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Primary Language(s) of Instruction: German Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: 2. Sophomore
UW Study Abroad Program Manager: renesm, shannonq
Program Information:

Location Vienna, Austria
Academic Term Autumn Quarter / Winter Quarter
Spring Quarter / Summer Quarter
Credits 12 - 18 credits per quarter; students must enroll in a minimum of 8 weeks (120 hours) per quarter to ensure full-time student status
Eligibility 2.75 GPA preferred
Language No previous German knowledge required
Program Manager Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline March 15 (A), September 15 (W), December 15 (Sp), March 15 (S)
General The IKI program, located in the heart of Vienna, caters to beginning, intermediate, and advanced learners of German.
Founded in 1981, the IKI is located in the heart of Vienna opposite the State Opera House. The institute's language programs enroll approximately 250 students from around the world each month and have an excellent reputation. In addition to its regular courses, the IKI facilitates the UW's "Spring in Vienna" program through the Department of Germanics. To complement the language and cultural learning within the classroom, cultural excursions and social activities are organized by the IKI.


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.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Students participating in this program must have a 2.75 minimum GPA.

Credits and Conversion Scale

You will approx. receive 12 - 18 UW credits per quarter. 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.


The IKI caters to beginning, intermediate and advanced students of German. No previous knowledge of the language is required to enroll. At the time of application, students submit a brief written test (available on the institutes' websites) to determine their proficiencies in German. This test serves as a general guide for course placement; however, final placement decisions are made on site following an oral interview.

The IKI offers intimate and interactive learning environments. Classes are small (10-15 students) with instructional emphases placed on comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, conversation and grammar. A variety of teaching tools are employed to cater to various learning styles. Students generally enroll for two or more 4-week sessions at IKI. A minimum of 8 weeks is required for full-time status and concurrent enrollment at the UW. In general, students earn 12 credits of German per 8-week session.

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.



For an additional fee, the IKI Institute offers accommodations: shared apartments, guesthouses or student residences.  The availability of options is dependent on the term of study.


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. 


Program Expenses

The Study Abroad 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. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the IKI application.

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.
  • 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.

Budgeting Tools

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 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.

Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


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.

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


The 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:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.