Austria, Vienna

Cultural Historical Studies (Art, History, Literature, Music, Psychology)

when 1 February 2019 - 15 February 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 8 EC
fee EUR 1

The univie: winter school for Cultural Historical Studies takes place in Vienna, the capital of the former Habsburg Monarchy (and Austria of today) where traces of the outstanding culture of the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century are still visible.

The two week program combines first class academic courses with an extensive social and cultural program. 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.

This unique program consists of high level lectures in the morning and guided excursions to the city of Vienna and to different museums in the afternoon.

Outside the framework of classes Vienna offers plenty of opportunities to explore additional museums and sights such as the St. Stephan’s Cathedral, the Imperial Palace, and the Treasury.

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

Director: Karl Vocelka;
Lecturers: Markus Grassl, Wynfrid Kriegleder, Eveline List, Monika Schwärzler-Brodesser, Elana Shapira;

Target group

International students (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate) of all fields of studies.

Course aim

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 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) on different cultures in Europe and other continents.

The program combines courses about the history, economy and society of the late Habsburg Monarchy, fine arts, psychology and literature, as well as 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 four courses with 4 ECTS credits per course. In the course of the two week program students can attend two courses and obtain up to 8 ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 1: The program fees amount to € 1,250 and include registration, tuition, and all planned excursions.
External students have to pay an additional fee of € 19.70 to be admitted to the University of Vienna as extraordinary students and to enjoy insurance coverage (general accident and liability insurance).
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.


Students of the University of Vienna and its partner universities have the opportunity to receive a tuition waiver (scholarship) for the winter school from the University of Vienna.