Early Immersion: German in Vienna
Please note: The program in summer 2021 has been cancelled. We will offer the program again in summer 2022.
New Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program
Discover the city where the waltz, the mocha, the psychologist’s couch, quantum physics, and abstract art got their start. Vienna, Austria is a global leader in science, politics, music, and cuisine, and is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vienna’s coffeehouses are protected under UNESCO because they were the site of so many conversations that changed the world. Now it’s your turn to talk: Join Mozart, Beethoven, Freud, Schrödinger, Wittgenstein, and Klimt for a summer in one of the world’s “most livable cities,” and discover where your conversations can take you.
1 year of Language in 6 Weeks
Early Immersion: German in Vienna offers an intensive immersion experience. The program covers the entire 2nd year language curriculum in 6 weeks, accelerating students into the advanced level of German after less than one year of study. Students complete GRMN 2001 and GRMN 2002, making them eligible to join the final portion of the German LBAT and fast-track to complete a minor or major as early as Sophomore year.
In this program, you will build advanced language, leadership skills, and career preparation alongside unparalleled opportunities to experience global culture and history. Students are expected to speak German throughout the program and take every opportunity to experiment with the language to improve their skills. Early Immersion offers a supportive and fun environment that will transform your speaking ability.
- May 16-17: Arrival
- May 18: first day of class, GRMN 2001
- May 18 – June 03: GRMN 2001
- June 04 – June 07: free days
- June 6-7: Arrival
- June 08: first day of class, GRMN 2002
- June 08 – June 24: GRMN 2002
- June 25-26: Departure
How to Apply
- Submit online application and a recommendation from a Georgia Tech instructor.
- Complete short interview with program faculty.
The online application portal will be available on this page in September. Students who apply by the early bird deadline receive a discount on their program fee (usually $200 for comparable programs; to be confirmed).
Early Bird Deadline: October 31
Final Application Deadline: February 15
Completion of GRMN 1002 by the end of Spring and good academic standing. Students who have not completed a German class at Georgia Tech must meet with Ms. Köppe to have their language skills evaluated. We do not accept written placement tests, as they have not proven to be a reliable means of assessing language for this program.
Program Charge: $3,850* (plus $250 non-refundable application fee)
The program fee covers housing, breakfast every day, health insurance, basic ground transportation (metro pass), the cost of field trips, entry fees for any cultural activity included in the program, ground transportation, course materials and books.
The program fee does not include summer tuition, non-refundable application fee of $250, visa costs for international students, airline transportation, independent ground transportation, and meals outside the host family home.
HOPE scholarships apply. The School of Modern Languages offers a small competitive Campoamor Scholarship to support study abroad costs. Contact the Office of International Education for additional funding opportunities.
- February 15 - $2,000
- March 15 - $1,850
*This is an estimate and subject to change before October.
Preparing for Departure
There will be two mandatory information sessions preparing our group for departure in February and March, in the Swann Building, School of Modern Languages.
Accepted students must attend both meetings. If you have another class during that time, it is required that you request an excused absence to attend the information session on that day.
The Office of International Education may require additional meetings for students participating in faculty-led study abroad. Please check the OIE Website for updates.
Kathrin Köppe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Historically, Vienna has been one of Europe’s most important cultural capitals, drawing some of the world’s most renowned musicians, artists, philosophers, and scientists (as well as some of history’s darkest individuals) to the cafés, universities, and salons inside its Ringstrasse (a forefather of our very own Beltline).
Today, Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. In 2001, the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In a 2005 study of 127 world cities, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked the city first (in a tie with Vancouver and San Francisco) for the world's most livable cities. For ten consecutive years (2009–2019), the human-resource-consulting firm Mercer ranked Vienna first in its annual "Quality of Living" survey of hundreds of cities around the world.
In addition to intensive language immersion, students will visit companies in several professional arenas. Company visits currently planned include Zotter chocolate factory, Ottakringer Brewery, the Architekurzentrum, the Parliament, and others. Students will also have hands-on cultural experiences and visits to world-class concerts, museums, festivals, hiking in the Alps, the Danube river, and the palaces of the Hapsburg Empire.
Final itinerary is subject to change based on availability.
We understand that plans can change during the course of the year. Students who are accepted to the program may choose to give up their spot on the program by February 15. However, we are not able to refund the $250 application fee made at the time of application.
Students who cancel before February 15 are not subject to the program fee.
Students who cancel between February 15 and March 15 are subject to 30% of the program fee.
Students who cancel after March 15 are subject to 100% of the program fee.
If a student withdraws from the program during the program, the student will be responsible for the payment of all fees.
Program descriptions and fees are subject to final approval by educational units and the Office of International Education. Fees are subject to change without notice. Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter (including a change to program fees) or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the entire program before departure for reasons within its control, all fees paid by participants will be refunded. If Georgia Tech cancels the program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.
All of the information on this page/website is subject to change as the program details are confirmed.