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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
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Program Description:


University of Vienna Winter School

Location: Vienna, Austria
Program dates: February 2 2019 – February 15 2019
Application deadline: 30 November 2018
Duration: 2 weeks

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Program Description
The univie: winter school for cultural-historical studies takes place in Vienna, the capital of the former Habsburg Monarchy (and Austria of today) where traces of the outstanding culture of the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century are still visible.
The two week program combines first class academic courses with an extensive social and cultural program. Vienna’s rich cultural heritage, especially the museums, will lead to a thorough understanding of the input of the fin-de-siècle on the modernization of Europe.
This unique program consists of high level lectures in the morning and guided excursions to the city of Vienna (e.g. the Schönberg Center and city walks around the Ringstraße and Art Nouveau buildings) and to different museums (the Museum for Applied Arts and Schönbrunn Palace) in the afternoon.
Outside the framework of classes Vienna offers plenty of opportunities to explore additional museums and sights such as the St. Stephan’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, and the Treasury.
The academic course environment encourages intercultural and social exchange and favors mutual understanding within the international student population. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, make friends for life and build connections for their future professional careers.

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Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject areas: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Academic credits: 4ECTS per course
General conversion: 7.5ECTS = 6CP Sydney credits

You must have completed two years of university study to be eligible for this program.

Courses available:
Architecture and Design in Vienna around 1900
Art and Culture at the Turn of the Century
Literature and Film in Vienna around 1900
Music and Musical Culture in Vienna around 1900
Politics and Daily Life in Vienna around 1900
Society and Psychoanalysis in Sigmund Freud's Vienna

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Useful Information 

Local Overview
With opulent historic palaces, a vibrant cultural scene, cozy coffee houses and plenty of entertainment, Vienna is one of the world’s great cities. Once the seat of the Habsburg monarchy and the home of musicians including Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Beethoven, and Brahms, it’s still a city of music and museums. It’s also very safe and can be easily explored by foot.
Students are required to organise their own accommodation. The University of Vienna recommends the following:
OeAD Guesthouse 
Molkereistrasse 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-1-53408 800
Wombat's City Hostel – The Naschmarkt 
Rechte Wienzeile 35, 1040 Vienna, Austria
Wombat's Hostel - The Lounge 
Mariahilferstraße 137, 1150 Vienna, Austria
Online booking, availability, and prices 
Phone: +43-1-897 23 36
Please note that online booking is only possible for up to 7 nights. To make a longer booking please email them directly.
Hotel Korotan 
Albertgasse 48, 1080 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-1-403 41 93

For more information contact:
Phone: +43-1-42 77-24 131



This is a non-exchange program and all fees are paid to the University of Vienna.

Program fee: € 1,250 (approx. $1976 AUD)
Program fee inclusions: tuition, and all planned excursions. Students also have to pay an additional fee of € 19.20 to be admitted to the University of Vienna for insurance coverage (general accident and liability insurance).

Scholarships: Sydney Abroad is offering 5x $1500 Vice Chancellor's Mobility Scholarships available to applicants of this program.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility which begin in late-November 2018 onwards. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.

Other costs involved: flights, transport, accommodation and living expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Vienna.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sy
dney Abroad application ('Apply Now' button below) > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (October/November) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.

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