IES-Vienna: Business, Economics and International Relations

Program Details

Program Location Vienna, Austria
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33020
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2025 01/19/25 to 05/10/25
Fall 2024 08/25/24 to 12/14/24
Past 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: Business, Economics and International Relations

A stunningly beautiful city, Vienna occupies a unique position at the crossroads between east and west, north and south, long making the city a central meeting place for trade and international politics, as well as arts and culture. Imagine studying International Business in the birthplace of Peter Drucker, or learning about politics and international organizations and then visiting the UN, the OSCE, OPEC. This is study abroad!

Choose from a wide selection of courses in disciplines such as Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Political Science. You can also enhance your experience by taking courses in Art History, History, Humanities, Psychology, and so much more.

Your studies will also take you throughout Vienna and outside the city, with a program-related trip where you’ll visit companies like Red Bull in Salzburg, and BMW in Munich, as well as organizations in and around Vienna.

You can also enroll in an internship or field experience, including placements in banking, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations. This hands-on experience includes time spent at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

Taking German is required, but no background in the language is necessary. If you have sufficient German language skills, you can also enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien. There, you will experience the Austrian education system, be able to participate in University student activities, and make Austrian friends.


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


IES-Vienna: Business, Economics and International Relations

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] [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 15–19 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 IES Abroad courses in English. If you have advanced German language proficiency, you may enroll in IES Abroad courses in German and English. 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 additional course information.


This program includes a 4-day academic field trip which is a Business Study Tour of Austria and Germany. As an enhancement to your coursework, you will spend four days experiencing international diplomacy and commerce first-hand through exploring major production centers in Austria, including Red Bull, OMV (energy), and Voest Alpine (steel). The rest of the trip is spent in Germany, where you will tour the BMW corporation’s headquarters in Munich. The Vienna portion of the week will include excursions to international organizations in Vienna (like the UN and OPEC).

In addition, IES Abroad Vienna also organizes program trips such as a skiing trip, or visits to different regions of Austria, as well as and course-related trips that complement IES Abroad courses and help you build your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society. 


Students will live in apartments that are arranged by IES. Shared or single options are available, though some options may carry an additional fee. No meals are included in the program, but students will have full access to kitchens for preparing meals.

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 - $1,000.00

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: Business, Economics and International Relations

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