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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission 07/07/2023 08/09/2023

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:

Discover Austria at the WFU Flow House

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The Viennese had coffee houses for more than three centuries before the first Starbucks opened. Discover how this came to be, along with learning much more about the history of Central and Eastern Europe while spending the second summer session in Vienna at the Flow House. Our examination of this history will be complemented by visits to historical sites and museums in Vienna, including the Hofburg complex, Schönbrunn Palace, the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, and the Museum of Applied Art (MAK). We’ll also visit Melk and bike along the Danube River.
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Overview HST 120. Formation of Europe: The Habsburg Empire and its Successor States (3hr), This course examines the development of Central and Eastern Europe as a multiethnic empire under the Habsburgs, its dissolution into nation states following the First World War, and the experiences of these states through the Second World War, a divided Europe during the Cold War, and more recent efforts at European integration.

The Viennese had coffee houses for more than three centuries before the first Starbucks opened. Discover how this came to be, along with learning much more about the history of Central and Eastern Europe while spending the second summer session in Vienna at the Flow House. Students participating in the program will take HST 120. Formation of Europe: The Habsburg Empire and its Successor States. This course fulfills the divisional requirement in history; it may also be applied toward the major or minor in history or be taken as elective credit. 

Dates: Summer Session II, exact dates TBD
Location Vienna is the city that gave waltz to the world. Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Schubert, Brahms, and Beethoven are just a few of the many composers who lived and worked in Vienna. In addition to its rich musical history, Vienna is a culturally diverse and vibrant city. It is home to the Vienna Boys' Choir, the famous Lipizzaner stallions, and countless coffee houses (an integral part of Viennese life). Located in the heart of Europe, students may easily travel east to the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary and west to France, Italy, Spain, England, and Switzerland.

In 1998, Wake Forest purchased a three-story villa in Vienna. The acquisition was made possible through the generous donation of Vic and Roddy Flow of Winston-Salem and the House was named in their honor. Built in 1898, the house was formerly the office of the U.S. Consulate.

Flow House is situated in a northwest section of Vienna, one block from the Turkenschanz Park. Located in the prestigious 19th district, the area is well-known for its embassies, diplomatic residences, and distinguished private homes.
Program HST 120. Formation of Europe: The Habsburg Empire and its Successor States 

The course begins with the religious wars of the early seventeenth century and traces the subsequent development of the Habsburg Empire until its collapse at the end of the First World War. We will also examine the history of Central and Eastern Europe over the past hundred years, ending with postwar European integration and the recent rise of authoritarian populism in the region. Our examination of this history will be complemented by visits to historical sites and museums in Vienna, including the Hofburg complex, Schönbrunn Palace, the Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, and the Museum of Applied Art (MAK). We’ll also visit Melk and bike along the Danube River. Class will be held on Monday-Thursday, providing students with the opportunity to explore Vienna or travel over the long weekends (Vienna is centrally located, making it ideal for travel to other destinations in Europe).
 
Faculty Sue Rupp
Associate Professor of History 
Phone: (336) 758 4396
E-mail: rupp@wfu.edu
Accommodation Flow House can accommodate sixteen students. There are five student bedrooms on the top floor. A classroom, spacious kitchen, library with state-of-the-art technology, dining room, and living room are located on the middle floor. The house is wired for Internet access and students may bring their laptop computers. A three-bedroom faculty apartment is on the first floor. The house contains separate laundry facilities for faculty and students.
Excursions
Selection The faculty director is responsible for the selection of each group based on the following criteria:
  • Academic suitability
  • Social and emotional maturity
  • Interest in Vienna
  • Seriousness of the student in pursuing the academic and cultural aims of the program
  • Familiarity with the German language is not required, but would be helpful
Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
  • Program Fee - Usually covers room, excursions, and other costs associated with the program.
  • Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The 2022 summer rate was $900/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for Summer 2023. 
  • Airfare (estimated) – Varies per location. Students are responsible for their own airfare unless otherwise noted.
  • Personal Expenses (estimated) – These will vary depending on the students' spending habits and the cost of living in the destination country. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Fees are currently estimated for Summer 2023

Program Fee - $2,960
Tuition (3 hrs) - $2,850
Airfare (estimated) - $1,600
Personal Expenses (estimated) - $1,400
Estimated total cost - $8,810
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies Funding Page.
Contact Sue Rupp
Associate Professor of History 
Phone: (336) 758 4396
E-mail: rupp@wfu.edu

Dr. Rebecca Thomas, Ph.D
Director of Flow House
Professor of German
Phone: (336) 758 4408
E-mail: thomasrs@wfu.edu

Sean McGlynn
Study Abroad Advisor
Center for Global Programs and Studies
116 Reynolda Hall
Phone: (336) 758 3194
E-mail: mcglynsd@wfu.edu

Flow House Global Ambassadors
Tahjanee Givens

givetv20@wfu.edu
Asheton Ayotte
ayotag20@wfu.edu
Zach Bokhari
bokhz20@wfu.edu

House Address
Flow House
Gustaf Tschermakgasse 20
1190 Vienna, Austria
Phone: 011-431-367-0740
Fax: 011-431-367-1442
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