Through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Whitman students may enroll at the IES Center in Vienna. The IES Vienna program offers courses in art history, politics, music, history, literature, economics and psychology taught by Austrian faculty in English and German specifically for US study abroad students. A special feature of the program is the opportunity to enroll in courses that focus on Central and Eastern Europe.  As a cultural center, Vienna offers a wide range of arts including opera, concerts, theater, world-famous museums and historic architecture. In addition, the program offers optional field trips each semester to locations such as Berlin, Dresden, Budapest, Krakow, Prague and the Austrian Alps.

Fields of study:

Art history, music, politics, psychology, philosophy, German language and literature, history and economics.


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:

None for students enrolling in English-taught electives.
Four semesters or equivalent of college-level German for students enrolling in German-taught or University courses.
Five semesters or equivalent of college-level German for spring semester students enrolling in German taught or University courses.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August-December; January-May


Minimum of 15 credits per semester - Required Courses
German Language (4 credits)
Four Electives (3 credits each) or
Three Electives plus one 3 credit internship

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


In apartments with Austrian landlords, in a residence hall with Austrian university students, or in apartments with other U.S. students


Students are responsible for preparing their own meals in their apartment or purchasing them at the local mensa (student cafeteria) or restaurants


English teaching internships in elementary or high schools, public service, business and arts & culture internships are also available.


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Vienna European Society and Culture