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Das Millicanhaus Enhances Study Abroad ProgramsA $1 million gift from OC board chair Don Millican and his wife Donna allowed Oklahoma Christian to purchase the Hotel Deutchmeister in Vienna, Austria, as the permanent facility for its European Studies Program.
OC representatives gathered with Vienna officials and the fall 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,” President John 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.
Three years ago, Oklahoma Christian relocated its European Studies hub to the Hotel Deutchmeister, located in Vienna’s ninth district.
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.
“Thanks to a recent renovation, the facility is ‘move-in’ ready and already meets the needs of our program,” Executive Vice President Dr. Bill Goad (79) said. “It is an ideal facility for our students and faculty as they study, travel and serve in Europe.”