** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
This intensive summer program provides motivated students with four weeks of European studies or of learning German in the capital of Austria. The coursework is complemented by a wide range of excursions around the beautiful city of Vienna. Students can, hence, expect to advance their German language skills while learning about the Austrian society.
Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna (Universität Wien) is the oldest university in the German speaking world. More than 63,000 students from 128 countries are enrolled at this university, studying one of the 169 programs offered through the university's 17 faculties and centers. Following traditional European fashion, the University of Vienna does not have a central campus; instead, its buildings are separated by faculty and located throughout the city.
In the 4-week summer program, students will take one of the following options in order to meet the 10 ECTS credit requirement: three European studies courses; the Arbitration Academy course along with one European studies course; or the German language course along with one European studies course. For students participating in the German language course, a placement test will be administered on the first day of the course to ensure that the participant is placed in the appropriate course phase, which are divided by level of proficiency in German language. Beginner students are not required to to take a placement test. For students interested in the European studies courses, they can select from a list of courses ranging from history to policy to culture.
Students participating in the University of Vienna summer program can book rooms in student dormitories located near the university campus. Students may book a single room or may choose to share a room with another student. Both the one-bed and the two-bed rooms are fully equipped with furniture required for their stay in Vienna. Multiple rooms share a communal shower and toilet and each floor in the student dorm is equipped with a communal kitchen. Note that rooms can only be reserved for the duration of the course and students are expected to find their own housing if they plan to arrive early or if they plan to extend their stay in Vienna.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in the German language course must take a placement test on the first day of the course if they wish to place in the higher level course phases. Beginner students are, however, not required to take this test and they will be automatically placed in A1 course phase. Applicants can only provide a certificate showing their proficiency in German level to be placed in higher level course phases. Please contact the University of Vienna to determine if a particular certification can be used to place you in higher level course phases.
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 University of Vienna Summer program application.
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.
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 attend an in-person 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: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.
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.
The $350 UW Study Abroad Fee is 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:
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.