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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Spring Quarter
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Quarter
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Program Information:

Location Vienna, Austria
Academic Term Spring 2019
April 2 – June 7, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $6,100
Credits 16 UW credits
Prerequisites 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.
Program Directors Klaus
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline November 15, 2018
Information Sessions An Information Session will be held in early November 2018. Please 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.
Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.

Program Description

The history and culture of Vienna may be perceived as emblems of the history and culture of European civilization. A center of the western civilized world from the baroque era on, the city of Vienna became home of some of the greatest movements in music, architecture, art, psychology, and literatureVienna was home to innovative thinkers and artists such as Mozart and Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, Schoenberg, Strauss, Freud, Wagner, Loos, Klimt and Schiele. It was home, too, to Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, and to Adolf Hitler. Vienna is the large capital of a small country. For centuries the city was head of a multi-national empire, and to this day has remained a magnet for millions of people who visit Vienna every year, attracted by the artifacts of an incredibly rich history. The city's unique location made Vienna the ideal mediator between Eastern and Western Europe, a position it has reverted to since the end of the Cold War. Vienna is also a very cosmopolitan city, not the least due to the fact that it is home to a large contingent of the United Nations employees. Vienna, no doubt, is a city old and new alike, tradition-oriented yet progressive.

While learning will surely take place in the traditional forum of our seminar meetings, we expect the major part of learning to occur during our extensive city tours and the many visits to historical sites, museums, and the opera.

To most students study abroad experiences create a life changing experience. Simply put, there is no more rewarding experience to language learning than experiencing a culture and language by living in a target language environment. Our students will live in a dorm environment. This provides them an opportunity to meet Austrian and other international students. The program requires mandatory participation in walking tours and urban explorations, which will bring the students in contact with diverse aspects (ethnic, socioeconomic) of city life. The program also includes a sponsored trip to Wachau, a famous wine-producing region, to Graz, the second largest city, or Salzburg.

All students are enrolled in language courses conducted by IKI. Learning the language on site offers students not only the tool and also serves as an incentive for them apply the language, meet natives and immerse themselves in the culture.

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 contemporary 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..



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

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.


16 UW credits


German Language Course (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 that 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.

Learning goals include:
A1 level
• Can understand and use familiar evee.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
• Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
• Can describe in simple terms aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need

B1 level
• Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
• Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
• Can produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
• Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans

B2 level
• Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialization.
• Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
• Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options

C 1 level
• Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read.
• Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation.
• Can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations.

GERM 399 Arts & Cultural History (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:Beyond Mozart & Hitler: Perspectives on Multiculturalism and National Identity (3 credits)

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding for the political, social, and cultural issues relevant to contemporary Austria. We will deal with questions of identity, how Austria was coming to terms with its NS past, and its role in the new Europe. The discussion will include topics such as Austria's political and educational systems, its cultural heritage, gender, and minorities. Assessment is based on classroom discussions and response papers. The course meets twice a week for two hours over the period of four weeks




Klaus Brandl, Department of Germanics, Program Director

Stephanie Welch, Department of Germanics, Program Staff



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $6,100

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 your buy your ticket - $1,400)
  • Food (about $45/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: April 14th, 2019

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.

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. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

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


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. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: 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:

For non-U.S. citizens, 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 a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are 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 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.