Program Highlights

The Austria Summer Experience offers innovative, transformative courses in a beautiful, contemplative setting. In addition to classes, students participate in a rich communal living centered around the Mass, hikes, day-trips, intellectual discussion, and a shared rhythm of life.


  • 3-week class session in Gaming, Austria: May 18 – June 7, 2024 
  • Classes run 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • 3 school-sponsored excursions to the Danube, Salzburg, and Vienna included in the program costs. 
  • Optional, additional 8-day trip to Rome and Assisi at the end of the 3 weeks (approximately $1,500 – covers transportation, lodging, and most meals). June 7 – 16, 2024 

Available Courses

Abba: The Call to ParenthoodWith Matt Fradd and Dr. Rob McNamara 

  • Learn about the nature, distinctiveness, and destiny of the human person. 


In the Footsteps of Francis: An Interdisciplinary Approach to PilgrimageWith Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, and others 

  • Learn about the philosophy, theology, history, and art surrounding pilgrimage and then walk a portion of the Via di San Francesco from Rome to Assisi. 


From Gluten to Glory: Virtue Formation & Bread Making with Dr. Brandon Dahm and Dr. Matt Breuninger 

  • Learn to make a hearty loaf of sourdough bread as a framework to explore the philosophy, psychology, and theology of virtue formation.
  • Read more about the bread making class here.

The Last Homely House: Tolkien & ImaginationWith Dr. Ben Reinhard 

  • Explore the foothills of the Alps as you read Tolkien’s prose and poetry, learning to see the world the way he did. 


Applied Content Marketing at an Austrian Brewery With Prof. JoAnn Sciarrino

  • Learn the fundamentals of content marketing, how to create and measure contemporary content marketing programs, and apply these skills to create and recommend a content marketing program to a centuries-old brewery nestled in the Austrian Alps.

Windows to Heaven: Theology & Iconography With Dr. William and Claire Newton 

  • Practice writing an icon, while exploring the theological dimensions of iconography. 

Cost & Fees

$3,850 total for the program 

  • $1,800 – Tuition per course 
  • $1,200 – Room & Board  
  • $850 – Austria Summer Fee (includes international health insurance, school-sponsored excursions, and additional programming)  


Additional costs to consider: 

  • Airfare (approximately $600-$1,000) 
  • Spending money (suggested $500-$1,500) 
  • Optional 8-day trip to Rome and Assisi (approximately $1,500) 

Contact Us

Should you have additional questions, email [email protected]