Student Testimonials

Read what our students have to say about the univie: winter school.

Eline Van Poelvoorde (Belgium)

Eline Van Poelvoorde (©Eline Van Poelvoorde)

"During the Covid period in 2022, I attended a seminar at the University of Vienna winter school, which I really enjoyed. Although, unfortunately, everything was online, we had a lot of opportunities to get to know each other and to learn about new cultures as well. The classes were very interesting and gave me a good idea about the city of Vienna. So when I go to visit Vienna in the future, I will definitely know my way around ;). Furthermore, everyone responsible for the winter school was very friendly, helpful and there was a very comforting and enjoyable atmosphere. I had less of a feeling of actually being at school and more of a fun and educational experience with other people. My teacher was Karl Vocelka, who explained everything very clearly and with great conviction and passion. It is a pity that the winter school only lasts 2 weeks but I definitely can recommend it to everyone. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to participate again one time or another!"

Participant 2022

Yufan Sun (China)

Yufan Sun took part in the online winter school 2021.

Yufan Sun

"The professors’ teaching methods and academic level were absolutely first-class. In this special period of the pandemic and the lockdown, they have conveyed us with cross-cultural care and understanding."

Participant 2021

Niamh Christine O’Neill (Ireland)

Student on stairs in the Arkadenhof of the University of Vienna

Niamh Christine O’Neill (© Joseph Krpelan)

"The univie: winter school has offered a fantastic environment to learn from eminent professors and experts in their respective fields in a small classroom setting, as well as through excursions in the city that they guided. I have taken courses in Austrian literature (focusing on the work of Arthur Schnitzler) and in politics and social developments in Vienna at the turn of the century. In both courses I have found the approachability of the teaching staff particularly valuable and it has made for an extremely rewarding learning experience."

Participant 2020

Jaqueline Cassemiro (Brazil)

Jaqueline Cassemiro in front of St. Stephens Cathedral

Jaqueline Cassemiro (© Jaqueline Cassemiro)

"The univie: winter school was a fabulous opportunity to learn new things both inside the classroom and outside. The brilliant classes we had in the morning with excellent professors were complemented in the afternoon with excursions or free time to discover the city and its fascinating museums and coffee houses.
It was very rewarding to spend some time in a city that breathes culture and is also only a short bus ride away from other amazing European cities.
It was an unforgettable opportunity to learn, travel and meet people from all over the world, truly one of the best experiences of my life."

Participant 2019



Wei Huang (China)

“Studying at the University of Vienna Winter School was nothing short of amazing. I took two courses learning about architecture and design around 1900 as well as introductory psychoanalysis. Vienna is the best city that I can think of for one to do these courses, as many heritage sites are well-preserved and you will literally have a chance to see and appreciate them with your own eyes apart from seminars at university. One thing that I love about the winter school is that all the courses are in the morning, leaving us with the whole afternoon to explore the city on our own. I really enjoyed my two weeks in Vienna and would strongly recommend the winter school to anyone is interested in Viennese culture.”

Participant 2019

Xian Qi Haley Low (Malaysia)

Student in the Arkadengang at the University of Vienna

Xian Qi Haley Low (© Xian Qi Haley Low)

"I had a really great time in the University of Vienna, as the professors were genuine, warm and helpful in terms of giving assistance in the best way that they could. Coming from Southeast Asia, I recognize that there were a few distinctive differences between the culture in Asia and in Europe. However, the winter school program department certainly organized the courses well and I find the courses overall enjoyable. I am glad I had the best 2 weeks in Vienna and I am glad that I have made many friends from different countries."

Participant 2019 

Ece Deniz Weinberger (Turkey)

"The Winter School went far beyond my expectations from a two-week program. The lectures from wonderful professors coupled with excursions around the city were very informative and inspiring, the organization was excellent and the opportunity to meet people from all around the world enriched the experience. Besides Vienna, with its cultural wealth, is simply one of best cities for a cultural program."

Participant 2017