Clone of The Vienna Experience: Culture, History, Language

Location: Vienna, Austria

Dates: June 2 - June 27, 2019

Faculty Director: Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj, German Department

Program length: 4 weeks

Language of Instruction: German

Term: Summer

Pre-requisites: 1 year of college-level German or the equivalent

Credits: 3 + 1 lab

Class standing: Rising Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors

Application Deadline: March 22, 2019

Enrollment: Limited to 15 students



Program Description: In this intensive four-week study abroad language and culture course students on the Intermediate I and Intermediate II levels will practice and expand their German-language skills by exploring Austrian culture, history and politics in one of Europe’s most diverse cities.  Students will experience language and culture first-hand by getting to know different “sites of memory” that have defined Vienna and engage in research and field projects. 

Academics: This team-taught course is offered in cooperation with Webster University Vienna and will take place on Webster University’s campus in the heart of the city. During the four weeks in Vienna, students will meet for three hours four times a week both inside and outside of the classroom. During their time in Vienna, students will expand and practice their German-language skills through classroom activities, site visits, guest lectures, as well as integrated excursions and research projects. Extra-curricular theater, movie, museum and music event visits will complement the experience of language and cultural learning. In their free time students will have the opportunity to apply and practice their skills and explore the city and its cultural offerings on their own.

Intermediate I and Intermediate II level students will work with the same cultural content, but assignments will be adjusted to the appropriate proficiency levels and the three assigned essays will have different topics and lengths (150-200 words for Intermediate I and 250-300 words for Intermediate II). In addition, both Intermediate I and Intermediate II students will be given topics for their projects that reflect their linguistic proficiency levels.

2019 syllabus coming soon

Application Procedures:

To apply, submit the program application by Friday, March 22, 2019. The application may be emailed to, faxed to 212-280-8797, or hand delivered to the Provost’s Office, located in 110 Milbank Hall.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Academic Transcripts. You may submit an unofficial transcript with your application. If admitted, Columbia and visiting students must submit an official transcript. Transcripts may be sent electronically to Barnard College, Provost’s Office, attn. Giorgio DiMauro, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY  10027;

Students will be notified of the results of their application within two-three weeks of the deadline, and will be required to pay a tuition deposit at that time to hold their place in the program.

Application Timeline:

Rolling until March 22                                               Application deadline
April 5 or within 2 weeks of acceptance               Confirmation of enrollment due

May 6                                                                     Tuition due



General eligibility requirements for the Barnard Summer Study programs are outlined below:

  • The summer study classes are open to Barnard and Columbia students as well as students from other U.S. accredited colleges and universities.  
  • Individuals who have completed at least one year of college but who are not currently enrolled in school are not eligible to apply.
  • The completion of at least two full-time semesters of college is required and intending to return to home institution for at least one more full-time semester (students in their last semester of college are ineligible to apply).
  • Be at least 18 or older prior to beginning of summer term.
  • Most students who are admitted have earned a G.P.A. of at least 3.0.
  • Be in good academic standing at your home institution.
  • It is expected that students selected to participate in the course will have completed at least the Elementary II level of College German.

Application Review and Notification:

A review of a student’s academic records and personal statement is required to confirm admission to one of the Barnard Summer Study programs. Once an admission decision has been reached, the applicant will be notified of the decision by email, within 2-3 weeks of the stated application deadline. Only completed applications will be reviewed. If an application is missing a required component (i.e. transcript, personal statement) it will not be reviewed until the missing material is received.

Location, Accommodations and Meals:

Students will be housed in the Milestone dormitory near the Webster University campus in an apartment-style single room with a bed, desk, kitchenette, private bathroom, closte, and shelf storage.  There is also a safe, internet, onsite cleaning service, fitness room, study lounge, and a rooftop terrace. See the Milestone Student Apartments brochure for more information and for pricing. 

PLEASE NOTE: Students will be responsible for their own airfare and for their meals, housing and personal expenses while in Austria.

  • Undergraduate Tuition                               $4,500
  • Program & Activities Fee                            $300
  • Administrative fee for visiting students       $150


Competitive scholarships are available for Barnard students enrolling in Barnard faculty-led summer programs.  Funding decisions are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.  Go to the Barnard Faculty-Led Programs Scholarships page for more information and applications. Students from other colleges should check with their home institutions about financial aid and scholarships.

Confirmation of Enrollment-Reservation Deposit:

Admitted students who intend to enroll must confirm their intention to participate by submitting a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500. This fee must be paid within two weeks of acceptance notification and will count toward tuition payment. Enrollment is not guaranteed until this payment is received.


After students have been accepted to the program and paid the required tuition deposit, they are considered an enrolled participant in that program. By making such payment they are expressing their intention to participate in the program, and acknowledge that the deposit is non-refundable. Payment in full is due May 6th. If a student cancels participation between May 6th and May 15th, tuition and fees are refundable, minus the $500 deposit. After May 15th, tuition and fees are non-refundable.

Should a program cancellation become necessary prior to the start, for reasons such as safety or under-enrollment, Barnard will refund tuition to the participants. Unrecoverable program expenses (e.g., airline deposits, housing fees) cannot be refunded.

For unrecoverable expenses, you may wish to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance that can be obtained through many travel agents or insurance companies. Policies vary on what triggers trip cancellation, so you should check with travel insurance providers for more details.

Transfer of Credits:

Students who are not enrolled at Barnard should consult their home college/university to find out if their school will accept the transfer credits. Barnard is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools but each institution may have specific policies dictating what classes are transferable from outside institutions. Please consult with the professor for individual course syllabi.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with disabilities who are requesting accommodations during a Barnard Summer Study Program must contact the Barnard Disability Services Office to discuss reasonable accommodations. Students are encouraged to contact the office prior to applying and should register with the office as soon as they receive notification of their acceptance to a program.

Health and Safety while Traveling Abroad:

All students traveling internationally will be required to register through Barnard/Columbia’s Travel Registry: ISOS travel.

It is essential that students have adequate medical insurance coverage to participate in one of our Summer Study Programs. If you have the Barnard student health insurance plan, it will cover you domestically and abroad on an out-of-network basis. If you have other insurance, make sure that it will cover you (especially abroad) abroad for routine and emergency care, mental health, pre-existing conditions. Be prepared to pay up-front for care and submit receipts for reimbursement.

Other resources:

Honor Code:

The Honor Code is a vital part of the Barnard community because it helps to shape the character of Barnard College. The “Honor System” refers to the combination of the Honor Code, the Honor Board, and the members of the entire Barnard community who together strive toward building a community of academic integrity. All students on one of Barnard’s summer study programs are expected to adhere to our honor code.

Contact Information:

If you have general questions about your application or procedures, email for assistance. Students may also reach out directly to Professor Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj at for details about the course.