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Cross-Cultural Psychology in Vienna, Austria


Vienna, Austria

Program Description

This program is a travel-study course in which students will study principles of cross-cultural psychology and learn to make and interpret comparisons between social institutions and behavior in America and venues in Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The program begins with an 8-week block class during the Spring Semester, with lectures about and trips to various places in the area, such as schools, churches, and museums. During the second summer session (2nd four-weeks), students will travel to Vienna, Austria, where they will stay for 14 days. We will visit churches, museums, and palaces, including the homes of Freud, Adler and Frankl. Side trips are planned for Budapest, Hungary, Mauthausen, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic.

Location Description

Vienna, Austria is one of the most exciting capitals of Europe and a thriving cosmopolitan city. It is a classic venue for the arts and it is also the birthplace of psychoanalysis under Sigmund Freud. For over 600 years, the Austrian-Hungarian empire ruled over most of Europe, including the cities of Prague and Budapest, which we will also visit. Many of the Habsburg palaces remain today and we will visit several of them while in Austria.


Bill Evans | | Psychology


Housing will be at the Hotel Austria Wien for 14 nights. The hotel offers complimentary wi-fi internet access. All meals will be covered in the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

This program is targeted towards rising junior or senior Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, History, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, and German majors or minors.

Application Process

For this program, students are required to submit the following material(s):

  • JMU Short-Term Application Form

  • Attend an interview with the program director prior to the application deadline: Bill Evans  |  |  Psychology

  • Submit an additional application form that can be picked up and returned to the program director prior to the interview.

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.5.

For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.

Official transcript required for first-semester transfer students and non-JMU students.

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


PSYC 200: Topics in Psychology: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Austria (3 credits)

PSYC 400: Advanced Topics in Psychology: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Austria (3 credits)