Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria

Study Abroad in Salzburg: Academics

University of Salzburg

Founded in 1622, the University of Salzburg achieved great prestige and was one of the most famous universities of 17th and 18th century Europe. It is now a modern and vibrant place to study with a student population of approximately 18,000 and is firmly integrated into the cultural and economic life of Salzburg.

An interdisciplinary Department of International Relations and Political Science draws students from around the world to meet with faculty and each other to help solve the problems of the 21st century. Faculty from this department teach classes in English exclusively for AIFS students.

The University provides a supportive atmosphere in which to learn German because of its international outlook and faculty committed to helping students.

Academic Overview & Policies

You can take a German language course plus a subject course taught in English or take two courses taught in English. Each course carries a recommended 3 credits meaning you can earn up to 6 credits during your time in Salzburg. Students taking a German course take a placement test after arrival in Salzburg in order to determine the appropriate level. Students taking German language are advised to seek pre-approval from their home institution for several levels in order to ensure that they gain credit for the course that they test into following the placement test.

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Unexcused absences are not permitted. Students with unexcused absences will receive an ‘incomplete’.

Class time Classes meet for a total 45 contact hours including class time and excursions, and are taught Monday through Friday. Exams are taken during class time.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Libraries In addition to the extensive University libraries, AIFS has its own selection of books related to the AIFS courses available for student reference.

Student advising The AIFS Resident Director provides academic advising and serves as a liaison between students and the University.

Transcripts are issued by the University of Salzburg. One official copy will be mailed to the student’s home institution.

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