Vienna, Austria

January — April


When you study in Vienna, Austria for a semester, you live in one of the world’s most desirable cities. Vienna has ranked #1 in the Mercer survey for the highest quality of living for nine consecutive years.


Whether you are a history buff, a music aficionado or an art lover, Vienna has something for you. The city boasts an astonishing quantity of monuments, palaces, parks and museums, which house an impressive array of art and artifacts from all over the world.


Vienna is located in central Europe, giving you easy access to neighboring countries and medium-length train rides to all of Western Europe. With your two-month Eurail pass, you can explore much of Europe.


Through coursework, experiential learning and field trips, you will be fully engaged in exploring a new city, a new culture…and believe us, you also will discover so much about yourself! You can read “Our Stories” blog to discover how the Vienna experience was life-changing for other RCU students.

What will I study?

You will complete a full semester of credit, mostly satisfying General Education requirements. The typical schedule includes:

  • German Language & Culture
  • Cross Cultural Experience
  • Theological Literacy
  • Studies in Western History

What does it cost?

  • Tuition for 12-15 hours (same as on campus)
  • Room: $3,250
  • Program Fee (includes air fare, local transportation, museum fees, sponsor costs and more): $6,250
  • These costs can be defrayed through discount awards. Financial aid should apply to your semester costs, but check with your RCU financial aid adviser for specifics. You also will need to save money for food and independent travel expenses. This amount will vary, depending upon how often you intend to travel and on your ability to budget.

Who can go?

You must meet these requirements:

  • 18 years of age before travel dates
  • 30 hours completed before travel dates
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Not on probation, including academic and social
  • In good standing with the RCU Business Office
  • Passports will be needed for travel, but you can apply without one

Will this help my future?

A 2018 study by the Institute of International Education found that study abroad has become one of the most powerful ways to demonstrate to employers that graduates have in-demand skills for the contemporary workplace. With less than 10 percent of U.S. college students studying abroad, you will be a step ahead in displaying your readiness for the workforce.


Complete the form to make contact with Dr. Keith Huey, Global Educational Opportunities coordinator, to ask questions, receive pertinent study away details, or to indicate your interest.

Select the Study Away program you wish to embark on.

Meet Your Fellow Travelers

Our Vienna team includes fellow college students from Rochester Christian University, Lipscomb University and Oklahoma Christian University. Faculty from the institutions live and travel with students, providing oversight and mentorship. An on-site director lives in Vienna and provides invaluable tips, training and guidance for travelers. The group ranges in size from 20-40 people.

Home Away From Home

You will live in an apartment building called Das Millicanhaus, which is just steps away from Vienna’s efficient U-bahn system. Each apartment has a bathroom and small kitchen with a microwave, stove and small refrigerator. The building also has a shared larger kitchen, laundry facilities, a classroom, hangout space, computers, printers and free Wi-Fi. Two grocery stores and multiple cafes are within blocks of the building. The neighborhood is a nice mix of residences and businesses. You will be safe and able to provide for your own needs.

Learn In Class & Around Europe

You will take classes in your home base of Vienna from Monday through Thursday. Your courses include visits to local museums, art galleries, cathedrals, parks and other local sites. You also will travel with the group to Poland and to Italy.

You will be able to visit many different countries including France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. Students are free to choose where to travel, provided that you travel in groups of three. Often students have traveled to Paris, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam and Zurich. The possibilities are endless!