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The winter school courses provide a well-structured introduction into one of the most fascinating periods of Austria's intellectual history in a short time. The culture of the fin-de-siècle is one of the highlights in the history of the Habsburg Monarchy. The two-week program combines first class academic courses with an extensive social and cultural program. The high level lectures in the morning are complemented with excursions to the city and to museums in the afternoon. Vienna’s rich cultural heritage, especially the museums, will lead to a thorough understanding of the input of the fin-de-siècle on the modernization of Europe. The international background of the participants offers the possibility to discuss the influence of developments in Vienna (e.g. the famous psychoanalyst Freud, painters like Klimt and Schiele, musicians like Mahler and Schönberg or philosophers like Wittgenstein) and different cultures in Europe and other continents. The academic course environment encourages intercultural and social exchange and favors mutual understanding within the international student population. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, make friends for life and build connections for their future professional careers.
The University of Vienna Sommerhochschule (SHS) was established in 1949, since then an international summer school is offered every year. Apart from its educational mission, one of the summer program's most important aims has been restoring and promoting mutual understanding between Austrians and Americans that World War II had done so much to destroy. Today the program provides a multidimensional survey of the present development of Europe and the European Union (EU). Participants will study both the decision making processes within the EU institutions as well as various aspects of European political culture. The program aims at contributing to an increased understanding of the EU and its possible future shape. Students from all over the world have been drawn to the program, not only because of the outstanding academic reputation of its European Studies program and the excellent opportunities it offers students to learn German, but also because of its location directly on the shores of one of Austria's most scenic lakes, Lake Wolfgang, in the Salzkammergut region, and because of the area's excellent sports and recreational facilities.
The Austrian Arbitration Academy is organized by the Sommerhochschule of the University of Vienna which has been hosting an international summer program with a strong focus on European and International Law since 1949. Every summer participants from all over the world attend seminars and spend time together as a part of an international community on a campus on the shore of Lake Wolfgang. The Austrian Arbitration Academy is an intensive two-week program on international commercial arbitration for both regular students of the univie: summer school and participants who take part only in this special arbitration program. It addresses the following groups of participants: • Students and law school graduates interested in the world of international dispute resolution. • Young practitioners looking for a comprehensive course giving them first-hand insights into international arbitration. The Austrian Arbitration Academy program takes place from July 15 to July 29, 2023 and consists of 64 contact hours. (Each contact hour consists of 45 minutes classroom teaching.) After an introductory session on the first Sunday, classes will be held Monday to Friday mornings. In additional afternoon workshops the participants will discuss salient issues of international arbitration with special guests from the international arbitration community. On July 28 a written exam will take place. On the evening before the exam, a special Q&A session will help the participants to prepare for the exam. Successful participants will receive the University of Vienna – Austrian Arbitration Academy diploma.
Environmental Engineering - Renewable Energy Sources (45 hours of instruction, 5 ECTS) Students gain an extensive overview of environmental engineering issues not only from a local perspective but also from a German and a European perspective. This multifaceted approach allows students to look into different aspects of the subjects concerned and to develop their own research focus. The different topics include Wind Energy, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Systems, Low Energy Housing, Geothermal Energy, Bioenergy, Hdyro Power and more. Further details can be found on our program website. German Language Course (30 hours of instruction, 3 ECTS) In addition to the academic seminars, all students attend intensive German language courses. These courses are offered at three different levels (from beginners to advanced).