Vienna-Crossroads of Central Europe
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Austria
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
The student apartments consist of mostly 2 single rooms, with shared common space/kitchenette and bathroom. In some apartments 3 or 4 students share the common space. Sheets, TV, and telephone (incoming calls only), and free internet connection, but you must bring a RJ-45 cable to connect your laptop. The kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, sink, stovetop, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, and dishes, and pots and pans.
The apartment building is conveniently located near a grocery market, local shops and public transportation.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Student Video Projects
Vienna and the Alps, by Alum Juliet Kaufman
Meals are not included. Each apartment has a kitchen and a grocery store is across the street from the apartment building. Students are encouraged to eat-in to save money, but also to frequent local restaurants to explore the exceptional cuisine. For more information on food in Vienna, please visit the sections below.
For a syllabus/list of activities, please visit the Courses section for this program.
Tentative Excursions include:
- Belvedere Palace
- Schatzkammer-Imperial Treasury
- Classical Music in St. Charles Church
- Kunsthistorisches Museum (See video)
- St. Stephens Cathedral
- Kaisergruft - Imperial Crypt
- Jewish Museum
- Military History Museum - Heeresgeschichtliche Museum
- Schönbrunn Palace (See video)
- Opera at the Theater an der Wien (Mozart's "Don Giovanni")
- Café Central and other Viennese Coffeehouses (See video from past participant)
- Sigmund Freud Museum
- Leopold Museum
- United Nations & International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Mauthausan Concentration Camp - Footage shot by allied forces while liberating Mauthuasen in 1945.
- Salzkammergut lakes and Austrian Alps
Additional activities you can do and places you can visit in your free time (not included as part of the program)
- Bike along the Danube river (See video)
- Salzburg (Relive the “Sound of Music!”)
- Prague, Czech Republic Salzkammergut
- Austria’s Lake District (Video by UCD student)
- Archeological Park Carnuntum. Roman ruins
- Vindobona Roman Military Base
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Lonely Planet online describes Vienna,
Few cities in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past like Vienna. Its splendid historical face is easily recognized: grand imperial palaces and bombastic baroque interiors, museums flanking magnificent squares and, above all, the Hofburg – where the Habsburg rulers lived, loved and married into empires.
But this historical aspect often makes us forget that Vienna is also one of Europe’s most dynamic urban spaces. Just a stone’s throw from Hofburg, the MuseumsQuartier houses some of the world’s most provocative contemporary art behind a striking basalt façade. Outside, a courtyard buzzes on summer evenings with throngs of Viennese drinking and chatting. Nearby, restaurants brim with imbibers enjoying the pleasures of wine and food, while across the yard a museum café pulsates with beats.
Throw in the mass of green space within the confines of the city limits (almost half the city expanse is given over to parkland), the ‘blue’ Danube cutting a path just to the east of the historical centre and the Wienerwald (Vienna Woods) creating much of Vienna’s western border and you also have a capital with a great outdoors.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Language Spoken: German
Weather in Central Europe is unpredictable. You have to pack for cold, rainy weather, for a heat wave, and everything in between. Temperatures can fall anywhere between 100 degrees and very humid to 50 degrees, with rain even hail. Bring rainwear and umbrella.