*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.
- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Language Prerequisites: Text in Context (GERM152)
About the Program
The exchange program in Vienna was established in the late 1980s and is one of Georgetown’s longest running study abroad programs. Founded in 1365, the University of Vienna is one of the oldest universities in Central Europe. Today the university has approximately 50,000 students and 2,400 teachers. It occupies a monumental building, erected in Renaissance style between 1873 and 1884, known as the Hauptgebäude, which dominates the northwest corner of the Ringstrasse.
Although the center of Vienna was heavily bombed, the city retains much of its prewar character. Institutions such as the opera, Musikverein, and Burgtheater continue to play a distinctive role in the international scene. In most quarters of the city, local cafes are still the center of social life. Another remnant of the city’s Habsburg past is the diversity of its residents. Many Viennese have Hungarian, Czech or Yugoslav ancestry, and this cultural mix makes Vienna unusual among German-speaking cities.
- Full year: early October to late June
- Spring: early February to late June
Fields of Study
Language of instruction is German.
Fields of study include: African Studies, Anthropology, Art/Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Education, English, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Japanese, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Sociology
Course listings (Vorlesungsverzeichnis) can be found here
. You should be sure to look at the most recent semester when you are applying to go to Vienna. For instance, if you are looking to spend Sommersemester (spring) 2021 in Vienna, you should should look at the listings for Sommersemester 2020 (2020S in the upper right hand corner).
You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.
A full courseload for this program is: 4 courses (2 lectures and 2 seminars) plus language pre-session
The minimum passing grade for this program is: 4
You are expected to take all courses and complete all coursework in German. You will not receive credit for courses taught in English, or in which the readings are primarily in English, nor may you use such coursework to meet the requirement for a full courseload.
You are required to live in program housing.
You will live in a state-run dorm run by the OeAD
. You may self cater or eat in one of the cafeterias also operated by the Mensa
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website
Hoya Angela Caprio takes us through Vienna on @GUAbroad Snapchat.
Stories Beyond the Hilltop Blog
Learn more about Hoya experiences in Vienna in Stories Beyond the Hilltop.