IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad
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 yo... read more
I gained a lot of confidence and independence fro living abroad and doing solo travel. Susan Griffith - Trinity University View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile. I learned about how history has shaped the Austrian society's concepts of race, politics, education, and social living. I learned about perspectives I had never thought about before. Also, throwing myself into a foreign country was a maturing and confidence-gaining experience. Cassie Fierro - Emory University View Entire Review
I honed my language skills and that alone was worth it to me. I was also able to gain international business experience through my great internship. Besides educational purposes, I traveled a bit and learned a lot about other cultures. A student - Trinity University View Entire Review
I became more comfortable with myself because I had to make a lot of decisions and make a lot of mistakes. I had to trust myself and when I messed up I had to be the one to fix things because no one else was there to help. It was definitely a learning experience. I also learned more about myself and my preferences. One of the bi... Emily Peterson - University of North Texas View Entire Review
I learned so many different things during my time abroad. I learned a lot in the field of psychology, I learned a lot about myself, and learned a lot about Vienna and Austria as a whole. Honestly, there are countless lessons that I experienced during those 4 months. Jessica M Alexander - University of Rochester View Entire Review
My favorite memories/ experiences from abroad were exploring Vienna and solo travel throughout Europe. Vienna is the most amazing city to live in. Solo travel gave me a lot of confidence and allowed me to meet amazing new people all over Europe. Vienna is an ideal city to explore the rest of Europe from because it is in the midd... Sarah Webb - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I grew as a musician, and learned about what I wanted to pursue in the future. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
My experience abroad enhanced my studies as a music major, bringing history to life, literally, as I got to watch and perform works in their original settings and location. I also gained personally as I discovered more about myself, like that I have a spontaneous side. I challenged myself and experienced true growth as a person ... Alli Jones - Texas Christian University View Entire Review
It was definitely a worthwhile experience! I gained new confidence both in myself as an individual but also in my ability to meet and connect with new people all over the world. I also gained insight into the cultural differences that come with each country I visited. Margaret Young - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Before this program, I had never thought about visiting Austria, I didn’t speak German, and had no idea what to expect. Once I arrived, I was shocked by how much I loved the culture, people, food, and atmosphere. You can spend hours uninterrupted in a coffee shop, or stroll through the stunning streets of the first district. The... Grace Konstantin - Tufts University View Entire Review
I gained confidence in my foreign language skills and my travel skills. I also grew immensely as a musician. It was absolutely worthwhile. A student - DePauw University View Entire Review
I gained skills that helped me become more flexible and adaptive to new situations, challenges, and different ways of thinking. I think that these skills will be immensely helpful in my future life. Avery Koop - North Carolina State University / NC State View Entire Review
The adventures, friends, and memories I made through IES will be with me for my entire life! It was absolutely worthwhile. Thomas J Marszewski - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. I gained new friends, new perspective, and amazing memories that will stay with me for a lifetime. Sasha Whitley - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
Most everyone that comes back from a semester abroad says that they have found their new "home" or their "favorite place," and at first I thought it was drab and clique, but lets face it, they're right. Studying abroad in Vienna, Austria truly fostered a love, appreciation, respect and longing for the culture, the people, the fo... Anna Holden - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
My experience abroad significantly enhanced my interpersonal communication skills and enabled me with a professional working knowledge of the German language. I gained a new perspective on the way I function in society and I had an amazing time filled with amazing experiences. Anastasia H - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
I love Vienna and want to move there! I understand and appreciate the culture and want to continue learning German to hopefully immigrate one day. Naomi Keusch Baker - Emory University View Entire Review
I learned what I was capable of in terms of independence and dealing with major problems without having knowledge of a country or language. I had to go to the hospital in Switzerland where they spoke only French, I had to navigate transportation in Hungary and Slovakia and Denmark, etc. countries where I didn't speak the languag... A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I learned how I fit into the world, and that it's possible to make your home anywhere. I would absolutely do it again, and wish I could. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I got to study with a master violinist, perform a lot, see major ensembles like the Vienna Phil and Vienna State Opera for free or for very cheap, take classes that I could use for my major, and meet a lot of locals, one of them being a lifelong friend that I'll never forget. I also learned so much more German in just one semest... Sabrina Boggs - University of the Pacific View Entire Review
As an international student studying in the US, I had a different approach to "studying abroad". I was already abroad so why would I go? Well, I'm glad I did! For me, it wasn't my first time traveling or staying at a different country for more than a month. For me, it was a great opportunity to be back at a culture that is relat... Yasemin Tekgurler - Davidson College View Entire Review
I learned the language and the culture of Vienna, as well as interesting information about child development. It was worthwhile because I got to experience something new, and I like novelties. Annahita Modirrousta - Miami University View Entire Review
I was immersed into the culture through classes with learning the language and also taking field trips. Vienna was a very safe city, so I could go out and explore with others, but also did not feel scared to go out and explore by myself. I also got the chance to take field trips with the program to Semmering, Austria and Budapes... Erika Coy - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how I am able to cope with social differences and travel issues. The program definitely helped me to mature and changed my outlook on the world from an American point of view to a global one. Taylor Reisz - Wofford College View Entire Review
I loved Vienna! It is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been in. Vienna offers you everything a big city has with a small-town vibe. There was something happening almost every night whether it be an opera, a jazz bar showcase, or a ball. The music program was amazing. All the music staff I interacted with were performing in ... A student - Loyola University Chicago View Entire Review
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.
Programs in Vienna:
Vienna - European Society & Culture: 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.
Vienna - Music: Home to an astounding number of legendary composers—from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg—Vienna maintains an incredible richness of musical culture to this day. The world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein, and the Staatsoper are just a few of the many leading institutions that help make Vienna a true “city of music”—and make it the perfect location for an engaging study of Music History and Performance. The IES Abroad Vienna Music Program is ideal for students majoring or minoring in Music, and offers you the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of courses focusing on Music and European culture and society. The program is organized in conjunction with the Vienna European Society & Culture Program.
Vienna Summer - Music History & Performance: Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is a city of about 1.8 million inhabitants that has, since its founding in the 3rd century, served as a bridge between a myriad of cultures. As an important crossroads between North and South, East and West, the city became a natural melting pot for new ideas. Out of this cultural richness has emerged a wealth of artistic accomplishments and innovative thinking—a heritage that we explore in our summer programs. Vienna has been home to many of history's greatest composers, from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg. To this day, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein, and the Staatsoper continue to help make Vienna a true "city of music."
Vienna Summer - Psychology: 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.
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Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
- Communication and Media Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Political Science and Government
- Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
- Business Administration and Management
- International Business
- Russian, Central and East European Studies
- European Studies
- Western European Studies
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IES Abroad Scholarships
Six grand prize winners will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship to put towards their study abroad or volunteer program. 30 runners-up will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.