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Vienna: Music

Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Program sponsor: IES Abroad

Vienna rooftops and city skyline, Austria
Vienna rooftops and city skyline, Austria

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. This academically wide-ranging program gives music students the unique opportunity to develop their performance skills in the music performance workshop, receive one-on-one private lessons with instructors from some of the top orchestras and music schools in Vienna, and enroll in English- and German-taught courses in music history, theory, and composition. Students also enroll in a German language course and can combine music studies with English-taught courses in the humanities and social sciences as well as an internship option.

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Program Requirements


Affiliated for music majors only; 18 years of age; in good standing at home school; sophomore, junior, or senior standing when program begins (some university courses may not be available to sophomore standing); 2.75 GPA or better (if lower, can complete additional requirements).


None; however, students are required to take one German-language course or one course taught in German for each term enrolled on the program.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.


The IES Abroad Vienna course, CU/IB 210: The Business of Wine: From Vine to Glass, is not transferable to Northwestern because Northwestern does not have a related undergraduate department. Review Taking Business and Law Courses Abroad for additional information and choosing courses to take abroad.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units.


Shared apartment, housing with Viennese residents or private residence hall. All housing options self-catered.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $31,845

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing & insurance: $4,130
  • Meals: $2,600
  • Airfare: $1,050
  • Local transportation: $250
  • Books & supplies: $225
  • Music lessons: $880
    (estimated out-of-pocket cost after IES reimbursement)
  • Personal expenses: $2,100
  • Visa & fees: $315

Total: $11,550

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the IES Abroad website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated IES Abroad programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an IES program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to IES to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your IES tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

IES Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from IES for your housing and insurance abroad. It is your responsibility to pay IES directly by their deadline.

  • IES Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit, it will be credited to your IES invoice.
  • IES Scholarships: If you were awarded an IES scholarship, it will appear on your IES invoice, not on your Northwestern account.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to IES.

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