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Long known as a hub for art and music, Vienna is also ranked tenth in the world for software engineering education.

It’s one of the reasons the Department of Computer Science at George Mason University will host its first ever study abroad program in Austria, in a cultural hub that promises an enriching experience.

The program will take place summer 2024 at the Vienna University of Technology. Students will have the chance to delve into the Austrian way life as well as work on the term project – development of a software app – and learn about the software development life cycle.

The program’s six week length is something Rob Pettit, professor in the Department of Computer Science and associate chair for graduate studies, sees as important for students to have a well-rounded experience of studying and cultural immersion.

“Vienna is consistently rated as one of the best cities in the world to live in,” said Pettit. “That’s why I wanted this program to be long enough for students to do everyday activities, like interact with locals at the supermarket, so they can experience living abroad, not just studying.”

The program will offer six credits and is faculty run and led. Students will also have the chance to go on excursions within Austria as well as Hungary, Slovakia, and Czechia, led by Pettit.

Applications are open and being accepted until March 10, 2024. The program will start June 16, 2024 and end July 28.

Apply here or contact rpettit@gmu.edu for more information. 

The following information sessions are also available, where Pettit will attend and can answer any questions:

September 19 – Study Abroad Fair – 11 a.m to 4 p.m. in Wilkins Plaza

September 26 – Information Session – 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in room 235, Johnson Center

October 11 – Information Session – 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Engineering 4201

November 2 – Virtual Information Session – 7 p.m.  to 8 p.m. via Zoom