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Austria: Psychology and Culture, the Light Side and the Dark Side- Summer
Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
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Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
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Program Name: Austria: Psychology and Culture, the Light Side and the Dark Side- Summer Country: Austria
Program Type: Faculty-led Region: Europe
Term: Summer City: Krems, Mauthausen, Melk, Vienna
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Other Requirements: Psychology Majors and Minors
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Program Description:

About the Austria: Psychology and Culture, the Light Side and the Dark Side- Summer Program 

                                                    ***This program will next run during Summer 2020***
As individual human beings, we each carry the possibility for both constructive and destructive behavior. The same is true of every human culture. Perhaps nowhere in the world is the contrast between the light side and the dark side of culture more salient than in Austria—birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sigmund Freud, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Adolf Hitler. On the one hand, Austria (and Vienna in particular) is widely viewed as the birthplace of western classical music. For centuries, it has served as a center for architecture and art, and its people are famous for being unfailingly polite, unhurried, laid back, and friendly. Yet the seeds of one of the greatest tragedies in human history—the Holocaust—readily sprouted, took root, and flourished here. Why? How?

Psychology & Culture – The Light Side vs. the Dark Side will provide you with a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Austrian culture. Dr. DeHart and Dr. Snarr both speak German fluently and are intimately and personally familiar with Austria and its people, its cuisine, and its culture. We are excited to share our love for this beautiful country with you! Following four weeks of online work, the program will involve a three-week stay in Vienna, with excursions to Salzburg, Melk/Krems, and the Mauthausen death camp. We will visit historic sites ranging from Stefansdom to Sigmund Freud’s office (see below). We have partnered with the Austro-American Institute of Education ( to find local experts who will provide guest lectures on light and dark aspects of Austrian culture and history.   

Time lapse of Vienna:

Frequently Asked Questions about the Austria Summer Program:
Austria Program FAQ.pdf

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Jeffery Snarr, 

Housing and Orientation

Students will stay in hotels and/or apartment hotels for the duration of the program. 


Fees for the Brockport Austria: Psychology and Culture, the Light Side and the Dark Side Summer Program 2018
Budget Sheet for Undergrad Program: $5,523.67 (est)
Budget Sheet for Graduate Program: $5,723.67 (Estimated In-State) $6,048.67 (Estimated Out-of-State)
Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition (6 Credits)
  • Program Acceptance Fee
  • Pre-departure Orientation Materials
  • Round-trip airfare from JFK to Vienna, Austria
  • Accommodation (hotels and/or apartment hotels)
  • Some breakfasts
  • Orientation in Vienna
  • In-country program transportation
  • Field trips and activities
  • Online Instruction
  • Classroom space and services of the Austro-American Institute of Education (AAIE)
  • Onsite Instruction and guest lectures
  • Brockport’s Study Abroad Office Services – including Brockport Faculty Director
  • Various campus fees ** (College Fee, Technology Fee, ect.)
  • SUNY International Health Insurance *

Not Included:
  • Passport
  • Meals 
  • Transportation to and from JFK
  • Miscellaneous Personal Expenses (includes entertainment, souvenirs, ect.)
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.

Financial aid applies towards fees.

*The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
**Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.



Students will receive 6 credits for this program. 
In addition to three general study abroad credits, each student will choose to complete the requirements of (and earn another three credits for) either Cross-Cultural Psychology or Historical and Systemic Perspectives on Clinical Psychology. The light side and the dark side of human culture and behavior will be explored through the lens of each student’s chosen psychology course. See syllabi for details.

Course syllabi:
Cross-Cultural Psychology Syllabus.pdf
Historical & Systemic Perspectives Syllabus.pdf
DeHart-Snarr - Austria June-July 2016 - OAP Syllabus.pdf


Day 1: Orientation program at AAIE

Day 2: Guided tour of Old Vienna


Day 3: Visit Naschmarkt open-air food market & international flea market

Day 5: Visit Art History Museum

Day 6: Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Day 7: Visit Sigmund Freud’s office and the Freud Museum

Day 8: Tour Schönbrunn Palace & its grounds

Days 9-11: Salzburg Excursion (including many sites and the Untersbergbahn)



Day 12: Service project with immigrants and/or refugees (if such can be arranged)

Day 13: Attend opera performance at the Vienna Volksoper (Strauss’ “The Bat” with English supertitles).


Day 14: Melk/Krems day trip (Tour Melk monastery, then a boat ride up the Danube River to Krems)


Day 15: Attend classical music concert (Mozart Ensemble)

Day 16: Visit Jewish Museum
Day 17: Day trip to Mauthausen concentration camp

Day 18: FREE DAY; pack to return home

Day 19: Leave Austria


This is an eight-week program. Specific itinerary in Austria subject to change.
May 6–June 14, 2016: Online instruction (see syllabi)
June 15–July 4, 2016: On-site instruction in Austria
July 5–July 8: Write and submit final papers

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