Friends of the AAIE

Partners in Vienna - Present & Past

Macalester College

Macalester College has been a partner for decades and runs a German Language Intensive program.
Macalester usually brings one faculty along to lead the program and coordinate it together with the AAIE.

Multikulturelles Österreich (Multicultural Austria)
As the seat of the Holy Roman Empire as well as of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and at the geographical center of the expanded EU, Vienna has been the hub of artistic, musical and intellectual activity for centuries. This course focuses on the interaction of the many groups and forces that have shaped Austria. The course alternates between lecture/discussion and field trips throughout Vienna. Taught by Dr. Antonia Hanreich.
Direct enroll at the University of Vienna (March-June):
With guidance from the program director (and their respective departments), students may select up to two courses in subjects of their choice. Taught by University of Vienna faculty.
Two longer trips (four to five days), as well as a series of day trips or shorter excursions are integrated into the program courses. Past destinations have included, among others, Prague, Budapest, Kraków, Florence, the Abbey of Melk, a Medieval castle, a vineyard, and a tour of the Burgtheater.


Hope College

In 2013, the Hope College Vienna Summer School celebrates its 57th year! This summer’s two sessions offer college credits in numerous academic fields: German Language 1 and 2, Vienna’s Musical Traditions, Austrian Art and Architecture, Modern Austrian History, Empires of the World and Mind, Theology and Ethics (An Illustrated Guide), Intercultural Communication, Economic and Business Issues in the European Union, a Senior Seminar on “Vienna: Values in Transit,” and Independent Studies. Field trips within Austria and excursions to neighboring countries add a significant dimension to the learning experience. The program, open to qualified applicants of any age who have completed at least one year of college before summer 2013, has a maximum of 55 students per session. Minimum grade point average for acceptance is usually around 2.80. A student on disciplinary probation will need clearance for eligibility.
Since the pioneer days of 1956 when the late Dr. Paul G. Fried (history professor and director of international education at Hope College) founded the Vienna Summer School, more than 3,000 students from at least 200 colleges and universities have discovered how summer study in Vienna can provide them with a meaningful introduction to the rich heritage of European civilization. Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway, current director of the Vienna Summer School and professor of English at Hope, will lead the group in Vienna for his 38th consecutive year.


Brigham Young University

BYU has been a partner for decades and runs 2 - 4 program all year round. Programs change in focus from German Language to Art & Austrian culture to East European Studies. Programs vary in length and have different program directors.


St. Lawrence University

The SLU program is one of our oldest programs - 40 years! AAIE administers the entire program for a full semester as SLU does not bring a resident director.

Spring semester only classes held at the Austro-American Institue of Education in central Vienna and include a required German-language course.

This program has been offered in cooperation with the Austro-American Institute of Education. AAIE was the first cultural institute to promote American-Austrian academic exchange. The program is based in Vienna which boasts a rich history in music, art and psychology. Students on the program also spend a week in an alpine village and participate on a study tour to Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic.


Linfield College

The program runs from approximately the first week in August until mid-December. The August weeks are spent in orientation and intensive language practice, some of which takes place in Dorfgastein. After one week, students move in with their host families in Vienna. The regular academic program -- language courses as well as the Austrian Culture course and "The Other Europe", both taught in German, and the Austrian Politics and Society course, which is taught in English -- begin in early September and last until mid-December. There is a ten day break during the month of October, a good time for traveling around Europe or remaining in Vienna to explore. A study tour to Prague and excursion to lovely areas are generally included during the semester abroad.
As of fall 2009 the Vienna program also offers a variety of service learning opportunities. In the past, students were tutoring local refugees, were working with a Jewish center, picked grapes with other migrants at a vineyard. The service learning opportunities may vary from year to year.


University of Utah

This program is lead by Prof. Karol Kumpfer who was a student on one of our Colorado Women´s College programs in 1964! We call that tradition!
The program focuses on psychology especially family strengthening.


Union College


Arcadia University


St. Olaf College


Emory University


Lipscomb University


University of Delaware


Ana Maria College


Umbau Vienna Architecture Studio

My big dream...

It is my dream to be a part of the Vienna Studio of 2013 and travel with my classmates and professor to experience true design up close. We will be a part of the Umbau program partnering with the Amerika Institute and live in Vienna for six weeks.
My most influential professor , Professor William Tate, is taking a group of students over to Vienna for six weeks. We will meet with architects, graphic designers, typographers, industrial designers and many more creators who are my age, have started their own firms and are incredibly successful designers. We will participate in the Umbau program, a non-profit architectural laboratory involved in education, international work, and design. We will be a part of the base at the Amerika Institute in Vienna where we will have our own classroom to discuss, collaborate and create. It is my dream to go on this trip to go where no one else goes and meet people who are doing exactly what I want to do. Vienna is built on good design and this studio is one of a kind. I will be graduating college just two weeks beforehand and hope that the Vienna Studio will serve as a stepping-stone into my future of work in the design industry

DePauw University


University of Dayton


UC Davis

Enjoy a cool video on the Vienna program!


Eastern Menonite University


Cornell University


Datmouth College


University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law


Lafayette College


Colorado Women´s College - University of Denver


Baker University


Syracuse University


University of Puget Sound


Auburn University

Enjoy a video on the Vienna program!