THE place to study music in Europe August 20, 2023

By (Music, Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State) - abroad from 01/23/2023 to 05/13/2023 with

IES Abroad: Vienna - Study Abroad With IES Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely! I learned a great deal about history (particularly music history). I had the opportunity to see places that I had only read about. I got to hear music live that I had only ever heard in recordings.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Vienna is the ideal place for music students to study. I attended operas and concerts almost daily - for just a few Euros each!


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out more than you need to! Choose a few restaurants that you really want to try - and save money for those.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? German 3
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just use it! Yes, you will make mistakes and be embarrassed....that's how you learn.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Supportive on-site staff
  • Fabulous music professors
  • Clean, quiet accommodations
* What could be improved?
  • Little help with Visa process
  • More culturally immersive opportunities
  • More selective entrance process
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Spend lots of time (including weekends) in Vienna - it is STILL my favorite city. Choose a few cities that you really want to go to and make plans early. If you feel safe doing so, travel by yourself.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!