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Program Information:
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  Location   Vienna, Austria
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-25 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   German 103 or German 302; see Academics
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   This exchange is a great fit for students with 
  intermediate to advanced German language
  skills who are motivated to fully immerse
  themselves in Austrian society and student
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.

This university also offers a summer school option. For more information, visit University of Vienna Summer School.

Where You Will Study

As the cultural and political capital of Austria, Vienna is the hub of Austria's historical and modern identity. Its musical tradition, quaint coffee houses, pulsating nightlife, cuisine, access to nature, world class skiing, and "gemütlichkeit" are among the many characteristics that rank Vienna among Europe's most attractive and popular cities.



Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna (Universität Wien) is the oldest university in the German speaking world. More than 63,000 students from 128 countries are enrolled at the University which offers 169 programs through its 17 Faculties and Centers. In traditional European fashion, the University of Vienna does not have a central campus but, instead, its buildings are separated by Faculty and located throughout the City.

Most courses at the University are taught in German, but there are many courses available in English especially in the fields of Law, Political Science, History, Business, American Studies and Anthropology. This progressive university is particularly strong in areas including social justice, human rights, ethics and political science. Advanced undergraduate students can enroll in Masters level courses with permission of the International Office and the instructor at University of Vienna.

In general, Austrian universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than undergraduate programs in the United States. Most Austrian professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study outside of assigned readings to guide the courses of their learning. In this way, the curricula are comparable to graduate programs style of scholarship in the United States. (Students in the fields of science or engineering might find their course curricula to be more structured than that of the humanities or social sciences with a strong emphasis on laboratory work.) Students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed.

University of Vienna's instructional format does not differ significantly from that of the UW. Lectures are generally conducted in large halls with many students and require a final examination. Seminars are smaller classes that focus on personal research and require a paper or presentation at the end of the term. Exams can be either written or oral. Lab courses are very similar to courses taught in the US. University of Vienna grades are based on a 1-5 scale with a grade of "1" equivalent to a 4.0 and a grade of "5" equivalent to a 0.0 at the UW.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

Vienna course Catalog

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Austria and are eligible for university accommodations through University of Vienna. Housing options vary from student residence halls to privately owned flats and suites.

More information about housing as well as other important details about studying at University of Vienna can be found here.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.



Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Vienna Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

There are currently no program evaluations for this program on file.

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email