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Austria, Vienna - IES: Vienna - European Society and Culture

Immerse yourself in a former member of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to discover a rich culture in the capital of Austria.


Vienna, a city full of flair and charm, is the capital of Austria and one of the largest German speaking cities. The city is constructed with medieval architecture and palaces that are breathtaking sights. Austria’s culture and history is able to be seen not only on foot through the streets but also through the local festivals, opera, and museums.


Universität Wien, founded in 1365, is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Students with advanced levels of German are able to enroll in classes here. For students with beginner or intermediate German language skills, IES Abroad Vienna Center holds classes. The center, or Palais Corbelli, is a 17th century palace featuring classrooms, student lounge, library, printer access, a concert hall, and music practice rooms.


The IES Abroad European Society & Culture program allows students to study the culture, history, business, and politics of Vienna. Students also have the option of enrolling in internships. The program focuses on an intensive German language course during orientation and after, students are paired with locals to not only enhance their skills, but to grasp an idea of the culture and create relationships. Students are able to enroll in 15-19 credits a semester.

Student Life & Co-Curricular

The true Vienna can be seen through partaking in cultural events and activities. Students are able to embark on city tours, visit the museums, and attend the theatre. IES also provides participants with a “buddy” so that they may practice their German language skills and also interact with local students. The program also offers excursions to locations such as the Austrian Alps, Wachau, Styria, Prague, and many other locations.


Students have the option to choose between an:

  • Student Apartment: accommodate between three to six students each and are fully furnished. Some room or single occupancy while others hold more. Some apartments are set aside for students interested in taking a language pledge and speaking only in German while at home.
  • Housing with Local Residents: You have the opportunity to live with one or more IES Abroad students and an Austrian landlady/landlord or Resident Assistant.
  • Residence Halls: double rooms with a shared bath and kitchen.

* All residences have free internet.  

Program Cost

The program fee includes tuition (12-16 credits), accommodation, program orientation, scheduled academic excursions, and international health insurance. The program cost is based on full-time semester tuition and on-campus Marist housing. Students receive a detailed cost sheet once they have been admitted to the Marist Abroad Program.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework

How to Apply and Get More Information

Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more information on the Marist Abroad application process.

If you have any additional questions about the program contact the Program Coordinator at

Please click here for additional information on the program.