Culture and the Arts in Vienna

Program Dates: May 16, 2023 - June 5, 2023

This summer study abroad program, Culture and the Arts in Vienna, consists of two interdisciplinary honors  courses that focus on the art, literature, and music of Vienna from around 1700 to the present. Special  attention will be given to fin de siècle Vienna (1880-1917), as the effects of that time still shape the cultural life of the modern city. Students will examine Vienna's unique urban landscape as well as its rich artistic, literary, political and scientific traditions through numerous texts and site visits. In addition, day long excursions to the  Nazi concentration camp memorial at Mauthausen, the Baroque Monastery at Melk, and Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt are included in the program.  



Vienna is the capital, largest city, and one of nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's most populous city, with about two million inhabitants(2.9 million within the metropolitan area, nearly one third of the country's population), and its cultural, economic, and political center. It is the 6th-largest city proper by population in the European Union and the largest of all cities on Danube river. (Source: Wikipedia)



All program participants will be enrolled in both classes. 

Course Prefix

Course Name



HON 2515

Great Cities: Vienna


Jim Toub & Reeves Shulstad

HON 3515

Fin de Siecle Vienna


Jim Toub & Reeves Shulstad


Faculty Leaders

Dr. Jim Toub
Professor of Art
Department of Art


Jim Toub received his BA from Hampshire College and his MA and Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary University Professors Program at Boston University.  For nearly ten years he lived in Aix-en-Provence, France where he taught art history and studio art at the Institute for American Universities and the Marchutz School of Art.  He has also taught at the Universitie d’Angers, in Angers, France and Hampshire College. He has been the recipient of a University of North Carolina/Appalachian State School/College Excellence in Teaching Award, an ASU Student Government Outstanding Teaching Award, and an Outstanding Service Award in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. 


Dr. Reeves Shulstad
Professor of Musicology
Hayes School of Music


Reeves Shulstad has been a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty since 2009. With earned degrees that include a Masters and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology, Shulstad teaches music history and special topics courses in the undergraduate curriculum.  Her teaching awards include the Hayes School of Music Teacher of the Year in 2013 and the 2022 AppState recepient of the Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award.   In addition to teaching, Shulstad is working on a book about microtonalist composer Tui St. George Tucker, a contemporary of John Cage who split her time between Greenwich Village and Camp Catawba, a boys camp outside of Blowing Rock, NC.  


Dr. Alexandra Sterling-Hellenbrand
Professor of German and Global Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Dr. Sterling Hellenbrand's teaching areas include German language and culture,  medieval German literature, fairy tales, Arthurian legends, and "Mittelalterrezeption"/medievalism. She received a Fulbright Grant to teach and do research at the University of Graz (Austria) in the  spring of 2020.  In 2016, she was honored to receive the Appalachian Global Leadership Award and the award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences for 2014.

Program Cost: $3,950

Program cost includes airfare, meals, lodging, in-country transportation. 

Estimated Additional Expenses


Tuition - Resident

$152.54 / credit hour

Tuition - Non-Resident

$172.54 / credit hour

Personal Expenses




Meals (not included in fee)


Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Payment 1



Payment 2 



Payment 3



Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact one of the program leaders and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from the Office of International Education and Development with a link to the application and further instructions.
  3. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted it and paid the $300 deposit fee. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.