The Department organizes two study abroad programs. The Austria-Illinois Exchange Program allows students from UIUC and other schools to study in Vienna for an academic year or one semester. The GER 103 Vienna Summer Program is for students who have completed GER 101 and GER 102.
For the most comprehensive information concerning this program, visit the homepage of the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program.
Since 1971 the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures has sponsored the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program, which is open to all U of I students as well as students from other universities. Among the most frequent Illinois students are those from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Commerce and Business Administration, and Engineering. Recent participants have also included students from such institutions as Cornell, Georgetown, Vassar, and Yale.
Program Costs and Benefits: The program offers a combination of some of the best elements of exchange programs and of group programs. The exchange elements are: fees based on regular Illinois tuition and fees, applicability of financial aid, direct enrollment with Austrian students in Viennese universities, and U of I residency credit. Since there is a full-time resident director, participants also enjoy the typical benefits of a group program: discounted international airfare, transfer and assistance on arrival, in-country orientation and advising, help with registration for classes, housing arrangements (with Austrian students), excursions, arrangements for academic credit, etc.
Program Content: The Austria-Illinois Program offers a full curriculum -all fields from accounting to zoology. These classes are at the University of Vienna, the Vienna School of Economics and Business Administration, The Technical University, or other appropriate institutions of higher education. Participants also take one or two core classes each semester with the resident director or graduate assistant. Topics of those classes change from semester to semester, but typically involve German-Austrian literature and culture. They are taught in German. A German conversation and writing class is also available.
Academic Credit: Earn a maximum of 18 hours in one semester or 34 for the academic year. All credit earned is U of I residency credit. Credits in German may be applied toward a minor, major or double major in German or may count as supporting coursework in other fields.
Excursions and Travel: The program offers excursions to the historical, scenic, and cultural sites in Vienna and nearby. Vienna offers many opportunities for leisure activities and is centrally located in Europe as a starting point for travel to other countries.
Sports: Students may register for sports at the university. Participants have also joined soccer or volleyball clubs and participated in 10K runs. The program includes a week of skiing in the Alps (1 credit).
Internships: Participants recently interned with firms in fields such as banking, publishing, journalism, insurance, hotel, the oil industry, environmental advocacy, and the United Nations.
Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing at the time of participation, i.e., freshmen may apply this year to go to Vienna their sophomore year. At least GER 104 or the equivalent; 2.75 overall GPA; 3.0 in German courses (on a 4-point scale).
Deadlines: Applications are due February 1 for the academic year or for the fall semester only; October 1 for spring semester.
Since 1995, the department has scheduled one section of GER 103, the third-semester course, during Summer Term 1 in Vienna. Thus, a student taking German is able to fulfill the foreign language requirement in one year. Students enroll in GER 101 and 102 in the fall and spring semesters on the Illinois campus, take GER 103 in Vienna, and then return to Illinois to enroll in GER 104 during Summer Term 2. Click here to download the program flyer.
Programs with the Study Abroad Office
Illinois also has exchange agreements with the German Universities of Marburg, Kiel, Paderborn, Regensburg, and Heidelberg. For further information consult the University's Study Abroad Office.
Through the Study Abroad Office, further opportunities may be explored for studying independently (or with group programs sponsored by other institutions) in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Scandinavian countries. For information and advice, consult the department's undergraduate advisor.