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Salzburg, literally meaning "Salt Castle", is the fourth-largest city in Austria and one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. The city is also the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the setting for the famous American musical, The Sound of Music.
The Salzburg College study center is located in the heart of the Old City. It occupies a 16th century town house on Ursulinenplatz, a small square flanked by a historic city gate and one of Salzburg's famous Baroque churches.
The required number of semester credit hours is 12. Because of the demands of foreign study, a higher load than 18 hours is not recommended. For a course load above 18 credit hours, the approval from Salzburg College and the home university is necessary. In addition, students are welcome to attend other classes in which they are interested on a regular basis without being registered or graded. Most courses are open for all students at all times. For prerequisites, please see individual course descriptions.
Salzburg College focuses very strongly on experiential learning, requiring the students to participate in quite a few excursions and encouraging them to integrate their outside experiences into their classroom work. For example, students taking Music History are required to visit and reflect on at least 5 concerts in addition to other excursions, or students taking Public Relations are taken on a 2-3 hour class related excursion every week during the second block (see class structure).
To support the student's Austrian experience, two courses are required of all semester students
- Understanding Austria: A Cross-Cultural Exploration
- One German language course*
*Students with no prior knowledge of German language are enrolled in Beginning German I. Students with prior knowledge of German language will complete an online placement.
Requirements and Suggestions for a Summer session in Salzburg:
There are no mandatory courses during the summer session. Students can choose freely any two courses from all courses offered for a total of 6 credit hours. For a course load above 6 credit hours, the approval from Salzburg College and the home university is necessary, and additional fees may apply. For prerequisites, please see individual course descriptions.
In order to enhance concentrated learning, Salzburg College offers its courses with block scheduling. The semester schedule will be split into two 6 week modules. Courses will be compressed and students will take 2 or 3 courses in each module.
Throughout both semesters students attend:
- Local excursions
- course-related field trips
- special lectures
- panel discussions
for a full list of courses offered at Salzburg College.
Several courses have already been pre-approved for EIU students. Search for pre-approved courses for EIU credit.
Salzburg College Academic Calendars
After Your Trip:
at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar
You will find the university library, the Mozart Archives, museums, and galleries 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 top floor library offers a spectacular view of the city across the pleasant embankments of the Salzach river. The five-story building includes classrooms, offices, library, lounge and dining room, music practice space, photo labs, and an art studio. Students have classes, study, and take their lunches at the College or a nearby location.
There are five major concert halls and theatres where you can attend musical performances practically every night of the year; a number of concerts available to you during your stay and our music history class will include these performances in the course program.
The home where Mozart was born and another where Mozart's family lived, have been turned into museums. The Music University was named after Mozart, so is the city's major symphony orchestra and the Mozarteum Foundation that is responsible for the most extensive research that has ever been done on any composer.
For the full semester program, students will fly to Munich, Germany, for 4 days of orientation at the beginning of the program. Airport pickup will be coordinated in Munich. An additional 2 1/2 hour orientation is provided when they arrive in Salzburg. During the full semester program, students have the option to participate in a "buddy program" with students from the University of Salzburg.
Salzburg College includes housing and most meals in the one-time program fee; 95% of students stay with host families. 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 (then leave the dorm living and host families).
The dorm facility available to you is cozy in size and situated in its own large park within 10 minutes walking distance from the Salzburg College study center. Community and environmentally conscious living are emphasized at this dorm facility. Students are encouraged to join social groups or maybe even the wind orchestra or choir.
You will be sharing a double room with another student, most likely with an Austrian. Living in this dorm will give you the unique opportunity to gain a hands-on experience of Austrian student life. Amenities include: your own bath, lounge, library, music rehearsal rooms, fitness room, a completely fitted kitchen on each floor, laundry facilities as well as a volleyball and a soccer field in the park. Single rooms are available on request and at extra charge.
While the families provide a "home away from home", they also recognize your need for privacy and independence. The Austrian families taking in Salzburg College students represent many different ways of life, in terms of social background and family structure. A family may consist of parents and several children, or the children may already have left the house giving space to the Salzburg College sons and daughters. Sometimes two generations live in one house. Some students share a home with a single lady. Families demonstrate different levels of language proficiency. This corresponds roughly to the needs of students in the program, some of whom want "German only" situations to improve their language proficiency and others who feel safer if they can initially communicate in English.
Foreign Entry Requirements
To enter Austria, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site
for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.
Anyone intending to stay longer than 90 days must obtain the appropriate visa issued by the Austrian Embassy in the United States. Students should consult with the Austrian Consulate General in Chicago.
Travel Document Systems (TDS)
can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet
. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on Austria entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **
Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.