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Santa Clara Law: Summer Abroad in Vienna
Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 03/21/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2016 06/10/2016
NOTE: Internships begin 6/13/2016. Specific ending dates will be arranged with individual employers. Internship application deadline is 2/12/2016. Please note there is a mandatory orientation session on 5/22/2016. Please consult your program director before making travel arrangements.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English Areas of study: Law
Class Standing: J.D., LL.M., Other
Program Description:
Summer Abroad in Vienna

Classes | Internships | Fees & Financial Aid | Housing | Exploring The Area | Travel Information | Testimonials | Contact Us

Mix & Match:  Students may be placed in an internship in Vienna or Budapest at the conclusion of the Vienna academic program. Alternatively, students may enroll in the Geneva program or the Oxford program at the conclusion of the Vienna academic program.

Already Enrolled? See Information for Enrolled Students 

Vienna_2The program in Vienna offers students a unique opportunity to learn more about international business issues within a European framework. Students will initially engage in a general study of the Austrian legal system and comparative studies between the civil and common law systems. The course then shifts its focus to European Union law, covering its sources, framework and fundamental principles. Classes run for three weeks, and most are held in the mornings. They meet either at the law school of the University of Vienna or at the Austrian National Defense Academy, where participants are housed. Students will have full use of the law library and other facilities at the University of Vienna School of Law. Both the School of Law and the National Defense Academy are located in the historic center of Vienna.Students may end this program with the final examination in Vienna followed by an internship in Vienna. Alternatively, they may continue to Budapest, Hungary for an introduction to Hungarian legal systems and then an internship in Budapest. 

Internships: Vienna or Budapest (4 units)

Vienna & Budapest Internships: Students may secure an internship in major international law offices, corporate legal offices, in-house legal departments or government agencies. Students gain valuable practical experience by doing legal work under the supervision of a professional in the host country, while integrating into the legal culture of the country, and make invaluable professional contacts. The expectation of an intern is full-time work from the period of the internship (e.g., 40 hours or more a week of supervised legal work). Santa Clara Law requires a minimum of 50 hours of supervised legal work for each internship unit of credit. 

Fees & Financial Aid

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $300 for the class and an additional non-refundable deposit of $700 for an internship (if applicable) is required to secure your spot and it is applied to the tuition charge.

Tuition: The tuition charge is $1000/unit for J.D. students. LL.M. students should contact us for tuition information.

Financial Aid: US law students are typically eligible for financial aid to cover tuition, airfare, housing, food, local travel costs and school supplies (click here for more information).


All participants will reside in rooms at the Austrian National Defense Academy. Landesverteidigungsakadamie, Stiftgasse 2A. A housing fee (approximately 25Euros/night) is charged, and students will be expected to pay in cash upon arrival. The Academy, a branch of the Austrian military, is in the center of Vienna, twenty minutes on foot from the School of Law where many classes will be held. All rooms are singles.

Breakfast is included. The opening reception and some of the lectures and discussions are scheduled at the Academy. The director and program office will be located at the Academy. The facility is very modern and because it is a military establishment, quite secure!

Students are responsible for housing during the internship period. The program director will assist.

Exploring The Area

Little needs be said to describe physically and culturally the cities of Vienna and Budapest. Both are “must see” cities of the world. Music, culture, history, marvelous food, and pure beauty are on every corner. In addition to being beautiful and exciting capitals, each city and country has a less well known legal history that serves as an ideal base from which to study civil and comparative law as well as the problems and issues of the European Union.

One hundred years ago, each of these countries was part of the vast Austro-Hungarian empire, with Vienna and Budapest serving as the empire’s dual capitals. At the end of World War I, each country became a distinct republic. The onset of World War II created Nazi German domination, and each country experienced both similar and contrasting experiences under the communist legal and political system. Beginning first with Austria, each secured full independence, becoming as they are today constitutional democracies. Both joined the European Union at different times.

Austria, similar to Switzerland, remains militarily neutral. But, unlike Switzerland, Austria is a member of the European Union. This presents Austria with unique political and economic issues that we will study. By contrast, Hungary recently secured EU membership but has not pursued more complete integration into the European defense community. New integration into the EU, as well as military alliance, presents its own domestic issues and pressures for the former Czechoslovakia and Hungary making them distinct from Austria. All-in-all, a fascinating study of issues and contrasts, which take place over the summer.  All are guided by natives who have experienced much of this historical transition.

Travel Information

AXA/ACE Travel Assistance Program Information (all students enrolled in the program are covered)
US State Department Tips for Traveling Abroad
US State Department Travel Safety Information
US Department of State Country Specific Information
US Embassies/Consulates
US Department of State: Passport Services
US Department of State Worldwide Caution
Centers for Disease Control Health Information

Traveling with Disabilities in Austria
Additional Information About Traveling with Disabilities


Summer 2015 Student Evaluation: Overall Experience 4.0 (Scale of 1-5, 1=poor, 5=excellent)

"Each professor had a different style and covered more topics than we perhaps expected, but I could not be more pleased with this program. Each professor was extremely knowledgeable and lectured very well to those of us inexperienced with the subject matter. Everyone in Vienna was incredibly kind, and I appreciated their attention to our program and grateful for their participation."
Ariel Siner, SCU (2015)

“I cannot tell you how thankful I am that I chose to participate in the Vienna program this summer. It was an experience that I will always remember, and I feel so lucky to have studied with such a great group of students.” Laurel D., University of Denver (2012)

“The professors were all very knowledgeable. It was an honor to be in their classes. They were all very responsive to our questions and had great insights. This program was a very valuable learning experience and I am very grateful that I was able to participate in it.” Camille P., SCU (2012)

“Tours were appropriate and well-timed, falling into place with relevant lectures. UN, Parliament, Supreme Court: three MAJOR institutions. Overall very impressive.” Anonymous, SCU (2011)

“Fantastic, very impressive teachers from various disciplines gave a clear, well-rounded depiction of the EU.” Anonymous, SCU (2011)

“… Overall a great course. I really liked the off-site visits so that we could see how the different areas of government, etc operate.” Jennee DeVore, SCU (2009)

Contact Us

Vienna Program Director: Professor Jiri Toman
The Center for Global Law and Policy:

Enrollment Limit: 25