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Austria

Dates

May 28 – June 29, 2021

Cost

$4,495 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, German, History

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Austria has been a favorite destination for KIIS students since 1975. Located on Lake Constance and at the foot of the Alps, this summer program provides an ideal setting to experience European life. Students live with Austrian families in the picturesque town of Bregenz, offering students a “home in Europe.” Using the youth Eurail Globalpass (included in the program fee) and the extensive European train system, students are only a few hours away from many great European cultural centers such as Zurich, Munich, and Salzburg. From Bregenz students can ride trains to Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Venice, Florence, Prague, and many other cities.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Homestay, 2-4 students per house.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

ACCT 200 Introductory Accounting—Financial

Dr. Timothy Bryan

This course introduces principles of financial accounting. Students will understand how business transactions impact a company’s operations and financial condition and produce financial statements utilizing both United States and International generally accepted accounting principles. They will learn how to collect public financial information, analyze the information and make decisions.

CS 475 Topics: Computing Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Jan Pearce

Students will generate and explore innovative computational product ideas via instruction in computational design-thinking and innovation. They will also learn about cutting-edge information technology research and technology start-ups through case-studies to better understand technology innovation in Austria and beyond.

CS 475 Topics: Computer Ethics and Security

Dr. Jan Pearce

With a focus on cross-border issues, students will explore ethical and security issues faced by and brought about by computing professionals, including, privacy, intellectual property, reliability, and liability. Students will learn about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation Act, codes of ethics of computing professional societies, and discuss the impacts of widespread use of big data and artificial intelligence, in Austria and beyond.

GERM 100 German Language and Culture On-Site: Basic Conversation

Prof. Jordan Gabbard

Students will rapidly develop their ability to comprehend and communicate in German through the acquisition of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary useful in a variety of real-life situations. Students will make use of the city of Bregenz in completing a number of immersive, cultural assignments in pursuit of a deeper understanding of German/Austrian culture and language. This course must be taken in conjunction with one of the other Austria course offerings. No previous knowledge of German is expected or required.

HIST 119 Western Civilization to 1648

Dr. Clifford Wargelin

History of Western Civilization to 1648: An introductory survey of Western history with a focus on Europe, including the prehistoric origins and spread of civilization in Europe, ancient Celtic and Germanic cultures, ancient Greece and Rome, the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the emergence of early modern governments and states.

HIST 490 Topics: Weapons, Wars, and Warriors

Dr. Clifford Wargelin

A study of the role of warfare and the military in Western society from prehistory to the present, with a particular emphasis on Central Europe. Taking full advantage of the resources available in the Bregenz area, this course will examine the emergence and evolution of war in society; the impact of new weapons and other technologies; the role of leadership, strategy and tactics; moral and ethical issues of war; philosophies of war; and the changing relationship of military organizations to the state.

MGT 305 International Business

Dr. Timothy Bryan

This course introduces tools that help to identify and interpret international business opportunities utilizing both international business theory and current management practice. Students study international business management from both the nation-state perspective and company-level and gain practical tools related to international trade and decisions faced by business managers.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Bregenzerwald

The forested Alpine region surrounding Bregenz, known as the Bregenzerwald, is renowned for its craftsmen, dairies, and architecture. This excursion will bring you into direct contact with this unique region and these hallmarks of its economy. This local excursion is frequently a program favorite, and will likely inspire you to explore more of the picturesque villages of the Bregenzerwald and their awesome hiking opportunities.

Innsbruck

This excursion will take us to Innsbruck, the "Capital of the Alps," where we'll spend part of our day visiting the old city, its spectacular Baroque cathedral, and the iconic Golden Roof building and museum. In this picturesque valley surrounded by the Alps, we'll learn more about the history of the Habsburgs, Austria's hereditary rulers and their influence on Europe as a whole.

Munich, Germany & Dachau

We'll spend the first part of our day traveling to Munich's suburb of Dachau, where we will tour the Concentration Camp Memorial. Our excursion will end back at the Munich Main Train Station, where you'll begin your weekend of free travel time. (You're encouraged to stay and enjoy Munich, but you can use your Eurail Pass to explore a multitude of other cities!)  

Lindau, Germany

This resort city on the shore of Lake Constance is a top domestic tourist destination for Germans. Our city visit will highlight its waterfront, old and new lighthouses, Medieval City Hall, 1000 year old church and main shopping street with structures dating back to the 1500s. We also have free time for eating, shopping and ice cream before we end our excursion with a ship ride back across Lake Constance to Bregenz.

Feldkirch

The Medieval city of Feldkirch, situated near the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, offers visitors numerous perspectives on life in Austria during the Middle Ages. We will visit the Gothic cathedral, and the imposing fortress on the hill in the center of town, the Schattenburg. We also will visit the town's central market, where we'll have free time for lunch and shopping. This is our first stop in learning about the history, politics and economy of Vorarlberg, Austria and the…

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,495 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers to/from Zürich

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day (except during free weekend travel)

Youth Eurail Pass*

Group Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

* The Youth Eurail pass includes 10 train travel days in 2 months. If over the age of 27, there is an added Eurail charge of approximately $200.

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), one meal per day and weekend meals (on free weekend travel) + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,550 – $1,650

The KIIS Austria program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville and land in Zürich, Switzerland. The group then will travel by private bus to Bregenz, Austria.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual round trip airfare. 

The flight to Zürich, Switzerland is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Switzerland to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

May 28 – June 29, 2021

Cost

$4,495 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Accounting, Business, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, German, History

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

Austria has been a favorite destination for KIIS students since 1975. Located on Lake Constance and at the foot of the Alps, this summer program provides an ideal setting to experience European life. Students live with Austrian families in the picturesque town of Bregenz, offering students a “home in Europe.” Using the youth Eurail Globalpass (included in the program fee) and the extensive European train system, students are only a few hours away from many great European cultural centers such as Zurich, Munich, and Salzburg. From Bregenz students can ride trains to Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, Venice, Florence, Prague, and many other cities.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Homestay, 2-4 students per house.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses. Courses are divided into 2 time-blocks. You cannot select 2 courses in the same time block.

ACCT 200 Introductory Accounting—Financial

Dr. Timothy Bryan

This course introduces principles of financial accounting. Students will understand how business transactions impact a company’s operations and financial condition and produce financial statements utilizing both United States and International generally accepted accounting principles. They will learn how to collect public financial information, analyze the information and make decisions.

CS 475 Topics: Computing Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Jan Pearce

Students will generate and explore innovative computational product ideas via instruction in computational design-thinking and innovation. They will also learn about cutting-edge information technology research and technology start-ups through case-studies to better understand technology innovation in Austria and beyond.

CS 475 Topics: Computer Ethics and Security

Dr. Jan Pearce

With a focus on cross-border issues, students will explore ethical and security issues faced by and brought about by computing professionals, including, privacy, intellectual property, reliability, and liability. Students will learn about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation Act, codes of ethics of computing professional societies, and discuss the impacts of widespread use of big data and artificial intelligence, in Austria and beyond.

GERM 100 German Language and Culture On-Site: Basic Conversation

Prof. Jordan Gabbard

Students will rapidly develop their ability to comprehend and communicate in German through the acquisition of basic grammatical structures and vocabulary useful in a variety of real-life situations. Students will make use of the city of Bregenz in completing a number of immersive, cultural assignments in pursuit of a deeper understanding of German/Austrian culture and language. This course must be taken in conjunction with one of the other Austria course offerings. No previous knowledge of German is expected or required.

HIST 119 Western Civilization to 1648

Dr. Clifford Wargelin

History of Western Civilization to 1648: An introductory survey of Western history with a focus on Europe, including the prehistoric origins and spread of civilization in Europe, ancient Celtic and Germanic cultures, ancient Greece and Rome, the European Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and the emergence of early modern governments and states.

HIST 490 Topics: Weapons, Wars, and Warriors

Dr. Clifford Wargelin

A study of the role of warfare and the military in Western society from prehistory to the present, with a particular emphasis on Central Europe. Taking full advantage of the resources available in the Bregenz area, this course will examine the emergence and evolution of war in society; the impact of new weapons and other technologies; the role of leadership, strategy and tactics; moral and ethical issues of war; philosophies of war; and the changing relationship of military organizations to the state.

MGT 305 International Business

Dr. Timothy Bryan

This course introduces tools that help to identify and interpret international business opportunities utilizing both international business theory and current management practice. Students study international business management from both the nation-state perspective and company-level and gain practical tools related to international trade and decisions faced by business managers.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Bregenzerwald

The forested Alpine region surrounding Bregenz, known as the Bregenzerwald, is renowned for its craftsmen, dairies, and architecture. This excursion will bring you into direct contact with this unique region and these hallmarks of its economy. This local excursion is frequently a program favorite, and will likely inspire you to explore more of the picturesque villages of the Bregenzerwald and their awesome hiking opportunities.

Innsbruck

This excursion will take us to Innsbruck, the "Capital of the Alps," where we'll spend part of our day visiting the old city, its spectacular Baroque cathedral, and the iconic Golden Roof building and museum. In this picturesque valley surrounded by the Alps, we'll learn more about the history of the Habsburgs, Austria's hereditary rulers and their influence on Europe as a whole.

Munich, Germany & Dachau

We'll spend the first part of our day traveling to Munich's suburb of Dachau, where we will tour the Concentration Camp Memorial. Our excursion will end back at the Munich Main Train Station, where you'll begin your weekend of free travel time. (You're encouraged to stay and enjoy Munich, but you can use your Eurail Pass to explore a multitude of other cities!)  

Lindau, Germany

This resort city on the shore of Lake Constance is a top domestic tourist destination for Germans. Our city visit will highlight its waterfront, old and new lighthouses, Medieval City Hall, 1000 year old church and main shopping street with structures dating back to the 1500s. We also have free time for eating, shopping and ice cream before we end our excursion with a ship ride back across Lake Constance to Bregenz.

Feldkirch

The Medieval city of Feldkirch, situated near the border of Switzerland and Liechtenstein, offers visitors numerous perspectives on life in Austria during the Middle Ages. We will visit the Gothic cathedral, and the imposing fortress on the hill in the center of town, the Schattenburg. We also will visit the town's central market, where we'll have free time for lunch and shopping. This is our first stop in learning about the history, politics and economy of Vorarlberg, Austria and the…

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,495 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers to/from Zürich

Accommodations

2 Meals per Day (except during free weekend travel)

Youth Eurail Pass*

Group Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

* The Youth Eurail pass includes 10 train travel days in 2 months. If over the age of 27, there is an added Eurail charge of approximately $200.

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), one meal per day and weekend meals (on free weekend travel) + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,550 – $1,650

The KIIS Austria program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville and land in Zürich, Switzerland. The group then will travel by private bus to Bregenz, Austria.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual round trip airfare. 

The flight to Zürich, Switzerland is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Switzerland to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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