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.
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.Review Our Policies
Up to 15 semester credits
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and German
Residence hall or an Austrian homestay
Day trip to Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps and a 3-day excursion to historic Vienna
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Munich, Germany (day trip)
Prague, Czech Republic (3 days)
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.
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.
For students who prefer a more independent living situation, the residence option is ideal.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 and entrance fees.
Guided sightseeing tour of Vienna’s historic city center and Schönbrunn Palace, with free time to explore on your own. Includes round-trip transportation, daily breakfast and accommodations.
Guided walking tour of Nymphenburg Palace and the Glockenspiel, with free time to explore on your own. Includes round-trip transportation.
Guided tour of the Malá Strana, Hradcany Castle complex, and 14th-century Charles Bridge. Visit to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time to explore on your own. Includes round-trip transportation, daily breakfast, and accommodations.
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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.)
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.Learn more