Spend a month in Austria and live in in the heart of Vienna, at the doorstep of all the cultural wonders of the city, including museums, opera houses, art galleries, restaurants and government offices. You will study German at the prestigious language school IKI Vienna and enjoy living in a UNESCO World Heritage city that has consistently been ranked among the world’s top five cities for quality of living for the last 15 years.

  • The oldest zoo in the world, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, is located on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
  • Vienna is famous for certain cultural food dishes and desserts, such as Wiener Schnitzel.
  • Vienna is a music city, and composers and musicians like Mozart and Beethoven left a lasting impression on the culture.
  • The Red Bull energy drink was created in Austria by Dietrich Mateschitz.
Credits Earned: 7 credits
 Language of Instruction: German & English
GPA Requirement: 2.6 or higher
Housing: Student Dormitories


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. In Vienna students have immediate access to Internet from their dorm room. Vienna also has several hot spots in the city that provide free, public Internet access via WLAN.


BCA wants to provide the most rounded and comprehensive learning experience. With this in mind, we will take you on excursions to new environments, visiting historic sites and famous landmarks designed to enhance and deepen your understanding of Austrian life, history and culture.



Bratislava, Slovakia: Take a day trip to neighboring Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava, to help you better understand its relations with Vienna, both past and present.



As part of the HIS 205: Crossroads of Europe, you could visit local points of interest in Vienna like the United Nations building.



As part of the HIS 205: Crossroads of Europe, you could visit local points of interest like the Natural Science Museum.



As part of the HIS 205: Crossroads of Europe, you could visit local points of interest in Vienna like Schloss Belvedere.


Language Proficiency

You do not need any prior German study to participate on this program. Students with prior German language study will take a placement exam after acceptance into the program and be placed in the appropriate level based on the results.

Required Courses

On this program you will take:

The University

Over the course of more than three decades, the Internationales Kulturinstitut (IKI) has become a universally respected language school that specializes in teaching German as a foreign language. All course materials comply with the stringent global standards as set forth by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and IKI Vienna is a certified examination center for the ÖSD (Austria’s German Language Diploma), an internationally recognized examination system.

What Will I Learn?

The BCA summer program in Vienna is designed for all levels of German language proficiency. You’ll receive expert instruction at IKI Vienna from native German speaking teachers and from BCA’s own teaching staff for the HIS 205 course, all of whom possess excellent academic credentials and years of teaching experience. The coursework focuses on honing speaking, writing and reading skills, with a heavy emphasis placed on communication.  Grammar and vocabulary are also reinforced, expanded and fine-tuned.

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Our program advisors will answer your questions, provide guidance on courses and scholarships and guide you step-by-step through the enrollment process.

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A warm welcome to Vienna. I am sure you will enjoy your stay in this expansive city. With an extremely broad range of cultural and leisure activities you will have an exciting time here. Famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm, Vienna is and remains the very best!

I have lived in this city for several years now and have enjoyed every single day. I am truly looking forward to welcoming you and accompanying you in your stay in Vienna.


On-site support staff help you adjust to life in your new community and will be your cultural guide through the program.


What's Included

BCA Study Abroad offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • On-site resident director
  • Monthly Vienna Transportation Pass
  • Day-trip to Bratislava
  • On-site group activities
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • On-site orientation
  • Academic transcript
  • International medical insurance and emergency evacuation services

Other costs not covered by BCA fee (estimates only):

  • Airfare: $1200 – $1600
  • Passport: $110
  • Meals: $250
  • Additional personal expenses: $200 – 300
Confirmation Deposit

Upon acceptance into a BCA program, you will be billed a $250 confirmation deposit through the online system for accepted students. This deposit is non-refundable and reserves your place in the program.

BCA Scholarships

BCA awards several $500 scholarships each year for summer students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Financing Study Abroad

BCA works closely with more than 100 colleges and universities, so we may already know your school’s financial procedure. Please feel free to address financial questions to BCA’s Chief Financial Officer at Finance@BCAStudyAbroad.org or 717-361-6602.

Fees billed to students directly are due prior to departure. If you must defer payment until financial aid disbursement, please contact Finance@BCAStudyAbroad.org. You can pay by personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Please send all payments to:

BCA Study Abroad
50 Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

BCA charges an administrative fee of $20 for any returned check. We will not release your academic transcripts until all fees (including any additional charges for damages or obligations to the overseas university) are paid in full.

Program Minimum

This program requires a minimum number of students in order to operate. If this minimum number of students is not met by the program’s application deadline, you will be notified and a full refund of the application fee will be issued within 5 business days.

Application Dates

Summer Program March 15

Program Dates

Summer 2020 July 2020

Dates are tentative and subject to change.


Prices subject to change without notice.

Summer 2020 $4,000.00

Policies regarding financial aid and additional study abroad fees vary by campus, so we recommend that you get in touch with your study abroad advisor or financial aid office to determine your school’s financial aid policies for study abroad.

All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses.

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