IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

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  • Location(s): Vienna, Austria
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Internship

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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

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OVERALL RATING 4.5
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Studying abroad opens your eyes to an entirely new way of looking at how the world thinks. It was great hearing local Austrians comment on the way America is run, for example. I also really appreciate how much German I've been able to learn! - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
Past Review Impossible.
Besides the incredible amount of history and culture I learned from the 15 countries I visited, I learned most about myself. Being away from everything, I learned who I truly am and what I value. Most of all, I learned to have confidence. After all, if I can do this, I can do anything. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
Covered all this in earlier parts of review. - Duke University View Entire Review
Going abroad enabled me to become a more independent person and enabled me to experience and immerse myself in a new culture. I am so happy that I studied abroad in Vienna because it was an amazing city and had many different cultural offerings. - Boston College View Entire Review
I gained a new outlook on life. It's so hard to explain, but basically after seeing how different things are in Europe, I've acquired somewhat of a distaste for certain things about America. I won't delve into those because you'll certainly form your own opinions after your experience, but I will dwell on how different I do feel... - University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh View Entire Review
Past Review Music In Vienna
I learned music through classes, lessons, and culture and gained life-long friendships. I gained more confidence as a person and learned to really appreciate how amazing traveling with friends can be. It was definitely worthwhile. - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
Past Review Ich Liebe Wien
I grew as a person and really got to know about the world. - Wake Forest University View Entire Review
My time in Vienna was an incredible experience. IES helped me find a balance between academics, exploration, and travel that made my time in Vienna exactly what I wanted. Unlike some other abroad programs, IES values a rigorous academic schedule that allows you to get the most out of the city by learning about it's past while yo... - Boston College View Entire Review
Going abroad is often labeled as a period in your life saved for finding yourself through cultural immersion. We all have hopes of going to another country, seeing the world, and learning about what makes a place special. After my time in Vienna, I not only found all of these explanations to be true, but I found more than that. ... - Drake University View Entire Review
I had an amazing time while studying with the IES program in Vienna, Austria. I chose to study in Vienna because I am a psychology major and I wanted to be able to learn psychology in its' birthplace. I was nervous about leaving because I had never done anything like studying abroad before, but from the minute I arrived in Vienn... - University of the South View Entire Review
I was able to become more self-sufficient and I gained a lot of confidence in myself. - Wake Forest University View Entire Review
This was absolutely the most worthwhile experience I have ever had. It was amazing to immerse myself completely in another culture, learn about their customs and history and society. It was awesome to go to another country, knowing no one, and make incredible friendships. Being on your own somewhere unfamiliar is the best way in... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned so much about how the world works outside of my isolated life in rural Canada. It was definitely worthwhile. - Brock University View Entire Review
Every class I took with IES was extremely informative and challenging enough where I still remember what I learned to this day. From traveling, I gained a broader perspective of the world, a passion for exploration and even filming, and more understanding of myself as a person. I definitely came out of this program more mature, ... - Tufts University View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. I gained an understanding of another country's culture and language and was able to experience first hand what it is like to live somewhere that the arts are supported. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I went into the IES Vienna program to learn more about myself, my own artistic identity as a composer and my personal needs as a human being. I learned that so much of what I value in life stems beyond just my career goals, and that there is an entire world of people, places, and things to be explored. My joy came from the const... - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I gained a solid group of girlfriends that I believe I will be friends with for the rest of my life. I also improved greatly as a musician, and received invaluable career advice from my private lesson teacher that has encouraged me to consider pursuing a Master's in music performance. The experience helped me become more indepen... - Boston College View Entire Review
Past Review Ies Vienna
The IES program in Vienna was incredible. The staff is a wonderful community, all of whom are willing to help with anything and everything. The classes are interesting with professors from varied backgrounds. One of my professors was a curator at the Art History Museum which allowed us to have class in the museum once a week. Vi... - Colgate University View Entire Review
Studying abroad was such an incredible and eye-opening experience. I could not ask for a better way to spend my time in Europe. - Wofford College View Entire Review
It was definitely worth while. I learned how to navigate and live in a large city. I learned so much about the history of Vienna and created my own favorite places and memories in that city. I gained confidence in my language abilities and my ability to travel on my own and take care of myself. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I gained a greater appreciation for classical music, I learned a lot about Austrian culture and the German language, and I gained some wonderful friendships and experiences in a beautiful city. It was an absolutely worthwhile experience. - University of Rochester View Entire Review
As a participant in the music program, my most valuable gains were in my musicianship. The program had opportunities for performance and learning up the wazoo. It is the program to go to if you are serious about music performance. - Connecticut College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of independence and confidence living in a foreign country where I didn't speak the language well. I learned to be open minded, patient, and curious. - Saint Olaf College View Entire Review
I was able to become much more self sufficient whether it was cooking for myself or navigating foreign cities, studying abroad forces you to learn how to survive on your own - Williams College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IES Abroad: Vienna - IES Abroad in Vienna
Emotional Intelligence, Greater Communication Skills, Independence, Self-Motivation, Awareness, Understanding, and Appreciation. Completely worthwhile. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. - Texas Lutheran University View Entire Review

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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.


  • Vienna - Summer Internship: Enjoy the history, rich culture, and professional opportunities that the political and economic capital of Austria has to offer. Recently ranked first in the Mercer Quality of Living survey, there’s nowhere and no way better to spend your summer than with a full-time internship in Vienna.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Instruction Language(s):
  • German
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Russian, Central and East European Studies
  • European Studies
  • Western European Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Music
  • Business Administration and Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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