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  • Locations: Budapest, Hungary; Leipzig, Germany; Munich, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Belvedere Palace

Course Description

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

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!


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.

Tentative Itinerary

  • 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)

Eligibility & Application Deadlines

The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.

See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. 

  • February 28, 2017:  All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
  • March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs. 
  • 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline.  All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission. 
  • March 28, 2017: Notification begins.  The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
  • March 28, 2017: Change period begins.  Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28). 
  • March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins.  New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
  • August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
  • September 4, 2017:  Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs.  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
  • September 14, 2017:  Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs.  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.

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.

Pre-departure Course: GBL 126

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure 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 pre-departure 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 pre-departure 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 for this course is to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

This course will be held on Tuesdays at 5:30 P.M.

Cancellation Policy

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

Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
  • September 4 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • September 15 - October 2, 2017:  Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
  • October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
  • October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
  • October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
  • Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
Note: You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.

Deposit Refunds - If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at or 336.278.5300.

*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.

If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.


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

The cost for this program is to be determined.

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 Funding for Study Abroad 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.

Additional Links

Read the most recent blog posts from students on this program.

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

Want to know more?  Like the Global Education Center Facebook page to chat with alumni and prospective students and receive study abroad updates.

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!

For More Information

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

Program Leader 2: Laurin Kier
Director of Tutorial Services and Assistant Professor of Sociology
2550 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

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

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
  • March 6: Priority period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, March 16: Priority deadline.
  • March 28: Decision date; Change period begins.
  • March 30: Rolling period begins.
  • 11:59 PM, Aug. 31: Study Abroad final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • 11:59 PM, Sept. 14: Study USA final deadline. Application deposit is non-refundable after this date.
  • See the Deadlines and Cancellation Policy page for full deadline information.

    The start date is the date students are expected to meet at the U.S. departure airport. The end date is the date students will meet back at that same airport.

    These dates reflect the best information available to the GEC but are subject to change. Please do not purchase domestic flight tickets based on the dates listed here.

    ** 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

    This program is currently not accepting applications.