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The Austria-Illinois Exchange Program offers you the opportunity to gain considerable fluency in German, a language of a rich and complex culture that provides access not only to one of the great literatures of Western civilization but also to the world of international business, science, politics, and the arts.

Program staff offer three core courses in German each semester. The Resident Director leads two courses: one on modern Austrian/German literature and another on the history of Austrian/German culture, including European integration. The third course is an advanced course in German conversation and composition and is often taught by an advanced student of German as a Second Language from the Universität Wien. Participants who successfully complete Program core courses may receive GLL credit as follows:

German Conversation and Composition (GER 211 or GER 212 or GER 401)

Modern Austrian/German literature (GER 331 or GER 332)

European Integration (GER 385 or PS 385)

History of Austrian/German culture (GER 401 or GER 420)

They also regularly receive GLL credit for the following courses with their course work outside the Program core in German language (also business and technical German), German literature and culture:

GER 205 Germany and Europe

GER 320 German for Business

GER 321 German for Economics

GER 405 History of Translation

GER 465 Ling Structures of German

GER 470 Middle Ages to Baroque

GER 471 Enlightenment to Romanticism

GER 472 Realism to Expressionism

GER 473 1920s to Today

Credit transfer options for other GLL courses also exist on a case by case basis.

Participants also enroll in a wide variety of courses at the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna University of Technology, and at other Viennese universities. These include courses in many disciplines for which they may receive Illinois credit, also for specific Illinois courses, including General Education courses. The language of instruction usually is German. The number of courses offered with English as the language of instruction is increasing rapidly. Click here for a sample list of courses participants have completed in Vienna (PDF document).

The Austria-Illinois Exchange Program permits a course load of 34 credit hours per year (maximum of 18 per semester). Many participants complete 15 credit hours per semester. Participants must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to maintain full-time status.

In addition to enrolling in the core courses taught by program staff, students may take courses at any of the participating institutions. The courses offered by the program focus on modern Austrian/German literature, the history of Austrian/German culture, and select topics in Austrian/German studies, such as German unification and the European Union.

Additional courses taught by the program staff include intermediate German and advanced conversation and composition. Participants also enroll in a wide variety of German language courses at the University of Vienna, in business German at the Economics University, and technical German at the Technical University.

The Austria-Illinois Exchange Program permits a course load of 34 credit hours per year (18 per semester). Students must register for a minimum of 24 hours. All core courses are taught in German, and the program strives for total immersion in the German language culture. Click here for a list of courses in Vienna (PDF document).

You may wish to consult the following resources for more information about curricular offerings:


Grade Scale

For Core Program courses taught in German by the Resident Director and Administrative Assistant is that for courses on campus in Illinois.

For courses at Vienna universities in which the language of instruction is German:

For other courses completed at Vienna universities:
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