Austria - POLI 221

Austrian Social Policy

POLI 221 (course is full)

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May 5 - 31, 2023

Enrollment limit


Course fee


Included in course fee

Lodging, some meals (breakfasts and lunches Mondays-Thursdays, dinners Mondays-Wednesdays), used of shared kitchen, class activities within and near Salzburg, day excursions to Munich and Vienna (cultural activities only).

Beyond course fee

Airfare (around $1500), Eurail Pass, some meals, optional weekend travel, souvenirs.

Course Description

An examination of how culture, history, and politics interact to produce social policies in Austria, with special focus on the areas of education, health care, and poverty policies. Examination of how these policies in Austria compare with the rest of Europe and the United States.

Together we will spend almost a month in one of the most beautiful parts of Europe, hear from local officials about Austria’s education, health, and anti-poverty programs, take class trips to Vienna and Munich, visit a Nazi concentration camp (Mauthausen) and Nazi Documentation Center (Berchtesgaden), take the Sound of Music tour, tour a salt mine, and have the opportunity to take optional trips with the professor to Budapest, Prague, Berlin and/or Florence or venture off on your own to locations such as Amsterdam, Paris, Venice, or Assisi.

Additional Information

Information session on Monday, September 26th at 7 p.m. in Hall of Letters 317 or via Zoom (