Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


IES Vienna Program

Posted on July 22, 2010

IES program affiliation with the University of Vienna and the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna


Established in 1950, the IES Vienna program offers a rigorous academic program for students that desire to study in a German-speaking country. Courses are taught in English or German and focus on European history, culture, and politics. Opportunities for Music majors make this a unique study abroad experience.

Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.


Vienna (pop.: 1.87 million) is the gateway between Eastern and Western Europe. This city is located along the picturesque Danube River. Students have easy access to the offerings of city life, with museums and opera houses, as well as to the Austrian Alps and the rest of Europe.


  • Academic Year, Fall, or Spring semesters

Program Dates

Fall: August - December (late January departure for University courses)
Spring: January - May (early July departure for University courses)

Courses & Credit

Semester students enroll in a total of 15 – 19 semester hours (4-credit German language course and four 3-credit area studies courses taught in English or German), which earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. Academic Internships are available with prior approval from Wheaton faculty. Two programs are available: (1) IES Vienna Area Studies and Language Program and (2) IES Vienna Music Program.

Admission Requirements

Students with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Students taking courses in German must have four semesters or equivalent of content-level college  German (fall or full year students). A language proficiency test must be taken on-site for placement into the advanced language program in order to take university courses.

Housing & Board

Students live in independent apartments, in apartments shared with an Austrian landlord, or in residence halls with Austrian students. Two or more IES students normally live together and roommate preferences are accommodated when possible. In the residence halls, students are housed in doubles with a shared bath.


Wheaton tuition and housing. Expenses covered include tuition, housing, one round-trip airfare from NY area or Boston to Vienna, resident permit, and some program related field trips.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 Administrative fee, passport fees, meals, domestic travel to overseas flight departure city, IES insurance, and personal expenses.


Guidelines are available in the Center for Global Education; applications may be downloaded and completed on line.


Make an appointment to see Lynn Gaylord in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study (English & German)

  • Art History
  • Cultural Studies
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Education
  • German Language
  • History
  • International Business
  • Internships available with appropriate Wheaton department approval
  • Literature
  • Music (Music Workshop available for music majors)
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women’s Studies

For more information on course offerings in the European Society & Culture Program or Music Program, check the IES Abroad website.

Financial Aid

More information is available regarding various scholarships and financial aid through IES Abroad's website.

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