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Austria / Germany

Vienna, Salzburg & Munich (Bavaria)

May 12 - June 2, 2014  (3 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $4,750

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Program Location:

Austria, and Bavaria as a whole, has long enchanted people from all over the world with images of snowcapped Alpine peaks, intellectual and artistic expression, as well as the musical and political dominance of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich provide a unique blend of history and modernity with culture and tradition. Each city is unique, yet all provide venues that cater to a mix of tastes in art, music, history, architecture, and entertainment. Imperial sights, museums and art collections, rich historical sights (Mozart, Strauss, Vienna Boys Choir, “Cinderella’s Palace,” Beethoven, “The Sound of Music,” Gustav Klimt, the Lipizzaner Stallions, Dachau, and “Oompah bands”) along with excellent food and myriad sights await an international audience.


Program Description:

Students will have the option of studying Business, Psychology, or Music.  

Excursions may include: Individual instructors will arrange local excursions related to their classes. Together, we may take a boat cruise on the Danube and on a subterranean lake, follow the traces of “The Third Man” in the canal system, visit the Prater (an amusement park featuring the oldest Ferris Wheel in the world), experience the horrors of the Third Reich, visit “Neuschwanstein Castle,” visit “Red Bull City,” and numerous other cultural attractions!

Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require an enormous deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least 5 miles each day. You may also walk over steep, uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities.

Classes: Class schedules will vary due to travel and excursion days/times and will be established by each professor. Each class will have a minimum of 37.5 contact hours. Classes may be scheduled any day of the week, usually in the morning and/or afternoon. Classrooms are conveniently located in the hotel where the group will be staying.

Accommodations: Students will share a hotel room (typically 3 stars). In most instances, two students will be in a room, but due to availability as many as 3 students per room may be required. Each room will have its own private bath.  The program fee covers the cost of two meals per day.


All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution  are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level.  TnCIS program courses are for credit only. In Austria, students will enroll in ONE of the following courses:

BUSINESS: International Business (4000/5000 level course)
The overall objective of the course is to familiarize the student with global business activities, issues, and perspectives.  In achieving this objective, the course will critically examine the opportunities, challenges, and requirements for entering, operating, and competing in the international arena.  Many of the prevailing philosophies, policies, and practices as espoused by leading firms, scholars, and organizations will serve as the intellectual foundation for class discussions.  See course syllabus

MUSIC:  Exploring Art & Music in Austria (No Prerequisite)
Walk the streets where Mozart, Haydn, and Schubert lived and worked! See how the visual arts both inspired and were inspired by the rich culture of Vienna, Salzburg and Munich. We will examine music and visual art from the 1600s to the present as represented in Austrian concert halls and museums.  Emphasis will be on Austrian composers and visual artists, particularly Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but will also include study of works by other artists that are encountered as we attend concerts and view artworks. Students will attend performances of live music as well as visiting art museums and churches with significant artworks.  This course takes an historical approach to the material, so no prior knowledge of music or visual art is required.  See course syllabus

MUSIC:  Music Appreciation (No prerequisties)
Where is the absolute best place to study the history of classical music? Austria! Come experience the rich culture of Austria, the place where classical music received its firm foundation and where some of classical music’s most notable composers (including Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert) lived and worked. Vienna, often referred to as the musical capital of Europe, offers numerous cultural experiences beyond the students’ wildest dreams.  Experience this incredible city where students might attend a classical concert at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, an important historical structure that dates back to the 12th century.  Perhaps students can visit the Imperial Palace (the Hofburg Palace) where the Vienna Boys’ Choir performs.  Salzburg, home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, hosts the summer Salzburg Festival in late May, where an endless array of musical concerts and other cultural experiences abound.  A trip to St. Peter’s Abbey (a Benedictine Monastery) in Salzburg allows students to experience the place where most of Mozart’s religious pieces premiered as well as one of the sites portrayed in the film The Sound of Music.  Munich, Germany, our final destination, provides such possible “classroom” field trips as a concert at the State Opera House or a performance at the Rococo style Asam’s Church.  This trip is a wonderful way for students to incorporate learning about the history of classical music while experiencing historical venues, landmarks and live performances! This will be a Music Appreciation course like no other. Want to come along?  See course syllabus

PSYCHOLOGY:  Social Psychology (No Prerequisite)
Study in the “Sound of Music Country” how modern thinking about psychotherapy and psychology spread from Austria to the rest of the world because of an Austrian fascination with all things scientific about the healing powers of the mind, physics, surgery, and chemistry. Discover how Austria over a hundred years ago was uniquely ready to launch brilliant new innovations and experiments in hypnotism, surgery, science, medicine, art, and music that helped promote geniuses in Psychology like Freud, Adler, Frankel, Bettelheim, and others. Find how these giants in Psychology were quickly treated like the Rock Stars of their day to launch systems for using science to explain the mind. We will investigate the shadow side of psychology that gave rise to Nazism’s massive conformity and Hitler’s organized aggression. We will also use theories of Psychology to investigate how and why the “Twilight Series,” “Harry Potter”, and “The Hunger Games” movies and books have become sensations that have correctly seized the imaginations of thousands to understand the bright side and the dark side of individuals and groups. We will study how techniques of persuasion for selling products and ideas in Austria are different from and similar to the U.S.A. Visiting Austria will be the perfect location to study the psychology of self-understanding, interpersonal communicating, what causes romances, nation rebuilding after wars, and international peace making. We will find how to make attitudes change and use community psychology to create a sustainable future where people can live well, work hard, and raise excellent families.  See course syllabus