Program participants live in the Residenz Molkereistrasse, a modern student residence hall designed according to environmentally responsible, energy-efficient principles. It is located in the Leopoldstadt section of Vienna near the Prater Park (with its famous Ferris wheel). Like their Austrian peers, students will make their way to the University using public transportation, which is ample and user-friendly.
Students reside in single rooms arranged into apartments. Each apartment includes a common area, kitchen, bathroom, television and internet access. The building also includes bike and laundry rooms.
Participants in the Vienna program remain registered as full-time students in the College. They take and receive credit for four courses: the three courses in the civilization sequence and the German language course. The civilization sequence meets the College’s civilization requirement. If a student has already met this requirement, he or she may use these courses as electives. Their use, partial or total, in a program of study (major) must be approved by the undergraduate chair of the student’s respective major. The language course will normally count as an elective. This course is neither keyed to Chicago’s German language sequences nor equivalent to any specific on-campus course. Course titles, units of credit and grades are placed on the College transcript.
The Vienna program includes an optional three-week pre-session devoted to intensive German language instruction for students eager to make significant progress in their German. This opportunity is available to students at all levels of German (students will be placed on the basis of a diagnostic exam). Classes will meet approximately 20 hours per week and will be taught at the University of Vienna Sprachenzentrum. Because the Vienna program already offers the maximum credit for a quarter’s work (four course credits), the German Language Pre-session is officially a non-credit option. Instead, the evaluation of the pre-session work will be folded into the grade for the regular language course (GRMN 15001). There is a modest surcharge for instruction and accommodation.
Study abroad students pay regular College tuition, a program fee, and a nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee. The tuition and program fee are paid in conformity with the home campus payment schedule, and the nonrefundable study abroad administrative fee is submitted when accepting a place in a program. Precise figures for the Vienna program during the 2020-21 year are listed below:
Autumn tuition: as set by the Bursar’s Office
Study abroad administrative fee: $675
Vienna Civ program fee: $4,850
|Program fee includes:
||Out-of-pocket expenses include:
||round-trip airfare to and from the program site
||transportation on site
|emergency travel insurance (ISOS)
||personal entertainment and travel
||communications (including cell phone usage)
||health insurance and upfront payments for care
||other miscellaneous expenses
Previous program participants report spending in the range of $200 to $275 per week on meals and incidentals while on the program, though frugal students may spend less, and others could spend much more. Bear in mind that the cost of living in Vienna is relatively high and that, while it is possible to live frugally, it is also possible to run short of money if you are unwary. It is therefore essential that you budget your funds prudently, apportioning your resources so that they last for the duration of the program. If you are planning to travel before or after the program or on weekends, you should budget accordingly.
Study abroad students retain their financial aid eligibility. For more information about financial aid resources, please see our Tuition, Fees, and Funding section.
The Vienna program is open to University of Chicago undergraduate students only. Applications from outside the University are not accepted.
The program is designed for undergraduates in good academic standing who are beyond their first year in the College. While the program stipulates no minimum grade-point average, an applicant’s transcript should demonstrate that they are a serious student who will make the most of this opportunity. Because the civilization sequence is taught in English, there is no language prerequisite, although students are encouraged to take German on campus before the program begins.
Because of the considerable demand for the Chicago civilization programs abroad, no student may participate in more than one of these programs. Each application is examined on the basis of the student’s scholastic record, personal statement and academic recommendation. If you are interested in applying for this program please fill out the online application.
To discuss the Vienna in Western Civilization program and the possibility of participating in it, please contact Eric Benjaminson.
This “time capsule” of the Autumn 2017 program was created by Julia Thomsen, Class of 2019, for our Study Abroad in 60 Seconds Contest. (Be sure to look for Dean Boyer, who taught in the program and makes a brief appearance toward the end.)