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Universität Salzburg


Program Snapshot

There is a lot more to Salzburg than Julie Andrews and Mozart’s birthplace! Salzburg is a historical city of breath-taking beauty with a modern and lively feel. The University is comprised of four main faculties- Arts, Divinity, Law and Science, and ISEP students are welcomed by the International office with various activities, tours and opportunities for cultural immersion. Music students especially will enjoy the wealth of symphonies, orchestras, operas and festivals that Salzburg offers access to.

Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. It is the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid-20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music, which also features famous landmarks in Austria. With three universities, Salzburg is filled with the liveliness of a large student population. Public transportation is excellent. From Salzburg, you can easily reach the mountains, meadows and lakes of the Austrian Alps, see the Blue Danube, drift through the old world charms of Budapest or cross the Alps into the medieval villages and gentle hills of Northern Italy.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester

ISEP-Exchange for US students.

Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students

Program Dates
Academic year: beginning of October to end of June;
Semester 1: beginning of October to end of January;
Semester 2: beginning of March to end of June.

Fast Facts
Salzburg, Austria (pop. 145,000)
Student Enrollment: 11,000
Language of instruction: German
University Home Page
Course Overview
Courses In English

Schools of Arts and Humanities (ancient history, archaeology, art history, classical philology, education, English & American studies, German, history, journalism, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, physical education, political science, Romance languages, Slavic philology, sociology); Divinity; Law; Natural Sciences (computer science, biology, biochemistry & biophysics, didactics of natural sciences, geography, geology & paleontology, mathematics, psychology).

Courses taught in English
For a current list of courses in English, please visit the Salzburg International Office Web site and scroll down to "courses provided in English language"

Academic Notes
Please be advised that not all courses listed in English are available to ISEP students. If a course is necessary, be sure to indicate that on your application or confirm before application.


Transcripts are generally released one month after examinations. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
• One year of University-level German is required for admission, but it is highly recommended that students have at least two years of German

• 6 hours a week of German language courses plus 1 hour language labs are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and semester, included in ISEP benefits, for all levels.

• Pre-session German courses are available through a private provider, not included in ISEP benefits.

For more information on courses and language options, see the:
German Options-at-a-Glance
German Language Advising Chart

Special Academic Conditions
It is highly recommended that ISEP participants have junior level standing and at least two years of German language training.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students applying to Salzburg should be prepared to submit an ISEP Language Proficiency Report or other proof of German skills. Students wishing to take courses in English must be VERY flexible.

Hints for Researching Courses
Researching courses in English on an Austrian university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study.
Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection

Housing and Meals
ISEP students are housed in students residence halls and receive a meal stipend.


You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 300€ per month. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Salzburg is a quick train ride away from the Munich (Germany) airport, and is very conveniently located to all other points in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, with an excellent public transportation system and discounted train tickets for students.

Orientation upon arrival culminates in a one day general information program for all new international students with speakers from different organizational units of the university, student representatives, OAD housing office, German language program,language center, etc. ISEP students are encouraged to meet each other during this program. Contact information of all arriving ISEP students will be mailed to each student beforehand together with the Admission letter from U Salzburg. Additionally, the International Office staff is there to provide any information to students at any point before or after the official orientation.

Student Activities
The international office sponsors regularly scheduled meetings for exchange students and their “buddies” at an International Stammtisch. Excursions are offered for a nominal fee to sites such as the National Park, breweries, or the opera.

Originally founded in 1622, Universitat Salzburg was reconstituted and now comprises four schools: Arts and Humanities; Divinity; Law; and Natural Sciences and is the biggest institution of higher learning in Salzburg. The university occupies several buildings all over Salzburg. In the Altstadt (old city), former parts of the Residenz Palace, the Toskanatrakt and in the Kapitelgasse now house university meeting rooms. The University library is between the Kollegienkirche (the University church) and the Festival Halls, attached to it is the “Große Aula”, or ceremonial hall. Arts and music are taught separately at the Mozarteum Art University.
Total enrollment: 11,000 students.