IES Vienna Language Buddy Program


My name is Meral Kölblinger and I coordinate the Language Buddy Program for an American study abroad program in Vienna, IES Abroad Vienna.

I am currently looking for any fluent German speakers who are interested in being paired up with an American language buddy (American university student) to help each other practice the two languages. Please note: a few of our students are not American so if you would only like an American buddy, please specify this in your application. These students study at an American University in the U.S., but are international students there.

The only requirement of the program is to meet your buddy once a week in order to have a conversation! The purpose of this program is to not only practice English/German, but to get to know the other person’s culture. I will also be organizing a few Language Buddy events throughout the semester so you can meet more of our students. Attendance is not mandatory, but encouraged.

The program would only last from March 2019 to mid-May 2019, as the American university students will return to the U.S. then.

If you are interested or have friends who are interested, please send the answers to the questions below to The students will read your answers and will pick you based on what you write, so please be as detailed as you can!

 Language Buddy Questions

1. When are you available to start?

2. What are your interests and hobbies?

3. How old are you?

4. How should your buddy contact you? (email, text, etc.) Please share your email address and/or phone number here:

5. Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself?
Examples: special talents, favorite type of music, favorite vacation destination, favorite tv show, etc. In other words, here you can share anything random about yourself.

Meral Kölblinger

Health and Safety Coordinator, IES Abroad Vienna

IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students)
Palais Corbelli

Vienna, Austria
Office: +43.1.512.2601.30
Cell: +43.699.181.44.621

Open Call for Graz International Summer School Seggau


Are you ready for a once in a lifetime summer school experience?

Challenge your understanding of the world and immerse yourself in a cutting-edge international academic environment.

Already curious? Watch our short clip here.

Graz International Summer School Seggau 2019 (GUSEGG)

For internationally oriented, highly motivated students from all disciplines and all levels.

June 30 – July 13, 2019
Seggau Castle, Leibnitz, Austria

  • 2-week summer university with a unique campus atmosphere
  • Lectures, 7 individual seminars, evening events
  • Discussions and networking opportunities with international lecturers and students
  • All-inclusive package (tuition, meals, accommodation, extra-curricular program, Graz excursion)
  • 6 ECTS credits for participation and seminar paper
  • Developing skills in public speaking, academic, and creative writing
  • Publishing opportunity in Off Campus: Seggau School of Thought publication series

Application Deadline: March 18, 2019

Detailed information about the summer school program:

Graz International Summer School Seggau


 Apply now and experience two unforgettable weeks in Austria!

GUSEGG 2019 General Description (Curriculum)

EFA 2019 scholarships: Call for applications

Today’s young people will shape tomorrow’s Europe. With our scholarships, we aim to give quite a few of them a European perspective and to excite them about Europe.


A scholarship covers participation in the seminars, breakout sessions and plenary discussions of the European Forum Alpbach. The call for applications is aimed at young people under 30 years of age from all over the world who want to come to Alpbach with their bags filled with fresh ideas for science and society.

All information about the application procedure can be found online:

March workshops with Catherine McNamara

Deadline to register for March workshops with Catherine McNamara is Friday March 15, 2019.

Saturday March 30 – A Practical Guide to Submission and Revision, 10:00 – 12:30, €65

Where are you with regard to submitting your work? Do you try too hard to perfect your text? Do you dash off work without carefully considering guidelines? Do you show your work around before you submit? How do you handle rejection? In this workshop I will speak about the 100-rejection Challenge which will help you get over the defeat of rejection. I will talk about submission strategy and objectives with regard to literary reviews and competitions, dealing with short stories and flash fiction. I will give you a rundown on UK, European and American literary reviews, and point out websites that carry key information. I’ll also talk about the reality of finding an agent who believes in your work, and the road to publication. What is real in the business of writing, and where will you find meaningful satisfaction?

Saturday March 30 – Sensuality in Writing: A Study of Restraint and Explicitness, 2:00 – 4:30, €65

Some of the clunkiest writing occurs when authors give us sex scenes. Why is this? Why does too much become hilarious or vulgar, while some writers find an arousing balance between suggestion and representation. How is this done? In this workshop we will do a series of exercises to learn this craft, to find a balanced voice to explore this central but tricky subject. We will be comparing texts of the great sensual writers – Anais Nin and Henry Miller, James Joyce – with more contemporary writers such as Haruki Murakami, Mary Gaitskill, Aimee Bender, Toni Morrison, Milan Kundera, James Salter, and Kristen Roupenian, author of last year’s New Yorker phenomenon, ‘Cat Person’. We will also glance at the Guardian’s Bad Sex Award – why do these texts written by capable writers strike a dud note? How can we avoid this in our own texts?

Sunday March 31 – Location, Voice and Authenticity, 10:00 – 2:00, €120

Many of us who travel or live abroad are drawn to characters and stories that belong to these different worlds. How can we tell these stories with authenticity and respect? What aspects of a location should we convey, to avoid cliché and add to the story? How do we make an environment convincing to the reader, one that is not our birthplace or where our birth tongue is not spoken? How do we effectively adopt the voice of a member of a different gender, persuasion, race, age, origin? All fiction relies upon story-telling that convinces and transports the reader, but what are today’s rules? In this workshop we will consider the topic of cultural appropriation and ask ourselves, do we have the right to tell another’s story? What must we keep in mind? We will examine Kazuo Ishiguro’s story ‘Crooner’, set in Venice, from his collection Nocturnes, a sublime example of voice and location, and the many voices in Nam Le’s book The Boat. We will also discuss some of my own stories set in West Africa, the search for authenticity, and the risks and riches of using personal experience in your work. How does one create the new reality of fiction, from events or places in life? We will also be doing a series of exercises about each aspect of the topic – location, voice, authenticity – to help give you the bones of a new story or project.

Classes are limited to 10 participants. 10% discount if you sign up for all 3 workshops.


Deadline to register for March workshop: Get your Brand Noticed is also March 15, 2019

We’re living in an online world that is full of noise. Your customer’s attention span lasts for less than 8 seconds,  so you better make every single word you write count – no matter if it’s on your website, social media, a newsletter, or on a landing page-you want the voice to represent your brand.

Setting your tone of voice is the baseline of creating a strong brand, writing great copy, and creating content that converts into customers.

Your tone gives your brand a personality that your customers can rely on and learn to trust. It’s not about what you say – it’s about HOW you say it.

In this workshop, Olivia Scheibelreiter, Copywriter, Content Creator, and Founder of ‘Say it right’, will walk you through what a brand’s tone of voice is and how to go about finding yours.

Workshop ‘take-away’

  • Understand why finding your tone of voice and keeping it consistent is essential for your brand
  • Have tips and tricks on how to find your brand’s tone of voice
  • Learn how you can keep your tone of voice consistent even if your company or team starts to grow


Who should attend this workshop?

  • Small business owners, entrepreneurs, soloprenuers, writers
  • Marketing/content managers looking to improve their copy/content/brand
  • Anyone interested in:
    • branding
    • copywriting
    • content creation
    • Non-native English speakers looking to find their brand’s tone of voice when writing English content

When: Tuesday March 19, 2019
Time: 18:00-20:30
Where: Döblinger Hauptstrasse, 1190 (close to U6, trams 37 and 38)
Price: €70


Greetings from Kirsten and Ranya!
Send inquiries to

More information:


First Semester Information Lecture

Dear Freshmen,

you are starting your first semester in March but are still confused about the details of the English department, organizational matters or the student representatives?

We got you covered!

On Friday, March 1st, we strongly reccommend you attend the information lecture specifically designed for your study program.

BEd: 9:45 – 11:15 (lecture hall C2)

BA: 11:30 – 13:00 (lecture hall C2)

We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Pre-Semester office hours

Until the start of the summer semester we are offering a few additional office hours for those of you who have to many or too difficult questions to answer in writing.

Tue, Feb 26: 1p.m. – 3p.m. (Marina)
Thu, Feb 28: 2p.m. – 4p.m. (Marina)
Mon, March 4: 10a.m. – 12p.m. (Leonie)
Wed, March 6: 10a.m. – 12.p.m. (Tamara)

As always, you ca reach us via e-mail ( an we will get back to you as soon as we can.

The official office hours for SS19 will be announced soon.

Five productions with English supertitles at Volkstheater

Throughout this season the Volkstheater is showing five productions with English supertitles! The range varies from classical plays shown in a new way, a comedy about a refugee and his Austrian family to a modern and political love-story. Therefore everybody will hopefully find a play, even though they don´t speak German.

Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” is shown with English supertitles since the beginning of the season. Director Anna Badora transformed the classic into a game of hazard, with the audience choosing the actor to portray the main figure at the beginning of the show.

Another classic shown with English supertitles is “Don Karlos” by Friedrich Schiller, a drama surrounding the infamous power battle at the Spanish court of Philipp the II. Critics described the presentation by director Barbara Wysocka is as a “little theatre miracle”.

A part of Austrian history is made accessible through English and Czech supertitles for the non-German speaking audience: Grillparzer’s “König Ottokars Glück und Ende”, by award winning director Dušan David Pařízek, thrills the audience and portraits the origin of Austria’s Habsburg monarchy.

“Gutmenschen” focuses on the siblings Maryam and Elias and their mobile family structure. The children are well, new relationships have emerged. Austria moves to the right and the cousin Yousef receives a negative asylum decision. Don’t miss the whimsical comedy which is to be seen on March 30 for the last time with English supertitles!

English as well as Kurdish supertitles are being used at the showing of “Rojava”. From the 28 of February the play will complete the offer on plays with supertitles. The highly musical show tells the love-story all around Michael, a Viennese travelling to the Kurdish de facto autonomous region Rojava to live with the revolutionaries and fight for a better world.

We would love to welcome you at the Volkstheater.

Tickets and special group-discounts:
Tel.: 01/52111-400, and

Call for Application: Ethnocineca Filmwerkstatt 2019 (German)

Du hast Interesse am ethnographischen Dokumentarfilm? Du schaust leidenschaftlich gern Filme und wolltest schon immer mal selbst ein Thema visuell umsetzen? Dann ist die der 10-tägige Filmworkshop der ethnocineca genau das Richtige für Dich.

Von 02.05. – 12.05.2019 bietet Dir die ethnocineca Filmwerkstatt in Wien die Möglichkeit zum Erlernen der theoretischen Grundlagen und der praktischen Umsetzung ethnographischer und dokumentarischer Kurzfilme. Die in Österreich einzigartige Workshopreihe bietet in 10 Tagen komplexe Einblicke in das Handwerk, sowie vielfältige methodische und theoretische Zugänge zu ethnographischem Dokumentarfilmschaffen. Nach vier Tagen des fachlichen Inputs von internationalen FilmemacherInnen, ProduzentInnen und AnthropologInnen konzipieren die TeilnehmerInnen ihr eigenes Dokumentarfilm-Projekt und setzen dieses in den darauffolgenden sieben Tagen in Teamarbeit um. Neben Filmdiskussionen, einer Einführung in die anthropologische Herangehensweise im Dokumentarfilm, praktischen Übungen zu Kamera und Interviewtechniken, sowie einem ganzen Tag zu Montage und Schnitt durch eine/n Wiener SchnittmeisterIn, freuen wir uns dieses Jahr besonders auf den Anthropologen, Künstler und Filmemacher Chris Wright der Goldsmiths University of London, der den TeilnehmerInnen seinen Blick für neue Formen des visuellen Erzählens vermittelt. Er ist als Visueller Anthropologe sowohl im künstlerischen wie im wissenschaftlichen Bereich tätig und gibt leidenschaftlich gern und mitreißend sein Wissen weiter. Chris Wright wird einen ganzen Workshop-Tag gestalten und den TeilnehmerInnen zur Verfügung stehen.

Bewerbt Euch bis 11. März 2019 mit einer Filmidee zum Thema At Risk.

Mehr Informationen zu Filmwerkstatt und Anmeldemodalitäten findet Ihr im Infoblatt (siehe Anhang) und auf unserer Website:

Wie in den vergangenen Jahren, gibt es auch heuer wieder zwei gratis TeilnehmerInnenplätze, für die Ihr Euch bei finanziellem Bedarf bewerben könnt.

Bei Fragen wendet Euch bitte an Katja oder Sophie unter

Wir freuen uns schon auf Eure Bewerbungen!

Herzliche Grüße,

Das FWS Team
Katja Seidel und Sophie Wagner

INFO pdf:

CodeFactory course discount (German)

Von den Human- zu Geistes- und Naturwissenschaften durchdringt die Digalisierung alle Bildungs- und Lebensbereiche. So sind, quer durch alle Studienrichtungen, Kompetenzen und Verständnis für die digitalen Aspekte unseres Lebens entscheidend. Mehr noch, haben darin ausgebildete Personen einen entscheidenden Vorteil am Arbeitsmarkt und der interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit. 

Um diesen Bedarf zu decken möchte die CodeFactory ihr Fortbildungsangebot den StudentInnen Ihrer Fachrichtung besonders vergünstigt anbieten.  

Unsere bisherigen Kurse und mehr als 200 Absolventen haben uns gezeigt, dass die erworbenen Fähigkeiten die eines Studiums wunderbar komplementieren. Sei es um z.B.: eine Bachelor-Arbeit statistisch aufzubereiten und Daten dafür zu sammeln, Websites und Applikationen für persönliche Projekte zu erstellen oder um sich das Studium zeiteffizient selbst finanzieren zu können. 


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Praktikantinnen und Praktikanten für die Lernbetreuung in Englisch (German)

Der Verein JUHU wurde Anfang 2017 gegründet, um sozial benachteiligte Kinder und Jugendliche dabei zu unterstützen, ihre Persönlichkeit zu entfalten und ihre Chancen in einer ungleichen Gesellschaft bestmöglich wahrzunehmen. Durch Lernbegleitung und Beratung, wollen wir die Selbstständigkeit fördern und persönliche Ressourcen stärken. Ziel ist es, Benachteiligungen in den individuellen Startvoraussetzungen auszugleichen.
Begleitet werden unsere Angebote durch themenrelevante Workshops und spezifische Beratung (z.B. zum Thema Legasthenie, Lernblockaden, etc.).

Beschäftigungsbeginn: Anfang März 2019
Beschäftigungsausmaß: geringfügig im Ausmaß von 5-10 Wochenstunden (1-2 Nachmittage zu je 5 Stunden)

Mindestdauer für das Praktikum: Anfang März 2019 – Ende Juni 2019
Entgelt: 200€/Monat

Ihre Aufgaben umfassen:
-Unterstützung bei der Lernbetreuung in Englisch von Kindern & Jugendlichen im Alter von 6 bis 19 Jahren
-Mithilfe bei der Aufbereitung von Lernmaterialien in Englisch, Dokumentation der Lernbegleitung
-Kooperation mit der Leitung und der zuständigen Pädagogin
-Mitwirken an der Umsetzung unseres Leitbildes
-Teilnahme an Teambesprechungen

-Abgeschlossene oder laufende Ausbildung z.B. Lehramtsstudium Englisch oder in pädagogischer Ausbildung befindend und ausgezeichnete Englischkenntnisse
-Freude an der Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen sowie hohe soziale Kompetenz
-Selbstständigkeit und eigenverantwortliches Arbeiten
-Einfühlungsvermögen und zuverlässig

Wir bieten:
-eine interessante, sinnvolle und abwechslungsreiche Tätigkeit, die je nach Ausbildung auch als Praktikum für das Studium angerechnet werden kann
-die Möglichkeit der Durchführung eines Praxisprojekts für das Studium in unserem Verein
-einen wertschätzenden Umgang und ein offenes Miteinander
-einen regelmäßigen Austausch im Team (Reflexionsrunden), Team-Besprechungen und Praktikumsbewertung mit der Leiterin

Bei Interesse schicken Sie bitte Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen (inklusive Lebenslauf) an:
Frau Mag.a Domenika Gasser, 0660/7738766