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Learning Abroad in Music

Learning Abroad in Music

“Study abroad allows a student to be immersed in another culture, to hear its language, eat its food, see its art and architecture, and to imagine its music as an integral part of a culture other than our own. For a musician, to see the world is to hear with new ears.”
—Michael Cherlin, Professor, School of Music

Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the School of Music before beginning your study abroad research.

Seek cultural immersion

Look for a program that provides insights into another society

Develop or improve second language skills

Work on your Music major or minor

Fulfill Liberal Education requirements

Programs

Africa and the Middle East

Egypt

Helwan University (available through IFSA-Butler Egypt)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Helwan’s campus is located in the upscale, Bohemian and historic Zamalek neighborhood.
  • Student will take core courses in Arabic language and Egyptian music and Islamic art. Possible independent study topics include various studies in Egyptian music and Western comparative studies.
  • For students participating in the fall, various chamber and orchestral ensembles are available.

Ghana

CIEE Ghana– Legon

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, or Academic Year
  • The University of Ghana is located in Legon, ten miles from Ghana’s capital, Accra. CIEE Ghana is perfect for students interested in West African cultural practices in various musical and dance forms.
  • Program offers opportunities, not only in the classroom, but also in the community. Students are able to participate in independent studies, excursions, student clubs, and volunteer activities. The University curriculum on African studies offers advanced level courses in African music and dance.

Israel

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall, Spring or Summer semester, and academic year
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning and research, and a scientific center of international repute. About 2,000 international students from around the world enroll at the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University every year.
  • Jerusalem Sounds is a new and unique initiative of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School. Studies include a full music program consisting of individual instruction, performance in small and large ensembles and classes in Jewish and Israeli music.

Americas

Argentina

CIEE Argentina

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic or Calendar Year.
  • CIEE participants may enroll at the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte (IUNA) in a wide range of courses in the arts. Enrollment in these courses is contingent on students having already completed prerequisites in the specific fields of art.
  • Courses include Music: composition, instrumental performance, voice, orchestral & choral directing. 

Brazil

CIEE Brazil– Salvador da Bahia

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, Academic or Calendar Year.
  • The CIEE Study Center in Salvador da Bahia was established in 2000. The program begins with a five-week Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP), held in Salvador da Bahia for the fall semester and in São Paulo for the spring semester. The ILCP prepares students for the regular semester by providing them the opportunity to focus intensively on Portuguese language acquisition and learning about Brazilian contemporary society.
  • The semester program offers an option for direct enrollment at the Universidade Catolica do Salvador where music coursework is available, including history of music courses and ethnomusicology as well as guitar, piano, and vocal practicals.

Chile

Universidad de Chile (available through IFSA-Butler Chile)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • The oldest and largest public university in Chile, the Universidad de Chile is home to around 25,000 students and is distinctly recognized for both its political and artistic culture.
  • An abundance of courses are available in musical theory and composition, performance, and theatre.
  • In addition to the university course work, students must take the Advanced Spanish program course. All coursework is in Spanish.

Asia and Oceania

Australia

Griffith University (available through GlobaLinks Australia, IFSA-Butler Australia, and Arcadia Australia)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, and Academic Year
  • Griffith University offers the option of taking a diverse range of courses through the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, one of the nation’s leading music schools
  • The campus educates nearly 700 students a year, with students from both Australia and over 20 other countries.
  • Sample courses include Practical Musicianship; Music in Society; Music in Contemporary Contexts; and Improvisation and Movement, among many others.

University of Melbourne

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • Melbourne University prides itself on excellence in academics, distinguished teachers and researchers, and a high quality-learning environment. Among its many fields, it offers classes in music performance and education, as well as a music therapy concentration.
  • You can audition to play in ensembles or take classes including but not limited to Baroque and Classical Music, Group Music Skills, Conducting, Instrumental Teaching, and many others.

New Zealand

University of Auckland

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, and Academic Year
  • The largest Polynesian city in the world, Auckland has a multicultural population of over one million people. In the center of that is the historic University of Auckland, founded in 1883.
  • The University of Auckland’s School of Music is widely recognized as New Zealand’s premiere music training institute, offering courses in performance training, history, theory and education.
  • Students may also audition to enroll in various ensembles, ranging from chamber choirs and orchestras to different jazz groups.

University of Otago

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • The University of Otago is New Zealand’s oldest university and one of the most prestigious in regards to teaching and research.
  • Music students at Otago can study music of many cultures; classes are offered in performance, composition, or musical scholarship. You could explore song-writing or ethnomusicology.

Victoria University of Wellington

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year
  • Wellington is the political and cultural capital of New Zealand and offers a multitude of cafés, galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, sporting events, and festivals.
  • Victoria University of Wellington offers music programs through the New Zealand School of Music. The NZSM takes a holistic approach to music, placing equal value on composition, musicology, and performance. Its strengths in jazz and classical performance contribute to its creative environment.

Europe

Austria

IES Austria– Music

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, and Academic Year
  • The IES Center in Vienna is located in Palais Corbelli, an 18th century palace in the heart of the city.
  • IES Vienna offers a Music program specially designed for Music Performance majors and other talented instrumentalists and vocalists. The program consists of a selection of offerings in Music History, Music Theory, and Performance Studies, as well access to the IES Area Studies and Language courses in English and German (for those qualified).
  • The Music History and Music Theory courses are open to all students (usually Music majors) with the appropriate prerequisites.
  • The Music Performance Workshop is designed to offer instrumentalists and vocalists the opportunity to expand their repertoire and enhance their performance skills. Students admitted to the Music Performance Workshop are also eligible to receive private instruction if your home school authorizes it and your major requires it.
  • You are also encouraged to audition for orchestral and choral groups in Vienna.
  • The IES Center offers five practice rooms at the Palais Corbelli plus its own off-campus practice facilities, which consist of six practice rooms – each equipped with a piano, bench, chair, mirror, and stand as well as a separate lounge.

France

IES France– Paris

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year
  • Music students who wish to benefit from high quality, demanding instruction may audition for the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot. This music school, founded in 1919 by the renowned pianist Alfred Cortot, is the private-school equivalent to the National Conservatory.
  • The Ecole is located in a stately mansion (designated a historical monument) in the heart of Paris and has its own private concert hall. During the spring semester, IES sponsors a concert at the Ecole in the Salle Cortot featuring IES students. 
  • Fall semester and academic year students may enroll in the Ecole’s full curriculum, taking four courses at the Ecole and one language course at IES per semester, or they may take just one course at the Ecole and all remaining courses at IES per semester.
  • You must submit an audition tape or CD after being accepted to the IES Paris French Studies program in order to be considered for admittance to the Ecole de Musique.
  • Once on-site in Paris, you will audition in order to be placed at the appropriate level. Instrumentalists select from courses in teaching and performance while vocalists focus on performance.   

Germany

IES Germany– Freiburg

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, and Academic Year
  • Students participate in IES Abroad German-taught area studies courses, and have the option of taking integrated courses at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität as well as Music and education courses at other local institutions.
  • For those interested in taking music courses, the Jazz at Rock Schule at the Allgemeine Schule, founded in 1984, is a strong option. Nearly 650 local residents have taken advantage of the school’s offerings; the school is made up of three different institutes: the International Music College of Freiburg, the Center for Music Education Freiburg, and the General School. An on-site audition may apply.
  • You may also register and audition in Freiburg to participate in various vocal and instrumental ensembles.
  • Students must have 4 semesters of college level German Language to participate.

Ireland

University College Dublin (Available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year
  • At University College Dublin (UCD), you can take a variety of classes with Irish students. Located in the Republic’s capital, UCD is the largest of the colleges which forms the National University of Ireland. 
  • The college offers a wide breadth of music courses—from music performance to ethnomusicology, music history to opera. Students also have the opportunity to join various ensembles.

University College Cork (available through Arcadia Ireland)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year
  • University College Cork, established in 1845 in Cork, the Republic of Ireland’s second largest city, has a thriving arts scene. It provided a wide array of excellent academic opportunities and exposure to Irish culture.
  • Unique courses in traditional, folk, and popular Irish music are available to students as well as courses in jazz, performance, history and theory.

University Study in Ireland: University of Limerick

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring semester, and academic year
  • The University of Limerick is an independent, internationally focused university with over 11,600 students and 1,300 staff. It is a young, energetic and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and excellence in research and scholarship. The University of Limerick is just five kilometers from Limerick city and is located on an extensive, green, modern campus that spans both sides of the River Shannon. UL offers outstanding student facilities including five student residential villages, the Glucksman Library, the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Courses are offered in performance, voice and other related areas.

Italy

IES Italy– Milan

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year
  • The IES Milan music program provides a full range of music opportunities for instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, and music performance majors. In addition to offering a music history course and music performance workshop each semester, IES works closely with the Accademia Internazionale della Musica (the largest private music school in Italy), which includes schools in jazz, choral, classical, contemporary, and early music, to facilitate music enrollment options and ensemble work.
  • Using a highly customized approach, the IES Milan Director, an accomplished musicologist and active composer, works closely with students to tailor a program that meets their musical needs and interests.
  • You may choose to take instruction and performance at the Accademia (instruments, voice, theory, composition, orchestra, ensembles), which provides a more integrated experience since you study alongside Italian and international students, or you may request private instruction.
  • Students with no prior Italian may enroll in technique and performance classes whereas an advanced level of Italian is required for theory and history classes at the Accademia. Private non-performance music classes may be arranged in Italian or English.
  • Music students typically take from one to three music courses each term, combining private lessons with theory courses at the Accademia and IES. Limited practice space is available at the IES Center, and housing is arranged so that piano and voice students can practice at home, as is common for Italian music students.

Netherlands

IES Netherlands– Amsterdam

  • Program Type: Study Abroad Center
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year
  • Part of the Amsterdam School of the Arts, the Amsterdam School of Music was originally established as the Sweelinck Conservatory in 1884. It is located in the beautiful museum district with direct access to the world-famous concert building of the Concertgebouw, and is minutes away from Vondelpark.
  • Most instruction is held at the former Sweelinck Conservatory, a vibrant institution with nearly 1,000 students. Because more than 50% of the students studying at the Amsterdam School of Music (ASM) are international, the vast majority of the courses are taught in English. 
  • It is the school’s mission to educate the students to become versatile musicians, teaching, performing, and creating music at the highest levels. In close consultation with advisers, you establish a highly individualized course of study within the concentration of Jazz or Classical music. Each combines practical and theoretical aspects of music study. 
  • Each program (Classical and Jazz) offers electives, including additional performance and theory options, the 2 credit course Dutch language, and the opportunity to take courses from the ASM’s partner art schools or a 5 credit course in music history or musicology at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

NORWAY

HECUA The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging

  • Program type: Field Study
  • Based in Oslo, the program uses a carefully integrated field study, classroom study, and volunteer placement to explore the program themes.
  • The New Norway includes comparative field study elsewhere—in selected regions of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
  • Instruction is in English; no prior Norwegian is required. Fall semester

United Kingdom

University of East Anglia (available through IFSA-Butler England)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year
  • UEA is located in the historic city of Norwich, less than two hours from London.
  • It has a breadth of music choices that will appeal to music performance majors. You can take courses in critical studies, creative and performance studies, or in historical or contextual classes such as New York and Los Angeles: Pop Culture in the 1960s, Beethoven as Hero, or Analytical Approaches to Music.

Lancaster University

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester and Academic Year
  • The University of Lancaster is one of the United Kingdom’s most highly ranked and well-respected universities, known for its innovative curricula and esteemed faculty.
  • Music courses are taken through the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA); students may choose from the university’s wide variety of courses in almost every discipline, allowing you to create a broad and diverse curriculum, or further study in music, including performance, theory, music history, composition, and more.

Royal Holloway (available through Arcadia England)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, and Academic Year
  • Royal Holloway is a small campus university, with just over 5,900 students, located in Surrey, just 19 miles from the center of London.
  • Music students have a wide selection of course options, ranging from history, composition, conducting, performance, and theory. Introductory courses are also available.

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (available through CIEE England and Arcadia England)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Term, and Academic Year
  • Founded in 1916, the School of Oriental and African Studies is a part of the University of London and compromised of about 3,000 students from more than 100 countries.
  • SOAS is the leading institution in the world dedicated to the study of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • The school’s department of music has a wide array for fascinating and unique courses, including classes in ethnomusicology and world music theory.
  • Sample courses include: Music of the Middle East and North Africa; Music, Shamanism and Healing; Introduction to Music Analysis; and many others.

University of Glasgow

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Fall or Spring semester, and academic year
  • Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the United Kingdom, and consistently ranks as one of the UK's most highly-rated schools. The university is host to more than 20,000 students from over 100 countries and offers an exceptional breadth of academic choice across the physical and life sciences, social sciences and the humanities. The University of Glasgow offers numerous courses in the music of Scotland, performance, and music education.

Russia

St. Petersburg State University, Summer Language and Culture (available through CIEE Russia)

  • Program Type: Host-University Study
  • Program Term: Summer term
  • Founded in the 18th century, St. Petersburg State University is one of Russia’s leading institutions of high learning.
  • The summer language and culture program includes eight weeks of language in addition to other culture courses. All classes are taught in Russian.
  • One particular noteworthy course would be MUSI 3001, Russian Music, where students learn about and perform various types of Russian songs to further their knowledge and understanding of Russian culture.

Additional Options to Consider

Global Seminars

  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or compliment to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study.
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.

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