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Stanford-Vienna Exchange

Winter in Vienna
Photo Credit: Jessie Brunner

The Stanford–Vienna Academic Exchange is an Autumn Quarter exchange program between IPS and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA).

Two second-year students from each institution are selected by application to receive fellowships to spend Autumn Quarter in an academic exchange at the other institution.

The DA is a postgraduate professional school dedicated to preparing talented graduates for international careers and positions of leadership in international affairs. Training areas encompass international relations, political science, international and EU law, economics, history and languages. 

Studying at the Diplomatic Academy

At the DA, IPS students will work with renowned European scholars and a diverse, vibrant group of students at one of Europe’s most highly regarded international studies institutions.

In particular, IPS students will have the opportunity to:

  • Focus on European Union issues and policies

  • Enroll in intensive German or French language study

  • Take study trips to other regions of Europe, and visit the many international organizations headquartered in Vienna and nearby cities

  • Participate in specialized courses and seminars led by prominent scholars with the goal of training students for careers in international organizations, public service and international business.

Please visit Program Details for information on academics and funding.

How to Apply


To be eligible, IPS students must have completed one full year of credit (45 units) by the start of the exchange in Autumn Quarter. Students must also be in good academic standing and have no restrictions in spending the entire quarter in Vienna, Austria.


Application deadline: February 26, 2016

Notification email sent to applicants: March 18, 2016

Deadline to commit to participate: April 1, 2016

How to Apply

IPS students must submit the following materials to IPS Associate Director Sara Tung:

  •   Application Form

  • Statement of Purpose

    • Explain your interest in the program, applicable background, and ways your participation in the program would further your academic and professional goals.

  • Unofficial Stanford transcript

  • Resume

Applications will be evaluated on academic performance, demonstrated interest in European studies, and alignment of academic and professional goals with the program.