American Studies
American Studies


Study abroad in Vienna, Austria, during May and June 2017!


This intensive, four-and-a-half week course is part of UT-Austin’s Maymester Program, beginning after the spring exam period and concluding prior to the second summer session. Drawing on the perspectives from history, geography, and urban studies, “Memory and the City” investigates the ways in which cultural memory has shaped, and continues to shape, urban life in one specific place: Vienna, Austria. With the city as our laboratory, students examine theoretical discussions of memory and the city in a provocative geographical setting. We will visit museums that house the artifacts and attend the cultural events so important to Vienna’s collective memory.

Students earn three semester credit hours for the course, but will receive much more. According to those who have previously taken the course, it can be a life-enriching experience. In addition to the study of urban history, the course readings, the instructor and guest lectures, the films, the class excursions, and the meetings with Austrian students and teachers, perhaps the most striking feature of the program is the personal development and intellectual growth it fosters.

Participants speak about their experiences in Vienna...

RB2"Every day for four weeks, I got to do what life’s all about: visiting new places, learning new things, and becoming best friends with people who were strangers to me before. Dr. Hoelscher provides you with truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, whether it’s going on a 14-mile evening hike through the Vienna Woods, rafting the Danube, or meeting the American ambassador to Austria and having a panel on U.S.-Austrian relations with American Studies students from the University of Vienna…and that was just three days of the program! All of these activities dovetailed with the readings we did for class, but instead of just talking about sites of memory in the abstract, our conversations were held in front of the actual buildings or in the specific areas of the city that we had just read about the night before. Every day was an adventure and in short, studying abroad was the best decision I've made in college." - Rebbeca Bielamowicz (American Studies and Sociology)

Read more about student experiences or you can watch an amazing video about Maymester created by alumn Joseph Lam