The Austria Program | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • The Austrian Experience

    Your Semester in Austria
    Everything that makes Franciscan University great, dropped into the breathtaking beauty of the Alps of central Europe. You can also read all about others students adventures in Austria on our Student Blog.
  • Program highlights

    • Classes are available every semester, taught in English by Franciscan University professors.
    • Students follow a four-day class schedule that includes a selection of courses from history, philosophy, theology, art history, or foreign language.
    • Tuition, room, and board at the Austrian Program are the same as the Steubenville Campus.
    • Additional costs include airfare to and from Austria, an Austria fee, and travel costs in Europe (Eurail pass).

    The Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu

    The former monastery that serves as dormitory and home base, the Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu, is an international historical landmark which serves as an elegant hotel during summer months. Its location in central Austria positions it as an ideal point for explorations throughout Europe: eastern and western. With the Eurail pass, students can ski the Swiss Alps, see the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, and take a gondola ride in Venice, all within an easy travel day from the Kartause. Learn more about this historic and unforgettable place.

    Austria Program Vision Statement

    The study abroad program of Franciscan University, situated in Gaming, Austria invites the student to experience an integration of the intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and Franciscan life. Those who fully participate in this singularly unique program will be presented the opportunity to grow, develop and be formed into a more mature student while deepening their love for and experience of different cultures, creation, God and the Catholic Church.


  • The Austrian Experience

    A Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

    Take classes in the history of the French Revolution, and then board a train to France when class ends. Learn more about the history of Christianity one day, then travel to Rome and other hallowed sites of Christendom the next.

    After their freshman year, all Franciscan students have the opportunity to study for one semester in Franciscan University of Steubenville's Austrian Program. The picturesque village of Gaming, nestled in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, serves as home base for the 150 students who take advantage of this program each semester. They live and study in a fourteenth-century Carthusian monastery, restored to its original Baroque splendor.

  • Cultural Impact

  • Explore and Experience

  • Academics & Austria

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