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Austria

Dates

May 22 – June 23, 2019

Cost

$4,525 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Business, Communication, German Culture, Graphic Design, Leadership Studies 

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15 2019: 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 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, zimmermanj3@nku.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

GERM 105 Introduction to Germanic Culture

Prof. Ingrid Tower-Pohl

This course, taught in English, focuses on contemporary cultural topics of Europe´s unique Four-Countries-Corner at Lake Constance (Bodensee). It will combine traditional course work with country-specific cultural experiences and excursions to significant sites in Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Liechtenstein. Note: You must select one additional course when taking GERM 105.

Leadership: Leading in Diverse and Global Contexts

Dr. Jeff Zimmerman

Students will gain appreciation for the importance of understanding both domestic diversity and global experiences and viewpoints. This course looks at the multitudes of issues involved in leading in these dynamic contexts by examining concepts such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender, identity, prejudice and privilege, worldview, holism, culture, the role of government, legal formalities, and foreign language acquisition.

ART 490 Topics: Book Design from Gutenberg to the Digital Age

Prof. Leslie Friesen

The overarching assignment for this class is designing a particular type of book — a travel journal. It will include your experiences during the your study abroad, documenting the places you visit both in group excursions as well as independently, and reflecting about the experience of visiting those places. Along the way, you’ll learn a bit more about the history of book (and type) design from historic design approaches to the 21st Century digital possibilities that expand the idea of a “book” beyond printed page.

ART 430 Graphic Design: Poster - Germanic Tradition

Prof. Leslie Friesen

This graphic design class will use the rich tradition of poster design in the German-speaking countries — Germany, Austria, and Switzerland — as a launching point for our work. We will examine poster styles from the Sachplakat (Object Poster) of the early 20th Century, to photomontage, to early travel posters, to Swiss International Style, to PostModernism, looking at the work of some of the leading designers of those styles. Students will design new posters in the spirit of those styles and designers.

COMM 410 Topics: Global Advertising & Branding

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course examines current traditional and online advertising and branding trends and practices with an emphasis on Austrian and global markets, as well as regional cultural influences.  Topics include advertising and branding strategies, audience analysis, motivation and appeals, applied communication theory, creative development and design elements, and production considerations such as objectives, research, competition, and tools.

COMM 463 Intercultural Communication

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course builds on basic concepts, principles, and skills for understanding and improving communication between people from different ethnic/racial, national and co-cultural backgrounds in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Students will learn about the myriad ways cultures and their processes differ and how this in turn affects intercultural encounters and interactions in various contexts.

MGT 303 International Business

Dr. Ian Norris

A specific emphasis will be placed on sustainability. 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.  Whenever possible, instruction will be conducted through field experiences, case studies, and discussion.

MKT 324 International Marketing

Dr. Ian Norris

International marketing is a course that examines the basic marketing mix factors (product, price, promotion, and distribution) but in the international environment. A specific theme of the course will be travel and tourism marketing in an international environment. 

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

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,525 + 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

* The Youth Eurail pass includes 10 train travel days in 2 months. If over the age of 25, there is an added Eurail charge of approximately $200.

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees (approx. $135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $850 minimum), independent travel ($850, optional) 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: $1,450 – $1,550

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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Description

Dates

May 22 – June 23, 2019

Cost

$4,525 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Business, Communication, German Culture, Graphic Design, Leadership Studies 

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2018: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15 2019: 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 13 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, zimmermanj3@nku.edu

Courses

All courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

GERM 105 Introduction to Germanic Culture

Prof. Ingrid Tower-Pohl

This course, taught in English, focuses on contemporary cultural topics of Europe´s unique Four-Countries-Corner at Lake Constance (Bodensee). It will combine traditional course work with country-specific cultural experiences and excursions to significant sites in Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Liechtenstein. Note: You must select one additional course when taking GERM 105.

Leadership: Leading in Diverse and Global Contexts

Dr. Jeff Zimmerman

Students will gain appreciation for the importance of understanding both domestic diversity and global experiences and viewpoints. This course looks at the multitudes of issues involved in leading in these dynamic contexts by examining concepts such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender, identity, prejudice and privilege, worldview, holism, culture, the role of government, legal formalities, and foreign language acquisition.

ART 490 Topics: Book Design from Gutenberg to the Digital Age

Prof. Leslie Friesen

The overarching assignment for this class is designing a particular type of book — a travel journal. It will include your experiences during the your study abroad, documenting the places you visit both in group excursions as well as independently, and reflecting about the experience of visiting those places. Along the way, you’ll learn a bit more about the history of book (and type) design from historic design approaches to the 21st Century digital possibilities that expand the idea of a “book” beyond printed page.

ART 430 Graphic Design: Poster - Germanic Tradition

Prof. Leslie Friesen

This graphic design class will use the rich tradition of poster design in the German-speaking countries — Germany, Austria, and Switzerland — as a launching point for our work. We will examine poster styles from the Sachplakat (Object Poster) of the early 20th Century, to photomontage, to early travel posters, to Swiss International Style, to PostModernism, looking at the work of some of the leading designers of those styles. Students will design new posters in the spirit of those styles and designers.

COMM 410 Topics: Global Advertising & Branding

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course examines current traditional and online advertising and branding trends and practices with an emphasis on Austrian and global markets, as well as regional cultural influences.  Topics include advertising and branding strategies, audience analysis, motivation and appeals, applied communication theory, creative development and design elements, and production considerations such as objectives, research, competition, and tools.

COMM 463 Intercultural Communication

Dr. Jim Gleason

This course builds on basic concepts, principles, and skills for understanding and improving communication between people from different ethnic/racial, national and co-cultural backgrounds in today’s increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Students will learn about the myriad ways cultures and their processes differ and how this in turn affects intercultural encounters and interactions in various contexts.

MGT 303 International Business

Dr. Ian Norris

A specific emphasis will be placed on sustainability. 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.  Whenever possible, instruction will be conducted through field experiences, case studies, and discussion.

MKT 324 International Marketing

Dr. Ian Norris

International marketing is a course that examines the basic marketing mix factors (product, price, promotion, and distribution) but in the international environment. A specific theme of the course will be travel and tourism marketing in an international environment. 

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

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,525 + 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

* The Youth Eurail pass includes 10 train travel days in 2 months. If over the age of 25, there is an added Eurail charge of approximately $200.

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees (approx. $135), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $850 minimum), independent travel ($850, optional) 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: $1,450 – $1,550

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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