Bachelor of Arts in Culture, Politics and Society

Program level: 
Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED)
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Program length: 
3-4 years
US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
Start of the program : 
September 2020

Program Description

Please note that from September 2020, this program's teaching for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus.

Culture, Politics, and Society (CPS) provides an interdisciplinary Liberal Arts curriculum updated for 21st century challenges. Drawing from the best of the centuries-old Liberal Arts tradition, CPS shapes young people to be expansive and independent thinkers as future professionals and citizens. CPS invites students to connect their classroom experience to the most vital global contemporary challenges, and to develop the critical skills needed to face those challenges. Designed for the generation which has come of age after the digital revolution, CPS offers a Liberal Arts education for a society flooded with information and disinformation, and with technological transformations which continue to alter how we learn, communicate, relate to one another, and how we engage with the world.


Admission is based on individual qualities of each student. The program is looking for applicants with a high school education who can demonstrate Intellectual curiosity, and a proactive and problem-solving orientation. Interest in critical thinking, in interdisciplinary perspectives and in global processes will be highly valued, as well as an interest in civic engagement.

Program admission requirements:

1. Strong academic record

2. Proof of English Language Proficiency:

TOEFL (internet); taken after January 31st 2018                                      80 points

TOEFL (paper based); taken after January 31st 2018                              550 points

IELTS Academic; taken after January 31st 2018                                       6.0 points

Pearson Test of English (Academic) taken after January 31st 2018      56 points

Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency*                                             169 points

*For the C2 exam, 180 is needed to get a certificate. However, scores between 162 and 179 are shown on the statement of results. The same scale is used for the C1 and C2 exams.

  • exemptions granted on the basis of secondary school diploma obtained from a school teaching exclusively in English


Program Admission Materials and Procedure

  • Online Application Form, will have sections for Proof of English Proficiency, Academic Record (transcript of previous 2 years at secondary school, secondary school diploma OR enrolment certificate), CV, motivation letter (500 words)
  • Admissions Interview: can be in person or via videoconference