IES-Vienna: European Society and Culture

Program Details

Program Location Vienna, Austria
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33020
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/25/24 to 12/14/24
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/21/24 to 05/11/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Vienna: European Society and Culture

Vienna will be your classroom. Can you imagine learning about Freud’s theories of psychoanalysis and then touring his home and the office where he practiced? Or studying politics and international organizations and visiting the UN, the OSCE, or OPEC? How about exploring art history in Vienna’s world-famous galleries and museums? Welcome to study abroad! Wherever possible our courses take advantage of the city’s historical, artistic, and cultural sites and include a hands-on, practical component.

Offering both English- and German-taught courses, the IES Abroad Vienna European Society & Culture program allows you to study the culture, history, business, and politics of a region that continues to play a major role on the world stage. Open to students at all German language levels, the program brings more than 60 years of experience to a variety of unique courses taught by faculty from top European institutions.

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.

You can also enroll in an internship or field experience, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

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


IES-Vienna: European Society and 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 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] [Daniels School of Business] [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

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.

If you have taken fewer than 4 semesters of college-level German or the equivalent, you enroll in English-taught IES Abroad courses. If you have advanced-level German language proficiency, you may enroll in a combination of German- and English-taught courses or all German-taught IES Abroad courses. Students with advanced language skills can also enroll in partner university courses.

You create your academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • IES Abroad German language course (required, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad area studies courses* (3-4 credits) are offered at the IES Abroad Center in English and German in a wide range of disciplines.
  • German-taught courses at local university (advanced German required, credits vary)
  • IES Abroad Internship (includes internship and seminar, 3 credits)
Please see IES website for more information on available classes.


The program includes some field trips, such as a 3-day skiing trip to the Austrian Alps, a day trip to Wachau or an overnight trip to Styria. Please note some field trips are subsidized by IES and may include an additional fee - length and location of trips are subject to availability.

Your courses may also include field trips to sites of interest in Vienna, including museums, historical sites, company visits, theater performances or classical concerts. 


Students will choose from the options offered by IES. The standard option, fully included in the cost, is a shared apartment with other students. Options to upgrade the housing option are available for an additional cost.

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.

Program Fee includes tuition, field trips, local transportation pass, 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: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $18,788.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,417.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Local Transportation $220.00
Visa $160.00
Books and Supplies $250.00
Meals $4,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,600.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure 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.

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

Returnees Information

IES-Vienna: European Society and Culture

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