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  • Locations: Budapest, Hungary; Leipzig, Germany; Munich, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Course Description

Belvedere Palace

COR 446 IS    The Lives of the Great Composers (ELR)    4 s.h.

The great composers of Western Art Music significantly impacted and were impacted by contemporary global culture. Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and other musical geniuses helped to shape political, religious, and societal ideals that have defined the past two centuries. In their own time they were pop music idols, and they were affected by societal, political, and religious influences just as popular musicians still are today. The great composers' enduring musical legacy is still incredibly popular today across the globe, often in subtle and unrecognized ways. This course will explore the past and present impact of the great “classical music” composers as they lived it: through an interdisciplinary focus. Students will travel to Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Budapest, and other renowned musical meccas that influenced the contemporary arts and sciences in integral ways. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third of fourth year of study.

  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 145

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.

It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected. 

There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.

Spring Meeting Information

The Spring meeting time, date and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-07:10 PM. Location TBA.


Additional Course Information

“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”
-Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the binding element of mankind.  It is a universal language that transcends boundaries and beliefs; it elevates our spirituality as the very essence of humanity. Yet at its zenith—such as the compositions of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms, and Bartók—music also retains an aloofness that can inhibit transcendence. To fully appreciate this “higher revelation,” one must study and experience the music at its origin.      

This course is unique at Elon. We will not only research the great composers’ successful (and sometimes sordid) lives, we will visit their homes and attend performances of their masterworks in the exact concert halls in which they premiered. We will also link the Core Capstone Project to your study abroad experience in a distinctive way that gives you control over part of your travel itinerary for independent research. And we will experience life in the old Austro-Hungarian region as the great composers did—visiting masterfully designed palaces and opera houses, eating excellent food, hearing some of the world’s finest orchestras and opera singers, and even experiencing world class Alpine skiing. This course is indeed a fitting experiential capstone to your liberal arts education at Elon!

Activity Level: Challenging

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as challenging, which means walking is the best way to get to know a new place. Be prepared for a good physical challenge and to spend the entire day on the move, whether it’s public transit, city streets or village cobblestones.



Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


The tentative dates for the program are TBD.
While official flight itineraries are typically distributed in early September, the tentative group departure/return point is TBD.
Note: This information is subject to change based on airline changes and cancellations.



  • Die Festung Hohensalzburg (Salzburg Fortress)
  • Chamber music performances
  • Visit Mozart's home and birthplace
  • Multiple museums and recitals of your choice
  • Walk the halls of the Munich Palace
  • Tour the Bavarian State Opera
  • Polka Hall performance
  • Neuschwanstein, Mad King Ludwig II Bavarian extravagance 
  • Bach Museums
  • Reserved days for excursions to conduct research 
    (planned BY YOU during the fall GBL course)

Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill). 

Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.

Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.

For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Dr. Matthew Buckmaster
Associate Professor of Music and Education
Global Commons 215
2800 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Program Leader 2: Dr. Andrea Sinn
Department of History and Geography
CB 2225, 112D Lindner Hall

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 01/22/2018
NOTE: See the Deadlines Webpage for Winter Term 2019 information.
Winter 2019 09/03/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed