Study Abroad in Vienna: An experience I will never forget! Past Review

By (Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 05/12/2018 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
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.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health care issues were easily addressed and it was easy to find doctors and resources.

* Safety:

Very safe city

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 a bit expensive compared to most cities in America, but you can definitely make it work.


* 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

There was a strong emphasis on German language learning

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? German 3
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? Don't be afraid to use your language skills in public and take courses with language learning components.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Ease of travel
  • Safety of city
* What could be improved?
  • Less strict attendance policy
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about all the cultural experiences in Vienna and the opportunity to travel.