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Study Abroad | Salzburg

Austria | AIFS Global Education Center | Spring 2024
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Salzburg, Austria landscape.
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  • Spring 2024

  • Fall 2024

  • Spring 2025


Spend a semester or academic year in the elegant, charming city of Salzburg, Austria, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options with credit awarded by Fairfield University. 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.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 15 semester credits

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and German

  • Housing

    Residence hall or an Austrian homestay

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Day trip to Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps and a 3-day excursion to historic Vienna

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Program Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

Program Details: Study Abroad | Salzburg Multi Discipline

Program is closed


February 12, 2024May 17, 2024




AIFS Global Education Center

Application Deadline

November 15, 2023

Inclusive Fees


Stay for a year to save on cost


Open to Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

Students must apply for a visa with the Austrian Consulate. Upon acceptance, AIFS will provide instructions and the necessary official documents required to obtain a student visa; however, students must contact the Austrian Consulate directly for the appropriate visa forms.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Economics
  • German Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education, Social Services, and Psychology
  • Global Peace, International Security and Human Rights
  • Language, History and Culture
  • Social and Criminal Justice
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The AIFS Global Education Center in Salzburg is located in walking distance from the old city in a building complex which includes doctors offices, restaurants, cafes and shops.

Students will take classes at the study center and during their free time can relax in the student lounge area or work in the study space.

The Program Director and Student Advisors are available to help students adjust to life in Salzburg and provide a support system and a friendly and familiar face. Free Wi-Fi and a computer is available for student use/printing in the Study Center.

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the AIFS London program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. The Salzburg course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Economics
  • German Language
  • History
  • Literature
  • Management
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
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Salzburg Instagram Takeover


Meet Halle, a college student from Oklahoma State University who took over the AIFS Abroad Instagram story recently to answer questions about what it’s like to study abroad in Salzburg, Austria during fall semester! Watch as Halle highlights what a typical day in the life looks like there.

A group of students in Salzburg, Austria.

Living Abroad


The best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Austria. Many students who choose this option consider it to be the most rewarding aspect of their time abroad. The homestay will be in shared rooms in a private home with access to cooking facilities. The homestay will include:

  • Single or double room sharing with another AIFS student
  • Shared bathroom and kitchen
  • Homestays located throughout Salzburg
  • Kitchen supplies and bed linens

REsidence Hall

For students who prefer a more independent living situation, the residence option is ideal. Housing will be in shared rooms in a residence hall with access to cooking facilities. The student residence will include:

  • Double room shared with another AIFS student
  • Shared bathroom
  • Access to communal facilities including a kitchen and study room
  • Residences located throughout Salzburg
  • Kitchen supplies and bed linens
  • Coin-operated laundry (laundry costs are the responsibility of the student)

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Salzburg.


Salzburg is a city in central Austria, at the northern edge of the Alps. It has a population of approximately 150,000 people, which makes it the fourth-biggest city of Austria.


Home to Mozart and the Sound of Music, Salzburg is one of the most renowned and inspiring cities in Europe.


Salzburg has one of the best-preserved old town centre full of beautiful baroque architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to Europe’s oldest restaurant, St. Peter Stiftskeller which was founded in 803 CE.

AIFS in Salzburg Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

Ingrid Schmidbauer-Stengel

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

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 class
  • Pastry seminar
  • Horse-drawn sleigh ride
  • Mozart dinner concert
  • Austrian Christmas Markets
  • Dachstein Ice Caves and Hallstatt
  • Volunteer work in the local community

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events.

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.

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 firsthand about the Austrian way of life in a relaxed atmosphere. 


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Salzburg and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Austria. 

Colorful buildings on a waterfront in Innsbruck.


Spend a day in the heart of the Austrian Alps. Guided walking tour with free time to explore the late-medieval Altstadt (Old Town). Includes round-trip transportation.

  • Austrian Alps
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Red trolleys on a street in Vienna.


Guided sightseeing tour of Vienna´s historic city center, Art History Museum and Schönbrunn Palace, with free time to explore on your own. Includes round-trip transportation, daily breakfast and accommodations.

  • Austria
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
An aerial view of Munich, Germany.


Guided walking tour of the city center – see the most famous sites including the Glockenspiel and the Marienplatz, with free time to explore on your own. Includes round-trip transportation, local snack and entrance fee ″Alter Peter.″

  • Germany
  • Day Trip
  • $160
Large buildings in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic.


Guided tour of the historic city center and the Jewish cemetery. Visit to Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time to explore on your own. Includes round-trip transportation, daily breakfast, accommodations, guides and entrance fee to the cemetery.

  • Czech Republic
  • 3 Days
  • $700
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    November 15, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    November 29, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2023
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    February 11, 2024
  • Program Begins
    February 12, 2024
  • Program Ends
    May 17, 2024
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    May 17, 2024
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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