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.

The program is organized into two topics: Psychology & Society, and Health Psychology & Communication. 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 take a more practical approach as they explore the field of counseling, and develop skills in listening and empathy. You can also gain or build German language skills through language courses available at all levels.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Vienna
  • City: Vienna
  • Country: Austria
  • Program Credits: 6-9 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • 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.

Summer 2018

May 25-July 6

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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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

  • GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Summer)
  • GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III (Summer)
  • GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent I (Summer)


  • PS 343 - Psychology And Society In Vienna (Summer)
  • PS 350 - Vienna Project on Child Development: Culture and Developmental Psychology (Summer)
  • PS 353 - Health Psychology and Communication Skills (Summer)

Course-Related Excursions

We organize various course-related excursions 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


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.

Student Life


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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins - some local university courses may not be available to sophomores
  • No German required

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. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Austria for less than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $4,650
  • Housing: $1,900
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $6,685

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.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)
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