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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 2020 01/12/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/22/2020 07/06/2020

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Program Description:

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 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:
Education Abroad Fair:
Visit Faculty Leader Mark Cunningham

Thursday, October 10
Smith Ballroom

Info Session: Creative Writing in Vienna
Thursday, October 17
12:00 - 12:50
KMC 605
Info Session: Creative Writing in Vienna
Wednesday, October 30
12:00 - 12:50
KMC 605
Info Session: Study Abroad for English Majors
Wednesday, November 6
4:00 - 4:50
KMC 605
Can't Attend? Make an appointment with Hannah Fischer, the Education Abroad Advisor for this program.
Education Abroad Advisor Make an appointment with Hannah Fischer at any time!
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Faculty Leader Mark Allen Cunningham
Creative Writing
Portland State University
Travel Dates June 22 - July 6, 2020
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
Language of Instruction  English
Host Country Language  German*

*Knowledge of German is not required to participate in this program
Housing Shared apartments of 3-6 program participants
  • Participants will share a bedroom with one other participant
  • 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 
  • 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)
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Interview
  • 2 short essays
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (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
$3,175 $2,050 $5,225
  • 4 undergraduate Credits (WR 407)
  • Accommodations in shared apartments of three to six participants
    • Participants will share a bedroom with one other participant
    • 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.