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Program Information:

Location Vienna, Austria
Academic Term Autumn Semester / Academic Year
Spring Semester
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 Mike Renes |
Priority Application Deadline Jan 15 (Autumn Semester / Academic Year)
May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)
General This exchange program to the University of Vienna 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.
Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna (Universität Wien) is the oldest university in the German speaking world. More than 90,000 students from over 128 countries are enrolled at this university, which offers 181 programs through its 19 Faculties and Centers. In traditional European fashion, the University of Vienna does not have a central campus but, instead, its buildings are separated by Faculty and located throughout the City.


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

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.


20 - 25 UW credits per semester


Most courses at the university are taught in German, but there are many courses available in English especially in the fields of Law, Political Science, History, Business, American Studies, and Anthropology. This progressive university is particularly strong in the areas of social justice, human rights, ethics, and political science. Advanced undergraduate students can enroll in Masters level courses with the permission of the International Office and the instructor at the University of Vienna.

University of Vienna's instructional format does not differ significantly from that of the UW. Lectures are generally conducted in large halls with many students and require a final examination, either oral or written. Seminars are smaller classes that focus on personal research and require a paper or presentation at the end of the term. Lab courses are very similar to courses taught in the US. Students at the University of Vienna 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.

In general, 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). 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 the University of Vienna does not run their own student dorms, students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Austria. Generally, students have two options for their accommodations in Vienna: halls of residence and private accommodations. 

Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Vienna housing.



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

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.

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 $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:

  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.