OC purchases facility for European Studies program

VIENNA, Austria – Oklahoma Christian University officially announced the purchase of the Hotel Deutchmeister as the permanent facility for its European Studies Program in 2012.

OC representatives, including President John deSteiguer, Executive Vice President Bill Goad, Director of International Programs John Osborne, Study Abroad Coordinator Mendy Kooi and Board Chair Don Millican, gathered with Vienna officials and this semester’s European Studies group for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Owning a permanent facility in Vienna allows OC to provide a ‘home’ experience rather than a ‘hotel’ experience with other guests,” deSteiguer said. “This new facility is consistent with our philosophy of providing the highest-quality residential life experiences for our students. It will provide a great space for support and expansion of our Study Abroad programs.”

Oklahoma Christian first sent students to study abroad in 1966, and has made Vienna home to its European Studies Program since 1986.

During those 26 years, OC has leased several facilities for the residential and academic needs of the program, which includes study, travel and service in 20 European countries. A five-day tour of London, a seven-day tour of Italy, and mission opportunities in Germany, Hungary and Croatia highlight the fall semester program.

In 2010, Oklahoma Christian relocated its European Studies hub to the Hotel Deutschmeister (HDM), located in Vienna’s ninth district. During the past year, negotiations allowed Oklahoma Christian to move from a leasing arrangement to ownership.

The “apartment-hotel” will accommodate 35-45 people depending on room configurations. It has 18 rooms that include a bedroom, toilet and bathroom facilities, kitchenette, and living room. It includes a seminar room for classes, daily devotionals and meetings, a living room and lounge space, and space for laundry facilities.

“Thanks to a recent renovation, the facility is ‘move-in’ ready and already meets the needs of our program,” Goad said. “It is an ideal facility for our students and faculty as they study, travel and serve in Europe.”

Vienna’s ninth district borders the Central Business District, putting premier historical and cultural sites nearby. OC’s facility is just a short walk away from metro subway and streetcar stops. The local neighborhood is a residential area with many amenities, including bakeries, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, pharmacy, cleaners, and other necessary services.

Other facilities in the ninth district include the U.S. Embassy, French Embassy, the Museum of Modern Art, the Freud Museum, Lichtenstein Museum and Park, the Franz Joseph Train Station, and the Vienna Police Academy.

The mission of OC’s Study Abroad program is to deepen and broaden students’ intellectual, social, spiritual and aesthetic awareness as they study, travel and serve in other cultures.

In addition to its fall semester Study Abroad programs in Europe and the Pacific Rim, Oklahoma Christian offers summer programs in Europe and Honduras, plus other international study opportunities.

OC’s global initiatives also include a partnership with the Republic of Rwanda and exchange programs with Korea Christian University, Ibaraki Christian University in Japan, and Xi’an Polytechnic University in China.