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Program Details

IPS students pose with US Ambassador to Austria Alexa Wesner

IPS 2014 students Jessie Brunner and Matt Levy with U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Alexa Wesner

Photo Credit: Jessie Brunner


IPS students enroll in a combination of advanced courses, language courses, and skills courses. The official course list for the autumn trimester at the DA will be available in late August−early September. 

Additionally, IPS students will be eligible to enroll in any upper-division course at the DA for which they are qualified. With approval, IPS exchange students may also seek to perform directed research under the supervision of a DA faculty member.

Participating students must complete all requirements listed in the M.A. curriculum, however, the minimum number of Stanford units required to graduate will be reduced to 58. In addition to the 58 units, IPS students must complete, at minimum, three full-time courses at the DA, including IPS 209: Practicum, which will be taken as an independent study. Students receive a credit/no credit grade for their participation in the practicum course in Autumn Quarter, and upon their return to Stanford, students will register for four units of IPS 209: Practicum in Winter Quarter.

Academic Advising

Students work with the IPS Faculty Director and Student Services Officer, as well as the Diplomatic Academy Advisor, to select courses and ensure fulfillment of degree requirements at both institutions. 

IPS students will meet with their academic advisors at the DA during orientation week before enrolling in courses. Electronic course enrollment will be available via intranet in late September−early October.  

During the enrollment period at the DA, IPS students must submit a list of registered courses with the IPS Faculty Director and Student Services Officer for approval.

Enrollment Status

During the exchange quarter, the selected IPS students will maintain the status of "active but not enrolled" at Stanford. Students will receive official transcripts from the DA for Autumn Quarter.  The exchange quarter at the DA will not be listed on students’ Stanford transcripts.  


DA grades received by IPS students will not be factored into their Stanford GPAs. However, students will be required to maintain good academic standing and adhere to the Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.


Students receive a fellowship for the quarter that includes one quarter of Stanford tuition, living stipend, flights to/from Vienna, housing, meals, books and supplies, and some support for travel within Europe for activities related to their program of study.

In exchange, students will be evaluated on how well they met their proposed course objectives.  Students will also be expected to write a short report and donor letter describing their experience and the impact of the exchange on their development in the IPS program.

Housing and Transportation

Students will be assigned private dorm rooms on the DA campus, centrally located in Vienna, as well as full access to all student resources including libraries, gyms, and social areas.

Arrival Information

The arrival date for IPS students is generally around September 20, although students may be able to move into their rooms beginning in early September. Students' departure date roughly coincides with the end of Stanford's Autumn Quarter in mid-December.  

Please note:  Prior to orientation, most DA administration and faculty will be on vacation, so there will be limited activity on campus. However, students can leave luggage in their rooms and travel during this period if they wish.

Health Insurance

Students will be assessed the Cardinal Care (CC) fee. To opt out of CC coverage, students will need to enter evidence of alternative coverage and waive CC in Axess by September 15. Vaden Health Center suggests that students register with Health Net in advance of travel. Health Net can also provide information on health services in Vienna. If desired, students may obtain an International SOS membership card from the IPS Program Office for access to routine and emergency assistance outside the U.S.  

Contact Information

Stanford University

Kathryn Stoner, Faculty Director
Sara Tung, Associate Director
Jonathan Achter, Academic and Student Services Officer

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Hans Winkler, Academic Director
Elisabeth Hofer, Head of Academic Administration