Austria is a landlocked country in the centre of Europe. The capital, Vienna, is a cultural and historical centre, as there are many palaces, grand ballrooms, coffee houses and churches.
*Austria will consider accepting students aged 14 on arrival to program on a case by case basis.
Students that do not speak German must be prepared to participate in an online learning program (Rosetta Stone) and must participate in language courses (private tutor or in a language school) while on program, which are not included in the program fee. Please contact us for approximate costs.
There are a vast variety of schools in Austria, including Gymnasiums (which prepare students for university), vocational or technical schools. It is very likely that during your stay in Austria you will be able to explore new areas of knowledge or that you can specialise in your chosen field.
Vienna is considered a “melting pot” because of its culturally diverse citizens, but each part of the country also shows different influences from their neighbouring or intrinsic cultures. The Austrian population is very diverse.
There is no “typical” Austrian family: While some of the host families live in urban areas, the majority lives in the countryside. While some families love to do outdoor activities such as skiing or riding a bike, others are more interested in culture, or in socializing with their family members. While some families are large, especially in rural areas, and their grandparents and relatives play an important role in everyday life, other families are quite small and sometimes headed by a single parent. In many families both parents work outside home.
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