IES-Vienna: Music

Program Details

Program Location Vienna, Austria
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33020
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2024 05/23/24 to 07/05/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Vienna: Music

Study in a city recognized around the world for its influence on the development of classical music. 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."

Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is a city of about 1.8 million inhabitants that have, 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 this summer program.

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


IES-Vienna: Music

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.


GPA Requirement: 2.5 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

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). 

German language instruction is optional, and beginning German is available for students with less than one year of college-level German.

Available courses include:

German Language (multiple levels, 3 credits)
Music Performance Workshop (3 credits)
Individual Performance Studies (1 credit)

In addition, a Music History course (3 credits) is offered with a different topic each year - upcoming years will have the following topics:

2023: Music of the Late 19th Century and Fin-de-Siècle

2024: The Second Viennese School and the Early 20th Century

2025: Music of the Viennese Classical Period


A weekend field trip, a day trip outside the city, and other excursions throughout Vienna bring you to sites that figure prominently in the lives and works of the composers being featured each summer. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend guest lectures by professional musicians. 

Destinations are selected based on the featured topic or period of the summer, and have included:

  • Eisenstadt (day trip)
  • Prague and Salzburg (weekend trip)
  • Museums in Vienna including the Haydn Museum, Strauss Museum, and Museum of Modern Art

Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.


Housing on this program is arranged for you by IES. You'll 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.

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 fee includes tuition, orientation and on-site support from IES staff as well as several field trips and group activities.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2023

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $6,163.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $2,056.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,550.00
Local Transportation $130.00
Books and Supplies $60.00
Meals $1,200.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $800.00
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 Summer Programs Mar 1

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