Austrian Studies: Music or German in Vienna


May 18 - June 4, 2016

The Program

Vienna:  City of Music, 1781-1827
When Mozart arrived in Vienna in 1781, he found a world rich in musical possibilities.  The capital of the Holy Roman Empire, under the enlightened rule of Joseph II, fostered a vibrant artistic culture in which composers were able to create some of the enduring masterpieces of Western music.  Upon Mozart’s arrival, he befriended Joseph Haydn, who himself was the most celebrated composer of the day.  A decade later, Mozart’s life was cut tragically short; and a relative musical unknown moved to Vienna “to receive the spirit of Mozart from Haydn’s hands”—Ludwig van Beethoven.  The works of this great Classical triumvirate have been a cornerstone of music history ever since.

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The Course(s)

The three-week music course shall introduce students to the history and culture of one of the world’s great musical cities.  Through regular excursions to local cultural venues and daily class discussions, students will gain insight into the music, working environment, and legacy of the First Viennese School.  We will follow in the footsteps of the masters, visiting their homes, their churches, significant concert halls, and ultimately, their final resting places.  Students will experience first-hand the more human side of the humanities while studying music history from inside the world of its creators. 

Students may apply for six German credit which is taught at ActiLingua.  A modern school with 6 bright, welcoming, tastefully furnished classrooms in a typically Viennese Jugendstil building.  The school is centrally located in Vienna's embassy district; opposite "Schloss Belvedere". City center (Stephansplatz) 10 minutes by public transport.   ActiLingua has a multimedia library featuring 17 workplaces with computer and free internet access; free W-LAN/Wi-Fi throughout the school.  Newspapers, magazines, DVDs, CDs can be borrowed.  There is a student lounge with coffee, beverages and snacks.  All classrooms are air conditioned.   

Academic Credit and Course Registration

USM students need to register themselves as soon as summer registration is available. Your personalized course registration code will be sent to you via email. Non-USM students will be registered by your program coordinator as soon as summer registration becomes available. Click here for more information on course registration.


MUS 499 (4 hrs)/699 (3 hrs) OR 4 semester hours of German at a level determined by your academic background in German.


Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA  for undergraduates (or consent of the program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Programs and the Austrian Studies Director.

Cost for Music

$3,200 undergraduate/$3,400 graduate

Cost includes tuition, fees, mandatory insurance, program excursions, accommodations, and breakfast daily. (Please do not book individual flight without director's consent.)

Financial Aid

The Music or German in Vienna Program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships.  Southern Miss students requiring financial aid should contact the Office of International Programs.

Application and Payment Deadlines

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, are due by March 11, 2016. Program deposits should be paid to the Office of International Programs. Balance of fees, less deposit, or appropriate proof of financial aid is due by March 25, 2016. The balance of fees should be paid directly to the USM Business Office. Click here for more details on the payment process.  Apply now, as the program will cap at 10. After this, applicants will be put on a waiting list.

Program Cancellation

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, program deposits are non-refundable. Once you have applied to a particular program, paid your deposit, and been accepted to participate, the Office of International Programs will begin paying fees on your behalf. If you cancel your participation on a program after fees have been paid out on your behalf, those fees will be billed to your student account.  If you must cancel, log in to your program application and withdraw. In addition, send written notice to The Office of International Programs.

Program Director

Dr. Edward Hafer, Director
Phone: 601.266.6946

Program Coordinator

Melissa Ravencraft, Coordinator
Office of International Programs
Phone: 601.266.5009
Make an appointment with Melissa