Vienna is the home of close to two million people. Austrians and students from around the world attend one of over a dozen universities or international schools in the city. It comes as no surprise then that Vienna offers many opportunities–countless shops, restaurants, and cafés dot Vienna’s city streets, creating a multitude of meeting places for students and Vienna’s citizens alike. Students can stroll through museums at discounted rates, attend world-renowned music and opera theaters, and examine Vienna’s impressive architecture on practically every street. People interested in world affairs will find that Vienna is a hub for international organizations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations, Amnesty International, and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Exploring beyond Vienna is easy as the city’s excellent transportation system can easily deliver you to other parts of Austria, bordering countries, or to one of Vienna’s parks or gardens.
Housing and Meals
Students live and study side-by-side with local and other international students in student dormitories. The dorms include all bedding, a shared kitchen and laundry facilities. Students receive a meal stipend and typically cook for themselves in their dorm.
“The mélange is the typical Viennese cafe drink. It’s the perfect mixture of whipped cream and milk foam. Why is this the Viennese drink of choice? Because Vienna itself is the perfect mixture: of culture, of people and origins, of old and new, that’s just the way it is!”
Meredith Ebersole, Goshen College
In Vienna students have immediate access to Internet from within their dorm room. Vienna also has several hot spots in the city that provide free, public Internet access via WLAN.
Vienna boasts one of the world’s best public transportation systems. For the duration of the semester in Vienna, students will need to purchase a monthly public transportation pass for approximately 50 EUR, which is valid for all buses, subways and trams in the city.
You may also connect with the Erasmus Student Network at FH Wien, a student-run organization created to support exchange students during their time abroad. The ESN Team organizes events and trips throughout the semester to help you get a taste of Viennese and Austrian life and meet other students. Activities have included city tours, Schnitzel Dinners, skiing weekends and more. The Centre for International Education and Mobility supervises the ESN and can provide you with more information on getting involved.