Austria-Illinois Exchange Program


  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Fall Semester/ Academic Year: February 15

Program Description

Vienna is the historic capital of the multinational Hapsburg Empire, a melting pot of language and cultures and the crossroads between East and West. Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, and Munich are only a few hours away; Venice and Paris are within a day’s train ride — via the Orient Express. The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois invites students to spend a semester or year in this exciting city as part of the Austria-Illinois Exchange program. Founded in 1971, one phase of this program immerses students in German languages and Austrian culture so that they may explore international business, science, politics, and the arts. This program is open to all students in all majors.



The Austria-Illinois Exchange Program (AIEP) offers a unique combination of core courses and electives so that students will continue to make progress toward graduation while taking advantage of academic opportunities available only in Vienna. The core courses taught by the program’s staff focus on modern Austrian/German literature, Austrian/German history and culture, and select topics in Austrian/German studies, such as German unification and the role of the German-speaking world in the European Union. The staff also teaches additional courses in Intermediate German and Advanced Composition and Conversation. Additional course are available at the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and the Vienna University of Technology.



  • Sophomore, junior, senior standing
  • 2.75 Overall GPA
  • 3.0 in German Language
  • 4 semesters/or equivalent of German language



  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year

For more information contact:

  • Marlee Stein at the Study Abroad Office at 502 UH or
  • Professor Susanne Rott in the Department of Germanic Studies,