Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Salzburg, Austria
- Program Terms: Academic Year
- Restrictions: UP applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Academic Year
The academic program incorporates several excursions to create a holistic and engaging educational opportunity. Local Austrian faculty will teach and prepare students for sights they will see later in the semester, adding to their cultural and intellectual experience of Europe. Program participants can also satisfy some of their core requirements while they are studying in Salzburg. For more on the program see the UP Salzburg Program Website.
Classes are held at the University of Portland Center in Salzburg. The facility consists of a spacious classroom, library (with English texts), and computer lab with printers and internet access. The program supplies students with textbooks. Classes are held between Monday and Thursday. Students are required to take courses in German and Fine Arts both semesters. In the fall all students are required to take GRM 391 "Intercultural Competence in an Austrian Context." (3 credits taught in English). In the spring, students must take MUS 304 - Developmental Music in Europe (1 credit).
Please note the following prerequisites: THE 101, PHL 150. Three additional courses can be chosen from the following (students take 15 credits in the fall and 16 credits in the spring):
|GRM 101 - Elementary German (3 credits)||FA 304 - Developmental Arts in Europe (3 credits)|
|GRM 201 - Intermediate German (3 credits)||GRM 102 - Elementary German (3 credits)|
|GRM 311 - Adv. Conversation/Composition (3 credits)||GRM 202 - Intermediate German (3 credits)|
|GRM 391 Intercultural Competence in an Austrian Context (3 credits taught in English)||GRM 312 - Advanced Conversation and Composition (3 credits)|
|ENG 112 - Intro to Literature (3 credits)||HST 370 - Early Modern Europe: 1600-1800 (3 credits)|
|MTH 161 - Elementary Statistics (3 credits)|
|POL 270 - European Political Systems (3 credits)||MUS 304 - Developmental Music in Europe (1 credit)|
|THE 205 - Biblical Tradition and Culture (3 credits)||PHL 330 - Metaphysics (3 credits)|
|FA 203 - Developmental Arts in Europe (3 credits)||THE 373 - Christian Thought in Modern Europe (3 credits)|
|PHL 220 - Ethics (3 credits)||GEO 373 - Human Geography of Central Europe (3 credits)|
The University of Portland Center is a fifteen-minute walk from the center of downtown Salzburg and ten minutes from the train station. The facility consists of two buildings which include student rooms, the classroom, the director’s apartment, the library/computer lab, the dining room, living room, laundry room, kitchen, and courtyard.Student rooms are mostly doubles (two triples and two singles) with private bathrooms and showers. Rooms are furnished with beds, closets, and desks for each student. Several rooms have balcony access. Linens and towels are provided and students can do their laundry for no charge. Both washing machines and dryers are available for student use. Housekeeping staff vacuums rooms and cleans bathrooms once a week.
All meals are provided at the Center, at a local cafeteria, or by a meal allowance. Breakfast is available every morning at the center and usually consists of cereal, granola/muesli, yogurt, fruit, hard/soft boiled eggs, bread, jam, butter, peanut butter and nutella. Lunches and dinners are available Monday through Thursday when classes are in session.
Lunches are served in the cafeteria of a local business one block from the center, and usually consist of a variety of Austrian-style foods such as schnitzel, goulash, and spaetzle (an Austrian noodle dish), though many entree options are generally offered. Dinners are provided at the center and consist of soup and sandwich-making materials. Frau Strobl on occasion also makes special additions of bratwurst or sausage. On Sunday evenings, student groups cook dinners of their choice for their peers.
On weekends and tours, students are provided with an allowance to purchase their own meals. For students staying in Salzburg, a variety of stores are available for purchasing their own meals. Additionally, nearby restaurants offer various different types of food, from traditional Austrian dishes to Chinese and Thai. Vegetarian students can easily supplement their dinners with these options.
On tour, students are often provided with meals by the hotels where the group is staying or given an allowance to explore local dining options.
Telephones are available in each room for student use, but long-distance service can be costly. Incoming calls only or using calling apps that work through WiFi connection are a good way to control expenses. During tours and travel weekends, students may find cell phones useful. Additionally, internet access is available at no cost within the computer lab, and WiFi connection is available throughout the Center.
Student life at the center is a definitive part of the Salzburg experience. Each semester, students are formed into committees that work to assist their peers in social, spiritual, cultural, sports, and stewardship areas. Each year there are usually retreats, holiday parties (Halloween, Easter, etc.), sports tournaments (basketball, foosball, etc.), and opportunities to visit local museums and attend theater performances. Additionally, there is a house council (Studentenrat) that discusses program issues with the director. Students and the director meet every Thursday evening to go over events within the community.
Outside of the center, students can attend a Catholic mass or Protestant church service in English within Salzburg, exercise at a local gym, take dance lessons, hike, or simply shop and dine out. Professors and directors alike usually have recommendations for various activities and events within the area and are happy to share them with interested students.
Travel note: At the recommendation of the Austrian Foreign Ministry, UP Year-long students will receive residence permits upon entry to Austria.For this reason, we recommend that students fly directly into Austria as the first point of entry into Europe. This will be discussed at pre-departure meetings in the spring.
This program is eligible for State, Federal, Private and UP Financial Aid. For more financial aid information visit: