German Studies in Austria offers an immersive language and cultural environment for students of German with courses exploring literature, history, museums, and more. Based in Vienna with excursions around Central Europe, students have the unmatched opportunity to connect literary, artistic, and cultural topics with their geographic, social, and historical contexts.
Message from Faculty Director
With Vienna’s past as the capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire and its central European location, the city has a rich and complex history as well as contemporary cultural significance. Austria may often be overlooked in favor of Germany, but the geographically small country boasts a thriving cultural scene, diverse landscapes, and entanglement in the many thorny political issues of the moment. Oh, and did I mention the Alps?
After I graduated from college, I spent two years teaching English at secondary schools in Austria through the Fulbright program and became interested in the varied natural and cultural landscapes in the country, including the regional dialects that students will also come to learn. Later, during my PhD program, I studied literature in Graz and learned about the vibrant literary institutes that support cultural production.
I designed this program for students who are eager to advance their German language skills in an immersive setting and through exciting coursework that engages with contemporary issues and history. I look forward to welcoming students to an exciting new program in Vienna!
Kiley Kost, Lecturer in German
- Significantly expand German language proficiency and fluency in German
- Analyze different media, including literature, drama, poetry, visual art, and film from the perspectives of literary and cultural studies
- Critically examine current issues in Austria and Europe and relate them to historical contexts and academic interests
- Experience immersion in a foreign culture and experience the challenges and discoveries of life in a new environment
- Build intercultural awareness and independence
GERM 204 or equivalent (German proficiency). Students must have sophomore, junior, or senior status in the 2023-2024 academic year.
Course of Study
Students will live with German families or individuals. Rooms are private. Cooking is also independent.
Excursions are a mix of day trips in country and longer excursions to Graz, Innsbruck, Munich, Prague, and Budapest.
Students have the option to apply for a summer internship in Vienna or Berlin after the program.