD
Program cost Fall 2018
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Austria - Vienna, Vienna
Start date : Jan. 2019
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End date May 11, 2019
Dates
Jan. 2019
Austria - Vienna, Vienna
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End date May 11, 2019