- Vienna, Austria
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Organized in conjunction with the Vienna European Society & Culture Program, the IES Abroad Vienna Music Program is ideal for students majoring or minoring in Music, and offers you the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of courses focusing on Music and European Culture and Society.
We offer unique courses that explore Austrian History, Culture, Art, and many other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors, as well as course options at prestigious local universities, enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day both in and out of class. You take 15–19 credit hours per semester, and all courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise specified. Language courses are taught in German, and all other courses are taught in English, unless otherwise noted. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a global, not-for-profit study abroad organization with 115+ academic programs in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Latin America. To learn more about what we offer visit our website.
- Setting Description:
- We’d like to let you in on a little secret: Vienna is extraordinary. Quickly—gather your things and study there before more students realize what a hidden gem it is. Consistently rated one of the top cities in the world to live in, come see for yourself why the music, culture, and history of this world-class city elicit nothing but adoration from those who go there.
- We offer more than $2.2 million in scholarships & financial aid. Contact IES Abroad or see our website for cost, scholarships, and financial aid.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- IES Abroad offers $5 million dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships and grants that can be used toward an IES Abroad study abroad program. Apply online using our universal Aid Application, and we’ll pair you with the scholarships and grants.
Based on 4 Reviews
- The most adventurous time of my life04/24/14
I had an incredible experience abroad! My roommates and I became very close and we had a blast living in our wonderful apartment. Our residence assistant was so kind and so helpful and also became a close friend. The living situation was fantastic. I
felt safe, was able to practice my instrument whenever I wanted with the practice rooms downstairs, was pretty close to the center of the city, and lived in very diverse area with people from all over the world. The staff at IES Vienna were so helpful and supportive during the semester. They made the transition smooth and easy and not only were friendly and there for us at any time but encouraging and wanted us to enjoy every moment of our time abroad. They put together some incredible trips and although there were some things here and there that could have gone more smoothly (moving into the city after orientation), they organized awesome events during orientation and throughout the semester. The professors were experts in their fields and I learned a ton in each class. I think they did a great job of balancing the course work load so that we learned as much as we could while still having time to travel, explore, and have fun. One of my classes involved visiting a museum, cathedral, or important work of architecture every single week and I was able to see/learn so much of the city and it's history because of that class. I would have liked to have more opportunities to meet native Austrians and meet students my age.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The City of Music04/06/14
Vienna is a safe city that is easy to get around via public transportation, has delicious food that turns into your own source of comfort food, always has events going on (classical music concerts, opera, fairs, nightclubs, outdoor movies, biking, art
exhibitions, christmas markets). You can take the U-bahn (subway system) anywhere in the city and explore the local scene of music and farmers' markets or if you want American comforts, there are movies in english and American food stores.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The best musical city in Europe03/24/14
Program was academically challenging yet also allowed freedom to explore the city. Some of my music history courses took us to the actual houses where Beethoven, Mozart, and Haydn lived, so that really brought the material into reality. The staff were
friendly, helpful, and encouraging, and the school's location (a former palace!) was absolutely stunning. The program was a little costly, but there was an opportunity to work in the library and many financial aid options prior to studying. I was able to take lessons from a former horn player of the Vienna Philharmonic, which was awe-inspiring. Palais Corbelli, the palace where you study in the heart of Vienna's shopping district, is a gorgeous and centralized location. It is only a short walk to St. Stephen's, and there are many U-Bahn stops in the area. It does get crowded with tourists, but I never felt I couldn't "get away" by traveling on the underground or the Strassenbahn, the trollies that travel the ring. Vienna is a bustling cosmopolitan city with more than you can possibly explore in six months!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best experience of my life09/26/13
The staff was always friendly, knowledgable, approachable, invested, helpful, and fun! Classes were engaging and challenging but did not take up all of your time with homework, so there was always still more than enough time to explore the city and beyond.
Many classes took advantage of all Vienna has to offer by going on field trips around the city often to make real world connections relevant to the course. As a musician, I found it helpful for studying music history to study it in a city that is like a giant music museum and full of dozens of other little music museums! You can study Mahler's symphonies in class then go see the original scores or study Beethoven's Egmont Overture then visit where he wrote it! As a musician, there is possibly no more ideal location to study music than Vienna. It is full of music! There is always a wide variety of high quality concerts all over the city on a daily basis. I loved how even the locals who were not even musicians still had a substantial knowledge of music. That is not something you can find everywhere by any means.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend