Your semester with IGE in Vienna, Austria can be the most important semester of your university experience. Explore Viennese and Central-European culture firsthand by integrating directly into the society. Dine in authentic Viennese restaurants with fellow students, linger at the Schonbrunn Palace’s gardens, or simply observe the locals over an extraordinary cup of coffee at one of the many cafes.

In Vienna you will study with professors from the University of Vienna in a variety of subjects. All courses are taught by professors holding the highest degrees in their fields and all units are fully transferable to any university in the United States. All students enroll in their program’s “Core Course” as well as a German language course. Additionally, IGE has created a substantial list of  elective courses which can accommodate almost any major of study.

Art, Culture & Social Science Program

Offered during the fall semester and spring semester.
Students may enroll in up to 17 credits.

This program explores Vienna’s fascinating history and exposes students to the art and culture  that make Vienna the cultural capital it is. The program’s core course is a presentation and analysis of the various political, social, intellectual, and artistic forces and their interrelationships in Habsburg Vienna around the turn of the century. With site visits around Vienna, an emphasis is placed on the historical impact and consequences of these developments as a basis for understanding the society, politics, and culture of the 20th century Vienna.

In addition to the core course, students study German language and have a variety of elective courses to choose from. Included in the program’s cost are several trips throughout the term led by IGE staff. The itinerary currently consists of a 2 day trip to Krakow, Poland, a 2 day trip to Salzburg, Austria, as well as day trips to Wiener Neustadt, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia.


Students must take at least one German Language course and the program core course.


  • German Language (elementary to advanced levels): 4 credits
  • Modern Europe: 4 credits

This course examines the  formation of  Europe from the Enlightenment through the creation of the European Union from cultural, historical and political perspectives.  Special emphasis is placed on the historical impact and consequences of these developments as a basis for understanding the society, politics, and culture of Europe through the lens of life in Vienna. Includes site visits.


Students may enroll in up to 9 additional credit hours.

Political Science and International Studies: (6 credits maximum)

  • Intro to International Relations: 3 credits
    This course critically examines the nature of contemporary global society.  It is designed to familiarize students with the broad parameters of international relations and takes into account numerous methodological and theoretical perspectives.  We will explore both the historical development of international politics and examine such poignant issues as War and Peace, Nationalism, and the nature of the International Economic System.
  • Intro to International Political Economy: 3 credits
    This course critically examines the nature of the international political economy.  It is designed to familiarize students with the broad parameters of economic thought and will take into account numerous methodological and theoretical perspectives.  Included in this examination will be a look at the major economic theories, the structures of the global economy, and major global economic issues/problems.
  • Global Governance: 3 credits
    This course critically examines the nature of Global Governance in the 21st Century.  While politics at the transnational level still lacks a global government, that does not mean the world lacks governance. Thanks to globalization, states and their citizens have the ability to interact with each other at an unprecedented level that facilitates cooperation in novel ways. Through the use of robust international institutions, shared political and economic norms, and lightning quick communications capabilities, the world now has the ability to deliberate and potentially solve many of the most pressing problems and create a framework for managing relationships between states and their peoples.
    This course will identify the values, institutions, and modes of interaction of global governance and examine how they function in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems.
  • Europe and European Union: 3 credits
    This course will introduce students to the basic structure and history of the European Union, including a focus on the EU’s enlargement policy.  It will also examine current issues impacting the EU such as monetary relations, the problem of refugees & immigration, trade policy harmonization and the possible inclusion of Turkey.

International Business (6 credits maximum)

  • International Marketing: 3 credits
    This Course will expose the student to issues involved in international marketing and offer insight into various methods of entering new markets and expanding existing ones.  The goal is to familiarize the student with a wide array of issues including; (1) the importance of understanding economic, political, and cultural differences; and (2) an introduction to the growing framework of international, norms, laws, and practices that impact marketing and the decision to expand internationally.
  • International Economics: 3 credits
    This course provides an introduction to international economic relations. The primary purpose is to give an overview of the field by exploring the theories that economists have traditionally used to analyze the origins of particular international economic arrangements. Much of the class is therefore devoted to lectures and readings that examine the standard modes of analysis in international economics. Broadly speaking the course is broken up into two parts: international trade and international monetary relations.
  • International Strategic Management: 3 credits
    This course focuses on the strategic challenges confronting firms that operate in the global economy. A firm’s strategy is its “theory” of how to gain competitive advantage and compete successfully in the marketplace and strategic management is the process that managers, especially executives, use to develop and implement a firm’s strategy.  Our objective is to have an enhanced understanding of the most fundamental question in strategic management: What determines the international success and failure of companies?  To this end we will examine current issues in the global economy from both a macro and micro perspective with an eye to how understanding economic theory allows for the creation of

Cultural History and Literature

  • Long Road to Auschwitz: A Cultural History of Central Europe: 3 credits
    This course examines Anti-Semitism in Central Europe from the Medieval pogroms to the Holocaust. Anti-Semitism has an long tradition in Europe and it appears that Auschwitz and the “final solution” was the consequence of a series of unique historical and cultural developments. In fact the list of prominent figures in politics, art, philosophy and science who had Anti-Semitic ideas is endless. But to really understand the Holocaust one must study the development of Anti-Semitism from the Christian medieval tradition, to the bourgeois revolution, to the race-theories of National- Socialism. Includes site visits.
  • Austrian Poetry: 2 credits
    This course explores the important works of Austrian poetry in translation.
  • German/Austrian Literature: 3 credits
    This course explores the important works of German and Austrian literature in translation.  Of particular importance are the works by Austrian authors that have gained broader recognition – including recent Austrian Nobel Laureates.
  • Central European Literature: 3 credits
    This course examines the shaping of national identities in Central Europe during the 19th and early 20th century” by means of literature, theatre, and written expression. The course will focus on the lesser known expressive constructions within Central Europe by examining German, Austrian, South Slavic (Slovenian), Jewish, and Balkan literature.

Art History and Design

  • Art History: 3 credits
    This course charts the development of artistic expression from the ancient to the modern using both lectures and excursions to the numerous art museums throughout Vienna.


  • Sociology of Music: 3 credits
    This course introduces students to the foundations of music sociology and gives them a hands on perspective to the role and importance of music throughout human history.  Excursions include the Vienna Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic, and various recital sessions throughout Vienna.
  • Music History – Medieval to Baroque: 3 credits                                                                       This course examines the history of Western music from the Middle Ages to approximately 1750. The various cultural offerings in Vienna during the semester will inform the selection of works for the term. Topics will include the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, the origins of polyphony, the development of vocal and instrumental genres, and the works of such central composers as Josquin, Monteverdi, Bach, Vivaldi and Handel.
  • Music History – Classical to Modern: 3 credits                                                                       This course examines the history of Western music from the Classical period to approximately 1960. The various cultural offerings in Vienna during the semester will inform the selection of works for the term.  Topics will include the Age of Enlightenment and the works of Beethoven, Mozart, and Handel amongst others, Opera, the Romantic Period and major works of the 20th century.
  • Early Christian Scriptures: 3 credits
    Independent Studies: 3 credits
    Internships: 1 to 3 credits

German Language

  • Elementary German 1b:  credits
  • Intermediate German 1a4 credits
  • Intermediate German 1b4 credits
  • Advanced German4 credits

International Business Program Courses


Students must take at least one German Language course.

German Language (elementary to advanced levels)     4 credits


Contact IGE for course descriptions
Students may enroll in up to 12 additional credit hours.


  • Principles of Economics: 3 Credits
  • Introduction to Microeconomics: 3 Credits
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics: 3 Credits
  • Law & Economics: 3 Credits


  • Marketing: Part 1: 3 Credits
  • Marketing: Part 2: 3 Credits
  • Advanced Topics in International Marketing: 3 Credits
  • International Marketing: 3 Credits

Supply Chain and Logistics

  • Supply Chain Management: 3 Credits
  • International Logistics: 3 Credits
  • Production Analysis: 3 Credits


  • Principles of Finance: 3 Credits
  • Money and Banking: 3 Credits
  • Financial Intermediation: 3 Credits
  • Topics in Financial Markets: 3 Credits
  • Venture Capital and Finance: 3 Credits
  • Cases in Corporate Finance: 3 Credits
  • International Financial Management: 3 Credits

Human Resources

  • Organization and Human Resource Management: 3 Credits
  • International Personnel Management: 3 Credits
  • International Strategy & Organization – Advanced Topics: 3 Credits
  • Organizational Behavior: 3 Credits
  • Personnel Economics: 3 Credits
  • Data Analysis in Organization and Personnel : 3 Credits
  • Advanced Personnel Economics : 3 Credits


  • Entrepreneurship: 3 Credits
  • High-Profile Employees, Spin-Offs and Entrepreneurship: 3 Credits


  • Strategic Management of Intl. Enterprises – Global Corporate Strategy: 3 Credits
  • International Environmental Management: 3 Credits
  • Applied International Environmental Management: 3 Credits
  • Advanced Studies in Health Care Process Management: 3 Credits
  • Advanced Industrial Management: 3 Credits
  • International Innovation and Technology Management: 3 Credits
  • Implementation of Optimization Methods: 3 Credits

Information Technology

  • IT-Governance: 3 Credits
  • Recent Developments in ITM: 3 Credits

General Business

  • Decision and Game Theory: 3 Credits
  • Business German: 3 Credits
  • Seminar on Business Intelligence: 3 Credits
  • Decision Analysis – Decision Analysis: 3 Credits
  • The IGE Vienna program is an amazing cultural experience that you won’t regret being a part of. Some of the specific advantages of the program are the housing arrangments and the professors. You get to room in an international house, which if you take advantage of, will cause you to meet a ton of new friends and build great relationships with people from all over Europe. The local professors are also outstanding because they give you an experience from their local point of view that is hard to find.