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Austria

Dates

May 30 – June 29, 2023

Cost

$4,650 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Business, Psychology, Elementary German

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: 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.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

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

Accommodations: Homestay, 2-4 students per house.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 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.

Block 1

MGT 303 International Business

Dr. Ian Norris

Austria and Germany are leaders in the International Business environment both in terms of their commitment to sustainable business practices as well as the pursuit of alternative sources of energy. Specific concepts to be addressed include Triple-Bottom Line Accounting, lean manufacturing processes, zero-waste initiatives, and Lifecycle assessment. Whenever possible, instruction will be conducted through field experiences, case studies, and discussion.

PSY 299-2 Topics Psychology of Creativity

Dr. Matthew Winslow

Theories of creativity abound, from divergent thinking, conceptual blending, flow, entropy, to even that creativity doesn’t exist! We will explore these theories and more through books, podcasts, and videos. We will also observe the many examples of creativity in Austria, from art to architecture, food to fashion, and poetry to playbills. We will also try our hand at creativity in a domain of your choosing.

PSY 299-1 Topics: Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy

Psychology as an independent discipline began in the German-speaking world and perhaps one of the most notorious figures in the field of psychology is Sigmund Freud. Freud’s views have permeated popular culture, are often controversial, and sometimes misunderstood. This course explores Freud’s life, Freud’s views, the psychoanalytic approach, and even Freud as a character in fiction.

Block 2

MKT 324 International Marketing

Dr. Ian Norris

A specific theme of the course will be travel and tourism marketing in an international environment. We will focus on intentionally on the kinds of services and experiences that tourists and visitors consume when traveling: Arts and entertainment, dining and lodging, sports, and events. Bregenz provides an ideal location.

PSY 299-3: The Psychology of Good and Evil (Psychology and the Holocaust)

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy & Dr. Matthew Winslow

The Holocaust was a great tragedy of the modern era. One question that is still asked today is “How could people commit such atrocities?” This class explores how normal people can do terrible things. We will learn about effects of authority and the forces that drive us to obey, the urge to conform, the power of out-groups and the dehumanization of the other.

GERM 100 German Language and Culture On-Site

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. This course will focus on all four core linguistic competencies: speaking, listening reading and writing. Through immersive cultural assignments, students will gain an understanding of German/Austrian culture and language. This course must be taken with one of the other Austria course offerings. No previous knowledge of German is expected or required.

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: $4,650 + 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 ($165), 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: $1,700 – $1,800

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. The program ends in Vienna, Austria. The group flight will return to the US from Vienna.

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 Austria to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

May 30 – June 29, 2023

Cost

$4,650 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Business, Psychology, Elementary German

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: 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.

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

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

Accommodations: Homestay, 2-4 students per house.

Orientation: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023 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.

Block 1

MGT 303 International Business

Dr. Ian Norris

Austria and Germany are leaders in the International Business environment both in terms of their commitment to sustainable business practices as well as the pursuit of alternative sources of energy. Specific concepts to be addressed include Triple-Bottom Line Accounting, lean manufacturing processes, zero-waste initiatives, and Lifecycle assessment. Whenever possible, instruction will be conducted through field experiences, case studies, and discussion.

PSY 299-2 Topics Psychology of Creativity

Dr. Matthew Winslow

Theories of creativity abound, from divergent thinking, conceptual blending, flow, entropy, to even that creativity doesn’t exist! We will explore these theories and more through books, podcasts, and videos. We will also observe the many examples of creativity in Austria, from art to architecture, food to fashion, and poetry to playbills. We will also try our hand at creativity in a domain of your choosing.

PSY 299-1 Topics: Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy

Psychology as an independent discipline began in the German-speaking world and perhaps one of the most notorious figures in the field of psychology is Sigmund Freud. Freud’s views have permeated popular culture, are often controversial, and sometimes misunderstood. This course explores Freud’s life, Freud’s views, the psychoanalytic approach, and even Freud as a character in fiction.

Block 2

MKT 324 International Marketing

Dr. Ian Norris

A specific theme of the course will be travel and tourism marketing in an international environment. We will focus on intentionally on the kinds of services and experiences that tourists and visitors consume when traveling: Arts and entertainment, dining and lodging, sports, and events. Bregenz provides an ideal location.

PSY 299-3: The Psychology of Good and Evil (Psychology and the Holocaust)

Dr. Myra Beth Bundy & Dr. Matthew Winslow

The Holocaust was a great tragedy of the modern era. One question that is still asked today is “How could people commit such atrocities?” This class explores how normal people can do terrible things. We will learn about effects of authority and the forces that drive us to obey, the urge to conform, the power of out-groups and the dehumanization of the other.

GERM 100 German Language and Culture On-Site

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. This course will focus on all four core linguistic competencies: speaking, listening reading and writing. Through immersive cultural assignments, students will gain an understanding of German/Austrian culture and language. This course must be taken with one of the other Austria course offerings. No previous knowledge of German is expected or required.

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: $4,650 + 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 ($165), 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: $1,700 – $1,800

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. The program ends in Vienna, Austria. The group flight will return to the US from Vienna.

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 Austria to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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