Course Information

The program offers four courses about the history and society of the late Habsburg Monarchy, as well as fine arts, architecture and design of the same period and developments in psychology, literature, and music. All together a deep insight in society and culture of this fascinating period of modernization will be given.

The preparatory seminar Introduction to Fin-de-Siècle Vienna on the first weekend will provide students with the basic knowledge needed for their selected courses. Attendance at the preparatory seminar is mandatory as the seminar is a prerequisite to attend the following courses.

Course Selection

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Active participation in class

The univie: winter school for Cultural Historical Studies offers four courses.

In total, students can attend two courses: Students can select one course during the early morning (8:30am –10:30am) and one during the late morning (11:00am –1:00pm). For further details please see the schedule.

While students have to fulfill the Sommerhochschule requirements, course selection should also be made according to the requirements of the respective home university. It is recommended to discuss course selections with representatives of the home universities to ensure or simplify accreditation after the program.

Course Participation

Course particiption will be evaluated in each course. It is recommended to participate live in the online courses, as this allows active participation during the lessons.

Students who cannot participate live, because of the time difference, have the option to access and stream the lesson at a later point. In this case it is important to show participationby by communicating with the lecturers electronically.

Attendance (or streaming) of the introduction course on the first weekend is highly recommended, as the written paper to be submitted at the end of the seminar is a prerequisite to attend the academic courses.

General Requirements

Applicants should make sure that they can be online during the course hours given in the schedule. Please note that times are given in Cental European Time (CET). Therefore, please check the time difference between Austria and your country of residence.

We also recommend that you make sure to have a quiet and appropriate working space.

To ensure a pleasant learning environment, participants are asked to adhere to general netiquette rules.

Technical Requirements

To participate in the online courses a stable internet connection (10 MBit/s Download, 5 MBit/s Upload) is required. If you are unsure of the internet speed at your specific location, please check your connection here:

Please make sure you have a fully functional device, such as a computer, a laptop or a tablet. The use of smart phones is not recommended due to the reduced screen size. To improve the audio quality the use of a headset is recommended.

The learning platform and video conferencing system used for the online courses are compatible with all common web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Safari). When using the web conferencing system please avoid using a VPN.

English Language Requirement

The language of instruction is English. For participation in the univie: winter school courses an English level comparable to C1 (within the CEFR) is recommended. Applicants with a high B2 level (within the CEFR) can also be accepted.

ECTS Credits & Contact Hours (Online Program)

The Winter School offers four courses with 4 ECTS credits per course (corresponding to 32 contact hours). Each contact hour consists of 45 minutes classroom teaching.

In the course of the two-week program students can attend two courses and obtain up to 8 ECTS credits.

Exams & Grading System


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Final examinations are given in all courses. Courses are graded using the Austrian grading system: 1 (Sehr gut/very good); 2 (Gut/good); 3 (Befriedigend/satisfactory); 4 (Genügend/sufficient); 5 (Nicht genügend/failed). The grade points given in the transcript provide an opportunity to differentiate performance within each of the stated grades.


Grade and grade points are as follows:

Austrian Grade Grade Points
1 89 –100
2 76 – 88
363 – 75
451 – 62
50– 50


The Sommerhochschule reserves the right to exclude students from the winter school in case of improper behavior.


Transcripts of Record will be given to those students who attend classes regularly and who pass the exams.

Cancellation of Courses

The Sommerhochschule reserves the right to cancel any course for which the number of registered students is deemed insufficient, or for other compelling reasons.