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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Housing Options: Apartment, Host Family, Residence Hall
Class Eligibility: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Language of Instruction: English, German
Internship: Yes Program Type: Semester, Year
Academic Areas: Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Finance, Gender Studies, German, History, International Business, International Relations, Leadership, Ethics and Organizational Sustainability, Management, Managing Human Capital, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre, Theology Language Pre-requisites: None
Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Program Scholarships Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: Yes
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Vienna - European Society & Culture

Program 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.

Open to students at all language levels, our program brings more than 60 years of experience to a variety of unique courses taught by faculty from top European institutions.

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.

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Why Vienna?

We'd like to let you in on a little secret: Vienna is extraordinary. Quickly—gather your things and study there before more students realize what a hidden gem it is. Consistently rated one of the top cities in the world to live in, come see for yourself why the music, culture, and history of this world-class city elicit nothing but adoration from those who go there.

Student Life

Whether it's an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, 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. To find out more specific details, click here and select the Student Life tab.

About IES Abroad

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our profoundly passionate team of study abroad professionals believes in creating once-in-a-lifetime educational adventures that transcend expectations. Our goal is to rock the world of some 6,000 study abroad students every year. From our headquarters in Chicago to our 115+ study abroad programs in more than 35 global locations worldwide, we create authentic global education and life-affirming cultural experiences.

Discover more about what we offer with all of our programs.

More Information:
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Call us at 800.995.2300

All students will take 16–19 credits per semester, including a required German language course. 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.

German-taught Area Courses
IES Abroad also 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 

To view the complete list of courses available on this program and descriptions, please visit their website.  For the list of courses that have already been approved for SJU students, please click on "Pre-Approved Courses" at the top of this page.
Internship Opportunity
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 the IES Abroad internships are supervised and are offered for 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.

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.

Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the IES Abroad Website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Related Scholarships

Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th).  Use the Program Search and search under 'Scholarship Programs.' 

IES Scholarships
IES Abroad offers $2.2+million in financial aid and scholarships each year, including special discounts and grants.  Visit their website for more information:
Things to Remember Before Applying
  • You must meet with a CIP advisor before submitting your application. 
  • A limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first-come, first serve basis, per the Semester Abroad Policy.
  • This program requires a separate, on-line application to be submitted directly to them. Please refer to their website for deadlines and application requirements.  
  • If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 Confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of approval notice. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.