Vienna - European Society & Culture

General

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Program Description

Earn U.S. Credits Virtually This Summer

Get ahead! Earn extra credit through a globally recognized U.S. education program this summer on our Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

Just picture it: one day you're exploring business ethics with a professor in London and the next it's Japanese pop culture from Tokyo, studying alongside classmates from the U.S.’s highest-ranked colleges and universities. This is what it's like to take a course or two (of your choosing!) from IES Abroad’s most popular centers around the world this summer.

Learn more about how you can discover the world through IES Abroad.

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Why Vienna?

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.

What You'll Study

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

If you have a sufficient background in German you can also enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien. There you will experience the Austrian education system, have the option to participate in student activities, and make some Austrian friends.

Daily Life

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.

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 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)

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

Both Semesters:

  • 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

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

  • Austrian Art and Architecture
  • Modern Architecture in Vienna
  • Italian and Northern European Baroque Painting
  • From Monument to Memorial: War, Trauma, and Memory in Central Europe’s Public Spaces
  • Art Analysis I: What is Modern Art? What is Modern?
  • Art Analysis II: Current Exhibitions in Vienna Spring
  • Italian and Northern Renaissance Painting
  • Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts

Anthropology

  • The Culture of Immigration
  • Comparative Austrian and European Youth Cultures: Theories and Practices

Art

  • Experimental Studio in Applied Art: Screen Printing

Cultural Studies

  • Austria in Text and Film I: From the Turn of the Century to 1945
  • Austria in Text and Film II: 1945 to Present
  • The Cultural Heritage of Austria
  • The Culture of Trauma
  • Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts
  • Vienna: Past and Present
  • History of Jazz
  • Opera History 1: Beginnings through the Classical Period
  • Opera History 2: Romantic Through Modern
  • Vienna's Victuals: Cultural History of Food and Drink
  • The Business of Wine: From Vine to Glass
  • Supervised Arts and Culture Internship Seminar

Drama

  • Vienna Theater I
  • Vienna Theater II

Economics

  • Transition to Market Economy in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Europe in the Global Economy
  • Financial Markets and the Economy
  • In Search of Sustainability: Energy, the Environment, and Society in Central Europe
  • Asset Markets, Banking, and the International Financial System
  • Circular Economy: from make-take-waste to a visionary system within planetary boundaries in a global and European context

Education

  • Supervised Teaching Field Experience

Environmental Studies

  • Circular Economy: from make-take-waste to a visionary system within planetary boundaries in a global and European context

European Studies

  • Opera History 1: Beginnings through the Classical Period
  • Opera History 2: Romantic Through Modern

Finance

  • Financial Markets and the Economy
  • European Monetary Union (EMU) and Financial Integration
  • Asset Markets, Banking, and the International Financial System

German Language

  • German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I
  • German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III
  • German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I
  • German Language in Context: Independent Abroad I
  • German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad I
  • German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III
  • German Language in Context: Competent Abroad
  • Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business

History

  • Arts and Nations: The Rise of the National Idiom in East-Central European Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts
  • Vienna: Past and Present
  • Fin de Siècle Vienna: 1865 - 1914
  • History and Memory: Monarchy and Dictatorship in 20th Century Central Europe
  • History of the Habsburg Empire
  • Modern Austria in Central Europe
  • Advanced Topics in History of the Habsburg Empire
  • Advanced Topics in History - Modern Austria in Central Europe
  • Vienna's Victuals: Cultural History of Food and Drink
  • Museums and Public History: The View from Vienna
  • Nations and Religions: Majorities and Minorities in Modern Central and Eastern Europe
  • Coexistence and Conflict: The History of Eastern and Central European Jews

International Business

  • The Business of Wine: From Vine to Glass
  • Circular Economy: from make-take-waste to a visionary system within planetary boundaries in a global and European context
  • Wirtschaftsdeutsch / Let's Talk Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Business Ethics
  • Management Theory and Practice
  • Managing Behavior in Organizations
  • International Business and Marketing in Central Europe
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Cultural Management
  • International Business: Towards a Global Market
  • Supervised Business Internship Seminar

Intercultural Communication

  • Intercultural Communication

Industrial Management

  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Behavior in Organizations

Internship Seminar

  • Supervised Arts and Culture Internship Seminar
  • Supervised Teaching Field Experience
  • Supervised Business Internship Seminar
  • Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar

Journalism

  • Arts Criticism

Literature

  • Literature in the Modern Metropolis
  • Responses to the Holocaust in Literature
  • Comparative Central European Literature I: Literature, Culture, History, and Ideology in Hungary and in Eastern-Europe
  • Comparative Central European Literature II: Literature, Culture, History, and Ideology: Select Masterpieces of Eastern and Central European and American Literature
  • The Woman as Writer and Perspective in Austrian Literature after 1945

Management

  • Business Ethics
  • Management Theory and Practice
  • Managing Behavior in Organizations

Marketing

  • International Business and Marketing in Central Europe
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Cultural Management
  • International Business: Towards a Global Market
  • Supervised Business Internship Seminar

Music Production

  • Principles Of Sound: Recording And Room Acoustics For Musicians

Music

  • History of Jazz
  • Opera History 1: Beginnings through the Classical Period
  • Opera History 2: Romantic Through Modern
  • Music in Performance
  • Film Music
  • Music Survey: Music From the Middle Ages to the Baroque
  • Music Survey: Classical Era to the 20th Century
  • Music and Politics
  • Gustav Mahler and Turn-of-the-Century Vienna
  • Arnold Schoenberg and the Early 20th Century

Museum Studies

  • Museums and Public History: The View from Vienna

Philosophy

  • Cross-Cultural Philosophy
  • Aspects of the Free Will Debate
  • Advanced Seminar - Cross-Cultural Philosophy

Political Science

  • In Search of Sustainability: Energy, the Environment, and Society in Central Europe
  • The Political Geography of the New Europe
  • Globalization, Regionalization, and International Law
  • Europe Beyond the Nation-State
  • International Organizations: Structures and Case Studies

Psychology

  • Cyberpsychology
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Personality Theories and Psychopathology
  • Psychology of Language
  • Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamic Therapy and Humanistic Psychology in Contemporary Culture
  • Vienna Project on Child Development: Culture and Developmental Psychology
  • Health Psychology and Communication Skills Training
  • The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination

Religious Studies

  • Nations and Religions: Majorities and Minorities in Modern Central and Eastern Europe
  • Coexistence and Conflict: The History of Eastern and Central European Jews

Sociology

  • The Culture of Immigration
  • Comparative Austrian and European Youth Cultures: Theories and Practices
  • Supervised Public Service Internship Seminar
  • The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination

Women's Studies

  • The Woman as Writer and Perspective in Austrian Literature after 1945

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

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 the 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.

Field Trips & Events

Although your adventure begins in Vienna, our field trips take you to other great cities in Austria and beyond to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Vienna. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad. Past destinations are listed below.

Austrian Alps

3 days | Fall & Spring

Enjoy the skiing and the breathtaking scenery!

Wachau

1 day | Fall & Spring

Visit the famous Melk Abbey.

Styria Tour

2 days | Fall & Spring

Tour this Austrian region known for its delicious wines and vineyards.

Program-Related Trip*

Austria, Slovenia & Italy Historical Tour

4 days | Fall & Spring

We will begin with a visit to the city of Graz, taking a walking tour that includes the beautiful gardens that were once a fortress against Turkish invasions. Then we travel to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The atmosphere of the old town during a guided tour is complemented with a visit to the castle and Slovenia’s most important museum. We then travel to Trieste, once the biggest seaport of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A city tour will show us the complexity of Trieste’s history as a hub and crossroads of Central Europe. A visit to Italy’s only Concentration Camp is followed by a trip to one of Italy’s biggest natural limestone caves. The final stop of our trip will be the battlefields of the Isonzo. Known as the bloodiest battles between Austria-Hungary and Italy during World War I, they offer a variety of hiking paths to old fortifications and incredible museums that bring across the tragic events of the “seminal catastrophe” of the 20th century.

Psychology Study Tour of Austria and Germany

4 days | Fall & Spring

As an enhancement to your coursework, you will spend four days studying Psychology and Sociology in Austria, as well as Leipzig and Dresden, Germany. Examine the impact of the Iron Curtain along the Austrian border, the collective trauma of Nazism and Communism, and the early development of Psychology in Germany.

Business Study Tour of Austria and Germany

4 days | Fall & Spring

As an enhancement to your coursework, you will spend four days experiencing international diplomacy and commerce first-hand through exploring major production centers in Austria, including Red Bull, OMV (energy), and Voest Alpine (steel). The rest of the trip is spent in Germany, where you will tour the BMW corporation’s headquarters in Munich. The Vienna portion of the week will include excursions to international organizations in Vienna (like the UN and OPEC).

*Note: You will choose ONE of the following Program-Related Trips based on your Academic Track Preference Form

Course-Related Trips

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

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.

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.

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.

Spring 2020

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2020 $16,630 $3,900 $230 $20,760

Academic year

Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Academic year $29,180 $7,850 $455 $37,485

Scholarships & Aid

Program-Specific Scholarships

Robert McNeill Need-Based International Business Scholarship

Up to $3,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Robert McNeill, a member of the IES Abroad Board of Directors for 25 years (6 years as Chairman). Open to students who have an interest in international business. Majors might include management, marketing, economics, finance, international relations, and social and behavioral sciences.

Dr. William Louis Gaines Need-Based History or International Relations Scholarship

Up to $1,875; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. William Louis Gaines, President of IES Abroad from 1974-1992. Dr. Gaines was dedicated to strengthening IES Abroad's academic framework, broadening the scope of IES Abroad locations, and securing the financial foundation of the organization.

Open to students majoring in History or International Relations.

Clarence & Alberta Giese Endowed Scholarship

Up to $2,000; awarded to 4-6 students each year.

In September 1950, 23 American students boarded the SS Volendam to begin their journey to Vienna where they would spend the next year living and studying in the Austrian capital. Paul Koutny, an idealistic Austrian student who envisioned the project together with Clarence and Alberta Giese, who were two of the original 23 students, launched the Institute for European Studies -- now IES Abroad -- from these humble beginnings. “The Clarence and Alberta Giese Endowed Scholarship” honors the Gieses and was established in recognition of the 60th anniversary of IES Abroad in 2010.

Dr. Roswitha Benesch Endowed Scholarship

Up to $1,000; awarded to 2 students each year.

A native Austrian, Dr. Roswitha Benesch earned her Ph.D. from the University of Graz in Austria. In addition to teaching IES Abroad Vienna students for more than five decades, she worked at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany; spent an academic year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chicago; and taught for two semesters at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She also taught Cultural History and Art History at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna.

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
Last updated May 2020

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