Foundations of Psychology in Vienna

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First year Psychology students enrolled on Core Areas of Psychology (PSYC1091) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum places on this opportunity is 55 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 20. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria.


The purpose of this trip is to engage students in a variety of psychological topics and issues by exploring the city, people and history of Vienna. This trip will focus on psychological topics and issues such as mental health, nature/nurture and prejudice and resilience.

Students will have the opportunity to examine approaches to mental health and the nature/nurture debate by exploring the lives of two of Vienna’s most famous residents, Freud and Mozart (e.g., including visits to their places of work and residence: the Sigmund Freud Museum and Mozarthaus). For example, this trip will explore questions such as, how did Freud study the unconscious mind, and was Mozart’s genius the product of nature or nurture? Students will also have the opportunity to examine prejudice and resilience by exploring the history of the Holocaust, including visits to the Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial and/or KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen. Throughout, students will have the opportunity to contextualise their learning by linking these visits to psychological research and theory.

Building on topics and issues explored in Year 1, the key outcome of this trip will be a strengthened foundation in the core areas of psychology, supporting more advanced study of these topics and issues in Year 2.

Cultural activities

Students will have the opportunity to explore Vienna’s world-renowned architecture, museums, music and food. Students will be able to visit one of its grand palaces, including the Schönbrunn, Hofburg and Belvedere palaces. Students will also be able to visit one of its many museums, including the Kunsthistorisches Museum and Natural History Museum Vienna. Finally, students will be encouraged to attend a concert of one of Vienna’s most famous residents, Mozart.

Travel and accommodation

  • Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Austrian immigration requirements.

EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Austria and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Once accepted, should you require visa advice, please contact the Global Mobility Office.

The Global Mobility Office can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Thursday 11 June 2020
  • Return date: Tuesday 16 June 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300-350
  • Students will also be required to pay for: food & drinks, entry fees, and visa (if applicable)
  • DMU Global bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 10 February 2020 9am