Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is a city of about 1.8 million inhabitants that has, since its founding in the 3rd century, served as a bridge between a myriad of cultures. As an important crossroads between North and South, East and West, the city became a natural melting pot for new ideas. Out of this cultural richness has emerged a wealth of artistic accomplishments and innovative thinking—a heritage that we explore in our summer programs.

Vienna has been home to many of history's greatest composers, from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg. To this day, the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein, and the Staatsoper continue to help make Vienna a true "city of music." Study Music History and Performance in Vienna, a city recognized around the world for its influence on the development of classical music.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad Vienna
  • City: Vienna
  • Country: Austria
  • Program Credits: 6-10 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

May 25-July 7

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

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Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. Specially designed for Music students, the Vienna Summer Music Program allows you to explore Music History and Music Performance in a city internationally recognized for its historical role in the development of classical music. You enroll in two to four courses in Music History, Performance Studies, and/or German language for a total of 6-10 credits (an extra fee applies for students taking more than 6 credits).

Music History

Each summer the Music History component focuses on a different topic and period rooted in the rich musical tradition of the city. These topics rotate on a four-year basis so that you can return year after year and continue to expand your horizons.

  • 2017: Music of the Biedermeier Era
  • 2018: Music of the Late 19th Century and Fin-de-Siècle
  • 2019: The Second Viennese School and the Early 20th Century
  • 2020: Music of the Viennese Classical Period

Performance Studies

The Music Performance Workshop (MS390) allows you to expand your repertoire and performance skills as you immerse yourself in the cultural surroundings and performance traditions of Vienna. You must audition to participate. In addition to group sessions and lectures, the performance studies component includes individual technical training (up to six hours of private instruction is included in the program fee) and participation in master classes. The concluding event of the summer is a public concert held in the Baroque performance hall at the IES Abroad Center. You can also take MS391 Individual Performance Studies for one credit hour.

German Language Study

The program allows you to study the German language at the beginning and intermediate levels. Part of the German language curriculum covers topics related to music and musical terms. German language is required for students with less than one year of college-level German study.


This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.

German Language

  • GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Summer)
  • GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III (Summer)
  • GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent I (Summer)


  • MS 372 - Music Of The Viennese Classical Period (2020) (Summer)
  • MS 374 - Music In The Biedermeier Era (2017) (Summer)
  • MS 376 - Music of the Late 19th Century and Fin-de-Siècle (2018) (Summer)
  • MS 378 - The Second Viennese School and the Early 20th Century (2019) (Summer)
  • MS 390 - Music Performance Workshop (Summer)
  • MS 391A - Individual Performance Studies (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Course-Related Excursions

IES Abroad Vienna organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society. You also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures by professional musicians.


We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Vienna, it will feel like home. You live in an apartment that typically accommodates four to five students. Apartments have Internet access and fully equipped kitchen facilities. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Student Life


After arrival in Vienna, you participate in an orientation program which introduces you to the city of Vienna, the IES Abroad program, and student life in the city. During the first few days, you will settle into your housing, take care of formalities, receive briefings on safety and security, and tour Vienna and the surrounding area.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins - some local university courses may not be available to sophomores
  • Music major or minor preferred. In the case of non-music majors/minors with serious experience, some exceptions can be considered. All applicants must have at least one year of study in music theory or the ability to read music and follow a score.

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Austria for less than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.


Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,365
  • Housing: $1,900
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,400

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Program taught in:
  • English
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