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Study Abroad | Salzburg

Austria | AIFS Global Education Center | Summer 2023
A student's feet resting on the ground in front of a mountain view in Austria.
Salzburg, Austria.


Spend a summer in the elegant and scenic city of Salzburg, Austria, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options with credit awarded by Fairfield University. Salzburg’s lush meadows, stunning mountains and charming coffee houses make the city an ideal location for students studying abroad.  

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 6 semester credits

  • Courses

    Courses offered in art/anthropology, German language, history, music, sociology

  • Housing

    Student residence hall

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Vienna (3 days), Munich, Germany (day trip)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Walking tours, visits to museums and art galleries, pastry tasting and musical events

  • On-Site Resident 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

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursions

    Innsbruck (day trip)

Program Details: Study Abroad | Salzburg Multi Discipline


May 29, 2023June 23, 2023



Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees



Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

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

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • German Language
  • History
  • Music
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Language, History and Culture
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Students can expect small class sizes, support and interaction with the local community. They will be engaged in experiential and community activities that will ensure they stay out of the “study abroad bubble.” Academic credit for the AIFS Salzburg program is awarded by Fairfield University. 

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 room. They can meet with the AIFS Resident Director here for information and advice relating to the program, adapting to life in Salzburg and travel information. 

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the AIFS Salzburg 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 faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University 

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • German Language
  • History
  • Music
  • Sociology

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. 

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Living Abroad

Residence Hall

Double or triple room


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 Resident Director, Summer Program

Ingrid Schmidbauer-Stengel headshot.

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

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Austrian culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which usually include:

  • Salzburg city tour
  • Visits to museums and galleries
  • Visit to local pastry shop
  • Visit to local market
  • Opera at the Marionette Theater
  • Trip to the Salt Mines where you can go down a 100-foot-long slide, take a ride on a raft on the salt lake and ride a miniature train to explore the magical world of salt beneath the surface of the earth
  • Day visit to Hellbrunn Palace with the famous water fountains dating from 1619

Please note that students may need to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

AIFS has its own modern study center near to the city center and the student residences. Students will take classes at the study center and during free time can relax in the student lounge area or work in the study room. You can meet with the AIFS Resident Director here for information and advice relating to the program, adapting to life in Salzburg and travel information or use the center’s library.  

Salzburg is an ideal place to pursue an interest in music. You can learn an instrument or deepen your appreciation of an instrument that you play already. AIFS can help arrange lessons with a private tutor. Students are responsible for paying any fees directly to the tutor.


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 Australia. Previous excursions have included:

An aerial view of Munich, Germany.


Guided walking tour of the city center, the Glockenspiel, and the Marienplatz, with free time to explore on your own. Includes round-trip transportation. 
  • Germany
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Red trolleys on a street in Vienna.


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.

  • Austria
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee


Guided walking tour of the city center and sights including The 14th-century Stadtturm, the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), the Triumph Gate and the “Hofburg,” with free time to explore. Includes round-trip transportation. 
  • Austrian Alps
  • Day Trip
  • Not Included in Program Fee
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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
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 20, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    May 28, 2023
  • Program Begins
    May 29, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 23, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 24, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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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Ready to Study Abroad in Salzburg?

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