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Program Fees

Excluding airfare and NMU summer tuition (8 credits), program expenses are estimated at $1500.00 to $1750.00. 

Student Payment Deadlines

ALL payments must be made at the Student Service Center in Hedgcock, using the deposit slips specific to our program and our FLSA account.

Initial Deposit

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% 50 of balance

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Final balance

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You must pay summer tuition for GR/HS 311 since you must be registered in GR/HS 311 (4 credits) to participate.  You must also be enrolled in IP 286X (4 credits), a tracking course for students studying abroad to go towards your German language credits.

You must provide for your own airfare; however, you can choose to fly on the same flight as Robert Goodrich (see below).

Cancellation and Refund Terms

Payments are non-refundable once an expenditure is made on your behalf. NMU can only refund monies not already sent for services.  Any money that has not been paid out for trip expenses may be refunded to you in full. Thus, you may cancel at any time, but the closer to departure, the higher the likelihood that your fees will have already been sent to cover trip costs.

Any non-paid balance may be applied to your NMU student account and will become subject to collection procedures.

Extra Expenses

The Vienna Study Abroad experience allows you to determine how you would like to relate to Austrian culture.  This means that you can spend a fortune or live frugally.  The choice is yours.  The program provides for a basic degree of physical and emotional comfort, but you are free to explore on whatever terms you desire.  Thus, it is impossible to say how much spending money you should bring along. Past experience suggests that living in Vienna for four weeks is very easy to do with a personal spending allowance of $500-$700.  But, the extent of your desire to travel, purchase gifts, eat out, visit cultural sites, and otherwise engage in the excitement of Vienna will naturally affect this amount.

You must purchase  a passport before leaving the United States.  We also recommend purchasing an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for $22 through our Office of International Programs since it is the only ID recognized internationally and offers significant discounts globally.

Services

Accommodations
Accommodations are included in the program costs for all four weeks. We stay in a hospitable pension in a historical building - the Jugednwohnhaus Koelblgasse, Koelblgasse 20, A-1030 Wien.  Any where from two to six students are accommodated in any one apartment. Kitchens in the apartments are fully equipped. Bed linen (sheet, blanket, pillow) are provided, but you must bring your own towel(s).

As a possible housing option a home stay can be arranged in advance, though there is a slightly higher fee.  Please see Robert Goodrich for details.

Airfare
Airfare is not included in the fees.  You may arrange your own travel at the budget, dates, and departure and arrival airports of your choice.  You should expect to pay about $1200-$1300.  If you wish, you may depart with Prof. Goodrich from Marquette on Saturday, 7 May 2011 and travel on his itinerary straight through to Vienna, but you must arrange your own ticket.  Prof. Goodrich will provide you his travel plans once the trip has been confirmed.  You can also coordinate among other students to travel from various departure cities (Chicago and Detroit are popular and less expensive).  In any event, you must be in Vienna, at the airport by a specified time for the group pick-up on Sunday, 8 May 2011 (time to be announced).

Local Travel

Local travel is provided in the fees through a weekly transportation card (Wochenkarte) that is valid for all of greater Vienna.

Meals

Students eating at long tableOne full, multi-course meal on weekdays is included in the program costs. This meal includes a drink (a 2 cl soft drink or mineral water; a regular beer; or a 1/8 l glass of wine.) Most Europeans enjoy moderate alcohol with each meal, whereas it is not typical in Europe to order tap water (Leitungswasser) – this is reserved for pets. However, if parched, you can request a glass of tap water. In any event, NEVER bring food or drink into another proprietor’s restaurant.

Our restaurant – the Fasanlwirt located at Rennweg 24 – is a traditional Austrian kitchen and the food is correspondingly local.  The waiters, cooks, and proprietors pride themselves on the quality of their food, and they try to build long-term relationships with their customers. Thus, they will treat you with respect and expect the same in return. It is considered polite to leave a modest tip at every meal – usually rounding up the sum.  As our meal at the Fasanlwirt is pre-paid, you will merely need to provide your name to the waiter, who will have a list of our group members – they will also quickly learn to recognize you. Though pre-paid, courtesy would suggest a small tip of about ,50 EUR for a meal.  (NB: it is always most polite to hand this tip directly to the waitperson.)

If you have any dietary restrictions, please inform Robert Goodrich before departure as accommodation of special needs must be arranged in advance. Vegetarian meals are possible, though vegan cuisine is more restricted.

Since the apartments have kitchens and a number of markets and groceries are nearby, daily food expenses can be kept to a very low minimum. Indeed, since our neighborhood is a multi-ethnic, working-class district, there are excellent and extremely affordable Turkish snack shops nearby for hearty meals. Also, if using the home stay option, you can arrange to have almost every meal already provided for you.

Program Services

  • Experienced, round-the-clock, bilingual on-site assistance

  • Escorted travel and transfer on arrival and departure

  • All entrance and excursion fees provided

  • 28 nights accommodation

  • 1 full-course meal each weekday

  • Welcome and farewell dinner

  • Full medical insurance

  • Public transport pass for all of Greater Vienna for all 4 weeks

  • Afternoon and evening activities each weekday:

  • Vienna guided tours

  • Lectures on culture and customs

  • Viennese Waltz lesson

  • Social events at local clubs

  • Sports activities

  • Weekend travel opportunities to Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Munich, Salzburg...

  • 20 lessons in German per week (1 lesson = 45 minutes) in closed or international groups

  • Daily updates to activities posted at the apartment

  • Course books may be borrowed for the entire course or purchased at a 50% discount

  • Use of computers, books, videos, magazines in the multimedia library

  • Student service at the school office, Monday-Friday

  • Free Internet access

  • Student manual with interesting tips on Vienna

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