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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Language Requirement: 200-level, None
Housing: Dormitory Illinois Sponsor: ACES, LAS
Credit or Not for Credit: For credit Foreign Institution: The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), University of Vienna (UW) and Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)
Program Description:
Program Overview

The ACES in Vienna Program (ACESVP) is designed primarily for students interested in agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences.  Students must have completed two semesters on campus prior to studying abroad.

Language Requirements
Though Vienna is a German-speaking city, no knowledge of German is required.  It is relatively easy to live and study in Vienna with English because English is the second language of the European Union and many Austrians speak it routinely.  

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The City of Vienna

Vienna is a leading  center for agricultural trade between Eastern and Western Europe.  It is home to leading consumer goods and service businesses.  In addition, Vienna prides itself on innovation, among other things in smart city technology. 
Vienna consistently ranks among those cities with the highest quality of life in the world.  The role of wine in Viennese culture is only one contributing factor. In addition, it is a great base for travel to other attractive destinations, including Berlin, Munich, Prague, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Venice, and Geneva—to mention but a few!

New York Times Spotlight on Vienna
Video on Beauty of Austria

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Academic Environment

All Program participants undertake German language instruction.  For those who have no German instruction prior to participation, the Program requires on-site participation in a one-month beginning German course, taught by Program staff.  The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), University of Vienna (UW) and Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) offer a wide variety of relevant courses in English. (Consult course offerings and descriptions on these BOKU, UW and WU pages.) Participants complete between 12 and 18 hours of credit, the average is 15 hours. Credit transfer is mediated by staff on campus and in Vienna. 

The fall term begins with orientation in September and ends in January. (It is possible to finish in time to begin the spring semester at Illinois st)  The spring term begins with orientation in February and ends in June.  Students may be able to complete their course work before 30 January for the fall semester and 30 June for the spring semester, depending on their selected course schedules.  This is more likely for course work completed at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.  Information on academic dates will be provided in post-acceptance information.  Please consult with the Resident Director, Bruce Murray, before purchasing a return ticket.

Search the Course Pre-Approval Database for this college to find courses and their UIUC equivalents that have previouly been transferred by students:

Participants live in well-situated dormitories with a mix of Austrian and other foreign students.  Single- and double-occupancy housing is available. Public transportation to university facilities, shopping centers, entertainment and leisure facilities is excellent. 

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Program Administration
Students are affiliated with the Austria-Illinois Exchange Program, which provides the following support:
  • on-campus and on-site orientation
  • assistance with travel and travel transfers
  • assistance with accommodation arrangements
  • on-site academic, bureaucratic, and personal advising
  • excursions to several international organizations
  • semester-long mentoring with German language and culture
ACESVP students may participate in AIEP field trips and other social activities.
On-site administration for the program, including housing arrangements and on-site advising, is managed by the AIEP. For more information, please contact Bruce Murray ( and/or Robert Jenkins (

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Program Cost and Advance Fees

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information which also includes information on Financial Aid and Scholarships.
See Budget Sheets at the top of this page!

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships 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-ACES 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, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 
For more information about general costs, please watch the First Steps Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarship videos found here for tips and advice:
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Withdrawal Policies or Change Programs

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (
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Passport and Visa Information

You must have a valid passport to participate on this program with at least two blank VISA pages. 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.
More information about passports and visas can be found at
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Application Process

First Steps Info Session 
Watch the First Steps videos found on our website or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  

Minimum 3.0 GPA. Students who wish to participate in this program must show a strong commitment to academic achievement and be in good academic standing. Applicants should be at least in the second semester of their junior year by the time the program begins. This program is not open to UIUC students who are not in the College of ACES.  

Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application includes:
·         Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
·         Personal essay questions
·         Photocopy of passport
·         Signature verification form
·         Official Transcript
·         Online questionnaires

After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host university’s application.  

All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  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.

See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.
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Pre-Departure Resources
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information.  Explore both sites for more information on the topics below or logistics such as travel plans and what to pack.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291 1 credit 
All students are required to enroll in a second 8 weeks pre-departure course, LAS 291 for 1 credit.  During this course, topics such as culture shock, health and safety scenarios, and other helpful pre-departure information will be presented. 
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Health and Vaccinations
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty.
Once you have been accepted into the program you may need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also

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Contact Information

ACES Academic Programs
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours: 2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 09/15/2017
09/22/2017 01/19/2018 06/29/2018
Calendar Year(SP/FA) 2018 09/15/2017
09/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/15/2018
02/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2018 03/30/2018
Rolling Admission 09/01/2018 01/18/2019
Spring Semester 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA
Calendar Year(SP/FA) 2019 09/15/2018 09/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed