Calvin offers a German semester abroad in Vienna, Austria through a partnership with Central College (Iowa). In this program, students will experience two countries, Germany and Austria. First, they will study in an intensive German-language program at the Goethe Institute in Germany, followed by a continued language and culture study in Vienna.
Calvin offers a German semester abroad experience in Vienna, Austria through a partnership with Central College (Iowa). Students are drawn to Central College Abroad's program in Vienna for the opportunity to experience two countries—Germany and Austria—in one program! An intensive German-language program at the Goethe Institute in the Kocher river valley begins the language immersion experience. In Germany, students are surrounded by the castles and palaces of the Hohenlohe region while gaining the language preparation they’ll need for University of Vienna courses and continued language study. In operation since 1966, Central’s program at the University of Vienna is the oldest continually operating American program offering direct enrollment at the university. Our program in Austria is a true immersion experience. Beyond the language portion, students find themselves immersed culturally and socially through program activities, residence halls, and internship and service-learning experiences. The Central College Abroad program in Vienna is a German language immersion program that allows for flexibility in course work for both German and non-German majors.
Vienna is the capital of Austria as well as its largest city. Vienna claims the title of "Worlds Most Livable City" four years in a row (2009-2012). The city boasts a strong historical and cultural heritage (Vienna is a great destination for fine arts study) as well as excellent public transportation, well-organized public services, a fair cost of living, quality educational systems and a mild climate.
- Approximately 1.8 million
The Central College Abroad program in Vienna is a German language immersion program for students from beginning to advanced levels. A typical course load is 12-18 credit hours. Our academic program is broken down into six areas:
- Optional intensive language preparation at the Goethe Institut in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany
- Culture Course required of all students
- Central College Abroad language courses and electives for intermediate level and above
- Intensive language program required for beginners
- Affiliate university electives through the University of Vienna (for high intermediate and above)
- Internships and service-learning available for all students
The housing and meal arrangements are designed to facilitate integration with native Austrian and international students. Students are placed in Viennese residence halls located throughout the city. Whenever possible, Central College Abroad participants share a double room with either a native speaker of German or an international student whose native language is not English.
The Vienna semester is done in coordination with Central College.