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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:
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 Location Vienna, Austria
Spring Quarter
April 2 – June 8, 2018
 Estimated    Program Fee $5,650
 Credits 16 UW credits
 Prerequisites N/A
 Program      Directors Klaus Brandl, Kye Terrasi, Stephanie Welch
 Program  Manager Darielle Horsey |
 Application    Deadline November 15, 2017
 Information  Session(s) TBD. Contact program director for more information.
  General The Spring in Vienna program is an immersive experience designed to improve language skills and develop a cultural knowledge of one of Europe's most fascinating cities.
Where You Will Study
Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships

Application process
  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.

Program Description

The 'Spring in Vienna' program includes two four-week intensive language courses during the months of April and May (10 credits); during this time students will take part in guided tours through Vienna's most famous sights and museums (3 credits). From the middle of May to the middle of June, students will take a seminar on the culture and society of Austria (3 credits). For work done during the 'Spring in Vienna' program students will receive 16 credits, which are computed as follows: 10 credits for language courses, the level of which will depend on background and placement; 6 credits of German 399. Students are required to participate fully in the rigorous program in order to earn credit.


Vienna, Austria


Student housing is organized and arranged by the IKI program.


Pre-Requisites/Language Requirements/Physical Components

The Spring in Vienna Program is designed for and open to all UW students. Most students who participate in this program are interested in the German language and Austrian culture.

Our primary targets for recruitment are: Jackson School, International Business Program, Germanics majors.


16 Credits


German (10 credits)

Spring in Vienna is a program that offers students the opportunity to learn and practice German in native surrounding. They learn German at the INTERNATIONALES KULTUR INSTITUT (IKI), a highly regarded institution hat offers course in German language and culture. Students earn 10 credits in intensive language courses taken at IKI.

IKI courses are based on the international standards as set out by the Council of Europe. They aim at understanding, speaking, reading and writing German with the emphasis on communication and correct use of grammar and vocabulary. Language courses range from A1 to C2 on the European framework of references.

GERM 399 (3 credits)

For eight weeks, students will meet twice a week for two hours to explore the development of art, architecture and visual culture in Vienna over the course of the last two millennia. Beginning with Vienna's Roman ruins, progressing through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classicism, up to the various "-isms" of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, students will engage with works of visual culture through a series of on-site visits. These sites in the past have included but were not limited to: St. Stephan's Cathedral, Karl's Church, the Imperial Capuchin Crypt, Treasures of the Holy Roman Empire, Belvedere and Schönbrunn palaces, Ringstraße architecture, Museum of Art History, Leopold and Hundertwasser museums. Student assessment is based on presentations they give on-site throughout the course and a journal of analysis/reflections on the various periods, pieces and sites discussed.

GERM 399 (3 credits)

The goal of this course is to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the cultural, social and historical life of Vienna. Using the actual city as the classroom, students will engage in hands-on activities as they critically examine a variety of media related to music, literature, visual studies and other cultural experiences. Students will explore issues related to gender and sexuality, identity, decay and renewal, music appreciation and food and drink culture. Through written, analytical responses and creative group projects, students will delve into other cultural, social and political aspects of the city, from both the past and present.

Program Directors & Staff

Klaus Brandl, Department of Germanics, Program Director

Kye Terrasi, Department of Germanics

Stephanie Welch, Department of Germanics, Program Staff

Program Expenses

Estimated program fee: $5,650

Included in the program fee
  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee
  • Airfare - average price subject to when and where you buy your ticket - $1,500
  • Food ($1,200+ for the duration of the program)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($62/month)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Schedule

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Payment Type Payment Amount Payment Due Date
TOTAL FEES CHARGED $5,650 April 13, 2018

Financial aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • Students can also submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually in the form of loans.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for additional financial aid, special considerations for Summer and Exploration Seminar program students, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW has some of our own, but there are also national awards available to you as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based and some are merit-based.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact your Program Manager listed above if you have any questions about the information on this page, or in the Finances section of our website.


To be eligible to study abroad, all program participants must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You are also required to attend all program-specific orientations offered by your program directors.

You must register for orientation through your online study abroad account in order to attend a scheduled session. You can visit the orientation section of our website to view the current orientation schedule.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Application Process

The application includes:

  • four short answer questions
  • one faculty recommendation
  • electronic signature documents related to UW Study Abroad policies and expectations

Following the on-line application process students may be contacted by the Program Director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will receive an email from the UW Study Abroad application system.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad, including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. You can do so by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

For Non-U.S. Citizens

If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting: The procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. Students withdrawing from a program may be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day UW Study Abroad receives your signed withdrawal form.

Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice of your withdrawal in writing to the Program Director
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad, 459 Schmitz Hall

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.