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Interning with the United Nations was amazing because it is not only one of the most influential organizations in the world, but it has also become like a home to me. I realize now that I need to find something that can inspire me everyday like going to work there did.
– Storm Wilkening
Central College

academic program/courses

The Central College Abroad program in Vienna is a German language immersion program for students from beginning to advanced levels. A typical course load is 12-18 credit hours. Our academic program is broken down into six areas:

Optional Intensive Language Preparation

Most students choose to begin with a one or two month intensive German language program at the Goethe Institut, an internationally recognized language school in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. You will earn six credits during the one-month option or 12 credits with the two-month option.

Please see our information on the Goethe Institut to learn more about this option.


Culture Course

This course, facilitated in Vienna by the resident director and a local faculty member, serves as the foundation for your academic program, providing cultural and historical context. The following required course is taught in German and English:

Courses are offered for three credits.

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Central College Abroad courses

Central College Abroad elective courses are taught at the Central College Abroad center by Austrian professors. Coursework is taught in German for students at the intermediate level or above. Instruction is in a lecture/discussion format making it a balance of American and Austrian teaching methods. Courses are held once a week and students typically select at least two of the following courses:

Courses are offered for three credits each.

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Intensive language program

The intensive language program on the University of Vienna campus is required for students with less than four semesters of college-level German. Course content focuses on German language, including reading and listening comprehension, spoken and written communication, fundamental vocabulary and basic grammar structures. In addition to required Central College Abroad course, students earn 10 credits for this program.

Please see our intensive language program to learn more about this option.

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Affiliate university electives

Students with high intermediate language skills or above (prior to attending the Goethe Institut) may enroll in courses at the University of Vienna. Additional electives are available for advanced German language speakers at the Vienna Institute of Translation and Interpretation, a branch of the University of Vienna.

Please see our affiliate university electives to learn more about your course options.

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Internships and Service-learning

On Central’s study abroad programs, learning begins in the classroom, but continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment — offering you a more in-depth cross-cultural experience. Students can choose from either an internship or a service-learning option, both for academic credit. Central College Abroad programs offer these experiences as a way to more fully immerse yourself in the language and culture. Please see our section on internships and service-learning to discover your options.

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