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  • Locations: Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program OverviewSTFL_Vienna, Austria

Vienna is one of Europe’s most historically vibrant, artistic, and fascinating cities. Crown of a vast bygone empire whose eccentric emperors and multicultural citizens left their stamp in its art, architecture, and customs, Vienna offers visitors layers upon layers of history and culture, and for creative writers that means inspiration at every turn. 

Join author, publisher, and PSU English Instructor Mark Allen Cunningham for a richly interdisciplinary course exploring creative writing amid the art and history of this beautiful and sometimes overlooked capital on the Danube.

To study creative writing is to study the world. Through extensive city tours and excursions, cultural site visits, and inspiring seminars, workshops, and guest lectures, we will draw on the artful energy, inspirations, and complexities of Vienna in order to broaden the horizons of our writing practice and breathe new life into every line.

Students will be based near and will have access to the IES Study Abroad Study Center. Click here to see images of this beautiful study space. 

Site Visits may include:

What if we are unable to travel in Summer 2021?

PSU Education Abroad recognizes the uncertainty regarding international travel in the coming months. A decision regarding this program's ability to travel will occur no later than April 15, 2021. The program may be canceled due to (but not limited to) the following reasons: 

  • Travelers are required to quarantine for a number of days upon arrival 
  • Major program components cannot be supported due to local restrictions
  • It is deemed unsafe to travel
If PSU Education Abroad cancels the program, participants will be refunded the $50 application fee, if paid by the date of cancellation. Participants will not be charged the program fee. 

In the case that this program is not able to travel, students will have the option to be enrolled in an online version of this course during the summer of 2021. If you are accepted into the travel program, you will be guaranteed a spot in the online course. However, participation in the online course is not required. For this online course, students are charged the equivalent of 4 credits of tuition based on residency status (resident, non-resident or WUE) and enrollment level (undergraduate or graduate). The typical online fee of $35 per credit will also apply. Review the rates of tuition here.

Education Abroad Advisor Make an appointment with Hannah Fischer at any time!
Get Started Watch Ed Abroad 101
Faculty Leader Mark Allen Cunningham
Creative Writing
Portland State University
Travel Dates August 2 - 16th, 2021

Students should plan to arrive in Vienna no later than 11 am on August 2nd and to check out of program-provided housing on the morning of August 16th. 
Areas of Study This program is open to students from all majors with an interest in creative writing, but is especially relevant for the following majors:
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • European Studies
  • History
Course & Credit WR 407: Creative Writing in Vienna
4 credits

English Major or Minor? This course counts toward your English Elective requirement. 
Writing Major or Minor? This course counts toward your Creative Writing Elective requirement. 
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  German*

*Knowledge of German is not required to participate in this program
Housing Single rooms in student apartments
  • Kitchen facilities are available
  • Internet access is available
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Postbaccalaureate 
Preference is given to degree-seeking PSU students.
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.75

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Pre-Requisites WR 212 or WR 312 (recommended, but not required)
  • The program itinerary may include an easy-to-moderate hike.
  • This program includes extensive walking across potentially uneven walkways throughout the city.
If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to fully participate in this program, please contact the Education Abroad Advisor responsible for this program. 
Application Process
(PSU Students)
  • Unofficial Transcript (from banweb)
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Recommendation Form (submitted electronically via VikingsAbroad)
    • This is not a formal letter of recommendation, rather your recommender will need to fill out a short questionnaire about you with space for comments. 
    • This cannot be submitted by the program leader
    • These must be Professional or Academic in nature
  • Interview
  • $50 Application Fee. This is billed to your student account after the deadline when your application is reviewed.
Application Process
(Non- PSU Students)
$3,575 $2,080 $5,655
  • 4 undergraduate Credits (WR 407)
  • Accommodations in single rooms
    • Kitchen facilities are available
    • Internet access is available
  • Field Trips & Excursions (subject to change)
    • Belvedere Palace
    • Haus der Musik
    • Kunsthistorisches Museum
    • Schonbrunn Palace
    • Wienerwalk, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
    • Austrian National Library Literature Museum
  • Access to the IES Education Abroad Study Center which includes:
    • Library & computer lab
    • Classroom space
    • Wireless internet
  • Guest Speakers
  • Transportation Passes for the duration of the program
  • Cultural activities that may include:
    • Tickets to the Vienna Summer Film Festival
    • Classical music concert
  • Welcome & Farewell dinners
  • Orientation upon arrival
  • 24/7 student support 
  • Education Abroad Service Fee
  • International Health & Travel Insurance
  • International round-trip airfare (estimated at $1,400)
  • Additional transportation (estimated at $50)
    • To/from the airport in Vienna
  • Additional meals (estimated at $400)
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $200)
  • Immunizations
  • Passport or visa 
    • US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program
    • US passport holders must have at 6 months of passport validity beyond their expected return date to the United States

*Please note, all students enrolling for PSU credit are charged the PSU Rec Center Fee. For a current listing, please refer to PSU Fees.

*Application Fee: All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will be assessed to the students' account. 


This program is currently not accepting applications.