Salzburg, Austria: Summer II 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
Students select two of the three classes listed below for a total of six credits. These are all taught by UP Faculty members.
- HST391 History of American Travelers and Travel Writing taught by Dr. Christi Hancock
- FA 207 - Introduction to Fine Arts - taught by Andrew Golla
- ENG 112 - Thinking Through Literature: Americans in Europe - taught by Lars Larson
- This course helps students satisfy their core requirement in literary close reading and the practice of skillful writing. But in parallel with students’ own Salzburg experience, it does so with a syllabus built around the topic of Americans traveling Europe. Starting with Alain de Botton’s engaging nonfiction work The Art of Travel to set up some theoretical concepts, our six weeks will take us through a handful of travel poems, short stories (e.g. Henry James’s “Daisy Miller”), novels (Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22), nonfiction travel (Mark Twain A Tramp Abroad, Bill Bryson Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe), a graphic novel (Art Spiegelman Maus), and two films (Caroll Reed/Orson Welles The Third Man, and Richard Linklater/Ethan Hawke’s Before Sunrise). Two field trips will augment our learning: a visit to Mauthausen Concentration Camp will provide a physical reinforcement of Spiegelman’s depiction of the Auschwitz experience and the high stakes involved in Heller’s dark wartime satire. And a day in Vienna will take us to the Vienna Museum, the new Literary Museum, and a play at the English Theatre or Volkstheater, while passing by a few sites depicted in the two films set in the city.
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 Prague (Czech Republic), 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