UC Davis Summer Abroad
Status: Full—Waitlist Open
Vienna—Crossroads of Central Europe
Arrive Date: August 1, 2017 End Date: August 31, 2017
Vienna, one of Europe’s most magnificent capitals, is our home base. We hike the Austrian Alps and take a boat trip along the Danube River through a stunningly beautiful winegrowing region. Gateway to eastern Europe, Vienna saw epic battles between Christians and Muslims, as Ottoman Turks advanced west. Mozart and Beethoven composed in Vienna, a musical capital home to more classical composers than any other city. Sigmund Freud and Gustav Klimt made Vienna the birthplace of “modernity” around 1900. For centuries a center of Jewish culture, Vienna saw the destruction of its flourishing Jewish community after Nazi annexation in 1938. We visit Austria’s most notorious concentration camp, Mauthausen. In the Cold War, Vienna, officially “neutral,” became a United Nations headquarter — and a hotbed of international espionage. With the fall of the iron curtain, it is again a meeting point between East and West.
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Instructor: Kathy Stuart
Taught in: English
Max Enrollment: 28
Program Coordinator: Erin Schlemmer
History (HIS) 102S. Undergraduate Proseminar in History (5 units)
History (HIS) 198. Directed Group Study (3 units, P/NP)
(German majors earn 8 credits and German minors earn 4 credits)
- Three days in the Austrian Alps! We take a gondola to our mountain-top lodge, eat “imperial nonsense,” and relive The Sound of Music.
- Boat trip down the Danube River.
- Wine-tastings in Vienna’s many wine gardens.
- Live performances of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.
- Challenge your palate—extra credit for adventurous eating!
- Travelers in Greece (Greece)
- Rome—Art, Culture, History in the Eternal City (Italy)
- At the Crossroads of Gender and Communication (United Kingdom)
- Americans in Paris (France)
- Political Science at the London School of Economics (Quarter Abroad)