Cross-Cultural Psychology in Vienna, Austria

Location

Vienna, Austria

Program Description

What is the meaning of life? Is it discoverable? Is the goal to gain power? Is it simply in finding pleasure? Is it through discerning your personal purpose? Throughout time different theories have been proposed to answer this question. What if, in a matter of two weeks, you could ponder these ideas and come to your own conclusion? Would that search have the possibility to change your life?

In this travel-study course, open to ALL majors, students study principles of cross-cultural psychology. Through examining personal behavior, social institutions, and individual responsibility we will compare the American psychological approach to life with the cultures of Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Yes, three countries in 2 weeks!

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 three countries while based in Vienna, Austria. Our hotel is located in the historic, cobblestone center of Vienna, Austria where horses and carriages are a common site!

Location Description

Surrounded by the Danube Canal, abounding with luxurious palaces, magnificent churches, phenomenal music and some of the top museums in the world, Vienna is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. We will visit the homes of Sigmund Freud (yes, the coach is still there) and Viktor Frankl (holocaust survivor and author of one of the top 10 most influential books of all time). In addition, we will visit the picturesque and historic cities of Prague, Czech Republic and Budapest, Hungary – two of the top tourist destinations in Eastern Europe.

In contrast to this elegance and opulence, we will consider the psychology of power through the lens of the Holocaust. We will consider how advanced, civilized countries could succumb so easily to such overt atrocities. We will explore each country’s Holocaust Memorial and in one of the most powerful experiences of your life, visit Mauthausen Concentration Camp.

Director

Bill Evans | evanswf@jmu.edu | Psychology

Accommodations

Housing will be provided for 14 nights at the elegant Hotel Austria. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access as well as a magnificent breakfast buffet. The hotel is in the historic center of Vienna, and is adjacent to a major public transportation station.

ALL meals, lodging, admissions, and in country transportation are included in the program fee. The hotel provides breakfast, and lunches are covered by a weekly meal stipend INCLUDED in the program fee. Evening meals are experienced together at a wonderful local restaurant and are a 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 your cell phone provider about costs of international calling, data and text plans before traveling.

This program is intended for ALL MAJORS. Students from these majors/minors have participated in the past: Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Kinesiology, Nursing, Health Sciences, Art, Business, Communications, Marketing, History, Music, Political Science and German. Honors college students are also welcome.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

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

Rising juniors or seniors preferred; rising 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 students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Program Full - Accepting WAITLIST applications only.

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

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 2018 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.

Cost

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