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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 2.75 Living Arrangements: Dormitories
Language of Instruction: English, German Liberal Studies Domain: EL
Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller Internship Available: Yes
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:

Study abroad in cosmopolitan Vienna, the cultural capital of Europe and the historic capital of the multinational Hapsburg Empire. Vienna is a melting pot of languages and cultures as well as the crossroads between Eastern and Western Europe. In addition, Vienna hosts the United Nations headquarters, numerous other international organizations, and is the European Union economic and political hub.

The Illinois in Vienna Programs (IiVP), offered through the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Illinois, offers German language and Austrian and German culture courses taught by on-site IiVP staff combined with course options taught in English and German at local universities. Students will take courses at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaft Universitat) and also have an option to enroll in courses at the University of Vienna (UV). 

A full-time on-site resident director and a program assistant support students academically through course selection and enrollment, as well as provide student life support throughout the program duration. Support includes pre-departure and onsite orientations, housing coordination, field trips and excursions, health and safety assistance, and advising on volunteer placements. Students that can demonstrate an advanced C1 level of German language proficiency, who are planning to study abroad in Vienna for an academic year may pursue a student internship in a range of industries, and Illinois in Vienna staff can support students as they apply for these opportunities.

Students are encouraged to enroll in all three of the core courses taught by program staff. The courses offered by the program focus on modern Austrian/German Literature, the history of Austrian/German culture and other select topics in Austrian/German studies. Other program courses offered are both intermediate and advanced German conversation and composition courses. All of the core program courses are taught in German. For students who are interested in the program, but have not taken German, they should consider taking German at DePaul before going to Vienna or to take a beginning level German course while on the program. In addition to the program courses, participants can enroll in a wide variety of courses at many of the Universities in Vienna. The program has partnerships with the following Universities:

  • The WU, University of Economics and Business (The Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)– this institution is for all students and is especially good for business and economics students. Here is a link to their course catalogue/Vorlesungsverzeichnis. Please consult the WU International Office website for information on courses offered in English.
  • The UW, University of Vienna (The Universität Wien) – this institution is great for German Language Program, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Vienna Diplomatic Program students. Here is a link to their course catalogue/Vorlesungsverzeichnis. When searching for courses offered in English with key words, please add "lang:en" to the keyword you enter in the search field.

  • Students pursuing the Vienna Diplomatic Program (VDP) will take GER 198: German language course at the appropriate level; GER 298: Austrian Culture in the European Context; PSC 393: Diplomatic Studies Practicum; and an additional Political Science course from a pre-approved list. Each VDP course will count for 4.5 credit hours. Students will earn a total of 18 credit hours. Students participating in the German Language Program (GLP) will be expected to take the following course and credit structure listed in the chart below. Course catalogues are published in September for the fall semester and in January for the spring semester.
      Vienna Credits DePaul Credits
    Program Courses: Advanced Speaking and Writing IV: History of Austrian Culture; Introduction to 20th Century German Literature, or German Conversation and Writing I. 4.5 credits per course
    Additional Courses: Courses at the local universities Credit varies depending on local course credit
    Total Number of Courses Offered 4-5 courses 12-18 credits

    Please note that classes at the local universities in Vienna have differing ECTS credits. You will have on-site academic advising with the Vienna Director to learn to navigate the on-line course selection process for the local universities. Keep in mind that you will need to take 4-5 classes in order to earn the equivalent of 12-18 DPU credits. How to search for courses:
    1. View available courses at the University of Vienna here
    2. View available courses at the WU: Vienna University of Economics and Business here
      • Please note, you will receive intensive academic advising once you are on-site so you will need to have some flexibility in the types of courses/credit you need to earn.
      • To see how the courses will count back at DePaul, return to the top of this page and click on the link "DePaul Course Equivalents" or click here
    Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

    Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.

In the past, IiVP has offered the following types of events and excursions:
  • Historic walk "700 hundred years of history in two hours" through the first district of Vienna
  • Guided tour in and around the Naschmarkt
  • Hiking/City Tours;
  • Museums Events
  • Concerts at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus
  • Theater Visits
  • Welcome and Departure Dinners
  • Table Tennis Tournaments

  • Idyllic hike on the Kahlenberg
  • Boating exploration of the AlteDonaube
  • Hike on the Raxalpe
  • Long Night of the Museums
  • Christmas Markets
  • And Much More: City Bike tour of Vienna, first concert, tree-planting festival “Wald der JungenWienerInnen”,Voicemaniaopening concert,Stammtische,Wine tasting at the Gasthaus zur Dankbarkeit in Podersdorf at the Neusiedlersee, Weihnachtsmarkt concert; Skiing…

  • Week long ski trip in January prior to the spring semester (optional with additional costs)~Receive KIN credit
  • Easter Markets
  • Free Open-Air Concerts
  • Festival of Joy: Konzert der Wiener Symphoniker at the Heldenplatz
  • Opening Wiener Festwochen Rathausplatz
  • Summer night`s concert of the Wiener Philharmoniker in Schönbrunn
  • Long Night of the Museums
  • Danube island festival (Donauinselfest)


Students live in either double or single occupancy dormitory rooms in one of two residence hall options: Haus Erasmus or Haus Panorama. Students have access to shared kitchens or can purchase meals in campus cafeterias or restaurants.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student’s regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Study Abroad will update this page to reflect changes as they become available.


Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
Florentine Gradischnig Fall 2019
Zoe Makagon Fall 2019
Fern Webber Fall 2019

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA
Winter-Spring Terms 2022 05/01/2021 06/01/2021 TBA TBA