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Program Location Vienna, Austria
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33020
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2023 01/22/23 to 05/13/23
Current Program Dates
Fall 2022 08/28/22 to 12/17/22

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Vienna, once the capital of the powerful Hapsburg Empire, is now the capital of Austria. While the power structure has undergone great change, the city itself has retained much of the charm of the pre-World War I era.

The IES Vienna Center is situated in the Palais Corbelli, an elegant eighteenth century palace in the heart of Vienna. It is just minutes away from the array of museums, theaters, and other major cultural attractions that have bestowed international fame on Vienna.

Program Highlights:

  • Extensive curriculum in the Arts, Humanities, International Business, Economics, and International Relations with a special emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Direct enrollment at Universität Wien for qualified students.
  • Internships in business and education. Previous business assignments include ACS-Acquisition Services, Aktienforum, Bank Austria Securities, Inc., Sotheby's Kunstauktionen, and Wirl-Consult-Marketing Communications; education placements are in secondary schools throughout Vienna.
  • Field trips to locations such as Berlin, Budapest, Cracow, Prague, and the Danube Valley region (locations vary by semester). An additional, program-related field trip is included and varies based on the program track you choose.
This program offers various tracks, offering slightly different courses and field trips, students should review the classes and field trip options to determine which track is the best fit for them:

This page is referring to the standard IES Vienna's European Culture & Society Program. Students wishing to participate in IES' other option in Vienna, such as enrolling in courses taught at a local university, should check the IES web-site for any varying dates, fees, and application deadlines and speak to their study abroad advisor.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


Skiing in the Alps

The program is open to all undergraduate students. Any university student is eligible if s/he has reached at least sophomore standing (completed 2 semesters of college) by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

Previous German language study is not required for students who wish to take IES courses exclusively. For students who wish to enroll in German-taught and/or University courses, a minimum of four semesters of German is required for the fall and full year program and five semesters for the spring option.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture][College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
IES offers unique courses that explore Austrian History, Culture, Art, Business, Psychology and many other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors, as well as course options at the prestigious Universität Wien, enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives both in and out of class.

You take 16–19 credits per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Language courses are taught in German, and all other courses are taught in English, unless otherwise noted. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.

For more information on courses, click on the different program tracks above and then click the academics tab on the IES website.


The program includes a program-related trip, which is typically around 4 days. There are three trip options, and the one you go on is determined by the academic track you choose.

In addition, IES field trips take you to other great cities in Austria and beyond to provide contrast and context for what you are learning in Vienna. These trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad.

IES Abroad Vienna also organizes course-related trips that complement IES Abroad courses and help you build your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society.

For more information, see the IES website.


IES will arrange housing for you, and you can choose from the following options (please note some options carry an additional cost):

  • Shared Apartments
  • Single Studio Apartments
  • Housing with Local Residents 
  • Residence Halls
In all options, you have full access to kitchen facilities for preparing meals, which are not included in the program fee. All housing options include free Internet access.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Costs listed are based on enrollment in the European Society & Culture track. Different tracks or add-on options within tracks may carry additional fees, please see IES website for additional details.

Program Fee includes tuition, field trips, and on-site orientation.

Housing Fee includes the standard housing option. Some housing options will carry additional fees.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2022

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$17,035.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.10
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,235.00
Local Transportation$250.00
Books and Supplies$250.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,100.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Following payment of the deposit, the student will be given the IES application to complete. The Study Abroad Office will send the application to IES, along with the applicant's transcript, letters of recommendation, and essay from the study abroad application. The student will then be notified directly by IES upon acceptance into the program.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
Belvedere Palace

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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