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  • Locations: Salzburg, Austria
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/11/2019 10/18/2019 01/19/2020 05/01/2020
Summer 2020 02/03/2020 02/05/2020 05/12/2020 07/06/2020
Fall 2020 05/12/2020 05/18/2020 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, German Housing Options: Homestay
Maximum Credits Available: 15 Prior Language Study: Recommended
Click here for a definition of this term Eligibility Requirements: Completed a basic writing course, Completed at least 12 college credits, GPA of 2.75 or higher Duration: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
Excluded from Open Doors: Include Program Sponsor: University-Sponsored
Program Description:
Austria- CastleFall Dates: Early September to Mid-December

Spring Dates: Mid- January to Early May

Summer Dates: Various Times Between Mid-May to Early July

Program Overview

Study German language and culture in the heart of Old Europe while earning Madison College credit. Salzburg College, a small liberal arts college, specializes in study abroad education for US students. All classes are taught in English, however the local language of Austria is German. No previous study of German is required, although it is recommended that students have taken at least one semester of German.

Salzburg, surrounded by picturesque mountains, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. As the birthplace of Mozart and the setting of "The Sound of Music," it has a rich musical heritage that is reflected in a great variety of concerts and other musical events throughout the year. Salzburg is ideally located for travel, with its close proximity to Zurich, Munich, Prague, and Budapest.

Course Information

Semester participants earn between 12-14 credits on the semester program. All students are required to take “Understanding Austria: History, Politics, and Culture” (3 credits) and a German language class (3 credits) at the appropriate level. Students then choose two to three additional courses in the arts, humanities, or business from an
Approved Class List- Salzburg, Austria or refer to Salzburg College web page. A list of possible courses can be provided by contacting the Center for International Education. Semester students may also be eligible to participate in an Internship option.

Summer participants enroll in up to 12 credits. Courses are selected from an abbreviated list, though Salzburg College reserves the right to cancel any course with fewer than 5 participants. The summer program consists of a variety of two week sessions, where students take one class each session.

In addition to the academic courses, Salzburg College also offers specialty courses such as Austrian cuisine, skiing, hiking, biking, and rafting. These courses are offered at an additional cost and may not transfer back as Madison College credit. Please contact the Center for International Education for more details.

All students accepted into a semester-long Study Abroad program are required to take the Madison College one credit online course titled "Perspectives on Study Abroad". This course is designed as an introduction to and support of residence and study in another country. Students will learn cultural theories, learning styles, cross-cultural communication skills, and strategies for development of cross-cultural competencies. Students will participate in activities designed to increase their cultural awareness, cross-cultural sensitivity, and own adaptability to another culture. The course will facilitate the intense learning process that occurs when individuals are placed in a new cultural context and will challenge students to explore their own cultural assumptions.

Accommodations and Meals

In order to provide the best cultural experience possible, students live with an Austrian host family. Housing assignments are based not only on a housing preferences form, but also on interviews with Salzburg College staff. While some students may live within walking distance of Salzburg College, others will have to use public transportation or bike to the school.

Non-traditional students or married couples are encouraged to request an alternate housing option if they do not feel comfortable with a home-stay. The Salzburg College staff will work with such students to arrange more suitable housing.

All meals, with the exception of some during the excursions, are included in the program fee. Breakfast, dinner, and all weekend meals are provided by the host family, and lunch is served at the school during the week.


As part of the program cost, students will experience a number of excursions and cultural activities. Additional excursions may be available for an additional cost. Possible excursions may include:
  • A trip to Germany
  • Vienna
  • The Salzkammergut
Additional Information

A passport and a visa are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Austria. If you need to apply for a passport, it is advised to allow at least 6 weeks for standard processing. Visa processing is free and instructions on how to obtain the visa will be given upon acceptance to the program.

All students are required to attend three pre-departure orientations. These orientations provide information on health and safety, packing and trip planning, flight logistics, and other essential information. One orientation will take place in Illinois about 6-8 weeks in advance of the program, on a Saturday. The other two sessions will occur at Madison College.


The semester program fee for 2019-2020 is $13,522. The summer program fee for 2020 is $2147 per two week session. Program fees include:Austria- Cooking
  •     Application fee
  •     Tuition and instructional costs
  •     Housing
  •     2-3 meals daily (except during field trips)
  •     Course-related field trips and excursions
  •     Health insurance
Additional costs include:
  •     Airfare
  •     Spending money
  •     Passport (if you need one) and visa fees
  •     Some meals during field trips
  •     Daily commuting expenses
  •     Laundry
  •     Fees associated with certain courses abroad
  •     Madison College Perspectives on Study Abroad Course Tuition (Approximately $120)
In additional, Salzburg College will require students to make a $75.00 deposit in an account at the beginning of the semester. Students will use this account to charge textbooks, concert tickets, etc. Salzburg College will return the balance to students at the end of the semester.

For more cost information, please review the cost detail document
Salzburg, Austria Cost Breakdown. For detailed information about Summer costs, please review the following document Austria Summer Session.

To Apply

All materials, including the initial deposit of $500 (made payable to Madison College), must be received by 4:00 p.m. in the Center for International Education. (NOTE: Unless an applicant is rejected, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.)

For More Information

If you would like to know more about studying abroad through Madison College, please email us or call 608-246-6201 to schedule an appointment.

This program is administered by the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and is open to member colleges in Wisconsin and Illinois.  For more information visit the ICISP website.

Salzburg College

City of Salzburg