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Come Hear the Sound of Music!

In partnership with Salzburg College, the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) offers a semester in the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is situated in the northern foothills of the Alps. Famous as the birthplace of Mozart and host to the Salzburg Festival, the city has long been a cultural center for Europe.


Program Description:
Salzburg College is a private college for English-speaking students located in the heart of the Old City in a 16th century townhouse. At the college, students attend classes taught in English by Austrian professors. Classes are small and allow for a close relationship with the instructor. The fields of study are:

  • German Language
  • History & European Studies
  • Music, Art & Photography
  • Outdoor Pursuits (hiking, biking, rafting & skiing)

The instruction in this program will entail classroom instruction as well as field trips and immersion experiences. Field Trips for the semester programs include:

  • 4 days of travel in Bavaria
  • 4 days in Vienna
  • Other visits to historic and artistic sites in Germany and Austria.

The summer program offers:

  • 4-day trip to Vienna
  • A variety of local field trips

Cultural events in Salzburg will include concerts, plays, and exhibitions. Optional trips to other locations in Eastern and Western Europe may be planned as well. With Austria being centrally located, there is easy access to many countries throughout Europe.

In order to enhance communication in the Austrian setting, all students participating in a semester program are required to take German instruction.

Program terms available: Fall, Spring, Summer

For complete details, please review the semester program calendar or the summer program flyer.

Program Credits:
Students will receive up to 18 transferable college credits in the semester programs.
Required courses (semester programs):

  • Austrian Civilization (3)
  • Music History or Art History (3)
  • A German course at the appropriate level (3)

The student may then choose two or three additional courses from an approved list, primarily composed of humanities and social sciences courses.

In the summer program, students are expected to enroll in two classes and will receive six (6) transferable college credits.

Program Requirements:
This program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in Austrian culture and history. 

All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities. All students will be required to have:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition I completed with a grade of C or better
  • Physician's approval to travel

No previous study of German is required.

Pre-Trip Orientation:
The required pre-trip orientation will be held at Heartland Community College in Bloomington-Normal prior to departure. Students should their ICISP representative further information on exact dates.

Program Fee:
The program fee is: $12,283 (semester) and $4,907 (summer).

The fee will cover:

  • Instructional costs
  • Housing and most meals in Salzburg (except during college break field trips)
  • Major field trips (two for the semester program, one for the summer program)
  • Some required cultural activities
  • HealthSelect Overseas Platinum insurance through HTH Worldwide

This fee does not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Passport/Visa
  • Some meals during German and Vienna field trip
  • Weekend meals with the student dorm housing option  
  • Personal expenses
  • Daily commuting expenses
  • Personal laundry fee
  • International Student ID card
  • Fees associated with certain courses

Note: Please check with your home institution regarding any additional tuition costs.

ICISP students participating in the semester program will automatically be granted a $1,000 scholarship from Salzburg College. This scholarship is reflected in the ICISP program cost. An additional scholarship for this program is available through ICISP.

Salzburg College will require students to make a $220 deposit in an account at the beginning of the semester. The student may then charge textbooks, concert tickets, etc against this deposit. Salzburg College will return the balance to the student at the end of the semester

Please review the program cost for additional information.

Flight Details:
The necessary information will be given to the students in order for them to schedule their individual flights into Salzburg.

A current passport and visa are required for student in the semester program. For additional information on how to apply for a Visa, please review the Visa Requirements for Salzburg College.

Lodging and Meals:
Housing is provided in Austrian homes with local families or is a students dorm. Assignments to families will be based on personal interviews held during the week of coach travel in Germany that begins the program. Meals will be provided by the host family or in the dorm, except for lunch which will be taken at the college. Weekend meals or not provided in the student dorm.

Application Deadline:
Applications are available through your institution's ICISP Representative. You must apply through your home institution; applications submitted directly from students will not be accepted.

Fall Study Program - May 15

Spring Study Program - October 15

Summer Study Program - February 11

Visiting Faculty:
This program does not offer a Visiting Faculty Program.

Additional Information:
For additional information on this program, please contact the ICISP Representative at your institution.

Austria Program Documents:

Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs, Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 268-8664
Fax: (309) 268-7980
For questions regarding this website, contact the ICISP office
Last Updated: January 2013

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