Cornel Sigmirean, Romanian Students in Vienna: The End of the 19th Century and the Beginning of the 20th Century

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Vienna was living its golden age. The capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire remained in the historical memory as the place where society valued reason, order and progress, perseverance, trust, and a disciplined conformity with the standards of good taste and concrete action. In this world of 1851-1918 Vienna, hundreds of young Romanians from Transylvania and Banat came to study: 616 students at the University of Vienna and hundreds of others at the Polytechnic University (98), the Institute of Veterinarian Medicine (5), the Superior School of Agriculture and Forestry (27), the Consular Academy (5), the Academy of Commerce (18), the Academy of Fine Arts (5), the Academy of Music and Theatrical Arts (26), the Academy of Decorative Art (1), the Augustineum Institute of Theology (27), the Wiener neustadt Military Academy (98), the Academy of Military Engineering (47) and the Military Academy of Medicine (9). For the young Romanians, Vienna meant meeting a different culture, a different civilization, another way of living and a different study environment, coffee shops and ballrooms, the Opera and the Theatre.

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