Skip to content

Programs : Brochure

This page is the brochure for your selected program. You can view the provided information for this program on this page and click on the available buttons for additional options.
  • 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
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May/June - Both 2018 02/27/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
June 2018 02/27/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
May 2018 02/27/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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:
Vienna Summer banner 0
Faculty Leader:  Stephen Hemenway (

Program Dates: 
                            May & June Both Sessions:  May 8 -- June 23
                            May/Summer Session I:  May 8 - June 1
                            June/Summer Session II:  May 31 - June 23
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:  $3,700
                                   Both:  $7,200
            Airfare (estimate): $1,100 - $1,400
            Tuition cost: included in program fee (4 credits per session)
           Scholarship Opportunities:  Approximately $50,000 available 

*See course descriptions under Program Overview. 

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline for Early Admission and Scholarship Applications: November 17,2017,by noon.
            Final Deadline for Late Applicants if Places are Available: January 19, 2018 by noon

Program Overview:

This summer’s two sessions (May, June) offer eight college credits in numerous academic fields: German Language, Austrian Art and Architecture, Modern Austrian History, Empires of the World and Mind, Vienna’s Musical Traditions, Theology and Ethics (An Illustrated Guide), Economic/Business Issues in Europe, a Senior Seminar (Vienna: Values in Transit), and Independent Studies. 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 2016, 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 and theology students explore museums and churches; students in history and "Empires" courses visit Habsburg residences and World War sites; music students explore museums and churches; 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). 

Vienna Summer 1Course Descriptions: *Please see printed brochure for full course descriptions
Session I, one of the following courses*:                      
                     - German I:  Learn basic skills necessary to communicate in German (German 101)
                     - Vienna's Musical Traditions:  Focuses on Vienna's contributions to classical music and opera (Music 295,                          History 29
5, FA I, CH II)
                     - Intermediate Creative Writing Nonfiction:  Students read memoirs and essays by Austrian writers and                                compose personal pieces about places, people, politics, events, etc.
*Subject to change, based on enrollment.  

Session II, one of the following courses*:
                    - German II:  a continuation of German I, develops further knowledge of German (German 102).  

                    - Empires of the World, Empires of the Mind:  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. 
                    - Austrian Art and Architecture:  see description under First Session
                    - Economic and Business Issues in Europe:  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 explore these issues. 
                    - Vienna: Values in Transit:  Students question the philosophies and life choices articulates by daily speakers.  Artists, business people, clergy, diplomats,                             politicians, teachers, and World War II veterans  and victims share their life stories. 
*Subject to change, based on enrollment.

Vienna Summer 3