Psychology Program

The Vienna Get Set predeparture guide prepared by IES provides important information about the program, and you should read it with care. The following supplemental information pertains to Indiana University students only.

IES and IU

IES Abroad is a nonprofit organization that administers 140 study abroad programs in more than 30 global locations worldwide. More than 235 U.S. colleges and universities, including Indiana University, have formal agreements with IES, and their representatives work with the Institute to set academic policy and approve curricula. Through its office in Chicago, IES administers the Vienna Psychology Program.

The IU Office of Overseas Study has made special arrangements with IES to recruit and orient IU students for this summer program. A number of IU students will be enrolled in the program. You will, however, have many classmates and flatmates who come individually from other U.S. universities.

Financial Arrangements

You pay all program fees directly to Indiana University. Any questions regarding finances for the program, including financial aid, should be addressed to the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University. Students from other U.S. universities have different arrangements with IES regarding fees and housing deposits.


You will earn 6 IU credits for 2 courses.

Students who have completed less than two semesters of German language are required to take a 3-credit German language course (GER-OS 100*) and can select one 3-credit psychology course taught in English.

Students who have completed at least two semesters of German language can choose to take the next language course (if available), or take two psychology courses taught in English.

IES CourseIU EquivalentCOLL
German Language Courses (based on placement exam)

Beginning German I

GER-OS 100*

Beginning German II

GER-OS 100*

Intermediate German I

GER-OS 100*

Intermediate German II

GER-OS 100*
Psychology Courses in ENGLISH

Psychology and Society

PSY-OS 300**

Health Psychology & Communication Skills

PSY-P 303

*The German langauge course equivalencies are undistributed. Students will need to take the German language placement test at IU upon return to receive distributed German language credits.

**DEPT-OS 100 (-OS 300) is the default designation to identify courses recorded as 100-level (300-level) undistributed credit that can count in total hours toward graduation and may be able to satisfy major, minor, or distributional requirements with the approval of the participant's school.

General Education Requirement: This program will satisfy the International Experience option of the World Languages & Cultures general education requirements.

Final enrollment will not be confirmed until you arrive in Vienna. If you have any questions about how Vienna courses fit into your degree program, contact Overseas Study.

Courses cover a great deal of material rapidly. Do not let the excitement of Vienna distract you from your studies. Prepare your papers and reports far enough in advance to avoid the last-minute crunch.

Language Placement

You will be assigned to language classes on the basis of an IES placement test. Since IES students come from many different U.S. colleges, each with its own textbooks and class sequence, IES language classes cannot match IU's courses perfectly.