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  • Locations: Bratislava, Slovakia; Bruck an der Mur, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Morbisch am see, Austria; Prague, Czech Republic; Salzburg, Austria; Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: June, May, May/June - Both
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May/June - Both 2019 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 TBA TBA
May 2019 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 TBA TBA
June 2019 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Housing Options: Homestay
Areas of Study: Art, Art History, Business, Economics, German, History, Music, Religion/Theology Class Standing: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Non-Degree
Program Type: Study
Program Description:
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Faculty Leader:  Stephen Hemenway (

Program Dates: 
                            May & June Both Sessions:  May 8 -- June 23, 2019
                            May/Summer Session I:  May 7 - May 31, 2019
                            June/Summer Session II:  May 3 - June 22, 2019
Location:  Vienna, Austria, with visits to some of the following cities in Austria: Bruck an der Mur, Moerbisch am See, and Salzburg; and/or to Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Czech Republic. 

            Program fees: Summer Session I:  $4,100
                                   Summer Session II:  $3,900
                                   Both:  $7,400
            Airfare estimates: Both Sessions ($1,490); First Session ($1,490); Second Session ($1,545)
            Tuition cost: included in program fee (4 credits per session)
            Scholarship Opportunities:  approximately $50,000 available 

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline for Early Admission and Scholarship Applications: November 17, 2018, by noon
            Final Deadline for Late Applicants if Places are Available: January 21, 2019 by noon

Program Overview:

This summer’s two sessions (May, June) offer eight college credits in numerous academic fields: Austrian Art and Architecture, Modern Austrian History, Empires of the World and Mind, Vienna’s Musical Traditions, Literature and Self - Vienna and Beyond, Economic/Business Issues in Europe, Creative Writing - Non-Fiction, and a Senior Seminar (Vienna: Values in Transit). Field trips within Austria and excursions to neighboring countries add a significant dimension to the learning experience. The program, open to qualified applicants of any age who have completed at least one year of college before summer 2018, has a maximum of 55 students per session.

Minimum grade point average for acceptance is usually around 3.00. A student on disciplinary probation will need clearance for eligibility.

Vienna features everything from famous choirboys to fabled coffeehouses, from Sachertortes to the Spanish Riding School, from baroque churches to a modern United Nations complex. While in Vienna, German-language students improve fluency; art/architecture students explore museums and churches; students in history and literature, and "Empires" courses, visit Habsburg residences and World War sites; music students attend operas and concerts; economics students meet with business experts; nonfiction students write memoirs about local people and places; senior seminar students question distinguished speakers daily. Several of these opportunities are available to all participants, and the cost of required field trips is included. Non-credit German-conversation classes meet a few afternoons each week. Beginners find these survival sessions beneficial, while those with German abilities gain more confidence.

On weekends, Dr. Hemenway arranges and leads excursions to places outside of Vienna. Plans for first session include two-day weekends in Salzburg (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic).  Second session features a two-day weekend in Budapest (Hungary), an overnight hiking trip in the Austrian Alps, and a weekday in Bratislava (Slovakia). Since weekend trips are considered part of the academic program, costs of transportation, hotels, guides, admissions, breakfasts, and dinners are included in the overall price. 

Vienna Summer 1Course Descriptions: *Please see printed brochure for full course descriptions

Session I, one of the following courses*:  
Vienna's Musical Traditions
MUS 101 (FA1) / HIST 131 (CH2) / MUS 295 / HIST 295 

This course focuses on Vienna's contributions to classical music and opera (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bruckner, Strauss, Mahler). Students may earn credit for Music 295 or History 295 or fulfill the Arts I (Music 101) or Cultural Heritage II (History 131*) general education requirement. Dr. Wolfgang Reisinger (Viennese native with PhD degrees in Music from the Universities of Vienna and Kansas) has served as Director of the Vienna Church Music Conservatory and organ consultant for the Vienna Archdiocese. He composed music for Pope Benedict’s 2007 visit to Austria. Homework includes attendance at the world’s finest operas and concerts.
Modern Austrian History
HIST 131 (CH2) / HIST 295
The course focuses on Austria from the decline of the Habsburg Empire, through both World Wars, up to Austria’s entry into the European Union and current issues dealing with immigration.  Walking tours, guest speakers, museums, and films make Austrian history come alive. Dr. Herberth Czermak (PhD from University of New Hampshire, Professor Emeritus at University of Vienna’s Institute for Translators, and teacher for many overseas programs) has taught for Hope since 1987. 
Austrian Art and Architecture
ART 111 (FA1) / HIST 131 (CH2) / ART 295 / HIST 295

The course focuses on rich treasures of the Baroque and Rococo, for which Vienna is an ideal setting. Austrian artifacts from Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Biedermeier, and Modern periods are also examined. Many classes occur in museums, palaces, monasteries, and churches. Students may get credit for Art 295 or History 295 or fulfill the Arts I (Art 111) or Cultural Heritage II (History 131*) general education requirement. Dr. Beatrice Ottersböck (Czech native and art historian with a PhD from University of Pittsburgh) has taught in numerous American programs since 1968.
Empires of the World, Empires of the Mind
IDS 172 (CH2)

Incorporating literature, philosophy, and history from the 16th to 20th centuries, the course examines cultural/intellectual developments of Central Europe from the Holy Roman and Austro-Hungarian Empires to the dawn of modern Austria. Readings include fiction (Kafka), history (Morton), philosophy (Kant, Nietzsche), and cultural criticism (Freud). Dr. Janis Gibbs (PhD from University of Virginia and Associate Professor of History) specializes in the interplay of religious, social, and cultural factors in early modern German cities. 
Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
ENGL 358 
This is a relatively new offering, although the teacher, Dr. Stephen Hemenway, has also done several independent studies in creative writing with past Vienna students. Students will read memoirs and essays by Austrian writers and compose personal pieces about places (Mauthausen concentration camp, Stephansdom), people (host families, street musicians), politics (Green Party, socialized medicine), events (Laterna Magica in Prague, barbecue on Neusiedlersee), etc. Style, structure, audience, and originality will be examined. Pre-requisite: a 200-level writing workshop or equivalent. 

Literature and Self—Vienna and Beyond
ENGL 232 (CH2) / ENGL 375

Prof. Saskia Haag, educated at the Sorbonne, University of Vienna, and University of Konstanz (where she received her PhD), has taught at Princeton University and for other American programs in Vienna. Short novels, poems, and plays by Goethe, Schnitzler, Rilke, Kafka, Brecht, Ingeborg Bachmann, Elfriede Jelinek, and others will focus on the journeys, love affairs, and wars that shape their characters’ identities. Students will examine changes, challenges, and conflicts in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire and the recent cultural milieu in Vienna.  
*Subject to change, based on enrollment.  

Session II, one of the following courses*:
Economic and Business Issues in Europe
ECON 200 (SS2) / ECON 211 (SS1) / ECON 395 / BUS 395

This course delves into economic principles and policies of the European Union and examines the impact and implications of the EU on businesses and people. Readings, speakers, and field trips (European Union office, Karl Marx Hof, Gymnasium Kundmanngasse) explore these issues under the guidance of Prof. Brian Gibbs (Hope alumnus and Board of Trustees member and Associate Dean at the European Business School in Wiesbaden). In addition to 25 years of expertise in strategy and operations consulting to businesses worldwide, Gibbs has served many vital roles in the Vienna Summer School since 1985. 
Empires of the World, Empires of the Mind is also offered during this session by Dr. Janis Gibbs (see full description under First Session).
Austrian Art and Architecture is also offered during this session by Dr. Beatrice Ottersböck (see full description under First Session).
Vienna: Values in Transit
IDS 492 (SRS)

Students question the philosophies and life choices articulated by daily speakers. Artists, business people, clergy, diplomats, politicians, teachers, World War II veterans and victims, and  recent immigrants from Afghanistan and Turkey share their life stories. Under the guidance of Dr. Stephen Hemenway (PhD from University of Illinois), students interact with speakers and each other, read nonfiction, write journals, and formulate personal views for a "Philosophy of Life" paper. Prerequisite: at least second-semester junior status.

*Subject to change, based on enrollment.

Vienna Summer 3