SPEA in Weimar & Berlin

Learn more about the SPEA in Weimar & Berlin Program

June 20 – July 10, 2019

Comparative Music Industry Studies - A Global Perspective (3cr.)

Program Director: Monika Herzig

The music industry has experienced dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century due to technology and to globalization and new international models in a traditionally American dominated market. Among the transformations are: decline of physical product sales; new intellectual property and licensing regulations influencing international transactions; visa and other legal issues in the growing international touring market; changes in governmental support of the arts; changing income streams for artists and music entrepreneurs; and much more.

Knowledge of the global relationships in the music industry has become a crucial ingredient for successful entrepreneurship. Many recent musical stars are from non-US markets such as Lorde and ACDC from Australia, Ed Sheeran and Adele from Great Britain, and Max Martin from Sweden. Moreover; successful new models require a high degree of innovation and creativity, traits fostered through knowledge and global intelligence.

University Partner: University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar

The University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar is an ideal place to study such global knowledge with a long tradition of academic and artistic excellence.  Based in the hometown of German Classicism and rich in tradition, the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar is an institution of higher education for young musicians, academics, and ambassadors of music from across the entire globe. It is indebted to the legacy of Franz Liszt, who successfully combined in his person composer, virtuoso, ensemble musician, pedagogue, and pensive philosopher. The institution aims to compete with the world’s most renowned music academies. Furthermore, the University offers an undergraduate and graduate Arts Administration program, an ideal match for this course.

Location: Weimar 2 weeks – Berlin 1 week (+ additional excursions)

The city of Weimar was a focal point of the German Enlightenment and home of the leading characters of the literary genre of Weimar Classicism, the writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. In the 19th century, famous composers like Franz Liszt made a music centre of Weimar and later, artists and architects like Henry van de Velde, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger and Walter Gropius came to the city and founded the Bauhaus movement, the most important German design school of the interwar period. Until 1948, Weimar was the capital of Thuringia. Today, many places in the city centre have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites (either as part of the Weimar Classicism complex or as part of the Bauhaus complex) and tourism is one of the leading economic sectors of Weimar.

With close proximity to the German capital Berlin and the culturally rich city of Leipzig, there is a wealth of opportunity for guest lecturers, day excursions, and a week-long stay in Berlin to experience additional aspects of the modern music industry. In addition, through the week in Berlin and other national sights, cultural and social integration of considerable depth can be achieved.

Thus, in one unique region, a cultural and historical center, it is possible for a collaborative team of professors from Indiana University and the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar to present the issues of the evolving global music industry and have a team of global experts contribute to the body of knowledge. 

  • Fete de Musique in Berlin, a street music festival
  • Berlin City Tour
  • Universal and Sony Records visits
  • Tour of the Berlin Philharmonic and Opera
  • Underground Club Scene tour
  • Jazz Brunch/Opera in Berlin
  • Dresden City Tour
  • Leipzig University Visit and Bach Museum Tour
  • Castle Belvedere in Weimar
  • Towns of Erfurt & Eisenach
  • Buchenwald Concentration Camp

You will receive room and board at a hotel in walking distance from the teaching facilities in both Weimar and Berlin. You will live in single, double, and triple rooms.

For lunch & dinner you will have easy access to food items at numerous shops, cafes and restaurants. Breakfast will be included with the rooms at all hotels at all locations.

The exception to this pattern occurs during the initial reception, Sunday brunch, and the concluding banquet. The cost of meals at these three events is included in the program fee.

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 Weimar & Berlin Program Fee: $2,100*

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
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Weimar & Berlin 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 Germany, 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 undergraduates and graduate students in good standing are eligible to apply for admission. Undergraduates should have at least a 2.8 GPA. While preference and scholarship money will be given to SPEA students, the course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any related IU department. The syllabus calls for more difficult assignments and higher research expectations placed on graduate students in comparison to undergraduates.

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