Winter School - Universität Wien (University of Vienna)


univie: winter school for Cultural Historical Studies

The Discovery of Modernity - Vienna Around 1900


February 5 - 18, 2022

The winter school courses provide a well-structured introduction into one of the most fascinating periods of Austria's intellectual history in a short time. The culture of the fin-de-siècle is one of the highlights in the history of the Habsburg Monarchy.

The two-week program offers a variety of academic courses taught live online. The courses are held by distinguished scholars with international teaching experience. The interdisciplinary lectures will lead to a thorough understanding of the input of the fin-de-siècle on the modernization of Europe.

The live online courses encourage interactive participation. These courses with international participants offer the possibility to discuss the influence of developments in Vienna (e.g. the famous psychoanalyst Freud, painters like Klimt and Schiele, musicians like Mahler and Schönberg or philosophers like Wittgenstein) on different cultures in Europe and other continents.

A welcome session will introduce the participants to the winter school and give them the opportunity to meet informally with the staff and each other.

The winter program also includes an online tour of Vienna's Ringstraße and Art Nouveau in Vienna.

Social online gatherings as well as group work in breakout rooms will encourage intercultural and social exchange between the students. Participants thus broaden their horizon, meet colleagues from different fields of study, and make new friends.

Given the interdisciplinary aspect of the program our course offerings are, without question, of interest for students from all fields of study, but certainly of special interest for students who study one of the following fields: History, Cultural Studies, Art, Literature, Psychology, and Political Science.

All courses are taught in English. The winter school offers six courses with 4 ECTS credits per course. In the course of the two-week program students can attend two courses and obtain up to 8 ECTS credits.

Application procedure:

Detailed information on the program and the application can be found on the website of the program: Winter School (

Interested students should fill USJ's outgoing mobility form and get in touch with for details (01-421 000 ext. 1275 - 1158)

Application deadline: December 31, 2021

Students from USJ can apply for a tuition waiver.

You can check the the program brochure below.

The following video offers a short overview of the program: Winter School Video (

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the organisers of the school at and