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Austria: Vienna - Music / Business, Economics and International Relations in Vienna (IES)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Music in Vienna

Home to an astounding number of legendary composers - from Haydn, Mozart and Beethovan 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 city of music, and an ideal location for study of music history and performance.

The IES Vienna: Music program is ideal for students majoring or minoring in music, and offers 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 IES Vienna European Society & Culture Program. Students select courses in the following areas: music history, music theory & composition, performances studies, German language and literature, and European area studies. Courses are taught in English and German. The program is distinctive in that it provides features tailored to the needs and interests of music students: private lessons, practice rooms, instrument storage, local instrument rental and the Music Performance workshop. Students with advanced German language skills may enroll in courses at the Universitat Wien in order to experience the Austrian education system first-hand, or select a combination of program and university courses.

Vienna itself is the classroom. Students visit the city's world-famous concert halls to attend rehearsals of major ensembles, and visit the homes of important figures in musical history. Wherever possible, the program's courses take advantage of the city's historical, artistic and cultural sites and include course-related excursions. Students have opportunities to interact with local students and may gain work experience through internships and field placements.

Business, Economics & International Relations in Vienna

Choose from a wide selection of courses in disciplines such as Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Political Science. You can also enhance your experience by taking courses in Art History, History, Humanities, Psychology, and so much more.

Your studies will also take you throughout Vienna and outside the city, with a program-related trip where you’ll visit companies like Red Bull in Salzburg, and BMW in Munich, as well as organizations in and around Vienna.

You can also enroll in an internship or field experience, including placements in banking, consulting, and not-for-profit organizations. This hands-on experience includes time spent at your placement and an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you’re learning.

Taking German is required, but no background in the language is necessary. If you have sufficient German language skills, you can also enroll in courses at the prestigious Universität Wien. There, you will experience the Austrian education system, be able to participate in University student activities, and make Austrian friends.

Learn more about the IES Vienna: Music program and the IES Vienna: Business, Economics & International Relations program.

Credits: 4.5 Knox credits for successful completion of the fall or spring semester.

Advisor:  Professor Joan Huguet

Click here for more information about the application process, program selection, and more!

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