Korean Studies at the University of Vienna offer the only fully established course in Korean Studies within the borders of Austria (some Korean-language courses are also offered regularly at the universities of Salzburg and Innsbruck). And since there is no fully established Korean Studies course in Bavaria and in Switzerland, we may say that Tübingen and Vienna are, as of now, the only two places in the southern hemisphere of the German speaking world where a full-fledged program in Korean Studies exists.
Moreover, since Vienna has been, until less than 100 years ago, the capital of the former Habsburg monarchy (the Austrian, then Austrian-Hungarian, monarchy), Vienna is still considered as one of the quintessential metropolitan cities in Europe, attracting like a magnet, even today, many gifted people from all the countries that belonged to the multinational empire. As long as the language barrier can be overcome, many students from Central and Eastern Europe would still choose Vienna as their favourite place to study if they were given the opportunity and the means.
Korean Studies in Vienna serve already as a center that radiates beyond the borders of Austria into Central and Eastern Europe. The CEEPUS(Central European Exchange Program for University Studies)-network “Korean Studies in Central and Eastern Europe” that is coordinated by Andreas Schirmer and our involvement in the Central and East European Society of Koreanology (Rainer Dormels is president of CEESOK) testify to this.