Study Abroad in Salzburg: Beyond the Classroom

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Austrian culture, a wealth of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee.

The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Salzburg city tour
  • Visit to local pastry shop
  • Visit to the Lake District and Christmas Markets
  • A night at the opera
  • Visit to local sausage stand
  • AIFS "Sound of Music" hiking tour
  • Visit to the Dachstein Ice Caves and Hallstatt
  • Tour of Werfen castle - explore the 900-year-old fortress followed by a birds of prey show with trained falconists
  • Tour of Hallein, Celtic Village and Königssee
  • Thanksgiving dinner and a concert in the oldest restaurant in Europe
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride to an alpine lodge
  • Visit to the Salt Mines
  • Day visit to Hellbrunn Palace with the famous water fountains
  • Weekly meetings and coffee shop discussions over hot chocolate with local Austrians
  • Please note that students pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

From Salzburg, you can easily reach the mountains, meadows and lakes of the Austrian Alps, take a weekend trip to the cafés of Vienna and the “hundred spires” of Prague, see the Blue Danube, drift through the old world charms of Budapest or cross the Alps into the medieval villages and gentle hills of Northern Italy.

You can also take advantage of organized activities such as sports and music.


Salzburg is ideal for those who love the outdoors. In the winter, students can enjoy some of the finest downhill and cross-country skiing in the world. The world-class ski areas of Kitzbühel and St. Anton are within easy reach. Other excellent resorts are easily accessible for half-day or day trips. In warmer weather you can climb, hike, raft, sail or windsurf locally. There are facilities for cycling, running and working out.

The University runs an extensive sports program for students at the University Sports Center. Sports offered include basketball, aerobics, fencing, tae kwon do, karate and tennis. The cost of one basic course is included in the program fee. For an extra fee, students can take climbing, weekend horseback riding, downhill skiing, windsurfing and mountain biking. Participation in sports is one of the best ways to meet other students.


Salzburg is an ideal place to pursue an interest in music. Students can learn an instrument or deepen their appreciation of one. AIFS can help arrange lessons (for a fee of approximately 75 euros per hour) with a private tutor.

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