Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is a city of about 1.8 million inhabitants that has, since its founding in the 3rd century, served as a bridge between a myriad of cultures. As an important crossroads between North and South, East and West, the city became a natural melting pot for new ideas. Out of this cultural richness has emerged a wealth of artistic accomplishments and innovative thinking.
Founded in 1950, this program allows you to improve your German language skills while integrating yourself the Viennese way of life. A variety of German- and English-taught courses are available in Art History, Drama, History, Humanities, International Business, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, and Women's Studies. Some Music courses are also available. Information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES website.
You will take 15-19 credits on this program. Courses in both English and German are available at the IES Center; students with the appropriate level of proficiency may take courses in German. Qualified students may also enroll in courses at the University of Vienna and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Field trips are also offered as part of this program.
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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Vienna Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program:
Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study
No previous German language study required for students enrolling in English-taught courses.
4 semesters or the equivalent of college-level German required for students enrolling in German-taught or University courses.
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live either in a homestay, where some meals may be provided, or in a residence hall or independent apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
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:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country, arrive by 11 a.m.. End date marks departure from program housing for students taking only IES Abroad courses. For students taking classes at a partner university, the departure date will be in early July. Please confirm with IES.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program for students enrolled in IES Abroad courses only. For students enrolled in one or more courses at an IES partner university the departure date is January 31. Penn State students cannot enroll in a partner university course in the fall.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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