SPEA in Graz

Experience the Austrian music industry, while earning course credit

Spend two weeks in Graz, the second largest city in Austria and the capital of the province of Styria, studying the music industry from a global perspective. 

Learn more about the SPEA in Graz program

This program will not run during summer 2019.

A482/Y500/V482/V582 – Comparative Music Industry (3 credits)

Program Director: Dr. Monika Herzig

The music industry has experienced dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century, not only due to new technologies, but also due to globalization and new international models in a traditionally American dominated market. The purpose of this three-credit course is the comparative study of history and issues of the global music industry using Graz, Austria, as the base of operations.

Through case studies, readings, team assignments, and lectures by regional professionals, you will analyze the components of the American music industry in comparison to the European music industry with a focus on legal issues, publishing, media, concert promotions, arts education, and artistic career options. You will also examine and analyze topics such as new intellectual property and licensing regulations, variations in government support for the arts, and explore a variety of career opportunities in the music industry. Guest speakers will be invited every day to share their expertise as well as network with the students.

You will live in single dormitory rooms located on the campus of Kunst Uni Graz (KUG). Rooms are airconditioned. You will also have access to classrooms and practice rooms. The campus of KUG is centrally located, with easy access to food items at the shop, café, and restaurant immediately across the street from the jazz institute. You will be responsible for all of your meals with the exception of a welcome party and a reception held the last night. 

Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:

  1. SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2018 SPEA in Graz Program Fee: $2,500*

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Some meals
  • Group transportation on the island
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Bloomington Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for this SPEA Abroad program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Austria, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

Both undergraduate and graduate students in good standing may apply. Undergraduate students should have at least a 2.8 GPA and junior or senior status. Though preference will be given to SPEA students, the course is open to students from any discipline. 

During the application period (November - January) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early as some programs will close before the deadline. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the priority deadline will be sent out in early December. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the final deadline will be sent out in early February.

Application Process

  • Meet With Your Academic Advisor
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Online Disciplinary Check

After Acceptance to the Program

  • Submit Signed Acceptance Letter*
  • Submit Signed Release Form*
  • Submit Photocopy of Your Passport*
  • Submit Online Medical History Form
  • Submit Flight Information, speaintl@indiana.edu
  • Attend All Program Specific Orientations
  • Attend Health & Safety Orientation

*IU Bloomington Students should submit all documents to SPEA 201. IUPUI students should submit all documents to BS 3025 B. Students from all other IU campuses should mail forms to: 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405

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