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January Term: UVA in Vienna and Budapest: The Jewish Experience
Budapest, Hungary; Graz, Austria; Vienna, Austria (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: January
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets January
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
January 2019 01-OCT-2018
10-OCT-2018 28-DEC-2018 12-JAN-2019
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Students must depart the US on 12/27 to arrive in Austria on the 28th.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Hotel Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Margaret Walter
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Anthropology, German, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology
Program Description:
JTerm Jewish Experience

UVA in Vienna and Budapest:
The Jewish Experience


Explore and experience Jewish history, culture, and everyday life in Europe from a multidisciplinary perspective. UVA Jewish Studies Program faculty will accompany student participants on this two-week course, which will consist of introductory lectures, site visits, guest speakers, and personal encounters. Hosted by the Universities of Graz and Vienna, we will be holding classes on site, including field trips within Austria and a three-day visit to Budapest. The objective of the course is to acquaint students in a deep way with the history, culture, and everyday lives of European Jews through immersion in their seminal texts, ideas, cultural artifacts, and practices in the past and present.


Location IconLocation

Vienna and Budapest, Austria’s and Hungary's capitals, respectively, are cosmopolitan world-class cities with rich Jewish heritage, long histories, and lively culture. Graz is Austria's second largest city and well known for its Renaissance architecture, medieval citadel, and major university.

Vienna 2018 Participants in Vienna

Courses IconCourses

The Jewish Experience in Europe: Vienna and Budapest
(JWST 3559; GETR 3559; RELJ 3590 3 credits)

Course Information
Taught by UVA faculty and instructors from the University of Vienna, this course will offer students broad and in-depth exposure to the Jewish experience in Europe. Through course work, site visits, and personal encounters, students will explore the challenges facing Jewish communities in a changing Europe after the Holocaust.

The UVA in Austria and Hungary program is especially designed by UVA Jewish Studies Program faculty to complement the university curriculum. The course is taught in English and does not have a language requirement. For students with knowledge in German, there will be ample opportunity to practice their language skills and work with original texts. Students completing the course assignments will receive UVA direct credit (3 credits). Grades are factored into the UVA GPA. The course may be applied toward Jewish Studies and Religious Studies majors and minor requirements. For major and minor credit in other departments and programs, students should consult their advisors.

Faculty IconFaculty

Asher Biemann |
Professor, Department of Religious Studies. Professor Biemann specializes in modern Jewish thought and intellectual history.

Gabriel Finder |
Associate Professor for Modern Jewish History and Ida and Nathan Kolodiz Director of Jewish Studies, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Professor Finder specializes in the Holocaust and the rebuilding of Jewish life in Europe.


Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in residential hotels conveniently located in the historic districts near the Universities of Vienna and Graz. In Budapest, we will stay in a residential hotel in the inner city, located near the Jewish district.

Excursions IconExcursions

In Vienna we will visit museums and places of Jewish interest, meet with members of the Jewish community and of the Austrian Parliament, attend the famous State Opera, and participate in Jewish cultural events. In Graz we will take courses at the Center for Jewish Studies, tour the historic city and visit the synagogue. This year’s program highlights also include a daytrip to the notorious death camp Mauthausen and a three-day trip to Budapest.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.


Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.