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Semester Abroad in Austria



Austro-American Institute of Education (AAIE): Vienna, Austria 

  • Students spend the first week of program in the beautiful mountain village of Dorfgastein, before returning to Vienna to move in with host families. 
  • Program includes at least two field trips/study tours to historic central European towns such as Krakow and Prague. 
  • AAIE is located in downtown Vienna, one of Europe's cultural capitals, famous for residents such as Mozart, Beethoven and Freud. Vienna is a city rich with history, as well as wonderful food, like the famous Sachertorte. 
  • Interested in volunteering, taking German classes, studying singing with an Austrian professional? AAIE has a long history of working with students to create a unique and personalized study abroad experience for Linfield students.


  • All courses taught in English, with the exception of one conversational (survival) German course. 
  • Coursework in Dorfgastein: Austria Culture Workshop (3 credits, course begins in Dorfgastein and ends in Vienna.)
    • This course focuses on various topics that will be relevant to your experience, studying and living in Austria. 
    • Topics range from etiquette questions, geography, environmental issues and sustainability, to the Austrian National Park System, the educational system, political parties, and the accompanying debate on migration and refugees, as well as issues surrounding religious and gender equality. 
    • Class discussions will be supplemented by various outdoor and recreational activities.
  • Coursework in Vienna:
    • HISTORY 200: Art, Literature & Society (4 credits)--VP or GP
    • POLITICS 300: Austrian Politics in a European Context (4 credits)--GP
    • HISTORY 300: European Integration: Focus on Ethnic Diversity in Central & Eastern Europe (4 credits)--IS, VP, or GP
    • Community Service: (1 credit) S/U
    • Conversational German: focusing on day-to-day communication (1 credit) S/U


  • Fall semester only; runs from early-August to mid-December.  

Additional Requirements and Recommendations

  • To apply, students must have completed at least one semester at Linfield with a 2.75 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • It is highly recommended that students take TCCA 230 (Intercultural Communication: Global Perspectives).
  • Courses in European history and politics (such as Western Culture, Europe Since 1500, 19th Century Europe, 20th Century Europe, and International Politics) also provide excellent preparation.


With the exception of the week in Dorfgastein, students live with host families in Vienna. 


Other Information 


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