Academics

Academics at a Glance

  • Students enroll in courses taught by Trinity in Vienna faculty, as well as direct enrollment classes at the University of Vienna.
  • At the start of the semester, all students enroll in an intensive three-week German course at the appropriate level through the Wiener Internationale Hochschulkurse at the University of Vienna. This course gives students a strong foundation in the German language while allowing continuing German students to further develop their language skills. Students have the option of continuing their language study for the duration of the semester, which is highly recommended.
  • All students enroll in the program’s core course, “Thought and Culture of Vienna,” taught by the Trinity in Vienna On-Site Director Gerhard Unterthurner. This class is designed to introduce students to the city of Vienna though history, political science, philosophy, art history, and culture studies of the city. The core course includes walking lectures around Vienna and includes trips to museums and other historical sites.
  • All students will choose one to three direct enroll classes at the University of Vienna. Students are able to choose from 50-60 courses taught in English in the following areas: Political Science, American Studies, Philosophy, International Studies, Human Rights, History, Public Policy and Law, German Language, and 300 or higher level French and Spanish languages. Students proficient in German can choose from additional courses at the University of Vienna.
  • Philosophy majors and students interested in philosophy take a philosophy core course, “Issues in Contemporary Central European Philosophy,” taught by Trinity Professor Erik Vogt.
  • Students also have the option of completing an exploratory internship for .5 credit in a museum or cultural organization, as space allows.


Courses

Trinity in Vienna students enroll in the following courses:

Intensive German Language                                                                                    
(First three weeks only; required for all students)...................................................................1 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)   

Trinity Core Class : Thought and Culture of Vienna                     
(Required for all students)................................................................................................................1 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)

Trinity Course: Contemporary Central European Philosophy     
(Required for Philosophy Majors, optional for all other students).....................................1 Trinity credit (4 semester hours)

Internship
(Optional)............................................................................................................................​................0.5 Trinity credit (2 semester hours)

1-3 courses at the University of Vienna                    
(Required for all students)....................................................................................................1-3 Trinity credits (4-12 semester hours)
 

About the University of Vienna

The University of Vienna is an historicuUniversity founded in 1365 by Duke Rudolph IV. The University of Vienna is a respected academic institution with 88,000 students, and 181 degree programs to choose from. The University of Vienna is celebrating its 650th anniversary this year. 

This is an urban campus, with many different mini campuses and academic buildings throughout the city. The main academic buildings are historic and represent the tradition of university, while newer campuses and buildings represent the Universities place in todays modern environment. ​ ​The main campus, located in the center of the city on the Ringstrasse, is the home of numerous departments, the university administration, the library, and a newly constructed auditorium. In 1998, the University of Vienna opened a nearby campus on the grounds of the former General Hospital; this houses many departments of the humanities. 

The university has six faculties: Economic and Computer Science; Human and Social Studies; Humanities; Catholic Theology; Protestant Theology; Law; and Sciences and Mathematics. The University of Vienna is one Europe’s most attractive urban universities.