Salzburg Austria

The City of Salzburg

With about 140,000 inhabitants, Salzburg is large enough to have an urban feeling, but small enough to be manageable and safe. The old part of the city, nestled on the Salzach River amid rocky hills, coexists with a modern world of shopping centers and apartment buildings. To learn more about Salzburg, please visit the Salzburg GMBH website (German version).

Studying in Salzburg

You may spend your first year of graduate study (from the end of September through the end of June) at the University of Salzburg, where BGSU has a well-established academic year abroad program. The program of study in Salzburg is intended to improve your language skills, to deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking countries, and to give you the first hand experience with the Austrian university system.

The on-site director of the program, a member of the BGSU graduate faculty in German or a related field, will advise you on what courses to take and guide the initial stages of your research project.


BGSU graduate students at the University of Salzburg (  take a placement test in German as a Second Language during the orientation week in early October. They are expected to enroll in the University of Salzburg language course into which they are placed. They are expected to enroll in German 6010 “Introduction to Graduate Study in German” and in a survey course on German literary and cultural history during the fall semester/ Wintersemester (German 6210). During the spring semester/ Sommersemester they are required to enroll in a second survey course (German 6220) and usually continue with their German language study. BGSU graduate students are registered as regular fulltime students at the University of Salzburg and may choose to take additional courses at the university abroad.


You will live in one of the Austrian student residence halls, which remain open during the holiday periods and the semester break. The Austrian residence halls are not run by the university, but by various social organizations and are located throughout the city. To give you every chance to use German, we will try to pair you with a German- speaking roommate.

Meal Plan Option

If you choose the meal plan you will get a weekly food allowance (we anticipate 75 Euro in 2014-15) to cover your meals. If you do not choose the meal plan, you will manage your own food budget. Whatever you choose, you can eat where you like (cook in the residence hall, visit the university cafeterias or local restaurants). Most of our participants have enjoyed the independence this gives them and have preferred it to the typical U.S. residence hall food arrangements.


While in Salzburg, the program offers students service-learning internships with Austrian companies and various organizations, such as educational institutions, businesses, and charities. These internships present a unique opportunity to acquire work experience in a foreign country.