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IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa, but IES Abroad will provide you with visa information.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site. IES will provide travel guidelines.
You will be enrolled in required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The IES Abroad Vienna Music program is an approved UW affiliate program offering courses from a wide-ranging music curriculum, along with music performance workshops and one-on-one music instruction. While this program is geared toward music majors and minors, other students are welcome; at minimum, applicants should have a year of music theory or the ability to read music and follow a score.
You will be working closely with both IAP and IES on this program. You can access the program's main information page through the IES website
to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.
Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is a city of almost 2 million inhabitants that, since its founding in the 3rd century, has served as a bridge between a myriad of cultures. Situated on the Danube River not far from the Alps, Vienna is the capital of Austria, an EU member state that enjoys advantages as a crossroads between East and West, North and South. It hosts a wide variety of international organizations and, with its historical role in music and the arts, offers cultural opportunities that are second to none. Its concert and opera performances, art galleries, museums, and parks are just some of the reasons why, in 2010, Vienna was rated the city with the highest quality of life in the world!
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
Once you are admitted, IES Abroad will inform you if you need a visa and will provide a packet of information detailing the visa process. Since visa requirements and timelines vary by country, you should not make any travel plans prior to your program until you have reviewed all instructions. Ultimately, applying for a visa is your responsibility. Please note: You must have a passport, valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the IES Abroad program, before you can apply for a visa.
OrientationYou will participate in an additional orientation in Vienna.
HousingPrivate Apartments - Located throughout Vienna, private apartments house two or more IES Abroad students and are furnished. You have full access to kitchen facilities for preparing your own meals.
Housing with Viennese Residents - Also located throughout Vienna, these apartments are shared by two or more IES Abroad students and an Austrian landlady or landlord. All shared apartments are furnished. You have full access to kitchen facilities for preparing your own meals.
Residence Halls - Offering you the opportunity to live among Austrian and international students, residence halls feature double rooms with a shared bath. Double rooms are occupied by two IES Abroad students. There is a kitchen on each floor of the residence hall, which is shared by all students on that floor. You have full access to these kitchen facilities for preparing meals.
The commute from IES Abroad-assigned housing to the IES Abroad Center varies from a short walk to a 45-minute ride using public transportation. Vienna has an excellent public transportation system which facilitates the daily commute to and from the Center.
Excursions and Activities
Extended Field Trips
In the fall, an optional three-city tour of Krakow, Budapest, and Prague provides an introduction to the history and culture of Central Europe in relation to Austria and Vienna. In the spring, an optional trip to Berlin, Dresden, and Weimar provides insight into the important role that Germany plays in the New Europe. A week-long adventure trip to Poland is also offered in the Spring.
Additional Field Trips
IES Abroad arranges a number of shorter optional trips each semester. Past highlights include a ski trip to the Austrian Alps and a Wachau trip that visits the spectacular region of the Danube valley, where castles are perched high above the river and some of Austria's best wines are cultivated.
Optional field trips are partially subsidized by IES Abroad and the number of participants is limited. The fee includes transportation, accommodations, tours, and most meals and entrance fees.
Cultural Events and Activities
Arranged for the general student body and for individual courses, past events include tours to the United Nations, the Freud Museum, Jewish Vienna, and a tour of Vienna's sewers, as well as visits to folk dance performances, concerts, theater performances, and opera.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI. IES also provides comprehensive accident and illness insurance to you as well. The cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The IES Vienna Study Center Director and on-site staff provide assistance for the duration of the program.
Returned Student Network
to contact a returned student.
"Vienna is the Mecca of classical music. The city animated people from my text books and made them accessible human beings. I saw their homes, studios and lived on their streets. I took lessons and received instruction from incredible musicians who treated us not only as their students, but trained us as future colleagues."
"I loved the music available. I went to (on average) one musical performance every three days, and standing tickets were so cheap! I also loved meeting people from all different universities, from all over the US with such different backgrounds and viewpoints. It was interesting not only to have professors teaching from a different vantage point, but to be learning with students who have past learning experiences from different viewpoints."
How to Apply
First, make sure you have reviewed the information for Prospective Students on the IAP web.
There is also specific Academic Planning information that you should review.
Next login to the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary acceptance decision from IAP. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
The following supplemental application materials are also required as part of the application to this program and will become available to you through the on-line application:
IES Authorization & Evaluation Form
IES Online Application
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Summer Program Forms
IES Online Application
IES Summer Music Performance Workshop Application (OPTIONAL)
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary acceptance decision. You will be notified about IAP's decision by email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final decision on your acceptance to the program.
|Summer - 2016-2017 Music History & Performance
|Fall - 2017-2018
|Year - 2017-2018