ViennaSummer Study Tour

Required Course(s)
Positive Psychology

On this Study Tour we investigate well-being from different perspectives, including how culture as well as the social and the natural/built environment affects us. We will spend the week in Vienna, the home of Victor Frankl (1905-1997), whose work on meaning is central to positive psychology and still important today. In addition, the city is a hub for famous Austrian art, sophisticated cafés, impressive architecture, and a bustling student culture. Here, we will zoom in on positive psychology topics such as meaning and purpose in life, resilience, creativity, flow theory, and the link between the natural/built environment and human flourishing.

The week-long Study Tour is an integral part of the Core Course with cultural and historical visits, academic lectures, and hands-on experiential learning activities that give you a forum to discuss and explore the historical, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds of positive psychology.

Tour Objectives

  • Gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of how classroom theories apply to the real-world environment
  • Develop a deeper insight into Europe through exposure to culture, history, and socioeconomic climates
  • Track traces of positive psychology and its philosophical and theoretical inspirations

Possible Activities

  • Meet with researchers and practitioners about their cutting-edge research and its applications in a global context
  • Participate in experiential learning activities in order to gain a deeper understanding of factors that allow human flourishing