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Why You Should Study in Vienna with Auburn Abroad

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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.

  1.                               Wohnhaus der Gemeinde Wien (Image courtesy of Katie's iPhone)
  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

    Salzburg, Austria (Image courtesy of
  4. Having classes Monday through Thursday means that every weekend is a three-day weekend! Two of those three-day weekend are planned by the program leader before you leave the USA. 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.

    Schoenbrunn Palace (Image courtesy of
  5. 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. 

    Vienna, Austria (Image courtesy of
  6. 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.

    U-Bahn in Vienna, Austria (Image courtesy of
  7. 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 the study abroad program in Vienna, contact Dr. Traci O'Brien at or visit

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