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Full-Year Program, Salzburg

The Salzburg program is the oldest study abroad program at the University of Portland, and it is the only year-long option. The program is centered on expanding cultural, historical, and personal awareness through year-long courses in art history, German, and music, and supplemented by guided tours through France, Italy, and Greece. Salzburg itself is centrally located in Europe, making it a hub for art, music, and culture, not to mention being the birthplace of Mozart and home to the world-famous Salzburg Music Festival. The tours in the fall semester include visits to art museums and historical sites in Vienna, Reims, Paris, Versailles, and Strasbourg. The three-week spring tour includes visits to Delphi, Athens, Corinth, Olympia, Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Ravenna, and Padua.

All students study German language as part of the program, with frequent opportunities for practice including conversation classes and local excursions. Students can also satisfy core course requirements in theology, philosophy, literature, statistics, political science, and history. Where appropriate, the courses are linked to the fall and spring tours, and to local Austrian resources.

Administrated exclusively by the University of Portland, the Salzburg program has been running since 1964. Program dates extend from Early September to Late April with a winter break during late December and early January. The estimated total program cost includes tuition, housing, insurance, fall and spring tours, excursions, and housing with meal allowance during Christmas break. It does not include airfare to Salzburg. Financial aid and work study apply to this program.

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. Other sites include palaces (such as Schloss Mirabell and Schloss Hellbrunn), museums (Haus der Natur, Salzburg Museum, Residenz Gallery), historic churches, cemeteries, convents and monasteries (the Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter's, the Franciscan Church), and Mozart's residence.

For more information on Austria please visit the department of state country description.
Please visit the Austria program site for more information on the program, the Salzburg Center, and student life.

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.