AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria
Summer 2019
Course Descriptions


We recommend that students take two courses from the following list for a total of 6 credits. A minimum enrollment of 10 students is required for each course offered.

German Language Courses

A placement exam after arrival determines appropriate levels. German language classes are taught for 45 contact hours for 3 credits. Courses meet Monday through Friday. Each course is divided into grammar, conversation, vocabulary and culture with an exam at the end.

Course Code and Credits: German 101 (3)
Course Title: Elementary German
Course Description:
Students with no previous German or with only one semester in college usually place into this level. The course covers functional uses of the language as well as grammar, cultural themes, introductions, exchanging information, writing letters, the present tense, the noun and the cases, personal pronouns and possessive pronouns, sentence structure, questions, prepositions, list of irregular verbs, basic communication and listening comprehension.
Course Code and Credits: German 201 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate German
Course Description:
Students who have studied German throughout high school and continued with one semester in college, or students who have 2 to 4 semesters in college, usually place into this level. The course includes practice of communication and speaking techniques; listening comprehension; analyzing texts and training in everyday situations typical of students studying at the University of Salzburg; reading comprehension; revision of old and learning of new vocabulary; synonyms and paraphrases in context; verb, noun, adjective, flexion, prepositions, personal and possessive pronouns; sentence structure; main and subordinate clauses; auxiliary verbs; special focus on sentence construction and use of past tenses in context.
Course Code and Credits: German 301 (3)
Course Title: Intermediate German II
Course Description:
Students with at least 6 semesters of college German, experience living in a German-speaking country or German study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place into this level. The course includes practice of communication and speaking techniques in everyday situations and situations typical of students; listening comprehension; short reports; personal statements; arguing in discussions; reading comprehension; analysis of authentic texts; exercises; producing texts; deepening and enlarging vocabulary; synonyms and paraphrasing; appropriate use of vocabulary in context.
Course Code and Credits: German 401 (3)
Course Title: Advanced German
Course Description:
Students who are nearly fluent usually place into this level. The course concentrates on: refining and further developing communicative skills; review of indicative and the subjunctive; expressions of doubt; probability, feelings, opinions; preparation of university level texts; reading of newspapers and modern literature texts.

Courses Taught in English

Course Code and Credits: Art/Anthropology 304 (3)
Course Title: Austrian Folk Art and Folk Customs
Course Description:
Folk art and customs of Austria, concentrating on Salzburg and Tyrol provinces. Topics include rustic architecture and interiors, everyday life, furniture and the development of decoration, national costume, crafts, religious art, seasonal customs and customs celebrating the stages of life. The course also includes visits to the National Costume Museum and Open Air Museum in Salzburg.
Course Code and Credits: Music 312 (3)
Course Title: Music: Listening and Comprehension
Course Description:
This course aims to deepen studentsí appreciation of classical music, focusing on Austria as the center of European music. Topics include: development of musical instruments (students see and hear early instruments during a visit to the local museum); music of the Renaissance and the Baroque; the Vienna Classical Cycle (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven); the Romantic Movement (Schubert, Brahms and Bruckner) and the 20th century (Mahler and Webern). The cost of concert tickets is not included in the program fee.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology/History 312 (3)
Course Title: Contemporary Austrian Culture
Course Description:
This course offers an insight into contemporary Austrian culture. Focus on education, family, ethnicity, political culture, media, Roman Catholic Church, attitudes to welfare and business and leisure trends. Independent field research and the presentation and discussion of course topics are required.