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Course date
June 26–July 4, 2023
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The general purpose of this course is to provide an insight into the methods and approaches of modern musicology as an integral part of heritage studies, using music as a tool for analyzing and describing social changes, the interaction of state policies, cultural heritage, and audience, as well as for describing social identities.

The other main objective of the course is to explore various aspects of musical heritage management with an emphasis on creating audience development, and focused, yet socially conscious business policies. In order to react to the major, contemporary social, and sustainability challenges, in the fifth edition, we will concentrate on migration and music, the music of diasporas, and the connection between the movement of people and the movement of music.

The course builds on a highly interdisciplinary academic approach to modern musicology. The purpose is to provide an insight into the methods and approaches of musicology as an integral part of heritage studies, using music as a tool for analyzing and describing social changes, and identities, as well as to examine the ethnomusicological aspects of migration.

Due to the recent regional and international political crises, populism, war, economic and social inequalities, and climate changes, we experience increased migration and events of forced displacement. There have been many examples of movement/displacement of large groups of people throughout history, in the course of which the migrating cultural heritage interacts with the heritage of the new location, preserves certain elements, and creates new, independent phenomena. This is very notable in music: the mutual influence of different types of music from different places brings about innovative fusions and hybrids, as well as the need to preserve (and define) heritage.

Ethnomusicology traditionally deals with such processes and changes, however, due to recent global events, research on migration and diaspora has gained increased relevance and importance in ethnomusicology. Not only shall previously established notions be reinterpreted, and new migration processes examined, but the question of migrant creativity and survival, mobility, and integration should also be raised and examined.

Lectures and case study analysis of our course will focus on the above topics and aspects, complemented with seminar discussions, workshops, library research, and a field trip to Vienna.

Based on the feedback from last year’s courses, we plan to place more emphasis on students’ own research during the course: we will organize a workshop with a group of Iranian – Turkish – Syrian – Serbian musicians, giving an insight into the life of migrant musicians in Vienna, as well as a workshop with Ukrainian musicians living in Budapest.

We will continue our highly successful project development program: participants will be assisted by tutors in preparing a short presentation on a chosen subject relating to their cultural heritage, migration, and diaspora during the course.

Target Group

The course intends to bring together graduate and post-graduate students, as well as junior researchers from the field of cultural heritage studies, ethnomusicology, sociology, ethnology, and social anthropology. We also accept applications from advanced undergraduate students who have adequate prior study or engagement experience on the subject and make a compelling case in their application/statement of interest. 

 No pre-requisite is required.

Language requirements 

The language of instruction is English; thus, all applicants have to demonstrate a strong command of spoken and written English to be able to participate actively in discussions at seminars and workshops. Some of the shortlisted applicants may be contacted for a telephone interview. 

The course will focus on the following discipline areas:

  • Cultural heritage studies
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Sociology
  • Ethnology
  • Social anthropology 

"I appreciated the thoughtfulness and care that seemed to be going on behind the scenes: efforts to make sure we felt supported socially and logistically, how to build a kind and emotionally supportive classroom environment, the time that went into designing our project groups."

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course. I would have actually loved to complete another week of it!"

"The course provided a nice picture of the current research trends in the field of ethnomusicology. We had a diverse group and I got to learn a lot from different people and researchers belonging to diverse contexts."

"I found the feedback and constructive advice from both staff and other students to be tremendously helpful in terms of my personal, professional, and project development goals. I felt the team and the other students were genuinely engaged and committed to facilitating discussion, fostering creative ideas, and allowing us to make connections with other academics who might be able to help us with project work in the future."

"I would recommend the course for many aspects in regard to it: the lecturers, the format of the courses that give the student the possibility to discuss the topics in small groups with advisors, the great organization team."

"Strong team leadership and cooperation, a great group of students that were actively participating and engaged, a convivial yet academically rigorous atmosphere, great balance between group and one-on-one advice and attention from staff, a wonderful variety of highly educated and experienced ethnomusicologists leading lectures."

Please read the following directions carefully.  

Below is the list of the documents you need to prepare or arrange for submission:

  1. Completed online SUN Application Form (see notes below)
  2. Full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
    Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any. 
  3. Statement of Purpose
    Please upload a Statement of Purpose that describes how the course is relevant to your teaching, research, or professional work, and in what way you expect to benefit from your participation. Please highlight your relevant music and/or heritage education, describe any previous experience that you had related to the course theme, and list previous courses you have taken.
    You are advised to consult the detailed course description on the course web page so that the statement of purpose is in accordance with the main objectives of the course.
    Please provide the name, contact email, and phone number of a person (a faculty member, job supervisor, etc.) who can be contacted by the course directors to attest to your abilities, qualifications, and academic/professional performance.
  4. Personal Statement on Financial Aid
    Those who are eligible and wish to apply for financial aid should specify their reasons in the “Personal statement on financial aid” section (Funding page of the application form). 

Optional attachments: 
You can upload further optional documents on the Qualifications page such as academic documents that you think may be relevant to support your application in the ‘Other Supporting Documents’ section. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file not exceeding the size 2 MB. No passwords and encryption are allowed. 

Completed CEU Summer University Application Form

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  • You may apply to a maximum of two summer courses. In case of being admitted, you can only attend both if the two courses do not overlap in time.
  • If you applied to CEU before, please use your existing login and password to start a new application. If you do not remember your password from last year click on Forgotten Password. With technical problems, bugs, or errors related to the online application forms please contact the CEU IT Help Desk.
  • Right after login, please select the ”Summer University” radio button from the "Type of course" list, and leave all other fields empty.
  • All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s). Materials sent by postal mail, electronic mail, or fax are not considered.
  • The maximum allowable file size for upload is 2MB per file and the acceptable file formats are PDF, JPG, and JPEG. Ensure all security features (e.g. passwords and encryption) are removed from the documents before uploading them.
  • Applications cannot be edited after submission. Please submit your application only when it is 100% final and complete.
  • Further user instructions for the online application are included in the form itself. Should you have questions regarding the application form, check the relevant Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


If you need help or more information during the application process, please feel free to contact the SUN staff via email.


The SUN Office will notify applicants about the selection results in April. Please check the 'Dates and deadlines' section on the relevant course websites for notification deadlines planned earlier or later. The final decision is not open to appeal.