Study Abroad Programs - University of Salzburg
Founded in 1622, the University of Salzburg achieved great prestige and was one of the most famous universities of 17th and 18th century Europe. An interdisciplinary Department of International Relations and Political Science draws students from around the world to meet with faculty and each other to help solve the problems of the 21st century. The University provides a supportive atmosphere in which to learn German because of its international outlook and faculty committed to helping students.
The rich heritage of the medieval Salzburg is still alive in this modern city, beloved by its citizens. Behind the magnificent church facades, year-long pageantry and Austrian charm is a deep and abiding faith and a willingness to share. Salzburg is a tourist town in every sense of the word. As birthplace of Mozart and the home of the “Sound of Music’s” Van Trapp family, Salzburg attracts hordes of tourists to her streets during the spring and summer. The Altstadt is continually abuzz with swarms of sightseeing groups, all led by an umbrella-armed tour guide. But never fear; these crowds have not pervaded everywhere. You can still escape to a secluded park or a bench along the Salzach river or a trail on the Mönchsberg for a quiet moment to yourself, in addition to an active and diverse student life.
Areas of Study:
University of Salzburg offers German as a Foreign Language courses as well as a number of courses in English in various disciplines. Students who have advanced level of German may enroll in classes with German students at the university.
Minimum overall GPA 3.0
No German language proficiency is required. Students enrolling in classes taught in German must have completed at least 4 semesters of college German.
Fall semester (Wintersemester) – October 1 to January 31
Spring semester (Sommersemester) – March 1 to June 30
Almost every department at the University of Salzburg offers a few courses taught in English each semester. They can accessed as a list of courses in English or at PLUSonline. The Department of English offers a large number of courses in American studies as well as Cultural Studies and Literature taught in English.
German as a Foreign Language classes are offered by the Department of German at the introductory, intermediate and advanced level. For exchange students these courses are free of charge. Every student has to take a placement test at the beginning of the semester. More information at PLUSonline. In addition, the University Language Center also offers German language classes for a moderate fee. A two week preparatory language course is offered for exchange students for the second half of September at a reduced participation fee.
The course credits at University of Salzburg are listed in the European Transfer Credit System (ECTS).
2 ECTS credits = 1 UMaine credit
The University of Salzburg does not own any student residence halls. International students may contact Austrian Exchange Service (OEAD) to book accommodations.
Estimated budget for one semester:
- Tuition – 15 credit hours of in-state or out-of-state tuition for undergraduate students (9 credits for graduate students) to UMaine
- Fees – mandatory fees for to UMaine (Unified fee, Activity fee, Communication fee and Rec Center fee)
- Housing – $2,500-3,000 (may need to sign a lease for 6 months)
- Food – $2,000-3,000
- Airfare – $1,000 – $1,300
- Textbooks – $400
- Transportation – $300
- Health Insurance – $100-150
- Austrian Student Union Membership fee (mandatory) – $30 per semester
- Personal expenses – vary
Schedule a meeting with the Study Abroad Advisor to start the study abroad process at 207-581-1509.