|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|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|
|Program Manager||Sarah Homer | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||Jan 31 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
Priority deadline for Spring Semester
|May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)|
|General||This exchange program is a great fit for students with intermediate to advanced German language skills who are motivated to fully immerse themselves in the Austrian society and its student life.|
Vienna is the cultural and political capital of Austria, thereby making it a hub for the country's historical and modern identity. The city houses over 1.8 million people, making it the most populous city in all of Austria. The musical tradition, quaint coffee houses, pulsating nightlife, cuisine, access to nature, world class skiing, and "gemütlichkeit" are among the many characteristics that make Vienna one of the most attractive and popular city in all of Europe.
Among the many activities available, hiking is particularly famous due to its long tradition in Vienna. Tourists, and locals alike, can enjoy the beauty of the city's outdoors as they hike along many popular destinations like Heurigen and the Vienna Woods, among others. To add, visitors can also explore the many vineyards available within the boundaries of the city. As these vineyards play an important role in the Austrian economy and as they are larger than any other vineyards in the world, they are a major tourist destination in Vienna.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
In addition to having Junior standing or above at the time of departure and having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, interested students must also be able to read and write German at an adequate level. While the university has some courses that are taught in English, these options are limited and available only within a few specific departments. More information regarding the language requirements can be found here.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 25 UW credits per semester. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.
Of the many courses available at the University of Vienna, only a few courses in the fields of Law, Political Science, History, Business, American Studies, and Anthropology are available in English. As such, if students wish to pursue courses in other fields - such as social justice, human rights, ethics, and political science - they should have some German language skills. Advanced undergraduate students can further enroll in Masters level courses, after receiving permission from the International Office and the instructors at the University of Vienna.
The university's instructional format does not differ significantly from that of UW. Lectures are generally conducted in large halls with many students and typically end with a final examination, which can be either oral or written. Seminars are conducted in smaller classes and typically focus on personal research and require a paper or presentation at the end of the term. Finally, lab courses are very similar to courses taught in the US. At the end of the year, students receive grades that 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.
Interested students should also note that 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). Ultimately, students are responsible for their own learning and must be self-motivated and committed to their independent studies in order to succeed.
Students can begin their search for courses right here: University of 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 about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the University of Vienna Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: The University of Vienna does not run their own student dorms.
Private Accommodations: Generally, students have two options for their accommodations in Vienna: halls of residence and private accommodations.
- Halls of residences are housing options offered by various housing operators (i.e. WIHAST, STUWO, International Student Residence STAARGASSE, and OeAD-Housing Office, among others) that the University of Vienna has partnered with. These housing operators are typically more prepared to handle housing for exchange students and, hence, provide more quick and affordable accommodations.
- Conversely, students can also find their own private accommodations on HousingAnywhere.com or on the ESN group on Facebook. The university can provide students with more information about this option, but note that they can not mediate between landlords and tenants.
We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
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 UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national 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. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at email@example.com to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The application to become an exchange student includes
- A personal statement
- Your top 3 preferences for exchange location
- One recommendation from a professor or TA
- Electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
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 disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also 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. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.