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  • Locations: Salzburg, Austria
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer Session I, Summer Session II, Summer Session III
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Summer Session I 2017 03/01/2017 03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Summer Session II 2017 03/01/2017 03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/30/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay, Student Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English, German
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Program Type: Direct Placement
Area of Study: Art History, Business, Communications, German, History, Marketing, Political Science, Studio Art
Program Description:

Salzburg College - A Unique Opportunity in Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg view

Timothy Chapman in Salzburg
Program Overview
Salzburg College is an institution of higher education located in Salzburg, Austria. It is the mission of Salzburg College to provide international education programs in the American academic tradition of the liberal arts. At Salzburg College classroom work, field study, workplace experience and academic travel complement one another. Students are encouraged to make their personal experiences part of their academic studies. Social and experiential learning constitutes a major part of all Salzburg College programs.

Salzburg is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With a population of about 150,000, Salzburg is situated in the heart of Europe on the northern edge of the eastern Alps right at the Austrian-German border. Due to the surrounding mountains, as well as the Salzach River, it is also considered to be one of the greenest cities in Europe. Salzburg has a quaint, charming, small-town feel with all the amenities of a modern, industrial city. On warm days, students enjoy lounging by the Salzach River, strolling through the streets of the Old City, and enjoying one of the many public parks. In the summer, students can swim at one of the many beautiful lakes. Sports and other activities are available through the University of Salzburg. During the winter, Salzburg is within a short commute to several world class ski-areas where students can experience some of the finest downhill and cross country skiing. Salzburg also has an extremely efficient public transportation system which makes getting around the city very easy. Even though there is an extensive bus network, most Austrians prefer to move around the city by bike.  Bike rentals are available to students at a discounted price and provide an excellent alternative to taking the bus.

All classes are taught in English, mostly by European professors, and students receive regular US credit for their academic work. Students study at Salzburg College for a semester, a summer session or a full academic program. To support the student's Austrian experience, two courses are required of all Fall/Spring semester long students:
  • Understanding Austria - A Cross-Cultural Exploration
  • One German language course
Additional course offerings include:European Studies, Communication, Business & Marketing, Music History and Music Performance, Art History, Studio Art & Photography, German Language & Literature. Students must take a required 12 credit hours per semester (fall or spring) and may take up to 18 Salzburg College credit hours (included in the program fee). Students participating in the summer program enroll in two courses for a total of 6 credits.  An initial four day excursion through Bavaria (semester long program) and 4 day trip to Vienna (for both the semester and summer programs) as well as local field trips and guest lectures complement the experience.

At the beginning of 2014 Salzburg College moved to its new location in the KunstQuartier (ArtQuarter) on Bergstrasse. The core building itself dates back to the 15th century and was originally utilized for various purposes. Beginning in 1802 the building housed the Salzburger Druckerei (Salzburg Press) for over 200 years. The last printing machine was dissembled in 2008 after 200 years in operation.
The extensive KunstQuartier complex is centrally located in the heart of the right side of old town. In addition to a recital hall and private atrium, the new location will also offer the following amenities: class rooms, art studio, dark room, library, study space, spacious lounge and music practice rooms.

The university library, the Mozart Archives, museum and galleries are in easy walking distance. The green grocers' market, coffee shops, local eateries, bookstores, boutiques, pastry shops and bakeries are all just steps away from the College's downtown location. The Old City, as well as all of Salzburg, is an extended campus. Students go on many excursions throughout the city to places such as the Panorama Museum, Fortress Hohensalzburg, Hellbrunn Palace and the "trick fountains," Winklhof Agricultural School, Open Air Museum, and other places of interest.

Fall and Spring semester long students can choose between home-stay with an Austrian family or living in a carefully selected university dormitory. Becoming part of an Austrian host family or joining Austran students in a local dormitory allows you to learn to understand Austrian customs and values first hand - one of the most rewarding aspects of studying at Salzburg College. Breakfast, dinner, and most weekend meals are provided by the host families. Weekday breakfasts and dinners are included in the dorm living option. Lunch is provided for almost every weekday. See Salzburg College Housing for more detailed housing information.

The two Summer Sessions at Salzburg College offer an introduction to various aspects of the Austrian and European culture. Students take 2 courses of 3 credits each. Most summer courses emphasize the special opportunities provided by the Salzburg setting. Field experience including visits to historical sites, to cultural and professional institutions and the attendance of musical events constitute an important part of the program.

Summer Session I focuses on Music and European Studies.
Summer Session II centers on International Management.
Summer Session III is a special opportunity for instrumental musicians. See details here.

During Summer Sessions I & 2, a four-day trip to Vienna, Austria's historical capital, will provide a broad range of experiences related to history, art, music, and modern life. In addition, a variety of local field trips constitute an integrated part of the academic program. There is also some time for independent travel on weekends.

To maximize the cultural involvement, students live in Austrian homes where they are provided breakfasts and dinners. Family accommodations are normally reserved for students up to the age of 26. Other accommodations can be made available at request. Weekday lunches are provided by Salzburg College.

Participation in this program requires both approval by SIUE and by Salzburg College. See application instructions for an overview of the requirements and the process to apply for participation in this program.

March 1 - for summer sessions in Salzburg
March 1 - for fall semester in Salzburg
October 1 - for Spring semester in Salzburg

For more information on this program or to schedule a study abroad advisement appointment, contact the Office of International Affairs in 0300 SSC; tel: 650-2419; email