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Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Art (Visual, Fine, and Performing)

For more information contact

Paul Barte
Program Director
Email: barte@ohio.edu
Kirsten Dabelko  
Sr. Program Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email: dabelkok@ohio.edu


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This program is a culmination of a spring semester course on Richard Wagner's Ring of Nibelungen. Participants have the unique opportunity of attending live performances of the works at the Chicago Lyric Opera. In addition, the group will attend lectures, discussions and other events offered in conjunction with the opera performances. 

During spring semester 2020, the class will meet two hours per week prior to travel to Chicago. 

During the seven-day stay in Chicago, students will also attend a Chicago Symphony concert and visit the Chicago Institute of Arts, particularly exploring the examples of 19th Century German art in the collection. 

Good to Know

Please note that this program takes place during spring semester. Not all instructors will excuse missed coursework and participants may not be able to make up missed coursework. 

Living Arrangements 

Students will stay at HI Chicago Hostel for the duration of the program. 

Program Dates 

Travel Dates: April 19 - 26, 2020

Course dates: Spring Semester 2020


Students will earn a total of 3 credit hours. 

  • MUS 3800 "Wagner and the Ring of Nibelungen" (3 credits) 
  • MUS 5800 "Wagner and the Ring of Nibelungen" (3 credits) 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations–including breakfasts, tickets for The Ring Cycle and other events, two group dinners, transportation.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to undergraduate majors and graduate students in the School of Music at Ohio University. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above. 

Prior to applying, undergraduate students must have completed MUS 1250, MUS 3210, MUS 3220 or obtained permission from the program director. Applicants must have earned a B or better in at least one of the required prerequisites.  

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students.  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.