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Webster Vienna
Vienna, Austria
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring,
Summer
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BW applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 11/01/2014** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Minimum GPA: 2.70
Housing Options: Off Campus Apartment
Program Description:
Webster Vienna
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History & Description

For 30 years, Webster’s Vienna campus has been providing a high standard of education in Austria, giving students from all over the world the opportunity to experience the benefits of an American education. It is an education with an international focus, with students from more than 70 different countries and faculty from 20 countries. Webster’s Vienna campus is on the banks of the Danube River, not far from the Vienna International Center (headquarters for the UN and its agencies).

Vienna, Austria

“Few cities in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past like Vienna. Its splendid historical face is easily recognized: grand imperial palaces and bombastic baroque interiors, museums flanking magnificent squares and, above all, the Hofburg – where the Habsburg rulers lived, loved and married into empires.  But, just beyond the historical façade, the Museums Quartier houses some of the world’s most provocative contemporary art. Outside, a courtyard buzzes on summer evenings with throngs of Viennese drinking and chatting. Nearby, restaurants brim with imbibers enjoying the pleasures of wine and food, while across the yard a museum café pulsates with beats.

It is a reminder that the city of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Schubert, Strauss, Brahms, Mahler and Schönberg is also the Vienna of Falco, who immortalized its urban textures in song. It’s also a place where sushi and Austro-Asian fusion restaurants stand alongside the traditional Beisl. In this Vienna, it’s okay to mention poetry slam and Stephansdom in one breath” (lonelyplanet.com).


 

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About The Program

Orientation & Airport Pick-Up

The New Student Orientation is a mandatory event for all students, undergraduate and graduate that are new to Webster University Vienna. It is a great opportunity to meet one’s peers also new to WUV and familiarize oneself with the American university system, meet and make an appointment with the academic advisor, learn about Vienna and all that it has to offer to degree seeking students of accredited universities in Austria, discuss cultural differences and culture shock, and last but not least get acquainted with the Vienna campus and its various services and staff.

Housing


Most study abroad students live off-campus at the Studentenzentrum Donaufeld. Donaufeld offers the following amenities:
  • Double rooms with private shower and sink
  • Kitchens on each floor
  • Climbing room
  • Laundry facilities
  • In-room internet access
  • Internet cafe
  • Music room
  • Television room

Please be aware that in some terms we may have more students than available rooms at Donaufeld. If we are not able to secure extra space at Donaufeld, you may be placed in a different housing facility. We will strive to provide a comfortable facility, but the amenities may vary according to the location.  Please visit the Webster website for additional information on housing.

Food & Laundry

There is no meal plan or cafeteria available, but there are eating options close to campus. All rooms in Donaufeld have access to the shared kitchen located on the same floor.campus, there is an American-style restaurant, but there is no meal plan available.  

As for laundry facilities, students will have access to them, but they may need to pay for this service separately.


Transportation

Vienna has one of the world's most highly rated public transportation systems. For more information about Vienna's public transportation system, please click on this link: http://www.wien.gv.at/english/transportation-urbanplanning/public-transport/.

Money Matters

All students will receive a check from BW prior to their departure equivalent to BW  board (Jacket Express).  This check is meant to be used for food while abroad.  Previous students recommend having approximately $2,000 for spending money. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.


Banking & Cell Phones

It is recommended that students keep their American bank accounts and simply use the ATM's instead of opening a local bank account.  It is imperative, however, to inform your bank of your upcoming time abroad and to learn more about your bank’s policy for making withdrawals  in order to best avoid any banking problems.  Usually, you should expect a fee for withdrawals (usually about $3 or $4). More information regarding banking will be discussed during the BW Pre-Departure Orientation Session. 


As for cell phone use, students recommend buying a cell phone and phone cards abroad for both local and international calls.


Academics

Webster Vienna is based on the American higher education system, therefore you will must likely see similarities between BW and Webster Vienna.

As each semester's course offerings are different, we recommend visiting the Webster website for a list of courses.


Health

All BW students are required to have international health insurance. Students will be automatically enrolled in this insurance. More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.


Academic Calendar
  • Fall Semester (16-week): August–December
  • August to October (Fall 1: 8-week term)
  • October to December (Fall 2: 8-week term)
     
  • Spring Semester (16-week): January–May
  • January to March (Spring 1: 8-week term)
  • March to May (Spring 2: 8-week term)
     
  • Summer Semester: 8-week term: May -July

Eligibility

Current BW Status

You must be a current BW student and have completed at least one semester of on-campus study at BW before you may submit an application.


GPA

Your cumulative grade point average has to be 2.7 or above. If lower than a 2.7, students may appeal with the permission of the Explorations Director. See Explorations for more details.

Student Conduct Record

Serious or multiple violations of college policy may jeopardize your eligibility for Explorations/Study Abroad programs. You will not be eligible if you have been found in violation of any of the following policies within the past 12 months: alcohol, drugs, assault (any type), harassment, stalking, vandalism, theft and more (this list is not all-inclusive). Your student conduct record will be verified with the Residence Life Office during the BW application process.

Bursar's Approval

Your account must be paid in full, or at least, making current payments to the University for the current term.


Insurance

You must be willing to accept and pay for an international health insurance policy as required by BW.More information regarding this can be found at www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/health/.

What Can I Study?

Most students go to Webster Vienna for Music (Performance), but other course listings can be found at: http://www.webster.edu/study-abroad/programs/austria/courses.html

Academic Credit

In order to receive transfer credits for your classes abroad, you must receive a "C" grade or higher.

How Much Does It Cost?

Students who choose to participate in this full semester program can expect to pay charges as a BW residential student--current tuition, room and board, for the respective semester. All of your financial aid and scholarships will apply. Housing for this program is more expensive than housing at BW. More details regarding this can be found by contacting Explorations/Study Abroad. Additional financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost. Students should expect to pay out of pocket for airfare and in-country expenses. These typically run between $2,000 and $4,000. However, this will depend on your personal spending habits.Financial Aid and Scholarships

In addition to federal aid, other forms of financial assistance may be available. Public and private organizations, businesses, and churches often award grants, loans, and fellowships to students traveling abroad. Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of personal attributes (ethnic or religious background, parents' field of employment,etc.) For more information about available scholarships/funding, please visit : www.bw.edu/academics/study-abroad/how/costs/.

Webster offers a $1,000 award for students studying abroad at one of their programs.  Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements and conditions to receive the award. Please refer to the WINS form on the Webster University website for the complete listing of all eligibility requirements and conditions of the award.







 
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