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Vienna Summer School
In 2013, the Hope College Vienna Summer School celebrates its 57th year! This summer’s two sessions offer college credits in numerous academic fields: German Language 1 and 2, Vienna’s Musical Traditions, Austrian Art and Architecture, Modern Austrian History, Empires of the World and Mind, Theology and Ethics (An Illustrated Guide), Intercultural Communication, Economic and Business Issues in the European Union, a Senior Seminar on “Vienna: Values in Transit,” and Independent Studies. Field trips within Austria and excursions to neighboring countries add a significant dimension to the learning experience. The program, open to qualified applicants of any age who have completed at least one year of college before summer 2013, has a maximum of 55 students per session. Minimum grade point average for acceptance is usually around 2.80. A student on disciplinary probation will need clearance for eligibility.
Since the pioneer days of 1956 when the late Dr. Paul G. Fried (history professor and director of international education at Hope College) founded the Vienna Summer School, more than 3,000 students from at least 200 colleges and universities have discovered how summer study in Vienna can provide them with a meaningful introduction to the rich heritage of European civilization. Dr. Stephen I. Hemenway, current director of the Vienna Summer School and professor of English at Hope, will lead the group in Vienna for his 38th consecutive year.
Vienna Summer School combines serious academic study with the benefits of living in a culturally rich city. Students reside with Austrian families, usually in double rooms, where breakfast is provided and clothes are laundered; they receive monetary refunds for daily dinners and are urged to explore local restaurants. Students from previous summers have contributed 350 restaurant reviews to "Inexpensive Eating in Vienna," a guide provided to all participants. Some use kitchen facilities at their residences to prepare light meals. Students receive weekly transportation passes valid on all trams, buses, subways, and trains in metropolitan Vienna.
Vienna features everything from famous choirboys to fabled coffeehouses, from Sachertortes to the Spanish Riding School, from baroque churches to a modern United Nations complex. While in Vienna, German-language students improve fluency; art/architecture and theology students explore museums and churches; students in history and “Empires” courses visit Habsburg residences and World War sites; music students attend operas and concerts; communication and business students meet experts from international agencies; “Values in Transit” students question distinguished Austrian speakers daily. Many of these opportunities are available to all participants. Students get reimbursements for cultural events connected with courses. Non-credit German-conversation classes meet a few afternoons each week. Beginners find these survival sessions beneficial, while those with German abilities gain more confidence.
For students participating in the full program or first session only, Dr. Hemenway has reserved group flights on Tuesday, May 7, from Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago with arrival in Vienna on Wednesday, May 8. Students with other flight arrangements must arrive in Vienna no later than noon on May 8 for bus rides to Mörbisch (a village near the Austro-Hungarian border) for orientation. For second session students, group flights from Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago depart on Thursday, May 30, and arrive on Friday, May 31. All students must arrive in Vienna by noon on May 31 for orientation. Return dates from Vienna (or other cities) are open, but flights from Vienna to Grand Rapids, Detroit, and Chicago have been reserved on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 22, for students leaving at the end of each session. Participants will receive complete flight information and options in December.
On weekends, Dr. Hemenway arranges and leads excursions to places outside of Vienna. Plans for the first session include two-day weekends in Salzburg (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic). The second session features a two-day weekend in Budapest (Hungary), an overnight hiking trip in the Austrian Alps, and a weekday in Bratislava (Slovakia). Since weekend trips are considered part of the academic program, costs of transportation, hotels, guides, admissions, breakfasts, and dinners are included in the overall price.
Students may enroll for either or both of the consecutive sessions. Each student selects one course per session for four hours of credit. Classes may be audited, but full tuition must be paid. Transcripts for non-Hope students are sent to home colleges for credit transfer. Enrollment for each course is limited to 15; a course with low enrollment may be canceled. German-language courses are taught partly in German, but all other classes are taught in English. Most courses fulfill “general education” requirements for Hope students. Classes convene at the Austro-American Institute of Education across the street from the Opera in central Vienna.
Independent Study Projects that make specific use of the Vienna locale are possible during either session, but second session is preferable. A project, worth four hours of credit, is an alternative to listed courses. Prior approval (with project goals and outline) must be obtained from the appropriate department and from Dr. Hemenway, who arranges meetings with Austrian resource persons and supervises the project. Former students have pursued independent studies in creative writing, political science, education, sociology, theater, film, music, religion, and German literature.
Session Orientation and Classes -8 May to 30 May
Session Orientation and Classes - 30 May to 21 June
Approximately $35,000 is available in scholarships for Vienna 2013. One blue scholarship application form suffices for a student applying for any of eleven endowed funds: Jurries Family, Gibbs Family, DeNooyer Family, Fried, Mitsos, Fritz, Hemenway, Snow, Cady-Blom, Doublestein, and Austrian Faculty Funds. Descriptions of and specific requirements for each scholarship are listed on the form. A student applying for any of the first seven funds must have the scholarship application signed by someone in his/her Financial Aid Office to verify financial need. Each applicant must also submit a creative essay; see blue scholarship application for explicit details. Completed scholarship applications and essays are due at the International Education Office by Wednesday, November 28. Last year more than 20 students received partial awards ranging from $500 to $3,000. Students may also check with financial aid officials about guaranteed student loans.
Application and scholarship forms are available from Ms. Kendra Williams at Fried International Center, 116 Martha Miller Center, 257 Columbia Ave., Hope College, Holland, MI 49423 (phone: 616/395-7605; email: email@example.com), or from Dr. Stephen Hemenway, English Department, Lubbers 310, Hope College, Holland, MI 49422-9000 (phone: 616/395-7616; email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Early (pre-Thanksgiving) applications are encouraged; some first session classes generate wait lists. Deadlines are listed in the Calendar.
1) Full Six-Week Session with Weekend Trips* = $6,800. Included are tuition costs for eight semester hours of academic credit, German language instruction, housing, breakfast and dinner every day (including weekends), tram-bus-subway passes in Vienna, cell phones, orientation/farewell festivities, and most field trips/excursions required for courses. Also included are transportation, hotels, guides, admissions, and special events for weekends in Salzburg and Prague during first session and for weekends in Budapest and Austrian Alps and day trip to Bratislava in second session. A student enrolled for both sessions saves $500.
Upon written notification of your acceptance, a deposit of $300 (which will be applied to final balance) must be made by January 9 for scholarship winners, January 14 for all others accepted in December (or later for January applicants); $200 is nonrefundable. Half of balance is due by 29 March 2013; final half is due by 26 April 2013. If you withdraw from the program before classes begin, the unexpended portion of the fee will be returned. After classes begin, refunds cannot be made except for grave reasons. Hope College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, creed, or handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Hope College. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, creed, or handicap in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school administered programs.
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