Through the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Whitman students may enroll in the IES Center in Vienna’s Music Program. This program offers the music student classes such as Music History and Music Theory, and the opportunity to enroll in the regular center courses.  Home to an astounding number of legendary composers, Vienna is still the "City of Music".

“I had a fantastic, life changing experience in Vienna. I feel like my confidence, independence, maturity and understanding of the world shot up while I was abroad. Vienna will always feel like a home to me on some level, and I simply can't wait to visit all of my favorite people and places again. As a music major, I cannot emphasize how helpful being in Vienna is for musical growth. While I have always loved classical music, Vienna provided constant affordable, world-class performances at my fingertips. If I could do abroad all over again, I would absolutely still choose Vienna, and would recommend it to anybody who is interested (but ESPECIALLY music majors).” - Olivia C. '18

Student Blog:

Elsa Hager | Spring 2018

Faculty Adviser:

Professor David Kim (Music Department)

Fields of study:

Music theory, music history, music performance, German language


Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:

None for students enrolling in English-taught electives.
Four semesters or equivalent of college-level German for fall semester students enrolling in German-taught or University courses.
Five semesters or equivalent of college-level German for spring semester students enrolling in German taught or University courses.


16-19 credits per semester - Required Courses:
German Language (4 credits)
Four Electives - at least one must be a music course (3 credits each) or
Three Electives plus one 3 credit internship (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


English teaching internships in elementary or high schools. Internships are also available in music research, business, public service, and arts and culture.  Proficiency in German language is not required for the Education Field Experience or Public Service internships, but  is recommended for Music Research, Arts & Culture, and Business internships.


In apartments with Austrian landlords or and Austrian Resident Assistant, in a residence hall with Austrian university students, or in apartments with other U.S. students


Students are responsible for preparing their own meals or purchasing them at the local mensa (student cafeteria) or restaurants

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August – December, January – May


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Vienna Music