Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Vienna, Austria
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences prepares students to better grasp and harness the power of communication in the personal, professional and public spheres while also seeking to open students' minds to the complexities of human affairs. Offering students to fully immerse themselves in a different culture for a four week period and focus on a few specific aspects while abroad provides a unique chance to support this mission: Students get to work on academic, inter- and intra- personal, career and intercultural development outcomes.
All students will register for six credits for both courses offered.
In today’s globalized world where many of us are frequently in contact with people from different cultures, continents, and contexts, we cannot assume that our own cultural values and beliefs, behaviors and expectations are universal. We discuss definitions of culture and explore the various cultures we encounter in our daily lives to come to appreciate the complexity involved in intercultural exchanges, and to acknowledge the influence of context and power in our intercultural interactions. Our approach is interdisciplinary in perspective and global in outlook.
This course offers a plethora of formal and informal opportunities to engage in dialogue with Austrians from a variety of backgrounds. The goal to improve students’ intercultural competence: Attitudes such as curiosity and the willingness to step beyond one’s (cultural) comfort zones, skills such as observing, listening, and analyzing, plus, being adaptable and showing empathy are a requirement to successfully complete and fully benefit from this program. The objective is to provide students with an immersive experience abroad to enhance self-reflection, flexibility, and sensitivity in intercultural communication settings that can be applied to both personal and professional environments.
Note: The course CAS 271 Intercultural Communication fulfills the General Education IL (International Cultures) requirement at Penn State as it will increase student knowledge of different cultures and touches on U.S. international relations. This course also supports the College of Liberal Arts’ efforts to develop a curriculum that is infused with diversity and fosters intercultural competency.
First, communication and media systems within and across the European Union are introduced. Then, students investigate how changes in media practices and governing structures – truly global phenomena – are intertwined with and provoke changes in discourse, rhetoric, and intercultural communication. In addition, students explore the reconstruction of communication within the European Union in various social spaces. Potential reactions/solutions to these phenomena are researched and discussed. Understanding the importance of media literacy and intercultural competence as practices based on knowledge, capability, communication skills, social and personal responsibility, provides a key vantage point for this inquiry. Field trips to media outlets and other places of interests enrich this complex and challenging learning experience.
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Students will reside in dormitory style lodging at Hotel Academia Hotels in Vienna, within walking distance of the University of Vienna's main campus and the host department.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
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