As I researched programs, I knew I wanted to challenge myself by taking actual classes in a German-speaking university, but I also recognized that I would need support from a program (and some intensive language preparation) to reach that goal. Central College Abroad was exactly what I was looking for.
Location: 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
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