Study Abroad

School of Music - Study Abroad Opportunities

Vienna, Austria – the City of Music


Who can go?
Any student interested in Music.  Majors, minors, non-majors, students attending another university, alumni, community members, MOLLI students

Vienna Program

Every night in Vienna about 10,000 music fans are treated to classical music performances - something unheard of in any other city in the world! We invite you to join us during our Vienna Study Abroad.

Vienna’s musical life is dominated by four monumental performance venues: the Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Vienna State Opera House and the Stephansdom cathedral. Combined with world-class theatre, art museums, galleries and historic sites that span the ages, there is something for everyone in Vienna! Field trips are offered to other locations of interest such as Salzburg and Prague!

UM Faculty customized a program with YOU, the music student, in mind! Those with a major or interest in music or art will study the great masterworks of the ages, perform in historic concert halls and walk the path of the great composers and artists that lived and worked in Vienna: Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Klimt, Otto Wagner, Bruckner, Czerny, Haydn, Mahler, Schoenberg, Strauss and many, many more.

Ranked as the “best city in the world to live,” Vienna has proven itself to be safe, friendly and clean. Students will live in apartments with full kitchens, living rooms or common areas close to classes, transportation, concerts, faculty, top medical facilities, shopping and recreation.

Students enjoy world-class concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic, considered by many to be the best orchestra in the world, and engage in open rehearsals. At the Vienna State Opera experience one of the top musical venues in the world and experience the best in first-class productions. The famous stage offers a different program every day, with over 50 operas and ballets each season. In the realm of Chamber Music you will hear the leading pianists, violinists, cellists, string quartets, contemporary ensembles, vocalists, wind players, brass ensembles, percussionists and period instrument ensembles in the world. Attend grand choral concerts and performances by the Vienna Boys Choir who have an enthusiastic international following. They are often called “the youngest Viennese Ambassadors.” The Museum of Fine Arts, built in 1891, near the Imperial Palace, houses the extensive collections of the imperial family. With its vast array of eminent works, it is considered one of the premiere museums in the world, from Rembrandt to Monet - it is all there!

The Vienna Program includes 178 miles of walking tours. Participants see the homes of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and more, visit the graves of composers including Mahler and Brahms, walk where they walked and listen to concerts in the grand halls where their works premiered.

Haven’t been a student for some time? If you are 50+ years, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (MOLLI) at UM is offering portions of the Vienna trip to members. For more information about this opportunity, contact MOLLI at 406.243.2905 or

To find out more information about the program, including courses, cost, housing and financial assistance, please contact Maxine Ramey at 406.243.6880 or

Bali Trip (Next trip in Summer of 2020)

Every four years, Dr. LedBetter leads a group of UM music students to Bali for a three-week intensive study of gamelan and Balinese culture. The group stays in the family compound of our teacher Imade Lasmawan in Bangah Village, which is in the central mountain region of Bali.  The group studies four styles of gamelan – gamelan angklung, gong kebyar, bala ganjur and gender wayang – and has performed for Hindu Temple Festivals and other cultural events.  Living in the village enables us to immerse ourselves in the culture while eating an amazing cuisine most of which is grown right there in the village.  

The trip also includes visits to many important cultural sites and temples including Basekih Temple (the “Mother” Temple) and other field trips including attending several cultural performances in Ubud (the cultural center of Bali) and the Bali Arts Festival in Denpassar. There are also plenty of fun excursions including trips to local hot springs, snorkeling in the Bali Sea, climbing a volcano, hiking around the village, as well as seeing some of the local flora and fauna including monkeys and fruit bats. Previous Bali Trips took place in 2012 and 2016.  The next trip is tentatively scheduled for May/June 2020.