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Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Courtney Pollack Advising Required: No
Language Pre-requisite: none Minimum GPA: 3
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No
Language of Instruction: English, German Language Courses Offered: Yes
Housing: Dormitory, Homestay, Shared Apt. Internship: Yes
Program Type: Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is This Program Right For You?

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.  A unique feature of this program are subsidized music lessons for credit, practice rooms throughout Vienna, opportunities for involvement in concerts and recitals, instrument storage, and instruments for rent.  Students can either take courses in English or German and have a variety of housing options.  This program earns 15 academic credits.

Home to an astounding number of legendary composers—from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg—Vienna maintains an incredible richness of musical culture to this day. The world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein, and the Staatsoper are just a few of the many leading institutions that help make Vienna a true “city of music”—and make it the perfect location for an engaging study of Music History and Performance.

Student performance


Also known as the Palais Corbelli, the IES Abroad Vienna Center is an elegant 18th century palace in the heart of the city and is just minutes from many of the museums, theaters, and other major cultural attractions that have bestowed international fame on Vienna.  IES courses are taught at the Center, and pratice rooms are located at the Center and in two other locations around the city.

IES Abroad German Language for four credits is required, and all other IES Abroad courses are worth three credits.  Students are required to take at least 15 credits a semester.

A variety of English and German speaking internships are offered, including in music research, arts and culture, business, education, and public service.  Students are required an accompanying seminar that offers contextual support to your practical work experience. An IES Abroad faculty member supervises the academic work and internships and field experience are routinely and formally monitored. A grade is based on the academic and practical components for three credits.

A special feature of the program is the Music Performance Workshop, a course designed to offer instrumentalists and vocalists the opportunity to expand their repertoire and enhance their performance skills. Interested students submit a special application and audition on-site within the first two weeks of the semester to be admitted to the workshop.

View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.


IES offers a wide variety of scholarships to qualified students, including IES scholarships directed to the performing arts. AU Abroad also offers merit based AU Abroad Awards up to $2500 per semester.


IES Abroad Vienna organizes field study trips that complement IES Abroad courses and help you build your general knowledge of Austrian culture and society. Past field study excursions have included:

  • Classical concerts
  • Theater performances
  • Historical sites
  • Political and economic institutions such as the Austrian Parliament and the United Nations Office in the Vienna International Center

Further, you attend events such as the rehearsals of leading ensembles in Vienna, visits to music-related historical sites like the homes of Mozart and Beethoven, and guided tours of famous music venues and museums in the city.

IES also offers heavily subsidized multi-day trips around the region.


Students have the option of living in apartments with other IES students, homestays, or residence halls. All options include free internet access.

Student Life

Vienna, a fascinating city of 1.7 million people, lies in the heart of Europe. Some would even say it is the cultural heart of Europe, preserving the best of its rich history and culture while opening itself to challenges both as the capital of a European Union member state and an important gateway to Central & Eastern Europe.

Traditionally considered to be reserved and conservative in nature, the reality of modern Viennese culture reflects an openness and appreciation of the multi-cultural makeup of modern Vienna.  Vienna also offers wonderful theater and opera.  Even beginning students of German find that they can follow the excellent productions of the world-renowned national Burgtheater and many other groups.

Visa Information

Americans must apply for their student visa before they leave for Austria.  It's a lengthy and detailed process that IES will assist each student with.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/06/2017
Varies by program 01/15/2018 05/12/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/20/2018 05/11/2019
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program. If a student decides to take classes at a local university the term will end in early July.
Fall 2018 03/08/2018
Varies by program 08/20/2018 12/15/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative. Final dates will be confirmed upon acceptance into the program.
Spring 2019 10/12/2018 ** Varies by program 01/15/2019 05/12/2019
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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