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* Advanced German Language and Culture in Vienna, Austria (with WSU)
Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 01/31/2018 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2018 07/17/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.
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Program Coordinator:
Amy Young
Program Type: CSU Study Abroad Program
Program Description:

Advanced German Language and Culture

in Vienna, Austria

Schoenbrunn, Vienna, AustriaVienna's AthenaVienna, Austria
Of particular interest to German majors and minors, this intensive language program will allow participants to refine their German language skills and gain first-hand knowledge of German history, politics, culture, architecture, and cuisine.  This program is coordinated with Washington State University because of strong academic connections.

Program Summary

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:  This is a collaborative program between Washington State University and Colorado State University.  Program location varies by year, such as Vienna, Austria, during summer 2016 and 2018 and Berlin, Germany, during summer 2015 and 2017. Additional information is found at WSU Summer in Germany.

WHEN:  Early June - Mid-July (departing USA on May 31 or earlier)

CREDITS:  Six WSU academic credits, yielding six CSU transfer credits; one 3-credit 300 or 400 level German grammar and writing course and one 3-credit 300 or 400 level German culture or socio-cultural history course. 

PROGRAM COST:  See Budget Sheet for details.

CSU participants pay WSU directly for tuition and fees for two 3-credit courses, accommodation, scheduled field trips and excursions, health insurance, faculty and on-site support, and WSU Global Learning application fee.  Additionally, participants must budget for international airfare, meals, passport, books and supplies, and personal spending money as well as CSU fees at $550. 

All CSU Education Abroad programs, including this one, are eligible for CSU financial aid.  Financial aid is credited to student's CSU account 10 days prior to start of the first CSU summer term in mid-May.

FACULTY DIRECTOR: Dr. Jolyon Hughes, Professor of German, Washington State University (and former professor at CSU).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The program is open to all undergraduate or graduate students (sophomores and above) with 2.5 minimum GPA and good disciplinary standing. Participants should complete the equivalent of four semesters of college-level German prior to participation.

WSU Application Notes:

The application process involves easy steps.  Please submit the simple CSU application and then wait for Amy Young to provide CSU approval before moving to the WSU steps.
  1. Use the Apply Now button above to obtain CSU approval and be nominated to WSU.    CSU approval is on rolling basis through January 15.  (Contact for access after January 15.) 
  2. Upon notification of CSU approval, your CSU checklist will expand to include the CSU pre-departure steps, such as liability waiver, transfer credit plan, and host institution application.  Then, you should promptly and similarly apply via the WSU website after establishing WSU login credentials.
  3. To complete the process with WSU, you must establish a WSU username and password as a non-degree seeking WSU student (allow a few days for processing).  When you have those, submit your host institution application via the WSU Study Abroad website and complete their application, acceptance, and commitment process not later than midnight Pacific time on Monday, February 1.  Upon email notification of acceptance by WSU, click the Commit button on your WSU checklist and proceed with their pre-departure steps in addition to those on your CSU checklist.
  4. Upon completion of the WSU academic program in July, you must request a WSU transcript sent to: Education Abroad, CSU International Programs 1024, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO  80523-1024.


Located in the heart of Europe, Austria and Germany are an ideal landing points for traveling Europe. The beautiful summer weather allows for many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors as well as the rich cultural life, making it an ideal location for international study.  Weekly excursions are covered by the tuition costs and students may opt to travel on the weekends on their own discretion.

Academic Program

The CSU Summer education abroad program is sponsored by Washington State University (WSU).  The Advanced German Language and Culture program involves courses taught by WSU Professor Dr. JT Hughes.  Students can enroll for either of the 2-course options shown below.  WSU will transcript the courses. CSU students will earn 6 transfer credits, typically 3 credits each equivalent to LGER 301 or 401 and LGER 335 or 434.  Other transfer credit options are possible on a case by case basis in consultation with Prof. Rachel Kirby in CSU's FLL department.  German is the language of instruction for all courses.

WSU German 308 - Intermediate Grammar and Writing
WSU German 320 - German Culture
WSU German 408 - Advanced Grammar and Writing
WSU German 420 - Socio-Culture, History and German Language

To complement the coursework, weekly field trips and excursions are part of the program to visit city and regional destinations.

Housing and Meals

Participants stay with families in Berlin or Vienna.  IES Abroad will arrange housing for the school’s students in homestays with local residents.  The homestay does not include meals, however kitchen facilities will be available.  Internet will also be available in each home.