THE SIRRIDGE OFFICE OF MEDICAL HUMANITIES AND
BIOETHICS IN THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND THE CONSERVATORY
OF MUSIC AND DANCE
UMKC STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM IN GRAZ, AUSTRIA
"MEDICINE AND MUSIC"
JULY 1 – JULY 19, 2013
FACULTY: Stuart Munro, MD and William Everett, Ph.D.
We are delighted to invite students to participate in
the UMKC Program Summer Study Abroad in Graz, Austria.
This three-week program offers the opportunity to gain a
deeper understanding and appreciation of the interplay
of medicine and music in Austria, using Graz and the
surrounding area as a model. Graz is home to one of the largest
hospitals in Austria and many prominent physicians and
musicians have been to the city through the centuries.
Topics include, but are not limited to, applications of
music in clinical practice, depictions of medical themes
and ideas in musical works (including opera and musical
theater), musicians as medical case studies, and
physical conditions to which musicians may be especially
prone. The program will be co-directed and taught by
Stuart Munro, MD, and William Everett, Ph.D.
Please note that places on the program are limited
and students have to write an essay and furnish letters
of recommendation to be considered for the program. No
German language skills are required. All classes will be
given in English.
Graz (population of 250,000) is located near the
foothills of the Alps in southeastern Austria. Its old
town was recently (1999) granted world cultural heritage status
by UNESCO and the city was named the cultural capital of
Europe in 2003. The landmark clock tower which overlooks the
city gives wonderful views of the red roofs below, while
the colorful architecture of the main square,
surrounding cobbled streets and renaissance courtyards
creates a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. In stark
contrast are projects such as the new Kunsthaus, labeled
by locals as the ‘friendly alien’, and the floating
island in the River Mur, which bring Graz boldly into
the twenty-first century. The city is just 2½ hours by
train from Vienna via the stunning Semmering pass,
recognized as one of the most scenic rail journeys in
Students may take the program for 5 MED units (counts as a medical humanities elective for Yrs.
1-4, or the medical humanities required course for Yrs.
5-6, and may be taken as an academic elective), or for 3 or 5
CONS (humanities) credit hours.
MED 9515 Medicine and Music (5)
CONS 5590HB Medicine and Music in Graz (3)
CONS 5598 Research Problems (2 optional units, contact
Dr. Everett for
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT PROFESSOR
WILLIAM EVERETT IN THE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AND
DANCE, OR MS. MARILYN
PESTO, DIRECTOR OF THE SIRRIDGE OFFICE OF MEDICAL
HUMANITIES AND BIOETHICS AT THE SOM
Activities and Excursions:
1. Weekend trip to Vienna including visits to major
sites important to medicine and music.
2. Visits to Graz-area historical and cultural venues.
Students will be housed in single rooms with shared
bathroom, kitchen, and living space at university
residence halls in Graz, which are in close proximity to the old town
and near cafes, shops, and museums. Students will be
responsible for their own meals. The
lodgings will be available to you for the whole month of
July, allowing for extra time in Graz and the surrounding
Travel to Graz
Students travel independently to Austria. Graz has its own airport, but
it is also possible to fly to Vienna and then take a train to Graz. Participating students can make travel
arrangements together if they so wish, as they may plan
to travel around Central Europe before or after the
Information from the Medical University of Graz for incoming students (Welcome Guide):
Information on the city of Graz:
Participants of the Graz Abroad Program may qualify for
financial aid. Students should consult the Financial Aid
3 CONS credit hours = $989.08 (undergraduate)/$1187.68
5 MED units = $3000* this is already included in your full time summer
Study Abroad Program Fee:
$2,800 (includes all lodgings, excursions, train to and
from Vienna, and local transportation in Graz and
Estimated Costs for which you are responsible:
Travel (r/t airfare KC-Vienna) $1200 (students arrange
their own travel to Graz)
Spending Money (suggested) $1000
The University of Missouri System requires each study
abroad participant to enroll in the UM HTH Worldwide
Health Insurance Plan for the period of their program.
HTH specializes in study abroad. The UM System has
worked with them to create a comprehensive plan fitting
our specific needs. Insurance is approximately $48 per
month with no deductible. More information is available
International Academic Programs website
You are also required to attend a mandatory study abroad
orientation at IAP before participating in any study
abroad program at UMKC.
(Please turn in all materials to
Programs – Student Success Center - Room 120)
February 1, 2013: the application,
along with a $100 deposit (If you are not
accepted into the program we will refund this deposit)
March 1, 2013: $1000 deposit.
April 30, 2013: Balance of program
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