University of Oregon

Musical and Cultural Immersion in Vienna

Program Overview

In fall 2015, join Fritz Gearhart, associate professor of violin at the University of Oregon, in Vienna. This program will accommodate both music students and non-music students interested in exploring the arts in the heart of Europe. Offerings for all students will include Arts and Cultural Experience Journal, a course based on interaction with Austria’s arts scene through museum visits, attendance at concerts and in-class discussions. In Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert: Their Music, Their Connection, and Their Lives, you will study these famous composers though their music and get the opportunity to visit sites specific to each composer. Trips to Salzburg, the Haydn House Museum, Esterhazy Castle, Cathedral at St. Stephen's, Mozarthaus Vienna Museum, Pasqualati House Museum, Heiligenstadt Testament Museum, Schubert’s Birth House Museum, Liechtental Church and the Vienna Central Cemetery will be part of this course. Additional live concert attendance will be offered. If you study music you can choose an intensive chamber music ensemble option allowing you to focus on chamber music for the term, supplying needed credit toward most music degrees. Beginner through advanced students can take applied violin/viola lessons. Experienced music students can also receive private applied lessons on other instruments by local musicians. Lastly, you will enroll in a German language course (beginner to advanced).

Academic Details

All courses offered are recognized and approved for academic credit by various GEO partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Courses are taught by US and Viennese faculty who are experienced with teaching US students. No previous German language is necessary. Each course is specially designed to take advantage of the rich opportunities Vienna offers as a classroom, with additional excursions throughout Austria. Courses make use of a variety of materials and texts, all of which are provided as part of the program fee.

Faculty and Staff

In fall 2015, Fritz Gearhart, associate professor of violin at the University of Oregon, will lead a program in Vienna for students interested in exploring music and culture in the heart of Europe. Enroll in Professor Gearhart's courses, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert: Their Music, Their Connection, and Their Lives; Arts and Cultural Experience Journal; and receive private music lessons.

Housing Description

You will live in a dormitory with other international and Viennese students. The dormitory rooms are clean and modern with cooking facilities, private bathroom, internet, and a common area shared with other dorm residents. Dorm rooms are double occupancy and will be shared with another GEO student. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Quarter2015 Only6/1/20159/27/201512/12/2015

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.