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.
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.
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 literature. Vienna 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, 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. 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.
Student housing is organized and arranged by the IKI program.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
16 UW Quarter Credits
German Language Course (10 credits) VLPA for 200-level language courses and above. Language courses that students take depends on their background and placement.
SPRING IN VIENNA is a program that offers students the opportunity to learn and practice German in a 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.
Learning goals include:
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.
German 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.
Learning goals include:
German 399: Nature, Culture, Environments, and the Austrian Psyche: Modern Austrian Literature and Culture (3 credits)
What is it like to explore the city of Vienna of today? What is the status of nature and the environment in a large European metropolis today and how do the Viennese/Austrians think about and relate to environmental issues? Who are some of the most interesting figures of 20th century Austrian cultural history? What are some of the most important events and how are they remembered today? What is so troubling about Austrian memory politics in the Second Republic? What do we make of pop-icons like Sissi and the objects in the Klimtmegastore? How are global mass tourism and high culture intertwined in a place such as Salzburg? What is the legacy of Viennese psychoanalysis today? -- Questions such as these will be posed in this course and students will actively work through answers in individual and team projects. The course introduces students to significant aspects of modern Austrian literature and culture from fin-de-siècle Vienna to the present via texts by major writers and intellectuals, a number of popular films, and topics such as the Austrian colonial past and nature and the environment today through guided walks. We will also visit museums, exhibitions, concerts, memorials, and other cultural events and sites and explore some many of these topics on field trips. The course combines the academic learning experience in the classroom with the students’ active engagement with their urban surroundings, both as individuals, as teams, and in the whole group.
Learning goals include:
The course has three major goals: • To deepen students’ understanding of modern Austrian literature and culture • To strengthen cooperation and other team-working skills via productive on-site tasks • To provide a critical framework for reflecting on the cultural immersion experience
Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,400)
Food (about $45/day)
UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
Other health expenses/immunizations
Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: April 17, 2020
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.
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 Study Abroad 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.
To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application. 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.
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 online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. 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 contacting the consular offices of those countries. You can read more about this topic on the Passports and Visas page of the UW Study Abroad 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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.
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.
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.
$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 are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy will be 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 application 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 withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.