The Melk Study Abroad Program
The Melk Program is a unique study abroad program in Austria. Saint John's offers a yearlong travel / study option at the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey of Melk in Melk, Austria. Melk is located on the Danube River about one hour west of Vienna by train. This program features a full academic curriculum enriched by travel throughout Austria and in other countries in Europe.
This exchange program was begun in 1966 and is one of the oldest high school level exchange programs in the United States. The first group of Melkites, comprised of 16 boys arrived at Melk on September 1, 1966 with their director Fr. Meinulph (Julian) Schmiesing, OSB. Each year several students from the Gymnasium (secondary school) at Melk Abbey spend a semester studying at Saint John's. A group of students from Saint John's attend the Gymnasium, perfecting their skills in the German language and attending a full schedule of academic courses. In addition, the Saint John's students live with families in the area and experience the culture first hand.