• Austria
4 - 52 weeks
General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Academic Year Fall Maymester Spring Summer Winter
Host Family
Age Min.
Age Max


Price Details
--Airport pickup upon arrival
--Host family accommodation and 3 meals per day
--Comprehensive medical/accident insurance
--Full-day orientation (Conducted by the Austrian Staff, 4 weeks after arrival)
--Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program for use on college applications.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Meals
Jan 05, 2024
Jul 26, 2018
7 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Spend 2 months, a trimester, semester, or a year abroad as a high school exchange student in Austria with Greenheart Travel! Immerse yourself in the German language and culture as you attend high school classes alongside Austrian peers and live with a local host family. For those interested in music and the arts, going to the birthplace of famous classical composers is an amazing experience.

As a Greenheart Traveler, you will also be matched with a personal program manager to help with the in's and out's of the program before, during and after your travels.

Program at a Glance:
- Host family accommodation will provide a full immersion experience
- No prior German experience is required — beginners welcome!
- You can choose between a summer program, trimester, semester ,or academic year lengths
- Straightforward online application process

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We appreciate that everyone has a unique worldview and value everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, ability, military status, religion, sexual orientation or political view. We are committed to building relationships and ensuring everyone we encounter feels welcomed, respected, and accepted. Greenheart is committed to helping anyone find the best program fit and will go the extra mile to make sure our participants feel safe and supported wherever they end up.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes travelers identifying as LGTBQ+, and is committed to helping you find the best program for you. We can provide information on the cultural norms of our destination countries and are prepared to advise you on the best programs based on your needs and interests.
While most of our programs could be a good fit, we also know that certain cultures and countries are more accepting of and prepared to host LGBTQ+ people than others. We are committed to working with LGBTQ+ people to determine which experiences may be the right fit for them. Please reach out if you want to discuss which of our programs might fit you best ahead of applying at travelabroad@greenheart.org or set up a phone call with us here.

Neurodivergent Support

Greenheart works with partners who have varying levels of what is considered "good mental health". While we cannot change their eligibility conditions, we will work with participants to the best of our abilities in order to get them the program placement they want. We encourage you to discuss your specific situation with us directly, before securing these documents.

Accessibility Support

Greenheart Travel welcomes students of varying ability to explore their study abroad options! While resources and support differ from country to country, Greenheart Travel staff work with individual students as needed to find program options that will set students up for success.



We believe in supporting our travelers to make a positive impact in their communities. The Greenheart Club provides Greenheart Grant funding to alumni projects all over the world.
As the leading eco-friendly exchange organization, we are passionate about helping travelers explore the globe while respecting the environment and cultural heritage of the destinations they explore.

Ethical Impact

Greenheart Travel is a branch of Greenheart International, a Chicago-based organization that connects people and planet to create global leaders through personal development, volunteer service, environmentalism, fair trade, and cultural exchange. We provide resources, grants, and experiences to those who want to immerse themselves in another culture and leave it better than when they arrived. Through volunteering, creating relationships and more.

Program Highlights

  • Host family accommodations and meals included in the program fee
  • Assistance from a personal program manager before, during, and after your study abroad program
  • 24-hour emergency support during your high school program in Austria
  • Placement destination guarantee in Vienna available for an additional fee
  • Summer session begins in June for those interested in short-term programs

Program Reviews

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  • Growth 4
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.5
  • Housing 3.5
  • Safety 5
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Yes, I recommend this program

It's a Roller-Coaster Ride

I signed up with Greenheart Travel's high school abroad Austria program for my gap year before college-- living abroad for around ten months. Yes, I was technically with Greenheart, but I was mainly under their partner program, STS; which was a whole other mess-- but that's a story for another time. I would say overall there was decent planning on Greenheart's part. You could tell the organizers of STS obviously had it in for the money, were very disorganized, and literally did no research on any of the host families before placing the students. I also don't know how some of the families make it past the approval check, considering the amount of horror stories I've heard and experienced. Despite the poor organization skills of their counterpart, Greenheart Travel was very supportive when issues arose, and continued to have an open ear about your time abroad when I got back. I feel every program has their ups and downs for sure, since you are considered a liability when abroad with an organization. I would recommend going abroad with a youth centered program if you are used to structure and rules-- if not, I'd recommend going and studying at a university or living in your country of choice on your own.

Besides the downs of my time abroad, living abroad was an indescribably AMAZING experience. I learned so much about not only another culture, but about myself. You meet so many people from different backgrounds as yourself- exchange students and natives- with whom you'll probably keep in contact with long after your exchange is over. I would never take my experience back. In fact, it has only encouraged me to go abroad again and learn more about the world around me.

What would you improve about this program?
Better fit host families
93 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommend

Exchange is something that everyone should try out either in college, high school, or after college, doesn't matter. Lots of fun and you have no idea how many brilliant people you will meet :) choose a culture you are Interested in. As normal as this sounds, if you choose a country you are iffy with, your time is not as great as if you chose a country you adore. It's about immersing yourself into normal life elsewhere, easier to do if you're happy with the country amirite. Point being have fun, if you're not having fun, change something. Don't force yourself to do anything because it's meant for the program, do it for you and for the people you're with and love.

What would you improve about this program?
Better fittings for host families, try more for personality than paper.
101 people found this review helpful.

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