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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/20/2018 12/15/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: No pre-requisite, but required to take Language course in-country GPA: 2.75
Disciplines offered: Art History (ARTH), Business Administration (BUSN), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), Decision Science (DSCI), Economics (ECON), English (ENGL), Ethics and the Law (ETLW), Finance (FINA), German (GERM), History (HIST), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), Psychology (PSYC), School of Business, Sociology (SOCI), Theatre (THEA), Undergraduate Accomodations: Residence halls, Shared apartments off-campus
Class Standing: Sophomore Standing Program Advisor: Alana Thomas -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: No Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:


IES Abroad Vienna Center

Fall / Spring Semester Program 

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Beautifully situated on the river Danube at the edge of the majestic Austrian Alps, Vienna has been an important crossroads since the time of the Romans. It has preserved the best of its history and culture while opening itself up to contemporary challenges, both as the capital of a member state of the European Union and the most important gateway to Central and Eastern EuropeVienna's social and cultural life is as rich and lively now as it was centuries ago.

This program is offered in association with the Institute for the International Education of Students, also known as IES Abroad. IES Abroad allows students to take classes in the American education style in a variety of locations around the world. You will be taking classes with fellow students from the U.S. spending their semester abroad in Vienna. Students take courses at the IES Vienna Center in the Palais Corbelli, an elegant, 18th century palace in the heart of Vienna. Curriculum includes courses in both English and German. Students are required to take one German Language class while participating in this program. 

Qualified students have the opportunity to take courses at local institutions such as the Universität Wien. This option may be available to Spring and academic year students only due to the discrepancies between the U.S. and European academic calendars.


See Course Offerings in Vienna by following this link and clicking on "Academics" in the left column.

View the Pre-Approved Vienna IES Course Equivalencies to learn more about how courses will transfer to USD. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to pre-2017 core only. 
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Thomas.

All students are required to enroll in a minimum of four units worth of German language/grammar courses. All language courses are taught on an intensive basis during the first three weeks after students' arrival. The language courses then continues on a regular semester schedule. More advanced German speakers are welcome to enroll in topics courses instructed in German. All other courses are taught in English. 

Academic internships are available for students interested in expanding their social and professional network in the Viennese community. Please contact your advisor directly if you are interested in participating in an internship. 

Please note: Courses for each term are published on IES's website, but they are subject to change; pay close attention to the term designation of fall or spring. Exams will take place the week prior to the end date. Transcripts can take up to 90 days after the end date to arrive from IES to USD's International Center. 


Students are housed in private residences throughout the city, either in independent apartments, in apartments shared with an Austrian resident-owner, or in dormitories with Austrian students. Meals are the students' responsibility as there is no meal plan option. Housing arrangements are made for the student by IES Abroad and these costs are included in the Program Fee assessed by IES Abroad.

USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. The Program Fee will be assessed by and paid directly to IES Abroad. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.

Students will be responsible for paying any supplemental course fees charged by the IES Abroad. This includes but is not limited to art studio fees, lab fees, etc. This will be billed via IES Abroad and should be paid directly to IES Abroad.

Students wishing to upgrade their housing arrangements may be charged an additional fee as identified by IES Abroad.


A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to apply for an Austrian student visa. The IES Abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students. The Austrian student visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.

IES Abroad offers a variety of excursions each semester exploring central Europe, ranging from one to ten days in length. These excursions are subsidized and an additional cost to the student.
Learn more about the IES field trips offered each semester by clicking on this link and selecting "Field Trips" in the column on the left.