Academics in Austria

Academics in Austria are no less rigorous than on campus back in Steubenville. You will learn from Franciscan University professors in classes taught in English. Every major program offered at Franciscan allows for time spent in Austria, but you need to prepare well in advance with your advisor so your academic needs are met while studying in Austria.

Students with Disabilities

Franciscan University encourages all students to study in Austria. Our Austrian Office and our Center for Success work to make this unique study abroad opportunity available to all. Students requesting accommodations are encouraged to contact the Center for Success as soon as they begin planning their semester abroad. The key to a successful adventure in Austria is advanced planning. Learn More at the Center for Success »

Classes offered in Austria

For the official list be sure to consult your advisor and the Austria Study Abroad page on The Port, but in general here are the courses offered in Gaming each semester:

Available in Fall and Spring Semesters

  • ART 118 GA: Painting I
  • ART 436 GA-1: Sacred Art Studio
  • ART 436 GA-2: Introduction to Portrait Drawing and Painting
  • ART 150 GA: Visual Arts and the Catholic Imagination
  • EDU 208 GA: English Learners In a Specialized Atmosphere (ELISA)
  • ENG 210 GA: Epic and the Person
  • ENG 211 GA: Lyric & Dramatic Voices
  • GRM 439 GA: Austrian Culture & Language (1 credit)
  • PHL 113 GA: Philosophy of the Human Person
  • PHL 211 GA: Metaphysics
  • PHL 212 GA: Foundations of Ethics
  • THE 110 GA: Word of God: Scripture & Tradition
  • THE 115 GA: Christian Moral Principles
  • THE 341 GA: Christian Marriage
  • THE 305 GA: Mariology
  • THE 395 GA: Theology of the Body
  • THE 409 GA: Christian Spirituality

Available Fall Only

  • ENG 227/PHL 423 GA: Philosophical and Biblical Themes in Literature: Eros and Agape / Philosophy in Literature
  • ENG 436 GA: The Victorian Period
  • GRM 101 GA: Elementary German I
  • GRM 201 GA: Intermediate German I
  • HON 201 GA: Honors Program III (4 credits)
  • HON 301 GA: Honors Program V (4 credits)
  • HON 401 GA: Honors Program VII (4 credits)
  • HST 105 GA: History of Western Civilization I
  • HST 207 GA: History of the United States I
  • HST 323 GA: Medieval World
  • NUR 201 GA: Nursing from Concept to Practice (video-conference)
  • PHL 430 GA: Philosophical Texts: Phenomenology
  • THE 213 GA: Trinity and Christology

Available Spring Only

  • BUS 344 GA: Integrative Experience in International Business
  • ENG *** GA: Poetry and Plays of St. John Paul II
  • GRM 102 GA: Elementary German II
  • GRM 202 GA: Intermediate German I
  • HON 202 GA: Honors Program IV (4 credits)
  • HON 302 GA: Honors Program VI (4 credits)
  • HST 106 GA: History of Western Civilization II
  • HST 327 GA: French Revolution & 19th Century Europe
  • HST 339 GA: Chivalry & Knighthood
  • PHL 411 GA: Aesthetics
  • THE 214 GA: Theology of the Church

The ELISHA Program

  • ELISA – the English Learners in Specialized Atmosphere course (EDU 208) – is a field-experience class by students can gain teaching experience via instructing English to Austrian pupils. In this way, FUS students can become closely acquainted with a different schooling system, through which they can gain a new perspective on education systems back home. This Education course is open to all majors.  
  • ELISA meets twice a week—first, under the guidance of an FUS professor, to discuss materials pertaining to how to teach ELL (English Language Learners) courses, and a second time using the acquired knowledge preparing and delivering a lesson at a local school.  
  • ELISA partners with local schools in Gaming (all within walking distance from the Kartause).    
  • Students work with both an FUS professor on ground and also with Austrian school teachers, students will participate in these school visits as guest lecturers or content facilitators.  
  • Austrian pupils’ ages range between 14 and 17, roughly corresponding to High School levels in the American system. 
  • FUS students are not required to know German in order to participate in this program. 
  • Taking the ELISA course not only counts towards Education degree requirements, but also, it expands the horizons of students –regardless of major – who could see themselves teaching outside of the USA at a later stage in their careers. 
  • Feel free to contact Professor Karin Zinner ([email protected]) for further information. 
Austria Faculty

Dr. Javier Carreño

Austria Faculty Chair

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