Welcome to Vienna! I know you will have an amazing time here!
Vienna will provide you with an important look into this – in the U.S. classroom all too often overlooked – modern society with a truly fascinating history. Did you know, for example, that Sigmund Freud, Gustav Klimt and Amadeus Mozart called Vienna their home? And that Vienna is also home to organizations such as the United Nations, Amnesty International, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, World Vision, Doctors without Borders, Greenpeace and the World Peace Council? Your time in Vienna will fly by as there is always something to do in Vienna. Whether you favour strolling and taking in the magnificent architecture along the Wienzeile or the First District, visiting some of the world’s best art museums and opera houses, or if you just prefer exploring life as a contemporary student, your options are virtually endless.
I will set up the basics for you (housing, health insurance, class registration, orientation, local bank account with food allowance, etc.) prior to your arrival so you are able to delve into pursuing your academic and personal goals without any red tape. Regardless of whether you come from a metropolitan area or a small town, Vienna will be a relatively easy adjustment since it is a metropolis with a small city feel. Being a BCA Marburg, Germany 2013-14 alumna myself and having lived in Vienna for several years and a year in Germany, I know well what adjustments and difficulties you will be going through. I am excited for your arrival and am privileged to watch you grow during your time in Europe.
So pack those bags and get ready for the biggest journey of your life, a journey not only to Austria, but to who you are in the process of becoming.
BCA Vienna Resident Director