IES Abroad Vienna - Music
95% Rating
(24 Reviews)

IES Abroad Vienna - Music

Vienna will be your classroom. Imagine visiting one of the city’s world-famous concert halls to attend the rehearsal of a major ensemble, or visiting the homes of important figures in musical history such as Mozart and Beethoven. Welcome to study abroad! Wherever possible, our courses take advantage of the city’s historical, artistic, and cultural sites and include hands-on, practical components.

Organized in conjunction with the Vienna European Society & Culture Program, 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.

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based on 24 reviews
  • Academics 8.2
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.5
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The Hidden Gem of Europe

If you are a musician Vienna is most definitely the city for you to study abroad in. The IES Vienna Music staff does an incredible job of assigning small chamber music which is a wonderful way to learn to new repertoire and an excellent way to improve your musicality. SO many things are accessible to you for a cheap cost, whether that be an opera performance at the Staatsoper or a symphony playing at the Musikverein, the possibilities are endless! Don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime!

How can this program be improved?

Varying from other study abroad programs, Vienna does have classes on Fridays which can be challenging to travel and explore.

Yes, I recommend
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Vienna Music

I couldn't be happier that I decided to do this program! I was able to perform music, explore Europe, and make life-long friendships. If you are a musician who wants to study abroad, this is the program for you!

Yes, I recommend
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The Best Semester of my Life

I had an absolutely incredible experience studying in Vienna for a semester. From exploring beautiful palaces like Schonbrunn and the Belvedere to writing my first string quartet and having it debuted in our composition concert at the end of the semester, these four months were full of adventures. I also met a group of absolutely wonderful people during my stay, traveled to many new and exciting places, and learned so much about the world and Austrian culture. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who is looking for an amazing semester.

How can this program be improved?

One of my only complaints about the program was how suddenly it ended. Our last final was the day before everyone left, so there was no time at the end to enjoy Vienna free of obligations and really say goodbye to everyone.

Yes, I recommend
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Vienna Waits For You

Everyday as the Viennese autumn sunlight filled my apartment, I would get excited for the new adventure I was in for. Every student in the program was as hungry for new experiences, for challenges. Whether it was committing to only speak German at one of Vienna's classic Coffee Houses or exploring the entirety of the Schoenbrunn Zoo in only one afternoon. Or maybe it was just seeing your favorite opera or symphony at one of Vienna's amazing performance halls. Vienna was eye-opening, thrilling, inspiring, and just plain old beautiful. Having the opportunity to study music there was and will be one of the best times of my life. The program encourages students to push themselves as musicians, as students as well as brand-new, if only temporary, Viennese citizens. Everyday was an adventure in Vienna.

How can this program be improved?

They have a strange need to be considered 'the best' and therefore sculpt the music program purposefully as to make it harder to travel on the weekends (which for many people is the whole point of study abroad). You can still get lots of trips in -- but the program doesn't make it easy.

Yes, I recommend
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Vienna: My Semester in the City of Music

In Vienna, I was able to gain new perspectives on classical music through my exposure to Viennese culture, classes on Austrian Composers, chamber music workshops, and watching amazing concerts by ensembles like the Vienna Philharmonic. IES gave me the ability to study music intensely while also traveling extensively through Europe. Vienna was an amazing city to live, explore, and learn in. The experiences I had and memories I made will stay with me for life. I can't wait until I can go back to Vienna!

How can this program be improved?

I wish the music program had been bigger. There were not as many people as I had hoped.

Yes, I recommend
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Wish I could do it again

Having seen other study abroad programs in Vienna and having lived in Vienna without IES, I can easily say IES provides such an ideal experience and really helps students get the most out of their time in Vienna . They offer so many classes and quality classes, activities, trips, support, anything you could want really.

How can this program be improved?

I wish there had been more practice rooms.

Yes, I recommend
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Music in Vienna Unparalleled

IES Abroad Vienna’s Music program was an AMAZING experience! There is no city in the world that has classical music like Vienna: concerts and operas every night with the best performers in the world, along with student tickets and cheap standing room tickets!! The music classes offered at the center (which is in a palace!!!) were awesome and I grew so much a musician and as a singer working privately with a teacher from the prestigious Music University. Also, the most amazing student services staff that always made me feel comfortable and taken care of! Unfortunately, homestays aren’t much of an option, but I loved living with friends in apartments and learning how to live independently for the first time!!

How can this program be improved?

More homestay options for language and culture acquisition.

Yes, I recommend
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Look elsewhere

I was overall dissatisfied with this program. The courses were taught without the use of any modern technology (in general, no visual aids) and the options were limited. My psychology professor was the most disrespectful professor I have ever had, using two hours of a weekly three hour classes to argue with me and the other students about why we don't participate enough. When we told him that we're used to a different teaching method, he told us to "go back to America." The administration runs slowly and with outdated policies. The only positive things that came out of this semester were a great music teacher, a good internship, and a few friends. Had I looked at other programs, I probably would not have chosen IES Vienna Music.

No, I don't recommend
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I couldn't have wished for a better semester abroad

My semester in Vienna was nothing short of amazing. I fell in love with the city and the Austrian countryside will never stop calling my name. I was able to travel (inexpensively and efficiently) to incredible places surrounding Vienna on any given weekend. Events in the city, museums, operas, concerts, and shows are constantly going on and the talent is above and beyond anything I had ever seen or heard. I lived in wonderful apartment (clean, safe, 30 min. commute into the heart of the city, nicely furnished) with four other students. I went to class every day in the center of the city and spent most weekends traveling to the countryside or other countries and exploring the city. I learned a lot from my professors and really enjoyed my classes. They were thought-provoking and challenging but not too rigorous so that I had time to have fun and relax. The staff at IES Vienna are amazing and were so friendly, helpful, and supportive. Not knowing any German before leaving the country and moving to Vienna was scary but I did just fine and IES prepared me pretty well to be able to converse with the natives. I would have liked to make native friends and be a little more immersed in the culture.

How can this program be improved?

More opportunities to meet and be around locals and be immersed in the culture.

Yes, I recommend

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