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The Goethe Institut is such a wonderful institution! It offers a truly unique experience by merging language learning and cultural excursions, while introducing students to both local and international students. It's an amazing feeling to share a second language as a commonality.
– Brie Elzinga
Calvin College

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AustriaLocation: Vienna, Austria; intensive language orientation in Schwabisch Hall, Germany (optional)

Vienna has claimed the number one spot in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey five years in a row.

Affiliated universities: Goethe Institut (Germany), University of Vienna

Central College Abroad coursework: Yes

Language prerequisite: None

Language of instruction: German

Internships: Yes

Service-learning options: Yes

Recent excursions: Cultural sites in Vienna, plus a weekend trip to Salzburg or Znaim (a Czech medieval city), Prague, Budapest or Graz and a day trip to either the Wachau Valley or Bratislava.

Housing and meals: Austrian residence halls, double rooms and private bath; no meal plan — communal kitchen in the halls for cooking meals, plus restaurants and cafes located on and near campus.

Program dates: Fall semester, late September – late January. Spring semester, late February – late June. (These dates do not reflect the one or two-month optional language training sessions at the Goethe Institut prior to the start of the semester.)

Average program size: 12

Staff to student ratio: 1:6