Every summer, a group of students from Auburn University travels to Vienna, Austria through Auburn Abroad to study and experience life in a foreign country for five weeks. They have the opportunity to see famous landmarks such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, Ottakringer Brewery, Hotel Sacher, Kunsthistoriches Museum (Art History Museum), Schoenbrunn Palace, the Austrian National Library and many more. Studying abroad in Vienna with Auburn Abroad is different than other study abroad programs.
❶ You’ll Live with a Host Family
Instead of living in a dorm with other American students, you live with a host family, which gives you the opportunity to experience another culture more deeply than if you were living in a dorm with other Americans. If you are seriously interested in learning the German language, this gives you an excellent chance to further your language skills by speaking with native German speakers.
❷ Less Time Spent in a Classroom
You only have classes Monday through Thursday for about two-and-a-half hours a day. After classes are finished for the day, you will visit a museum, palace, cathedral or other landmarks for your culture class.
❸ Every Weekend is a Three-Day Weekend
Having classes Monday through Thursday means that every weekend is a three-day weekend! Two of those three-day weekends are planned by the program leader before you leave the U.S. Some past destinations have included Salzburg, Austria; Krakow, Poland; Graz, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic. The two remaining weekends are your free weekends, which means you can plan to go anywhere you would like! A few destinations from past trips include Germany, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.
❹ Gain Course Credits & Build Your Resume
You can earn up to seven semester hours with this program. Even if you don’t end up using these credits, this program is a wonderful experience to have on your resume.
❺ You Don’t Have to Know German
Previous knowledge of German is not required for this program. However, it is encouraged to know basic words and phrases out of courtesy to the citizens of Vienna and for your own well-being.
❻ It’s the Little Things
Depending on where your host family lives, you can get to know your way around certain parts of the city just from traveling to class, to eat or to socialize. Traveling on the U-Bahn (subway), Strassenbahn (tram) and walking in the city can bring your attention to places you may want to visit on your free weekend or after you are done with classes for the day.
For More Information about Study Abroad Vienna
For more information about the study abroad program in Vienna, contact Dr. Traci O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.cla.auburn.edu/forlang/study-abroad/vienna/
This story was originally published in Auburn Family on October 1, 2015. The story was written for an assignment for my PRCM4020 Style and Design in Public Relations Messages course at Auburn University in fall 2015.