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LAS/SAO Course Abroad: PS 300: World War I and International Relations Theory, Vienna (summer)
Vienna, Austria
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
Fact Sheet:
 Language of Instruction:
 Language Requirement:
 Non-Illinois Student Options:
All non-Illinois students
 Illinois Sponsor:
LAS, Study Abroad Office (campus-wide)
 Credit or Not for Credit:
For credit
Program Description:

Political Science 300
Summer LAS/SAO Course Abroad
World War I and International Relations Theory
Vienna, Austria


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Course Description

Since  2014 is the 100th Anniversary of World War I, Professor Vasquez is planning a course that gives an analysis of the outbreak and spread of World War I in light of international relations theory and research from the field of peace science. Emphasis is placed on the role of alliances, rivalry, repeated crises, arms races, and territorial disputes and how these affected decision making in individual countries. Students prepare a paper using recent data and historical information. 

This year the group will spend three days in Salzburg at the conference center of the Schloss Leopoldskron where the Sound of Music was filmed. Students will present papers related to the course there. There will also be optional excursions to Munich and Italy.

To view the syllabus: Syllabus_PS 300.doc

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 Program Eligibility
Application Requirements:  UIUC undergrads and non-UIUC students (with permission from Professor)

Language of Instruction: English
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This course is worth 3 credits and is taught by U of I professor, John Vasquez, during Summer Session I.

Program Dates: May 18, 2014 - June 15, 2014 
*Program dates and fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
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Student Life
Housing: Dormitory style housing
Meals: Students are responsible for their own meal costs (except for lunch at the three day Salzburg conference and the welcome and farewell dinners.
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Application Information
First Steps Info Session
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Application Process
Apply for this program through the Study Abroad Office. In order to determine if program expenses will be Financial Aid eligible, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 217-333-0100 as soon as possible. All participants are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures of the University of Illinois Study Abroad Office. 
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee by clicking "Apply Now."
You may apply to only one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application, as you will be charged a non-refundable $25 application fee each time you begin a new program application by clicking "Apply Now."
Application Components
Program applications vary. All SAO-sponsored, faculty-led course abroad applications include:

  • An unofficial Illinois Transcript (not required for first semester Freshmen) 
  • Photocopy of Passport or receipt verifying application or renewal of passport 
  • Signature verification form (downloadable from your online application) 
  • 5 short-answer essay questions
  • Online questionnaires and online signature documents
  • Note: NO letters of recommendations are required for SAO-sponsored, faculty-led courses abroad
Applications and supporting documents must be submitted by the deadlines established by the Study Abroad Office for timely review. The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
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 Program Fees

If the Study Abroad Office nominates or accepts you to the study abroad program you have applied for, the Study Abroad Office will bill your Illinois student account a non-refundable $305 advance fee.  This fee will be deducted from the final cost of your program fees; however, please note that this fee is not refundable should you decide to withdraw from the study abroad program.
ESTIMATED PROGRAM FEE: $3,550 - $3,699 
*Fees are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.
Total cost is ESTIMATED and is BEFORE scholarships.
Program Fee Includes: Round-trip airfare, housing, orientation, program excursions, conference fees, welcome and farewell meals, and international insurance
Program Fee Does NOT Include: Summer Range III Tuition (est. $1,300), books (est. $70), meals (est. $500), train tickets to conference (est. $55), personal expenses (est. $400), and visa fees (if applicable)
ESTIMATED TOTAL including off-budget expenses and Program Fee: $5,900 - $5,999
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 Scholarship Opportunities
All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-LAS students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, click here.
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Withdrawal Policy
All withdrawals must be made by email to the Study Abroad Office. Online withdrawals without emails may result in extra charges. Withdrawal by 5:00 pm on February 1, 2014 loses only the $25 application fee. Withdrawal after having been accepted to the program loses the $305 advance payment. After committing to the program, the student is responsible for all costs incurred.

Change Policy 
To change an application, an applicant must withdraw from the original application and start another one. Such withdrawals will lose the original $25 application fee. To avoid confusion and double charges, all changes should be accompanied by an email to the Study Abroad Office.

Cancellation Policy
If a student is denied, they lose only the $25 application fee. If the University of Illinois cancels a program, the student loses the application fee but will receive a full refund of the advance payment and any other billed expenses.
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Passport/Visa Information
You must have a valid passport to participate on this program. If you do not already have a passport, or if it needs to be renewed, you must begin that process now, even before program acceptance. 
You may also be required to get a visa for your program.  Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries. For more information, click here
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Contact Information

For any questions you may have or for more detailed information on the program, please contact the faculty leader, Prof. Vasquez ( or Adam Heinz ( in the Study Abroad Office (SAO).  The SAO is located at:
910 S. Fifth Street
124 International Studies Building
Champaign, IL 61820

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:45pm.  We are closed on holidays and when classes are not in session.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 02/10/2014 
02/11/2014 05/17/2014 06/14/2014

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.