Music

Imagine visiting the hometown of a favorite composer and experiencing first-hand the artwork, environment and architecture that inspired their music, all the while shedding light on how to genuinely express that composer’s ideals in a captivating performance. Imagine listening to the musical stylings of instruments not found in the Western world and witnessing how important music truly is in every society. 
 

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Studying abroad is a very useful and beneficial academic experience for students majoring in music. Music students will have the chance to enhance their skills and gain cross-cultural experience that is advantageous to many different avenues of professional musicianship. In an increasingly global music market, spending time learning and performing abroad allows you to make connections with people all over the world and gain important networking and self-promotional skills. This experience will also strengthen personal performance skills through playing in diverse and unfamiliar environments. Studying abroad can also allow you to gain resume-building experience through coursework in fields such as music technology or music business, supplemented by professional practice in a city such as Sydney or London with a thriving music production culture.

Whether you are looking for inspiration, experience, professional connections, academic variety, or all of the above, studying abroad will expand any horizon.

Academic Advice

  • Students have the ability to study Western classical music or Western dance from a different perspective as well as other forms of music and dance.
  • Music Majors may sometimes take a larger variety of courses abroad, such as music business, music technology, or area specific world music courses.
  • Students should speak with their academic adviser and private instructor early in order to incorporate classes abroad.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

  • Students may NOT take MUS 141-145 Applied Music during study abroad.
  • Students may NOT complete ensemble participation abroad.
  • Courses will be evaluated on a case to case basis through the course equivalency process.

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and non-GVSU options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill General Education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other non-GVSU options by using the search engines listed below.

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Partnership

Australia

Macquarie University

Non-Traditional Semester, academic year

Partnership

France

Université Catholique de l'Ouest

Semester, academic 

Partnership

Ghana

University of Cape Coast

Semester, academic year

Partnership

Japan

International Christian University

Academic year, summer

Partnerships

Mexico

Universidad de las Americas Puebla

Semester, academic year

Partnerships

Turkey

Middle East Technical University

Semester, academic year

Partnerships

United Kingdom

Kingston University

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available 

Non-GVSU

Argentina

IES: Instituto Universitario Nacional de Art

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Austria

IES: Abroad Center Vienna

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Austria

AIFS: University of Salzburg

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Brazil

CIEE: Universidade Católica do Salvador

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Chile

IFSA: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Cyprus

Global Semesters: Cyprus

Summer

Non-GVSU

Czech Republic

NYU: Tonmeister Studies

Summer

Non-GVSU

England

KEI: University of Southbank London

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

France

IES: Study Center in Paris

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

France

UCSD: Jazz in Paris

Summer

Non-GVSU

Germany

IES: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Ghana

This is World Music: Ghana

Summer

Non-GVSU

Ghana

CIEE: University of Ghana

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Greece

Paros International Music Program

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Ireland

API: National University of Ireland Galway

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Isreal

Rothberg International School: Hebrew University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Italy

Accademia Dell'Arte

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Italy

Arts Abroad

Semester, academic year, summer

Non-GVSU

Italy

IES: Abroad Center Milan

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Italy

Wichita State University: Canta in Italia

Summer

Non-GVSU

Netherlands

IES: Conservatorium von Amsterdam

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

New Zealand

CIS: University of Otago

Non traditional semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Scotland

CIS: Edinburgh Napier University

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

South Africa

CIEE: University of Cape Town

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

South Africa 

CIS: Stellenbosch

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

Russia

Bard-Smolny College

 

Semester, academic year

Non-GVSU

United Arab Emirates

API: American University of Sharjah

Summer, academic year

Non-GVSU

Wales

Arts Abroad: Cardiff University 

Semester, academic year

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

API Internships

Semester, Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CAPA Internships

Semester, Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CIS Internships

Semester, Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

CRCC Asia Internships

Semester, Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

ISA: Internships & Service Learning

Semester, Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

USAC Internships

Semester, Summer

Non-GVSU

Multiple Destinations

World Endeavors

Semester, Summer

Explore Other Program Options

Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

Browse More Programs

*Note: This is not an exhaustive list. If you cannot find a suitable program among these, there are other options available to you as well. Come in for a walk-in advising session, and our peer advisers can help you find a program that fits your needs!

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Dr. Beth Gibbs

gibbsb@gvsu.edu

1601 Performing Arts Center

 



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