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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 01/21/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/07/2019 06/22/2019
May 2019 01/21/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/07/2019 05/31/2019
June 2019 01/21/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/30/2019 06/22/2019

** 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:
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Faculty Leader:  Stephen Hemenway (

Program Dates: 
                            May & June Both Sessions:  May 7 - June 22, 2019
                            May/Summer Session I:  May 7 - May 31, 2019
                            June/Summer Session II:  May 30 - 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 16, 2018, by noon
            Final Deadline for Late Applicants if Places are Available: January 21, 2019

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 2019, 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, 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 three-day weekends in Salzburg (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic).  Second session features a three-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.

*If you enroll in the Literature course as English 232, you may count that course for CHII if you have taken or will take IDS 177 for CHI. Consult the Hope College Catalog and your advisor to assure that you are making the right choice. 

**If you enroll in the History or Art or Music course as History 131, you may count that course for CHII if you have taken or will take IDS 171 or IDS 175 for CHI. Consult the Hope College Catalog and your advisor to assure that you are making the right choice. 

Session I: Select 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. Her former art student and current assistant, Prof. Gretl Satorius (M.A. in Theatre, Film, Media History; doctoral candidate at University of Vienna), is an award-winning dramaturg and screenwriter. 
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. Lee Forester (PhD in Germanic Linguistics from UC Berkeley, Professor of German) lived in Vienna for two years while finishing his dissertation and enjoys speaking Viennese dialect. Co-author of textbooks on German, he will teach this course created by Dr. Janis Gibbs of the Hope History Department. 

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. Prerequisite: a 200-level writing workshop or equivalent. 

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

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. 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. 

Session II: Select 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 (see full description under First Session) is also offered during this session by Dr. Janis Gibbs (PhD from University of Virginia and Associate Professor of History). She premiered this course two decades ago and specializes in the interplay of religious, social, and cultural factors in early modern German cities. 
Austrian Art and Architecture (see full description under First Session) is also offered during this session by the team of Dr. Beatrice Ottersböck and Prof. Gretl Satorius. 
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.

More than $50,000 is available in scholarships for Vienna 2019. If you choose to apply for a partial scholarship, you must also submit a separate blue scholarship form since scholarship applications are not yet online. One scholarship form suffices for a student applying for one or more of the eleven endowed funds: Fried, Fritz, Jurries Family, DeNooyer Family, Gibbs Family, Mitsis, Hemenway, Sno, Cady-Blom, Doublesetin, and Austrian Faculty Funds. 

Descriptions of and specific requirements for each award are listed on the form. A student applying for any of the first seven funds must also have the scholarship form signed by someone in the Financial Aid office to verify need. Each applicant must also submit a creative essay with the scholarship form; see scholarship form for details. Completed scholarship forms and essays are due at the Fried Center for Global Engagement, 116 Martha Miller Center) by noon on Friday, November 16. Last year about 25 students received awards ranging from $500 to $5,000. Students may also check with Financal Aid officials about federal direct loans. 

Blue scholarship forms are available at the Fried Center for Global Engagement, 116 Martha Miler Center, 257 Columbia Ave., Hope College, Holland, MI 49423 (phone: 616/395-7605; email:, or from Dr. Stephen Hemenway, English Department, Lubbers 310, Hope College, Holland, MI 49422-9000 (phone: 616/395-7616; email: Early applications are encouraged; some classes generate wait lists. Deadlines are listed in Calendar for Summer 2019. 

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