Study Abroad in Vienna, Austria

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. Ranked as the world’s most livable city for a full decade, Vienna is home to an array of museums, coffeehouses, and rich cultural and artistic legacies, from legendary composers such as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to the artistic work of Klimt and Schiele. IES Vienna offers course options in both English and German from a broad range of disciplines.

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Full Year 

Academic Track - Psychology & Social Sciences

Experience life in Vienna as a student of Psychology and Social Sciences at IES Abroad’s center in the heart of the city. Courses give you the opportunity to explore youth cultures, childhood development, virtual identity on the web, the immigrant experience, and the social and psychological dimensions of discrimination. Deepen your learning experience with a program-related trip to destinations throughout Austria, Hungary, and Germany to explore these issues in a broader cultural and geographical context.

You can also enroll in an internship or field experience in public service organizations, NGOs, or teaching English to kindergarten, primary, or secondary students. This hands-on experience includes time spent at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

You can find course offerings here.

Credits and Requirements

*Note that taking German is required, but no German language background is required.*

You take 15–19 credit hours 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.

PLU Course Equivalency

In the future, a Course Equivalency Guide will be built and uploaded to this webpage.

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

Study Tours

Program-Related Trips

Each IES Abroad Vienna academic track includes one program-related trip.

Psychology Study Tour of Austria and Germany
4 days | Fall & Spring

Additional Opportunities

IES Abroad also offers a range of partially subsidized field trips that take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. These field trips are not included in the PLU comprehensive fee. Past destinations have included:

  • World Heritage Tour (Hallstatt, Salzburg, Český Krumlov & Prague) – 6 days
  • The Austrian Alps – 3 days
  • Wachau – 1 day
  • Styria tour – 2 days

The program also uses the city to complement courses. Past course-related trips have included visits to:

  • Museums, gardens, and historic homes
  • Political and economic institutions, such as the Austrian Parliament and the United Nations office in the Vienna International Centre “UNO City”
  • Classical music concerts and operas
  • Theater performances

Note: These locations are subject to change. Costs vary by tour. 


Student Apartments

Live in an apartment with three to six other IES Abroad students. Some apartments are set aside for students who are interested in taking a language pledge to speak only German while at home. Students have full access to kitchen facilities and free Internet.

Residence Hall

Live among Austrian and international students in a residence hall that features double rooms with a shared bath. Students have access to full kitchen facilities and free Internet.

Housing with Local Residents

Limited placements may be available to live with a local resident and one or more IES Abroad students. Contact IES Abroad for more information.

For more information about housing options, click here.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing, a meal stipend, study abroad insurance, visa fees* and laundry). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.

*The Wang Center will reimburse you for your visa fees up to $300; such fees can include: visa processing fees, consulate fees, online application fees. Reimbursement does not include: domestic travel costs for in-person submission, postage costs.

Learn more about Student Visas for Austria.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Some air travel, personal excursions, domestic travel*/postage for visa processing, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

*Be sure to research your visa requirements as you may have to go in-person to a consulate or visa processing center. Depending on the country, there may or may not be a local consulate, and you may have to fly to another US state.

Contact Us

Holly Peterson, Study Away Advisor and Semester Program Liaison

Contact IES here.


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.75 G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing.

No previous German language study required for students enrolling in English-taught courses.

4 semesters or the equivalent of college-level German required for fall or academic year students enrolling in German-taught or University courses.

5 semesters or the equivalent of college-level German required for spring semester students enrolling in German-taught or University courses.

Application Deadline

Fall, Spring and Full Year applications are due March 15

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application.

Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Applicants to IES Abroad Vienna must also complete the IES application.

Application Components

  • Short essays
  • Faculty Recommendation Form
  • $50 Non-refundable Application fee
  • Advising appointment
  • Online applications for both PLU and IES

IES Abroad’s Website

Learn more about the Psychology & Social Sciences program.

Learn more about Student Visas for Austria.

Explore Austria-specific Identity Resources.

Explore Social Identity Resources.

Program Highlights

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Take courses in English and German
  • Internship option