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".

Fields of study:

Music theory, music history, music performance, German language


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:

None for students enrolling in English-taught electives.
Four semesters or equivalent of college-level German for 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.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year


August – December, January – May


Minimum of 15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
German Language (4 credits)
Four Electives (3 credits each) or
Three Electives plus one 3 credit internship

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


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


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


English teaching internships in elementary or high schools. Internships are also available in music research, business, public service, and arts and culture


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Vienna Music