Salzburg, Austria: Summer 1 2018
The best aspect of the Salzburg program was… “the fact that it allowed me to study while being immersed in another culture and still be on track to graduate with an engineering degree in 4 years. Also, schnitzel day at the AG.”
- Jonathan Simpson
Mechanical Engineering, Spring 2016
As part of their academic experience, students will select two of the three following classes listed below. These are all taught by UP faculty.
- Engineering Economics (EGR 351): taught by Andrew Nuxoll
This course will provide students with a sound understanding of the principles, basic concepts, and methodology of engineering economics; to help students better understand non-technical contemporary issues such as socio-economics, political, social and environmental impacts of many engineering decisions in both societal and global context; and to help them develop proficiency with these methods and with the process for making rational decisions regarding situations they are likely to encounter in professional practice.
Note: Excursions will be included with the course. Past excursions have included points of interest such as BMW.
- European Art 1870-1920 (FA 207) taught by Fr. Mark Ghyselinck CSC
- Ethics (PHL 220) taught by Dr. Richard Askay
Students will stay in the University of Portland Center in Salzburg, only a fifteen-minute walk from the city center and ten minutes from the central railway station. The two-building center has double rooms with private baths, as well as a bed, desk, and dresser for each student. Some rooms also have balcony access. Students also have access to free laundry facilities that include washers and dryers. Academic facilities include a spacious classroom and a joint computer lab and library. The computer lab includes around eight computers, two printers, and a scanner available for use. The library contains texts in English and is open at all hours. Also available is a living area where students can watch Austrian television and movies, hang out, and study for exams!
Telephones are also available for use though international calling is relatively expensive. As an alternative, students can download a calling app to their smart phones that can be used with when WiFi is available. Wi-Fi is always available at the center free of charge. The computers in the library also have internet access.
Summer students provide their own meals. Students have access to a full kitchen within the center and two grocery stores are within walking distance of the center. Students are required to maintain the kitchen cleanliness. There are also many opportunities to dine out in Salzburg with options such as Austrian, Italian, Chinese, and Thai cuisine. Between the grocery stores and varied dining establishments, students with special dietary needs can easily provide for their meals. Grocery stores provide a wide selection of various food items just like any American grocery store (keep in mind the difference between grocery store and supercenter). There are some variations in the food available but nothing that causes an issue for students.
Also available within Salzburg are Catholic mass and Protestant church service in English at varying cathedrals and churches. There are also hiking and running trails, as well as a local gym for students to exercise.
Located on the Western border of Austria, Salzburg is centrally located: only two hours from Munich, Germany, and three hours from Vienna. Just south of the Austrian and Bavarian Alps, Salzburg retains a fairytale-like atmosphere with its beautiful Baroque buildings and stunning white fortress, the Festung Hohensalzburg, overlooking the city. Culturally significant as the birthplace of Mozart, the setting for the Sound of Music, and its charming Altstadt (Old Town), which has been declared a UNESCO World heritage area, Salzburg offers multiple opportunities for cultural enrichment.
The program typically includes excursions to Mauthausen Concentration Camp and the surrounding lake district area of Salzburg termed “Salzkammergut”. Other potential excursions include Munich (Germany), Vienna (Austria), and other points of interest.
Some days will be free for independent travel throughout the program.
This program is eligible for State, Federal, Private and UP Financial Aid; however, summer aid typically is in the form of loans. For more financial aid information visit: http://www.up.edu/finaid/other-aid/study-abroad.html