Few countries could be more exciting to study in than Austria, a peaceful democracy with cultural and economic ties in both eastern and western Europe. With the Alps at your doorstep for outdoor fun and the works of Mozart, Haydn, and Strauss in the background, students can explore the history, culture, and natural beauty of this central European country.
Location: Salzburg (population: 150,000)
University: University of Salzburg (14,000 students)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Austria page for detailed information.
Founded in 1622, the University of Salzburg achieved great prestige and was one of the most famous universities of 17th and 18th century Europe. It is now a modern and vibrant institution. An interdisciplinary Department of International Relations and Political Science draws students from around the world to meet with faculty and each other to help solve the problems of the 21st century. Although students are encouraged to take German, faculty from this will teach classes in English exclusively for American students.
To view the course selection, visit the University of Salzburg course catalog.
For more information about life at the university, go the the University of Salzburg website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
Note: In order to satisfy General Education (Core) requirements, a course must earn a minimum of 3 credits. While HPU is able to accept a relevant course worth one or two credits, one and two credit courses earned at the University of Salzburg will not satisfy your General Education requirements.
At the University of Salzburg, students live in a university residence hall or in a home stay with a local family.
Each residence has double rooms with a private bathroom, a direct phone line for incoming calls and a shared kitchen. Students who wish to bring their own computers may connect to the Internet from their room for a small fee.
Many students consider the homestay experience the most rewarding part of their time abroad. It is the best way to learn German, get involved in the culture and integrate into the local community. Typically, you will have a double room, sharing with another AIFS student in an apartment or house located outside the city center. In many homes, students have the use of only the bedroom, bathroom and limited use of the kitchen.
Meals are not provided through the University of Salzburg; however, students will receive an allowance towards the purchase of breakfast and lunch or dinner from Monday through Friday. For lunch, students tend to gather at one of the University restaurants or nearby cafés. Please note: this is a subsidy and will not cover the cost of meals in expensive restaurants.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$22,841.50||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$1,782.50||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines and partial board adjustment information|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what AIFS charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to AIFS for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to AIFS.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
When I first came to High Point University, I knew I wanted to study abroad. In fact, I had been planning to study in Salzburg because I fell in love with the city when I first visited with my family in the 8th grade. In addition, I had studied German for six years throughout middle and high school. So, to say I was excited about going to Austria was an understatement; I was about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Salzburg, Austria: Salzburg is a beautiful city filled with rich history and picturesque scenery. At the heart of Salzburg is the historicAltstadt, a UNESCO world heritage site. Take a stroll down its quaint alleys and cobblestone paths, and experience for yourself the same streets Mozart once travelled over 250 years ago. Salzburg is a small, but lively city. It has a unique character and charm, easily making it one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.
University of Salzburg: In Salzburg, the city is your campus. The University has buildings sprawled out across the entire city. While many of your classes will be held in the Unipark, others will be held all over. In between class you can experience the traditional Austrian “Kaffeecultur” by grabbing a cup of coffee, and enjoying a delicious pastry at one of the many cafés in the city. My classes were primarily taught in English, however I did take one that was taught solely in German. Do not worry if you cannot speak German, you will be put in an intensive language course and be speaking it in no time.
Accommodations: In the AIFS program, you have one of two options. You can either opt for a homestay with a local Austrian family, or you can live in dorm style housing. I lived in Haus Humboldt, a dorm primarily filled with international students. AIFS tries to spread their students out in different dorms around the city to provide you with the most authentic experience possible. You probably won’t be living with all Americans. The thing I loved the most about my dorm was the fantastic kitchen. Every floor in the building has a kitchen with stoves, ovens, and two long tables. The kitchen was the liveliest place in the dorm, and is where I went to meet and interact with other students from all over the world.
Travel: Austria is centrally located in the heart of the European Alps. By far, the most efficient way to travel around Austria is by train. From Salzburg, everything is easily reachable. You have easy access to the mountains and lakes, as well as other European cities such as Vienna, Budapest, Munich, and Prague. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling throughout Austria, it would be helpful to purchase a Vorteilskarte at the local train station. This discount card is available to anyone less than 26 years of age and provides you with rates that are up to 50% off.
Cultural Experience: Throughout my time in Salzburg, I volunteered on a weekly basis at a local Austrian Kindergarten. This experience proved to be invaluable for me. It not only assimilated me completely into the local culture, but also provided me with an opportunity to experience first hand the everyday life of Austrian school children. There was no English spoken, so I had to rely on my German language skills. I had to quickly learn to thrive in an environment vastly different from what I was accustomed to. Overall, it was a wonderful experience that I would not trade for anything else.
Advice for Future Students: Although I strongly encourage you to study in Salzburg, studying abroad in general is a great experience. It allows you to broaden your horizons and learn to see the world in innovative and exciting ways. Try new things, be open-minded, and if study abroad changes your life, let it.