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Spring in Vienna

Spring in Vienna 2023 program poster
SIV 2023. Poster design by Stephanie Welch.
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Spring in Vienna is offered every spring quarter and is open to all students at all language levels.

This exciting program includes two four-week intensive language courses during the months of April and May at a local language school located in the heart of Vienna (10 credits). During these two months students also take part in guided tours in English through Vienna's most famous sights and museums led by a local art historian (3 credits). From the middle of May to the beginning of June, students take a seminar offered by a UW faculty member on the culture, nature, and society of contemporary Austria including visits to theaters, concerts, memorials, environmental sites and other iconic places (3 credits). Outings into the region are offered on some weekends as well as a weekend trip to Salzburg and/or other places nearby. For work done during the "Spring in Vienna" program students will receive 16 credits, which are computed as follows: 10 credits for language courses, the level of which will depend on background and placement; 6 credits of German 399. Students are required to participate fully in this rigorous program in order to earn credit.

For questions about the 2022 program, contact Professor Kye Terrasi. An information session will be held Tuesday, November 1st from 3:30 - 4:30pm in Denny Hall 359. 

View or download flyer for info session in pdf format.


Spring in Vienna 2019

Program Director Klaus Brandl writes from Vienna

Spring in Vienna 2018

Program Director: Kye Terrasi 

Spring in Vienna 2017

Program Director: Richard Block

Spring in Vienna 2016

Program Director: Sabine Wilke 

Spring in Vienna 2015

Program Director: Brigitte Prutti

Student testimonials:

Aaron Mau (Electrical Engineering major):

“This program has been a marvelous opportunity to dip my feet into European art, culture, and nature.  With a reasonable balance between schoolwork and free time, I've found myself with the freedom to explore and experiment on my own accord; all the while immersing myself into the German language as I interact with others and my surroundings.”

Kendall Yamamoto (Foster School of Business):

Spring in Vienna has surely been one of, if not, the best experience I've had the opportunity to enjoy, during my time at UW. There's so much offered. We had an incredible space to learn German with an amazing school. Vienna has so much to offer in terms of history, music, and culture overall. A perfect location to explore either Vienna, Austria, or nearby countries. We were provided with valuable lessons of the culture and history of Vienna's many facets. My time in Vienna has been comprehensive, filled with variety, structured, along with independent time for self discovery. A truly perfect mix. Couldn't recommend this study abroad anymore highly. This will forever be a moment in my life I cherish, and know I learned and gained so much from. Thank you to all who made it possible and made it what it was.”

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