Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria

Study Abroad in Salzburg: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


Choose one of the housing options below:


  • Single or double room sharing with another AIFS student
  • Shared bathroom
  • Apartment or house located in a residential area

Residence Hall

  • Double room sharing with another AIFS student
  • Private or shared bathroom and shared kitchen
  • Residences located throughout Salzburg


  • Meal allowance worth $1,000

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Salzburg

Housing Options

The program fee includes housing in a homestay or student residence.


Living with a homestay family is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Austria and many students who choose this option consider it to be the most rewarding aspect of their time abroad. It is the best way to learn German, gain an authentic insight into Austrian culture and integrate into the local community. Each homestay is unique and individual - your host may be a single woman whose children have grown up and left home or a professional couple.

Student Residence

Live in one of several residence halls throughout Salzburg. Each residence has double rooms with a private or shared bathroom, and a shared kitchen.


All students receive a meal allowance worth approximately $1,000 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. You can request to opt out of the meal allowance when you apply for the program and receive a reduced program fee of $13,495.

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Austrian life. Typical activities may include:

  • Guided city tour
  • Tour of 900 year old Werfen Castle
  • Hellbrunn Palace and the Trick Water Fountains
  • Soccer match featuring Salzburg’s Red Bull Team
  • Austrian cooking classes »» Pastry seminar
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Mozart dinner concert
  • Austrian Christmas Markets
  • Dachstein Ice Caves and Hallstatt
  • Volunteer work in the local community

Salzburg is the ideal location for students who love the outdoors. From Salzburg you can easily reach the mountains, meadows and lakes of the Austrian Alps. In the winter you 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.

Immerse yourself in the language

Maximize your opportunities to develop your German language skills outside the classroom by taking part in a language exchange with a local. Students of any level can participate and as well as improving your German it’s a great way to make friends and learn first-hand about the Austrian way of life in a relaxed atmosphere.

Advanced German students can receive extra points in their German language course by participating in German Coffee Hour or ‘Kaffeekränzchen’ - an opportunity to discuss various topics with locals in a quiet coffee house.

AIFS in Salzburg Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Ingrid Schmidbauer-Stengel

Phone: (46) 662 872 466

Guten Tag! Not sure what that means yet? Don't worry, during your semester, you will pick up much more than "hello". After being with AIFS since 1987 I am certain of that!

I am of German-American descent, and was born and raised in Indiana. Every year my family and I would visit Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France, which prompted me to study abroad on this very AIFS program.

During my time as a student, I learned a great deal about Austrians, Austrian culture and the language. I was so taken with this beautiful city that I returned to live here.

While you are in Austria I will be working hard to ensure all aspects of the program run smoothly and am always happy to give advice on how to get the most out of your time abroad.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.