The study center of Salzburg College is located at Ursulinenplatz 4, in the heart of the Old City. With a population of about 140,000, Salzburg is situated on the northern edge of the eastern Alps and close to the German border. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, the city still mirrors in its historical center over a thousand years of European history and culture. Its rich musical heritage is reflected in a great variety of concerts and other musical events held throughout the year.
The program begins with a one-week academic field trip through Germany that provides a hands-on introduction to European culture as well as an opportunity to meet the other students.
The trip includes visits to Trier, the oldest city in Germany, and Cologne and Bonn. A romantic drive along the Rhine introduces history, legend and literature with stops in the imperial cities of Worms and Speyer which were also centers of Jewish culture and of the Protestant Reformation. A visit to Heidelberg, medieval Rothenburg and Nuremberg complete this introduction to European "historical consicousness."
The Salzburg College program is based on the belief that a broad insight into European civilization and contemporary issues, along with language competency, will provide a meaningful basis for different areas of specialization. Several areas of concentration are offered, including European Studies (German language and literature, History, Economics and Politics, Education, Art History and Music History), Communications (Intercultural Communication, Mass Media, Public Relations and Journalism), Studio Art and Photography (including Drawing and Painting, Printmaking, Museum Internships, Workshops, Personal Exhibition Opportunities, and Artist Apprenticeships), and Music Performance (Individual Instruction, Music Theory, the "Mozart Project," and Personal Recital Opportunities).
Classroom work and field experience are integrated. Excursions, guest lectures, and interaction with local professionals are an important part of the program. Salzburg College faculty are Austrians, many of whom have taught at American universities. Courses are taught in English. Students earn up to 15 undergraduate credits on the program and must be at least sophomore standing. The program is open to students with at least a 2.7 GPA.
As a complement to the academic program, students take day trips to nearby towns, including both the lake and mountain district and Munich. There is also a 4-5 day field trip to Vienna. Students are housed in an Austrian homestay, which is included in the program costs. Breakfast, dinner and weekend meals are provided by the host families. Weekday lunches are served at the College.
Housing assignments are based on interviews conducted during the initial field trip to Germany, where students have a chance to express their preferences concerning family circumstances, desired degree of involvement, language needs (most families speak some English), and other personal concerns. Students have classes and study at the new Salzburg College Study Center on Ursulinenplatz in the center fo Salzburg.
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