- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 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.
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. The program is organized in conjunction with the Vienna European Society & Culture Program.
You select your courses from English- and German-taught options in the following areas:
- Music History
- Music Theory & Composition
- Performance Studies
- German Language
- Area Studies (including all courses offered through the European Society & Culture Program)
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, and our 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 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.
Please note U.S. citizens who study in Austria will be required to travel to the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to apply for a visa in-person prior to the start of the program and should budget for travel costs and plan accordingly.
Academic Year: mid August - mid May
Fall: mid August - mid December
Spring: mid January - mid May
These dates are for students who only take IES Abroad courses. Students who also take courses at the Universität Wien will have a later end date.Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available.
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.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.