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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 comparisons between social institutions and behavior in America and in Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The program begins with an 8-week block class during the Spring Semester designed to prepare students for the travel class. 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 Sigmund Freud and Viktor 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.


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Housing will be at the Hotel Austria Wien for 14 nights. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. The hotel is in the historic center of Vienna, and is adjacent to a major public transportation station.

All meals will be covered in the program fee. The hotel provides breakfast and lunches are covered by a weekly meal stipend from the program fee. Evening meals are experienced together as a class and are considered part of the daily required activities; these meals are also covered by the program fee.

Additional Items to Consider

A valid Passport is required. Cell phone data plans in Europe can be expensive – check with you cell phone provider about costs of international calling, data and text plans before traveling.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 or PSYC 160 for PSYC 200
At least one Natural Science & one Social Science PSYC area class for PSYC 400

Rising juniors or seniors preferred, sophomores will be considered

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Interview with Program Director
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

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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)

PSYC 202: Directed Studies in Psychology: Cross-Cultural Psychology in Austria Prep Class (1 credit) *spring 2016 course

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.