My Unforgettable Semester in Vienna with IES Abroad Past Review

By (Psycholoy, Boston College) - abroad from 01/08/2014 to 05/08/2014 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to meet new people and learn about new cultures. I was able to travel to watch a football match in London, ski the alps, skydive in Italy, cook local Viennese cuisine, and go to mass at Stephansdom Cathedral. I gained independence and confidence and loved my time abroad!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I LOVED my classes! Intense german class really helped me improve!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IES was very helpful and efficient!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in an apartment- it was very well furnished, plenty of space, and not too far from school!

* Food:

We had to cook for ourselves, no meal plan, but the food in Vienna is wonderful!!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The teaching experience helped me feel very immersed, and there was an opportunity to take classes at the local Uni Wien.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I ended up getting sick and IEs was very helpful getting me seen and assisted with paperwork.

* Safety:

Felt very safe in Vienna!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Vienna is not super expensive- but if you want to travel you will end up spending money- just need to find the cheapest options where you go!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants?, or off-season cheap hotel rates! Look into cheaper flights and train passes!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

German class was intense and very helpful!

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 3 years of college
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Try to speak it with natives (at shops, restaurants, etc) as often as possible!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Faculty
  • Vienna
  • Internships
* What could be improved?
  • more student events
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack lightly! Save up and plan out traveling in advance to save money!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.