Studies Abroad: Salzburg Year FAQ
Applications are available online under the 'Before you go' link on the left. Further directions on how to apply are located there. In order to complete the application, two passport-sized photos must be turned into the Studies Abroad Office. Students should follow U.S. State Department passport photo requirements (including maintaining a neutral facial expression in the photo). We recommend having photos taken at Walgreens, FedEx, or another official photo center. If a student has applied to a Studies Abroad Program in the past, they should begin the application again, and indicate that they have previously applied. They will be given specific instructions on what to do next.
Salzburg is a very competitive program and as a result Studies Abroad employees must use grades, recommendation forms, interviews (with Dr. Contreras and student coordinators), and disciplinary checks as a way of determining who is and is not accepted. The main requirement is that students must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA to study abroad in Salzburg. The student’s academic and disciplinary records must be clear of any probation or violations in order to be accepted. Based on this information, combined with the interviews and answers to the application essay questions, a decision can be made on a student’s acceptance.
Yes. During the orientation meetings, the program coordinator will go through the process of helping students get their visas. The Salzburg program has been in Austria for 50 years and, as a result, the program participants apply for a special visa upon arrival. There is no need to get a visa before departing for Austria. The visa does require that students have information with them such as a birth certificate, passport, health form, etc., at the time they apply for the visa as a group in October.
Applicants with knowledge of German are preferred, but no experience in the language is required to participate in the Salzburg Year program. While in Salzburg, all students will take either a beginner, intermediate, or advanced German class depending on their experience level.
This all depends on personal spending habits. Most people take between $2500 to $3500 (not including airfare). Remember that meals are paid for all week, including a weekend food stipend. If a student will be traveling every weekend, before and after the program, and during Christmas break this will have to be factored into the student’s budget. Discretionary expenditures include eating out, toiletries, souvenirs, personal health items and personal travel. The program itself sponsors both the fall and spring tour so meals during these tours are covered either with a served meal or an allowance.
Yes. The Office of Studies Abroad and each student’s personal advisor will work closely with him or her to plan a schedule that will help the student graduate on time and with a reasonable schedule. Engineering and Nursing majors who wish to go for the whole year have to do five years because their college schedules do not leave room for much flexibility. The Studies Abroad Office works with students in other majors to stay on a four-year timeline for graduation.
Except for the German book, all of the books students need in Salzburg are included in the program cost and will be provided for them upon arrival. These books will be returned at the end of the program. Program coordinators will get in touch with students about purchasing a German book. Please note that if students are taking statistics, they will need to provide themselves with their own TI-84 or 86 calculators.
The Center has two buildings. The first building has the living room, kitchen, dining room, laundry room and three floors of double and single rooms. The living room also has a TV and VCR/DVD player. The second building has the classroom, computer/library room, director’s apartment, and one floor of additional student bedrooms. Each student room has a private bathroom. All student rooms are provided with linens and towels. The computer lab has 9 computers all with free internet access.
September and October: 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, some rain. November through February 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit, with snow and ice. In March and April, it gets warmer (50-70 degrees), with a mixture of rain and sun once again.
The Salzburg Year 16-17 dates are yet to be determined. Please check back at a later date.
The 15-16 program costs $52,310. This is equivalent to tuition and room and board for one year at the University of Portland home campus.
- ENG 212 Intro to Literature (3 credits)
- FA 203 and 304 Dev. Arts in Europe (6 credits) (Required)
- GRM 113 and 114 Advanced Elementary German (6 credits)
- GRM 201 and 202 Intermediate German (6 credits)
- GRM 311 and 312 Austrian Traditions (6 credits)
- HST 370 Early Modern Europe (1600-1800) (3 credits)
- MUS 203 and 304 Dev. Music in Europe (2 credits) (Required)
- PHL 220 Ethics (3 credits)
- PHL 330 Metaphysics (3 credits)
- POL 270 Dev. European Political Systems (3 credits)
- THE 205 Biblical Tradition and Culture (3 credits)
- THE 491 Christian Thought in Modern Europe (3 credits)