INNES Institute Vienna

We enable the participants in our courses to develop the knowledge and skills they need for succeeding in their fields and provide an educational platform for all creative and open-minded brains to share their thoughts, expertise and experience


International Summer and Winter Schools are short term academic programs that discuss relevant academic topics and improve participants’ soft skills. They are ideal for presenting, sharing and gaining knowledge over a short period of time. They provide the opportunity to combine learning with a visit to beautiful multicultural Vienna. INNES offers the perfect environment for studying, applying knowledge, and making friends and contacts for your future career.


All International Summer and Winter Schools are taught in English. You need to have functional written and spoken English to at least at B2 level, but we do not require any IELTS scores. There are approximately between 10-20 participants in every Summer School. The academic program takes place mostly in the morning and early afternoon. Workshops, field excursions, company visits and social events take place in the afternoon and evenings. Weekends are free.


International Summer and Winter Schools are held and supervised by lecturers from accredited universities all over the world, or by accomplished and passionate professionals from industry,NGOs or governmental institutions. The lecturers and content of the sessions are chosen according to international academic criteria by an academic board to guarantee high standards and your full satisfaction.


The tuition fee includes the participation fee and all study materials, as well as a “Vienna life package”. This welcome pack contains information about social events and other available services. In the area close to our course institute there is a university cafeteria as well as many restaurants and supermarkets. All participants are welcome to take advantage of our early bird discounts (see FAQs).


You can choose between one, two or three-week interdisciplinary International Summer and Winter Schools consisting of lectures, workshops, in- and outdoor activities, field excursions, discussions and project work. Every program offers a minimum number of contact hours in 45 minute sessions (25, 35 or 45+). Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of participation. After passing the final examination (or completing the final project work) successfully, you will be issued an ECTS-credits certificate as well, which you can use for transferring credits back at your home university.


If you need a visa for Austria we will send you an invitation letter as soon as we receive payment for your course. You will also need to confirm your hostel/student residence booking. The embassy will advise you regarding obligatory health insurance. If you are not sure if you need visa, you can check here .

Free Social Program for International Schools

Apart from developing your academic knowledge and skills at INNES Institute, we also want to you to explore Vienna’s’ multicultural and vibrant atmosphere. This is why we compiled this exciting selection of highlights of Vienna life for you. The entire Social Program is free, and your participation is optional – you can pick and mix exactly those activities that interest you the most. It is important that you select the option "Free Social Program for International Schools" as you register, so that we can make all the necessary arrangements. By participating in the INNES Social program you will experience Vienna beyond the obvious. This is a great opportunity to create new friendships while discovering this beautiful, green and exciting city. Below we’ve listed several of our past social activities. Your summer program may include a few of these activities and a few new ones!

Welcome Package

You will receive your own INNES Institute Vienna bag containing some goodies and important information to help you get you off to a smooth start in Vienna.

Welcome Event

We would like to wish you a warm welcome to your INNES international school. Each school has its own its own welcome event where you will be able to meet your new colleagues and lecturers in a relaxed atmosphere, while sampling some tasty local food. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options are always available on request.

Public Transport

Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you anywhere in the city in no time at all. On weekends and public holidays the underground runs all night, on weekdays the public transport stops just after midnight. To increase your freedom during your stay in Vienna we offer all participants under 27 a special public transport deal for one, two or three weeks. This option has to be booked during the registration process, as we have to order these special passes in advance. The quickest way to get to INNES is by underground (U1, U2 or U4), but also by tram or bus. Have fun exploring!

Walking tour in Vienna’s first district

A  walking tour is a great way to familiarize yourself with Vienna’s stunning first district. This entertaining and informative walking tour lasts 2.5 hours. In this tour you can expect to get an in-depth impression of the breathtakingly beautiful first district. Listen to insider stories told by experienced guides. You will end this tour with a good understanding of historical and cultural highlights of the Austrian history. Also available in German. Give a tip if you liked the tour. 

Bus City Tour

From your comfortable seat in the bus you will get a good overview of the fascinating metropole that is contemporary Vienna: Albertinaplatz – State Opera house – Ringstraße – Mozart Monument – Hofburg - Museum of Fine Arts and Natural History – Parliament – City Hall – Burgtheater – Universität – Vienna Stock Exchange – Schwedenplatz - Hundertwasser house – Krawina Haus – Prater – Donauinsel – UNO City – Johann Strauss Museum – Urania – Ring – Stadtpark – Johann Strauss Denkmal – Beethoven Monument – Karlsplatz - Musikverien – Naschmarkt – Schönbrunn Palace – Belvedere Palace – Schwarzenbergplatz – Albertinaplatz Duration: approx. 2h

Swimming in the Danube river

Together with your new friends and one of our teachers, take U6 or U1 to Donauinsel - a gigantic island in the middle of the river Danube. After a morning of intensive  studies, enjoy the greenery and the glistening blue Danube. You can even take a swim in the Donau and the Alte Donau - it is clean, safe and refreshing! The trip will only take place if at least six participants have registered. 

Guided Tour around Schönbrunn Palace

A few kilometers west of the center of Vienna, the spectacular Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) was built in the early 18th century in a beautiful park-like setting and remains one of Austria's leading attractions. The spectacular park around Schönbrunn Palace covers a massive area and was laid out in the 18th century in Baroque style. A particular pleasure is simply wandering the numerous paths alongside the park's flower beds while trying to spot all 44 of its 18th-century mythological marble sculpture, while finding out a little bit more about Austria's history from your guide. 

Ottakringer Brewery

The Ottakringer Brewery, which opened in 1837, is the last large brewery remaining in Vienna and is located in Ottakring, the 16th district of Vienna. During the guided tour you will be introduced into the process of beer production and you will have the opportunity to sample some of Austria’s most tasty and traditional types of beer. The trip will only take place if at least ten participants have registered. 

United Nations Guided Tour

The United Nations Office at Vienna was established as the third United Nations Headquarters after New York and Geneva (and before Nairobi). It is an extraterritorial area. Multilingual guides inform you about the United Nations in the field of drugs and crime, the peaceful uses of outer space, and refugees. Specialized agencies deal with industrial development, the peaceful use of nuclear energy and the banning of nuclear weapon testing. You will visit exhibitions and a conference room and get to know the fascinating world of the United Nations. The tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours. 

*only available for some schools

Kunst Haus Wien

Located centrally in the 3rd district, the KUNST HAUS WIEN is home to a permanent exhibition of works by the Austrian architect and artist, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Hundertwasser (1928-2000) was one of Austria’s most famous avant-garde artists. His artworks reflect his philosophy, which is based on a harmonious interaction between nature and man. Hundertwasser’s ideas were rooted in ecological views long before they were generally acknowledged, so he can be considered a pioneer of sustainable thinking. His artworks are colourful, inspiring, and stunningly beautiful. 

Vienna Technical Museum

As one of the oldest museums of its kind, the Vienna Technical Museum looks back on more than 100 years of history. At the interface between past and future the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Technical Museum) invites visitors to discover, experience and reflect on different fields of technology and its history, catering to all ages and interests. Historical exhibits, many of them unique, are showcased in their cultural context, with fun ways of transferring knowledge, making it possible to get to grips with technology. 

*only available for some schools

The Musikverein

There are many music societies but only one Musikverein. Music lovers throughout the world know it as the centre of Viennese musical culture, as the focus of the international concert circuit and as the Eldorado of classical music.

*only available for some schools


The erection of its own exhibition building was one of the guiding principles of the "Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession" that was discussed in its foundation meeting. The Secession members commissioned the 30-year-old architect Joseph Maria Olbrich, who was at the time a member of Otto Wagner's atelier, to design the building, which was to become a key work of Viennese Art Nouveau. 

*only available for some schools

Farewell Dinner

It’s the time when we say goodbye. The farewell dinner is a dinner on the last day of your stay in Vienna with your new friends. Vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options are always available on request. We hope we will keep in touch with you and meet you again.

Ice skating at Wiener Eistraum

Located next to Vienna’s beautiful city hall, Rathaus. Make sure you wrap up warm and tighten your skates for a fun time on the ice. Wiener Eistraum is stunning especially after dark, skate with friends whilst admiring your surroundings – and try not to fall over! But don't worry, there are penguins to hold on to. 

*only available for Winter Schools
Innes Vienna testimonial: Valentina


My name is Valentine Bellet and I’m 20 I am studying engineering in Toulouse, France. I choose this summer school because there is a partnership with my school (INSA). I wanted to improve my English, discover a new country and a new city, have fun, meet new people, and learn about sustainable development, because I would like to work in this field in the future. In this class, I enjoyed the content, how it was presented, how the teacher explained, and how the slides were done. I think this course was great for my general culture, how I will see the world and have a better understanding of the world. After this class, I think I will change some things that I am used to do. Now, I know that I really would like to work in this field. I really like the fact that the teacher was French because he said a lot of things about France that I didn’t know before.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Gabriele


My name is Gabriele and I come from Italy. I’m currently studying Economics in my hometown and I chose INNES Institute because of my passion for the subject of the class. I attended the International Economy and Sustainable Development course and it was very stimulating. I found the connections the teacher made between several fields of interest from social issues to environment, from economics to policy to be particularly effective. My experience with INNES was definitely constructive: it helped me build improve my language skills, meet new people, and build confidence on the subject I find crucial for my future and to our society.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Jennie Wang

Jennie Wang

Hi, I’m Jennie Wang, I’m 22 years old, and I come from China. Studying in the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China with a major in Urban Development. Since I have learned the flute for 7 years and am fond of classical music, Vienna was the city that I wanted to visit. I chose INNES because it partners with our school, and I’m interested in architecture. Through this program, I learned a lot about Austrian history and the background behind famous buildings here. The excursions after class were very interesting. The professor’s lessons were vivid, she is very nice, and all the classmates are friendly. I made a lot of friends here! I really had a wonderful time here, and I hope I can go back to Vienna someday.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Neijla


My name is Nejla and I come from Bosnia and Herzegovina. I attended the International Economics and Sustainable Development course. The course itself was very interesting and useful for me since I am studying economics. The summer school gives you an opportunity to meet new people, gain experience, and be involved in the course that you are interested in in a different environment. I would definitely recommend INNES Summer School to those who seek adventure through exploring a different culture and creating long-lading friendships with people from all around the world.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Monique


I am a law student in Brazil and found in INNES a great opportunity to learn something during my vacation. The cross cultural negotiation class had a very international atmosphere and comfortable environment to share opinions and experience. I have developed a lot of skill for reaching agreements and to work together with different cultures and people. Vienna and INNES were an amazing experience for my private as well as my academic/professional life.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Astrid


Hi, I’m Astrid from Copenhagen, Denmark. I took the course ‘Plants and People’ this summer, and I really enjoyed the course as it combined both lectures and field excursions, the teachers were great, and I got to see a lot of Vienna both during the course and in my spare time! I would definitely recommend this course!
Innes Vienna testimonial: Muhammad


I think I have definitely benefited from Plants and People because of the two instructors. Heidi and Elisabeth were so passionate about ethnobotany, and they never fail to go the extra mile in explaining and educating me on the plants. It has helped me develop an interest in gardening, and I hope knowledge gained from Plants and People will help me when I do my final year project back in NTU Singapore.
Innes Vienna testimonial: Chiara


I’m Chiara, I come from Italy, and I study history of art and architecture. I chose INNES because it was a very good chance to go abroad for learning English, to meet people from all over the world, and improve my knowledge about architecture. I really loved the topics of the lessons and our professors, and I learned a lot of new things. As for the impact of the course, now I know that there are too many interesting fields were I can hypothetically work, which will become very useful for my future. Overall, it was a great experience!


INNES is located in the very heart of Vienna, close to Karlsplatz, with accommodation and classes right next to many of the great social and cultural attractions which Vienna has to offer. WLAN is available at the INNES institute.

You can enjoy a fully-equipped room in one of the centrally-located and modern student residences by booking with our partner, the Oead Housing Office. You can reach INNES from any of their locations within 20-30 minutes or less by public transport. It is possible to move in during the weekend before and stay through the weekend after the end of your program until Saturday or Sunday noon.

Every room has Internet access. Bed linen is provided with the room and the kitchen is fully equipped. You only need to bring a towel.

For our participants we have arranged special conditions with the Housing Office in the student hostels in Sechshauser Straße or Molkereistraße:

1 week single/double room [6 nights]: EUR 280/180 per person
2 weeks single/double room [13 nights] EUR 380/290 per person
3 weeks single/double room [20 nights] EUR 445/355 per person

For the above arrangements, no extra cleaning fee or administrative costs will apply. If you are applying outside of these months, the Housing Office will make you an offer depending upon available places. Please consider that EUR 35 are going to be charged by Housing Office in advance to make the offering. After accepting the offering you will need to pay EUR 200 (this offer is valid only in July, August and January, February, instead of regular EUR 1000 deposit) room deposit to the Housing Office as well, which is going to be transferred back after the end of your stay.

Please be aware that this is a request and NOT a reservation and that the above conditions are only available for a limited number of rooms. The reservation has to be arranged with the Housing Office directly. If you tick the box “Yes, I am interested in a room” during your registration process, then the Housing office will contact you directly.