Destinations! Austria

Culture and Health in Austria
SUMMER: Approximately, May 19 - June 8, 2014

Enjoy learning about health and wellness in “the Napa Valley of Austria.”; Live in the spa town of  Bad Gleichenberg while you learn from Austrian experts about environmental, economic, cultural, and social influences on health care and health promotion. Experience firsthand a European lifestyle and discuss the differences and similarities in lifestyle with Austrian students. Apply what you learn to health in the American context.  We’ll visit Vienna, curative mineral baths and local food producers. We’ll cook with Austrian students, tour the countryside, go wine tasting, climb a mountain, and more.

One long weekend will be free for your own travel plans. Accessible cities include Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Prague, Venice and Budapest, among other locales. We will be hosted by our partner institution, the FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciences, and thus accommodations will be in a student dormitory.

Application Deadline: December 1 for guaranteed consideration. Late applications are often taken. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50.

Applications may be taken after December 1 if a position is available; contact the International Programs Office about available positions. Late applicants may have a higher airfare cost.

Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.


Most seminars are open to all majors and minors, not simply those whose field/s matches the department/s granting credit. For continuing UWSP students a minimum GPA of 2.25 is required.

Priority is given to regularly registered UWSP students, but students from other universities and community members are welcome to apply. All participants will be registered in a college course, for credit or audit at the same cost, and will be expected to participate in the program at an intellectual level.


Approximately $4,350-4,850 Includes airfare,  lodging, meal supplemental allowance, 3-credits of UWSP Wisconsin resident undergraduate tuition, UW-System mandated health insurance, tours, lectures, etc.  Plan your budget to cover passport fees and spending money. 




This trip carries one course option for three transferable UW-Stevens Point credits. All students will initially register for INTL 391.  After completion of the program, students will discuss with their academic advisor whether and how the course will count toward major requirements or GDRs.  Please discuss the academic requirements of this trip with Dr. Annie C. Wetter.

The course will compare and contrast health and lifestyle issues in America and Austria by examining the following:

  • Impact of culture on health, beliefs, and attitudes;
  • Resources available to support healthy lifestyles;
  • Economic, social, and cultural influences that shape health care

Students will also be able to discuss issues with Austrian students enrolled in the course. There will be a 3-day field experience during which students will be immersed in a small mountain village to experience the lifestyle of the local people, including their food ways, physical activity habits, and outlets for leisure and culture. Students will share this experience with Austrian students taking part in the trip. Course options, subject to approval, are:


Proposed Schedule:

Monday, May 19: Depart Chicago
Tuesday, May 20: Arrive Graz, bus transfer to Bad Gleichenberg, Welcome lunch and orientation
Wednesday, May 21: Culture and Health Class: Introduction, Tour of Riegersburg Castle, then spa visit
Thursday, May 22: Culture and Health Class, afternoon trip to Graz, Walking tour
Friday, May 23- Sunday, May 25: Hiking trip to Grebenzen Nature Park
Monday, May 26- -Wednesday, May 28 Culture and Health Class, including all-day culinary excursion
Thursday, May 29: (Holiday) – Sunday, June 1: Long weekend for individual travel
Monday, June 2 - Thursday, June 5: Culture and Health Class
Friday, June 6: Travel to Vienna, Walking tour of Vienna
Saturday, June 7: visit to Naschmarkt (open-air market), Tour of Schönbrunn Palace, additional individual sightseeing, farewell dinner
Sunday, June 8: Depart for Chicago.

Academic Leaders


The program is directed by Dr. Jim Miller, FH Joanneum, Department of Health Management in Tourism.  Dr. Annie Wetter is Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Promotion and Human Development is the UWSP academic liaison for the program.  See her for academic advising.  She has been to Bad Gleichenberg and is familiar with the study/tour.


Contact: Dr. Annie C. Wetter


Up to fifteen weeks before the start of the program, all fees except the initial deposit will be refunded. After the time, tuition, airline, tour costs and housing charges are assessed. If the program would be cancelled, all fees will be refunded. Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or to alter the program.

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