Austria: Salzburg Semester

CCIS Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria

Program Overview

Salzburg College is a small, private institution located in the heart of Salzburg's Old City.  Salzburg College was founded in 1970 and started out as a classical European Studies Program.  A major objective of the Salzburg College program is the integration of classroom study and on-site experience.  Small classes held in English and a dedicated faculty enhance the individual learning process.  Close to 8,000 students from over 400 American colleges and universities have attended the institution.

Salzburg is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.  With a population of about 150,000, Salzburg is situated in the heart of Europe on the northern edge of the eastern Alps right at the Austrian-German border.  Surrounded by picturesque mountains, the city still mirrors in its historical center -- a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site - more than a thousand years of European history and culture.  Its rich and vibrant cultural heritage is reflected in concerts, festivals and a great variety of events throughout the year.  All of the above make Salzburg the ideal setting for a "European experience."

Ideally located for travel, Salzburg is less than four hours by train from Vienna, only two hours from Munich, and an overnight train ride from Paris or Venice. Several Eastern European countries are within easy reach.

Photo copyright:  Tourismus Salzburg 


Academic Profile

Salzburg College in Salzburg

The study center of Salzburg College is located in the heart of the Old City. It occupies a 16th century town house, situated on Ursulinenplatz, a small square, flanked by a historic city gate and one of Salzburg's famous baroque churches. From the top floor library, there is a spectacular view of the city. Across the street there are the pleasant embankments of the Salzach river. Students have classes, study, and take their lunches at Ursulinenplatz.


The close vicinity of public, educational and cultural institutions, allows for easy integration of classroom study and on-site experience which is a major objective of the Salzburg College program. The University Library and other research facilities (e.g. Mozart Archives) are all located in walking distance. Ursulinenplatz is also just down the street from the main intersecting point of the Salzburg public bus system which greatly facilitates the commuting to and from the Austrian host family homes and the dormitories.

Course Offerings

German language and literature, history, economics and politics, music history, music performance, intercultural communications, business, marketing, public relations, studio art, and internships (incl. prep course for internships). All courses are taught in English, with the exception of German language and upper level German lit. courses.

All courses are taught in English by European professors. One German language course is required.

Academic Highlights

Classes are small and students receive individual attention. Course work offered in two six-week terms allowing students to concentrate on two or three courses of their choice. Classroom work and field experience are integrated. Excursions, guest lectures, and interaction with local professionals are an important part of the program. Salzburg College faculty are Austrian professors many of whom have also taught at American universities. Interested students can sign up for an internship to explore Austrian perspectives and practices at the workplace, thus gaining more insights into social, political, and economic aspects of the Austrian way of life.


Students earn up to 15 undergraduate credits on the program and must be at least sophomore standing. The program is open to students with at least a 2.7 GPA.


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Photo courtesy: Salzburg Tourism

Upon students' arrival in Munich, there will be a four-day introductory field trip permitting students to get to know the other participants, adjust to their European environment, learn to navigate a European city, and discover the site-specific interplay of history and contemporary reality.

In order to be able to place Salzburg in its appropriate geographic and historical context, students will have the opportunity to explore the cities of Munich and Nuremberg.

As a complement to the academic program, students take day trips to nearby towns, including both the lake and mountain district. There is also a four-day field trip to Vienna as well as the opportunity for extended travel during semester break.

Students can join a ‘buddy system’, a joint project of Salzburg College and the University of Salzburg, allowing SC students to be linked up to Austrian students and thus facilitating the process of social integration. Salzburg College students are also invited to participate in the University of Salzburg sports offerings.


Lots of extra-curricular activities, such as hiking, climbing, wintersports, cooking, etc.


Students can choose between home-stay with an Austrian family or living in a carefully selected university dormitory. Housing assignments are based on interviews conducted during the initial field trip through Bavaria.


Becoming part of an Austrian host family or joining Austrian students in a dormitory allows Salzburg College students to learn to understand Austrian customs and values first hand. This is a particularly rewarding aspect of studying at Salzburg College.

Alumni Feedback

"My host family was really great and would always have fun stuff we could do whenever I wasn't busy.  My time here was great!" -- Kris Robertson

"It i s incredible how easy it is to travel from Austria, Europe is literally at your fingertips.  Salzburg itself is special in that it's a city with a lot to do, but also has so many homey touches that the result is a beautiful landscape filled with never-ending adventures!" -- T. Chris Webb

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Salzburg College.  The education I received here occurred both inside and outside of the school itself and I will carry it with me forever.  Salzburg is a wonderful town and it is perfectly located to facilitate travel to the rest of Europe." -- Ben Pickos


Salzburg, Austria Semester Program Details


Fall 2016: September 4 - December 16, 2016

Spring 2017: January 15 - April 28, 2017 

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: April 15
Spring: October 15

Eligibility Requirements

Must be at least sophomore standing; the program is open to students with at least a 2.7 GPA.  There is no language requirement.


Courses are taught in English by European professors. One German language course is required.


$14,784 (CCIS Members)
$15,184 (non-members)

A $500 deposit is required at the time of acceptance and a $2,500 deposit, subtracted from total fees, is required five weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.  Truman does not have an application fee.

Costs Included

Instructional costs abroad, CCIS and sponsor fees, Bavaria field trip, Vienna field trip, course-related excursions. Austrian homestay with breakfast and dinner; residence in dorms with two meals (breakfast and dinner) Mo-Fri; lunch served at the College; health insurance.

Costs Not Included

Estimated: airfare ($1,500), personal and miscellaneous expenses ($2,500), books (rental and purchase plan, depending on course)

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Salzburg application which will be sent directly to the student via e-mail from Salzburg College.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

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Your Adventure in Austria Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

Program Sponsor:

Alci Arias, Assistant Director

Truman State University
Center for International EducationStudy Abroad 
Grim Hall 202
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4076
(660) 785-7473 (Fax)


How do I apply?


Please send the following materials to or the address listed above by the application deadline.

1. CCIS Online Application & Instructions

2. CCIS Online Student Recommendation (2)

3. Official copy of transcript

4. Color copy of passport

5. Salzburg Application 


To download the application and recommendation forms, click "save as" then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, you must SAVE IT FIRST. DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to  

(Students: DO NOT send the recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL)




All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.