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Vienna: Music

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Sponsor: IES Abroad

Location: Vienna, 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.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Affiliated for music majors only.

Academic Information:

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IES Abroad application by the program's deadline

Languages: English, German

Language 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.


  • Shared apartments, residence halls, or housing with local residents
  • All housing options self-catered.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2018: $31,655

Billed by Northwestern: $20,295

Estimated additional costs: $11,360

  • Housing & insurance: $4,130
  • Meals: $2,770
  • Airfare: $950
  • Local transportation: $250
  • Books & supplies: $225
  • Music lessons: $820
  • Personal expenses: $2,000
  • Visa & fees: $215

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