IES-Vienna: Music

Program Details

Program Location Vienna, Austria
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33020
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/25/24 to 12/14/24
Past Dates
Spring 2024 01/21/24 to 05/11/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Vienna: Music

Vienna Opera House

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.

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. 

This program is unique because it offers a variety of features and conveniences for you as an IES Abroad Music student, including private lessons, new practice rooms, instrument storage, local instrument rental, access to our phenomenal Steinway D grand piano, and a Music Performance Workshop.

If you have advanced German language skills, you can also enroll in courses at the Universität Wien where you can experience the Austrian educational system first-hand.

Participate in the IES language partners program to practice your German and meet local students. You can also add international work experience to your résumé while earning credit by participating in an internship or field experience placement and accompanying academic seminar.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Vienna: Music

IES students performing

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.

No previous German language study required for students enrolling in English-taught courses.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

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.

All students are required to take one IES Abroad German course (4 credits), and one Music course (3-4 credits). You may select the rest of your courses from their course list, which includes art history, cultural studies, economics, finance, German, history, international business, literature, management, marketing, music production, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and more!

This program is great for a student who is double majoring in music and another area. or minoring in music as you can easily mix-and-match classes!

If you have taken fewer than two years of college-level German or the equivalent, you enroll in English-taught IES Abroad courses. If you have advanced-level German language proficiency, you may enroll in a combination of German- and English taught courses or all German-taught IES Abroad courses. If your German is at an advanced level, and scheduling allows, you can enroll in partner university courses.

Please see IES website for more course information. 


This program includes a 4-day musical tour through Austria and Germany. In addition, IES arranges subsidized field trips to multiple destinations - these are subject to availability but could include trips such as a skiing trip to the Austrian Alps, a visit to Wachau or Styria.

Course-related field trips that complement your courses are also part of the program and may including classical concerts, a visit to the opera, museums, gardens, historic homes or theater performances. Students may also have the chance to attend rehearsals of leadaing ensembles in Vienna, visit the homes of Mozart and Beethoven, and participate in guided tours of famous music venues in the city.


IES arranges housing for students participating on this program and offers several apartment-style options to choose from. Single or shared options are available, and students will pick their preferred option. Some options may carry additional fees.

No meals are provided, but all housing options provide full access to kitchen facilities for preparing meals. 

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program free includes tuition, orientation, local transportation pass, academic field trip and on-site support from IES staff.

Instrument rental (available though not recommended) or private music lessons will incur additional fees, and some housing options may have additional fees.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $18,788.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,417.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $1,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,500.00
Visa $160.00
Books and Supplies $250.00
Meals $4,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,600.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IES-Vienna: Music

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The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email