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  • Two-week program in May accommodates your busy schedule and allows time for independent travel after the program
  • Program is directed by two CU Instructors who have extensive experience living in Vienna 

  • Enjoy on-site lectures at major cultural and historical sites in and around Vienna

  • Check out this New York Times video/article of Vienna highlights or this Expedia travel guide video!

  • Apply to be the videographer for the program and receive a scholarship if selected!


Missed the info session? View the presentation here!


Vienna has been home to some of the world’s greatest artists and thinkers, such as Freud, Wittgenstein, and Mozart.  Students will explore how one city, in its unique position as the seat of the Habsburg Empire, gave rise to such a rich culture. Students will come away with an understanding of how these important figures (and others) found their voices through the various periods of harmony and conflict that characterize Vienna’s history.  Students will enjoy field trips around the city almost every day - see below for a sample of excursions:

  • Klosterneuburg  (guided tour and lunch)
  • Matthausen Concentration Camp (tour)
  • Ringstrasse Walk
  • Freud Museum and Apartment
  • Beethoven Walk and Wohnhaus (Eroicagasse) in Grinzing/Heiligenstadt
  • Belvedere Palace
  • Loos Buildings
  • Grand Tour at Schönbrunn Palace
  • Stephansdom, Stephansplatz, Peterskirche
  • Leopold Museum
  • Secession Building - Beethoven Frieze (entrance fee only; no guided tour)
  • Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum for Applied Arts)
  • Danube River Cruise and Donauturm
  • Several group meals and special group desserts!


You will be housed in simple but comfortable apartments (2-6 students per apartment with shared bedrooms).  The apartments will be fairly centrally-located, but students should be prepared for a small commute using Vienna's excellent public transportation. The apartments will, of course, have kitchen facilities, which will allow students to cook for themselves and stay on a budget.  Of course, Vienna has many excellent restaurants for a variety of budgets, including street vendors.  


The program begins and ends in Vienna. You are responsible for making your own transportation arrangements to and from Vienna. Students in the group who would like to travel together can discuss this option at the group orientation to be held during the spring semester. We will provide good descriptions of how to reach our hotel from the airport and train station, and we are eager to help those planning to travel independently in Austria/Europe.


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  • Course: Voices of Vienna: Freud, Wittgenstein, Mozart, HUEN 3720
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for:
    • Upper-division Engineering Humanities credit
    • CMCI Core: Humanities & Arts
    • International Affairs Europe Geographic Concentration Literature/Arts course
    • Note that this course is NOT approved for an A&S Core course (although can be reviewed by A&S departments for potential major/minor requirements)
  • Grading: This is a CU Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See course description


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You will earn three upper-division credits in Voices of Vienna. The course will include pre-departure assignments, readings and class sessions.  The course will be short but highly concentrated, and a final paper will be due a few weeks after the program ends. This compressed schedule will maximize opportunities for independent travel at the end of the course, and it will also lead to a more intense and rewarding focus on the study of Vienna.  See the syllabus above for additional information about the course requirements.

All instruction will be in English. Those of you with even a little German will find that you will have extra opportunities to enjoy and profit from your experience.

Most days will involve class in the morning, followed by afternoon and/or evening activities. Students will have some free afternoons and evenings.


The program will be directed by Laura Rabinowitz and  Lisa de Alwis. Laura comes to the Herbst Program after two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD in political theory from the University of Texas in Austin, focusing on moral and political virtue in classical thought. Lisa is a musicologist who specializes in Viennese music and culture of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California with a dissertation about censorship and magical opera in Vienna. She is currently part of a team writing a book on Mozart for the general public that will be published by Cambridge University Press. Together, Laura and Lisa bring immense knowledge and experience about the program subjects and location.

See Lisa De Alwis's Faculty Spotlight.


You will receive frequent updates on events in Vienna during the time you are there, and during the first few days the program Directors will help you to learn your way around the different parts of the city. How to eat well in Vienna will, of course, be a frequent subject of conversation. The Directors will also do all they can to help you plan for independent travel at the end of the course.





Program Reviews:
Summer 2018 Participant
Vienna is a beautiful and safe city with incredible museums and a rich historical presence. The course required a lot of work in terms of class times/homework expectations while abroad. All of the locals I interacted with were kind and welcoming.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 15-FEB-2018
Variable 14-MAY-2018 29-MAY-2018
NOTE: Dates on this page are for information only; final dates will be confirmed with participants after acceptance to the program. Do not purchase airfare until instructed to do so by your Program Manager. The Start Date indicates the day participants arrive at the program location; the End Date indicates the day participants depart from the program location.
Summer 2019 15-FEB-2019 ** Variable TBA TBA

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