Study Abroad

IES Vienna: European Society and Culture

  • Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English (IES Courses) and German (IES and University Courses)
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, and read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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Vienna is situated on the River Danube at the edge of the majestic Austrian Alps and has been an important crossroads since the time of the Romans. It is a charming city as well as a cosmopolitan metropolis of timeless fascination, and its unparalleled opera houses, museum, and theatres are as famous today as they were a century ago. The IES Center is located in the Palais Corbelli, an elegant 18th Century palace in the heart of Vienna, and is just minutes from an array of museums, theatres, and other major cultural attractions.  This program has a special emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe and courses are taught form an Austrian perspective.

  • Visa:

    Required. IES will provide detailed visa information after students have been accepted into the program.

    Non-US citizens should consult with IES and the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

    Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition and room to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

Previous German language study is not required for students only enrolling in IES courses. Students planning to enroll in university courses must have completed four semesters of college-level German (or equivalent) for the fall semester, and five semesters for the spring semester.  Students must enroll in an appropriate-level IES German language course. The application requirements can be found on the IES website.

***Students planning on enrolling in university courses are only eligible to apply for the spring semester because of the German academic calendar.

Academic Credit

Each semester, students must carry 15 to 19 credit hours. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor in advance. Students enroll in four IES area studies courses (or the equivalent in University courses) and one German Language course each semester. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Students can take courses at the IES Center and students proficient in German may enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien.

Internships in Arts and Culture, Business, Education, and Public Service are available.  Students must enroll in accompanying seminar to earn credit.

Course Highlights

Art History, Anthropology, Art, Cultural Studies, Drama, Economics, Education, European Studies, Finance, German, History, International Business, Intercultural Communication, Industrial Management, Internship, Journalism, Literature, Management, Marketing, Music Production, Music, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Students receive a four-day orientation upon arrival and then have a 3 week intensive German orientation program.

Number of Students

Approximately 100-120 students attend the two Vienna programs each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

Students can choose from three housing options:

  • Apartment with 3-6 other students
  • Housing with one or more IES students and an Austrian landlady/landlord or Resident Assistant
  • Residence Halls with Austrian and international students (double rooms and shared bath)

All three options include access to full kitchen facilities for preparing meals, which are not included in the program fee. Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.


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  • Semester


  • Semester I: Mid-August to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-May

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 15

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