Vienna Inter-Cultural International Summer University (VICISU)

International encounters of students in interreligious dialogue

The Vienna Inter-Cultural International Summer University, led by Prof. Dr Irmgard Marboe from the Institute for European, International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Vienna, started in 2008.

VICISU arose from the initiative „Vienna International Christian-Islamic Round Table“, led by academics from different academic fields, among other sociology, theology and law, with the objective to jointly discuss important subjects from Christian and Muslim points of view.  

Target Groups
VICISU was directed at students from different countries. In 2018, 30 participants from 13 nations – among them Australia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Turkey, Uganda, the USA and Austria – joined the program.  

The VICISU aims at bringing professors and students from the five continents together to start interreligious and intercultural dialogue.


  • Religion and politics
  • Women und Jihadism
  • Islam, sharia and politics in Southeast Asia
  • Introduction to Islam
  • Introduction to Christianity
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Diversity in Islam
  • Religious plurality
  • Censorship – History in Europe and beyond
  • Conflict management training

Starting in 2008, the VICISU took place biennially at Stift Altenburg in Lower Austria for three weeks.

Due to covid-19, funding and organizational issues, no further Summer University is being planned at the moment.

Apart from the study program, excursions, p. e. to Stift Melk, Vienna International Center and Vienna´s City Hall, as well as visits to concerts of the master class „Allegro Vivo“ in Lower Austria were organized.

Form of Organization
The VICISU was organized by the University of Vienna. Different courses of study were being offered with the option to collect up to 5 ETCS.

The VICISU was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), the Federal State of Lower Austria (science-research), the University of Vienna, the City of Vienna, the Austrian „Dreikönigsaktion“, the „Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar (DKA Austria)“, Stift Altenburg and private donations.


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ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr Irmgard Marboe
Faculty of Law
University of Vienna



editor: ns / update: jb 2022