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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 TBA TBA

** 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

Come and explore Vienna – and learn about the immigration politics of Austria and the U.S.! Over five weeks, we will traverse this fascinating multicultural city dipping into Vienna’s political, intellectual and artistic history through visits to museums and cultural sites including the United Nations headquarters, the Austrian Parliament building, the Belvedere Palace, the Schonbrunn Palace, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. We will complement our Vienna adventures with classroom discussions and activities centering on the development and effects of U.S. and Austrian immigration policies, public opinion on immigration policies, the extent that inter-racial, ethnic tensions exist and the political identity, behavior of immigrants in the U.S. and Austria. This course is a summer version of POL 210 Topics in American Politics fulfilling elective requirements for both Politics and International Affairs and Latin American and Latino Studies. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the course’s instructor, Dr. Betina Wilkinson, with any questions.

Dates: Summer Session 1, 2023. Exact Dates TBD. 
 
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Overview  POL 210: Immigration Politics in the U.S. and Austria: A Comparative Perspective (3hrs)

Come and explore Vienna – and learn about the immigration politics of Austria and the U.S.! Over five weeks, we will traverse this fascinating multicultural city dipping into Vienna’s political, intellectual and artistic history through visits to museums and cultural sites including the United Nations headquarters, the Austrian Parliament building, the Belvedere Palace, the Schonbrunn Palace, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. We will complement our Vienna adventures with classroom discussions and activities centering on the development and effects of U.S. and Austrian immigration policies, public opinion on immigration policies, the extent that inter-racial, ethnic tensions exist and the political identity, behavior of immigrants in the U.S. and Austria. This course is a summer version of POL 210 Topics in American Politics fulfilling elective requirements for both Politics and International Affairs and Latin American and Latino Studies. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the course’s instructor, Dr. Betina Wilkinson, with any questions.

 
Location Vienna is famous for music, through renowned musicians such as Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven, who lived and worked here, and it is also home to many other wonderful artists and patrons of the arts.  Vienna’s best loved artist is Gustav Klimt, who was part of a vibrant artistic scene at the beginning of the 20th century visual art collections.  The city’s world class museums have collections that span prehistoric to contemporary art.  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 POL 210: Immigration Politics in the U.S. and Austria: A Comparative Perspective, examines the causes and effects of U.S. and Austrian immigration policies, public opinion on immigration policies, the extent that inter-racial, ethnic tensions exist and the political identity, behavior of immigrants in the U.S. and Austria.
Faculty Betina Wilkinson
Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs
E-mail: wilkinbc@wfu.edu
Phone: (336) 758-3997
Accommodation Students will stay in the WFU property, the Flow House, which 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.

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.
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Costs The total cost of summer study abroad can be broken down into four categories:
  • Program Fee - Usually covers room, in-country travel, excursions, some meals and other costs associated with the program.
  • Tuition – Students on WFU summer programs pay WFU summer school tuition per credit hour. The summer 2021 rate was $900/per credit hour. Expect a slight increase for summer 2022. 
  • 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, cost of living in the destination country, and the number of meals included in the program fee. This may also include visa fees, vaccinations, academic supplies/books and other miscellaneous daily expenses.
Fees are currently estimated for Summer 2023

Program Fee - $3,298
Tuition (3 hrs) - $2,850
Airfare (estimated) - $1,600
Estimated Personal Expenses - $1,400
Estimated total cost - $9,150
Scholarships Students may apply for scholarships through the Center for Global Programs and Studies' Funding Page.
Contact Summer 2023 Resident Professor
Betina Wilkinson
Associate Professor Politics and International Affairs
Email: wilkinbc@wfu.edu
Phone: (336) 758-3997

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

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