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Semester Abroad in Vienna, Austria

Cierrena meets Austrian federal president

"Studying abroad was the best time of my life. I learned a lot about myself and especially about America. I now have a worldly perspective on certain issues and have found myself extremely curious about things I never learned in school."
- Miriam Krueger


Austro-American Institute of Education (AAIE) - Linfield has had a long partnership with the AAIE, located in the heart of Vienna. 

  • For the first week, students go by train into the Alps to the beautiful mountain village of Dorfgastein, for orientation and intensive German language study. 
  • Students then return to Vienna and move in with their Austrian host families.


  • Fall semester only; runs from early-August to mid-December.  

Language Prerequisites (students choose from either the German or the English track)

Track 1 (German):

  • At least one year of college-level German is required at the time of application.
  • Students must take or audit the appropriate level of German in the spring semester directly preceding the study in Vienna. 

Track 2 (English):

  • No prior knowledge of German language is required.


During the regular academic program, German language courses are taken at the University of Vienna, a short distance from the Institute.

Track 1 (for German language students):

Taken during August:

  • MLGR 220, 320 or 370 German Language Practice (3 credits)

Courses taught in German taken during the regular semester:

  • MLGR 221, 321, or 371 German Language (5 credits)
  • MLGR 206/HIST 206  Austrian Cultural History: Art, Literature, and Society (4 credits; VP or GP)
  • MDLA/HIST 365 Ethnic Diversity  (4 credits; IS, VP or GP)

Track 2 (for non-language students, courses taught in English):

Taken during August

  • MLGR 120 German language course in August  (3 credits)

During the regular semester:

  • MLGR 121 German language at the University of Vienna (5 credits)
  • MDLA/HIST 365 Ethnic Diversity  (4 credits; IS, VP or GP), taught in English
  • MLGR/POLS 373 Politics of European Integration (4 credits; GP), taught in English

Both Tracks

Students on both tracks take together, taught in English:

  • MLGR 365  Austrian Politics & Society in a European Context (3 credits; VP or GP)
  • SOAN 040 Community Service (S/U; 1 credit).  The Institute coordinates a service learning project for each student, providing a link to the community.
  • A study tour to Prague and excursions to Kreuzenstein and Klosterneuburg are usually included in the program.

European Studies/German Major and Minor: 

  • Students interested in obtaining a major or minor in European Studies should contact Professor Gudrun Hommel, German, ext. 2476 or Professor Scott Smith, History, ext. 2281.
  • Consult faculty for the number of credits that may be applied to a German minor.  
  • All students must take a language course at the 300 level on the home campus to complete the minor.

Prior to Program

  • It is highly recommended that students take TCCA 230(Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives) and MLGR 212 (Intro. to German Civilization) before participating in the program.
  • Courses in European history and politics (such as Western Culture, Europe Since 1500, 19th Century Europe, 20th Century Europe, and International Politics) also provide excellent preparation.
  • Applicants are encouraged to participate in the weekly noon German tables in Dillin Hall, German Club events and programs sponsored by the International Programs Office related to study abroad, such as brown bag lunch presentations, information fairs and interest sessions.

Selection Criterium

  • The program is open to sophomores, juniors,and seniors in good academic and social standing with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Preference is given students with a minimum average 3.0 GPA in German language (applies to German track only).


  • The first week in Dorfgastein, students stay in a pension with AAIE staff.
  • While in Vienna, students live with Austrian host families.

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