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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277


Study abroad in Vienna, Austria, during May and June 2015!

MaymesterGroupThis intensive, four-and-a-half week course is part of UT-Austin’s Maymester Program, beginning after the spring exam period and concluding prior to the second summer session. Drawing on the perspectives from history, geography, and urban studies, “Memory and the City” investigates the ways in which cultural memory has shaped, and continues to shape, urban life in one specific place: Vienna, Austria. With the city as our laboratory, students examine theoretical discussions of memory and the city in a provocative geographical setting. We will visit museums that house the artifacts and attend the cultural events so important to Vienna’s collective memory.

Students earn three semester credit hours for the course, but will receive much more. According to those who have previously taken the course, it can be a life-enriching experience. In addition to the study of urban history, the course readings, the instructor and guest lectures, the films, the class excursions, and the meetings with Austrian students and teachers, perhaps the most striking feature of the program is the personal development and intellectual growth it fosters.

Participants speak about their experiences in Vienna...

"With 17 strangers, a passport, and a suitcase full of junk, I headed to Vienna in the early summer of 2013 not really knowing what to expect. From Austin to Vienna, I made my way to the city and with the classmates that I now know will forever hold deeply inside my heart. For the shortest month on my life, I got live in the heart of Vienna and learn from Professor Hoelscher, one of the best professors at UT. While every day was an adventure—from learning German to studying Viennese customs—the city became less foreign and more like home. Similarly, my classmates became less like strangers and more like friends, and I became less of a tourist and more of a local. From our many trips to museums, to our class road trip to Salzburg, and the emotional visit to the Mauthausen concentration camp, I learned from every experience; each will be cherished for a lifetime.  What makes the Vienna Maymester so extraordinary is that you get to live in one of the best cities in the world, with some of the best people you will ever get to meet."

Read more about student experiences or you can watch an amazing video about Maymester created by alumn Joseph Lam
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