Insist on the best of all worlds on the Vienna program, where the internships are engaging and relevant, courses are taught by world-renowned faculty, and the city is livable (voted most-livable, in fact every year since 2009). The Vienna program gives students access to a part of Europe that has had, and continues to have, an enduring impact on world affairs.
Before arriving in Vienna, every student has the option to add one or two months at the prestigious Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, for intensive language preparation. In Vienna, students choose between a German language immersion curriculum or courses at the University of Vienna, taught in English or German. If you have an interest in politics and international relations, you’ll find prominent international organizations such as OSCE, OPEC and the UN.
Combine internship experiences and top-flight academics at the University of Vienna to build an exceptional study plan. Students choose from the following study tracks:
As a unifying thread, students in all tracks take Austria in Context, a reflective cross-cultural course with an emphasis on history. To achieve total German language immersion, highly proficient students may take this course in German.
A thorough introduction to the complex history of Austria, its politics and role within the European Union and current issues, this course combines traditional academics and assignments where students reflect on their experiences in Austrian society. Topics include religious life, social aspects of multiethnic societies, education, Austrian customs, dialects and national traditions in language, meals, drinks and more. (3 credits)
Connect the classroom with the world outside through academic excursions that link Austrian culture and history with coursework. Examples of past excursions include:
Open to all, most students prepare for their time in Vienna with one or two months of intensive German language preparation at the Goethe Institut. Instruction covers vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening comprehension, textual analysis, and oral and written communication. Credits earned are in addition to the full course load in Vienna. Goethe Institut. (6-12 credits)
Practical and transferable skills development is the foundation of the internship program in Vienna. From the very start of the process, students are encouraged to approach internships in terms of skills development. Work experiences are totally immersive.
About three-quarters of Central College students in Vienna participate in an internship or service-learning placement to boost both their language and career skills and earn course credit to transfer back to their home institutions. (Internships 4-6 credits)
*= Requires advanced German language skills
Unique geographical/geopolitical location at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe; both the historical center of the grand Austro-Hungarian Empire with a rich heritage in cultural treasures and historical sites as well as a busy hub of international affairs as the home of one of the world's four UN headquarters and numerous other international organizations.
Individualized attention to students distinguishes Central's resident directors from their peers. Starting long before arrival in Vienna, the director works individually with each student, coaching them to maximize their time abroad. Nothing is more central to the work of a resident director than giving students the support they need.
Ruth Verweijen describes herself as 100 percent Viennese, but she’s really a citizen of the world. Her father is Dutch, and she has lived in the United States, Canada and Scotland. However, she grew up in Vienna, received most of her education there and has been resident director of the Central College program since 2000.
As director, Ruth describes herself as a guide, career advisor, counselor, teacher and friend. Ruth loves traveling, hiking, sailing, attending theatre performances and spending time with her daughter.
Holistic programming integrates academics, personal journey and intercultural learning. Program excursions are linked to coursework to help students gain the most complete understanding of Austria possible, while gaining skills transferable to future experiences in cultures that are not their own. Guided by the resident director, students engage in intentional reflection to process and understand their personal experiences.
Internship and service-learning areas include work at international organizations, museums, archives, NGOs, local schools, business, etc. These experiences are invaluable as they further immerse students into the local society and provide them with the opportunity to understand cultural differences in the workplace and to acquire useful transferable skills for their future professional life.
About 75 percent of Central’s students participate in an internship or service-learning placement.
Depending on their program focus, students will meet Austrian and other international students both in their dorms and in their classes. Internships and service-learning opportunities as well as the many extracurricular activities allow students to truly immerse themselves in Austrian culture and integrate with local life.
Get to know your surroundings through a full orientation program led by the Vienna resident director. There will be extensive orientation activities during your first few weeks. Essential information regarding internships, affiliate universities and course registration is provided.
Central College offers a pre-departure and re-entry course for credit. The course is led by faculty and staff and is designed to meet student’s needs at the various stages of preparing for (Pre-departure) and reflecting on (Re-entry) their time abroad.
Guaranteed housing in a Viennese residence hall, including double room, and kitchen facilities. In Austrian fashion, students cook their own meals--a great way to meet hall-mates and learn cuisine from Austria and the world.
*All program dates are tentative. Do not purchase airline tickets based on these dates. Please check the official program calendar in your online acceptance account to confirm dates.
Central College students pay the same tuition rate for each of the international programs that they pay on the Central campus, plus the price for accommodations. In addition, students who transfer to Central College from another college or university must complete one semester at Central prior to participating in study abroad.