Vienna, Austria

Cultural Historical Studies

when 2 February 2024 - 16 February 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 1460

The winter school courses provide a well-structured introduction into one of the most fascinating periods of Austria's intellectual history in a short time. The culture of the fin-de-siècle is one of the highlights in the history of the Habsburg Monarchy.

The two-week program combines first class academic courses with an extensive social and cultural program. The high level lectures in the morning are complemented with excursions to the city and to museums in the afternoon.
Vienna’s rich cultural heritage, especially the museums, will lead to a thorough understanding of the input of the fin-de-siècle on the modernization of Europe.

The international background of the participants offers the possibility to discuss the influence of developments in Vienna (e.g. the famous psychoanalyst Freud, painters like Klimt and Schiele, musicians like Mahler and Schönberg or philosophers like Wittgenstein) and different cultures in Europe and other continents.

The academic course environment encourages intercultural and social exchange and favors mutual understanding within the international student population. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, make friends for life and build connections for their future professional careers.

Course leader

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Voecelka, Director;
Lecturers: Markus Grassl, Wynfrid Kriegleder, Eveline List, Monika Schwärzler-Brodesser, Elana Shapira

Target group

Students interested in Art, Architecture & Design, Culture, Literature, Music, Politics, and Psychology in Vienna around 1900.

Course aim

The program offers four courses about the history and society of the late Habsburg Monarchy, as well as fine arts, architecture and design of the same period and developments in psychology, literature, and music. All together a deep insight in society and culture of this fascinating period of modernization will be given.

Credits info

8 EC
The Winter School offers five courses with 4 ECTS credits per course (corresponding to 32 contact hours). Each contact hour consists of 45 minutes classroom teaching.
In the course of the two-week program students can attend two courses and obtain up to 8 ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 1460: Winter school fees are € 1,460 and include registration, tuition, and all planned excursions.
All additional costs for accommodation and board, as well as travel arrangements are the responsibility of the participants.
Participants will have to book accommodation themselves for the period of the winter school.
EUR 22: External students have to pay the Austrian students' union fee of € 22.70 to be admitted to the University of Vienna and to enjoy insurance coverage (general accident and liability insurance).


Participants of the univie: winter school for Cultural Historical Studies have the opportunity to receive a tuition waiver (scholarship) for the winter school from the International Office of the University of Vienna.