Austria: Exploring Psychology

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Note: The summer 2015 application cycle is now closed. Check back in the fall for information about 2016 study abroad programs.

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” – Sigmund Freud.

This Summer 2015 University of Washington students will have the opportunity to study psychology in Vienna, Austria. Come join us in the city where it all began. 

Academic content

UW Tacoma students receive the following courses and credit:

  • TPSYCH 404 - Psychology of Food and Culture (5 credits) explores physiological and psychological processes involved in ingestive behavior. These concepts are applied to identity through food, cultural variation in food practices, and geopolitics of food. This study abroad will allow students to make first hand observations of the similarities and differences between food in their home culture and in other cultures. Additionally, the course will examine the cultural foodways of Vienna and Prague from a historical perspective, including the effects of communism and modern efforts to implement policies for food security and sovereignty.

  • TPSYCH 445 - Psychology of Superheroes: An Exploration of Good and Evil (5 credits) explores cultural influences on individual attitudes, behaviors, and cognitions related to modern day heroes and villains. Going beyond stereotypical media images, this study abroad will allow students to learn about what it means to be a hero in modern day society by examining ways individuals increase awareness of suffering through understanding values, increasing heroism, and becoming culturally sensitive. In addition, there will be opportunities for students to tour Sigmund Freud’s apartment.

  • TPSYCH 498 - Directed Readings in Psychology (optional 2 credits) In order to make this trip most feasible for students, we will also offer 2 credits of directed readings to help students meet the minimum requirements for full-time registration. This option is not required; however, students will need to decide on the total number of credits they wish to take before the program begins. The total cost of the program remains the same regardless of the amount of credits you decide to take.Image courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office.

Highlights of the program

While in Vienna, there will be opportunities for students to visit:

  • Sigmund Freud’s apartment
  • The natural history museum in Vienna
  • Fool’s Tower (which is the oldest purpose-built insane asylum in Europe)

The cultural foodways and policies of Vienna and Prague will be examined through experiential assignments and a 48-hour trip to Prague. We also plan to explore:

  • Prague National Museum
  • City of Prague Museum

Another 48-hour trip is planned to travel to Munich, Germany to experience the Dachau concentration camp. Travel dates for the program will be July 24 - August 22, 2015.

FacultyImage courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office.

Jennifer Harris, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist for the state of Washington. She teaches the research methods sequence, chemical dependency, personality disorders, and psychology of superheroes for University of Washington Tacoma. Her clinical experience includes conducting forensic evaluations, treating personality disorders, and researching substance use treatments in adolescent populations. Her interests include mindfulness, psychopathology, and heroism.

Leighann Chaffee, M.A., is a lecturer in Psychology for the University of Washington Tacoma. She teaches courses in introductory psychology, biopsychology, research methods, health psychology, psychopharmacology, and psychology of food and culture. Her scholarly interests are in the regulation of ingestive behavior and the role of metacognition in the college classroom. 


Austria is located between 48.2000° N, 16.3500° E. Summer temperatures around Vienna vary from the mid- to high-70s ºF during the day to the mid- to upper 50s ºF at night.Image courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office.

Health Requirements

No immunizations are required for Austria. However, it is advisable that you are up-to-date on your regular immunization schedule. Please consult your personal physician or local health board.


Undergraduate students from any UW campus may apply. A maximum number of students will be selected to participate on the program. Participants are selected on the basis of academic merit, preparation, interest, motivation, emotional maturity, and financial responsibility. No previous international/language experience is required.


Application materials are due by 5 p.m. on March 13, 2015. This year, an interview is required as part of the application process and will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received. The program leaders will contact applicants directly to set up appointment times for the interviews. Applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by April 10. Once accepted to the program, applicants will need to confirm their participation in the program by April 24.

Travel documents and insuranceImage courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office.

A U.S. passport valid 6 months beyond your anticipated date of return to the U.S. is required. No visa or other paperwork is required for U.S. citizens.

Study abroad insurance coverage is a UW requirement. We recommend students take advantage of the UW Study Abroad Insurance, as an easy and affordable option. Students with personal insurance that covers expenses for emergency evacuation, repatriation of remains, injury, illness or death while participating in study or research abroad can petition for a UW Study Abroad Insurance waiver. If the petition is granted, the student will be exempt from the requirement to purchase the UW Study Abroad Insurance Plan. [Additional information...]

Program Cost

The total cost of the program is $3,712.

Included in the cost of the program:

  • Academic course fee in lieu of tuition (12 credits)
  • Hotel/lodge accommodations
  • Ground transportation
  • Transportation & accommodations for all scheduled program excursions
  • Admission fees to museums and other historical sites
  • Course materials

Not included in the cost of the program:Image courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office.

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Costs of travel documents (passport)
  • Meals
  • Study Abroad Insurance

Payment schedule

Amount Due
Administrative Fee
$250 upon acceptance to program
Program Fee
3,462 July 10, 2015

Methods of payment:

The Administrative Fee of $250 is due upon acceptance to the program. This payment can be made online, in person, or by mail.

To make the payment online, click this button to proceed. Please note: Visa or Mastercard only.

Pay Administrative Fee

To pay by check, please make a personal check, cashier's check, or money order payable to University of Washington Tacoma and write "Austria Summer 2015" in the memo line of the check. Submit the check in person to the Cashier's Office by visiting the Carlton building on the fourth floor (CAR 400) or mail it to the following address:Image courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office.

International Programs
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

The Program Fee is charged automatically to your student account upon registration and can be paid online through your MyUW account. Please note: Students do not register themselves for this program. Once a student is accepted to the program, the Office of International Programs will register the student after the Administrative Fee has been paid and all appropriate program documents have been received.

For questions about the payment schedule or the methods of payment available, please contact Tracey Norris, Study Abroad Coordinator, at 253-692-4426 or email tvnorris[at]

Financial aid

Students receiving financial aid which they intend to apply toward the program cost should consult with a financial aid adviser before applying to the program. Some sources of funding, i.e. the GI Bill®, may not cover the cost of study abroad programs. Check with a financial aid advisor to understand how your funds apply toward study abroad. Students may be asked to provide a student financial aid budget to the Financial Aid office for your study abroad program. Please email the Office of International Programs to request the student financial aid budget at uwtintl[at]

Be aware that you may not receive financial aid in time to cover initial program costs. You should be prepared to pay your expenses out of pocket until your financial aid is disbursed. The deadline for program payment cannot be waived or postponed.

Refund conditions for fees

Once you confirm your participation in the program:

  1. If you withdraw prior to April 24, 2015, all payments except the $250 Administrative Fee, will be refunded to you.
  2. If you withdraw on or after April 24, 2015, but prior to June 10, 2015, you are obligated to pay 50% of the total cost of the program.
  3. If you withdraw on or after June 10, 2015, you are obligated to pay the full cost of the program. No refunds will be given for unused accommodations, meals or other fees and services.

Notice of Withdrawal from the program MUST be made in writing and received by the Office of International Programs in one of three ways: in-person in GWP 102, emailed to tvnorris[at], or by mail to the following address:Image courtesy of the Austrian National Tourist Office.

International Programs
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Changes in costs or scope of the program

In the event of significant devaluations of the dollar, some adjustments to program activities may be necessary. If there are any political events that might compromise the safety of the participants, a rescheduling or cancellation of the program may be necessary. If such changes occur, students will be notified of the changes and options will be presented.

Program cancellation

If viable enrollment is not reached by April 24, 2015, the program will be cancelled. Participants will be notified and the Administrative Fee will be refunded.

Equal opportunity and disability accommodations

The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact Disability Support Services at least ten days in advance of the study abroad program application deadline.

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