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Salzburg , Austria
Offered each Spring and Fall Semester
Salzburg is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With a population of about 140,000, it is situated on the northern edge of the eastern Alps and close to the German border. It is surrounded by picturesque mountains and is near the famous lake district. The city itself mirrors a thousand years of European history and culture. Its rich musical heritage is reflected in a great variety of concerts and other musical events throughout the year. There are several theaters that show plays, musicals, and opera from September through June, as well as the world-famous Mozart festivals in January, at Easter, and in the summer.
A place of rare natural and artistic beauty, Salzburg is a center for tourism. It also plays a significant role in international trade. Situated in the heart of Europe, the city has gained further significance since the opening of Eastern Europe. As a traditional border town and major crossroad, Salzburg has established itself as a center of import and export, banking, and international transport business. All these qualities make this location ideal for the study of international business and communication.
Last but not least, Salzburg is ideally located for travel. It is less than four hours by train to Vienna, two hours to Munich, and an over-night train ride to Paris, Venice, Rome, or Amsterdam.
History: Salzburg College was founded in 1962. The Illinois/Salzburg cooperative program began in 1970, and the college has hosted groups of Illinois students every semester since that date.
Program: Philosophy Regarding Foreign Language: There are two basic sets of conviction regarding foreign language in a study-abroad environment. One group maintains that students should have studied a language before they depart and should function in the foreign language once abroad. The other group is aware that in the context of the American educational system, a language requirement would bar many students from participation in international programs. The Illinois/Salzburg program utilizes the later approach. All Illinois students are required to study German while in Salzburg, but all their other courses will be taught in English.
Meals and Accommodations: By living with Austrian families, students will become part of their host society in a very natural manner. Meals provided by the host family include breakfast and evening meals on weekdays, and all meals on weekends. (No meals will be provided during the mid-semester break or optional Vienna field-trip dates.) Students will either walk or take the city bus to go to school.
Academic Programs for Illinois Students: All Illinois students are expected to study German while in Salzburg. Other courses will be offered in English. As part of your course work, field trips to Germany and other parts of Austria will be offered. An optional trip to Vienna is also available. The Salzburg College Study Center features classrooms, offices, and extensive library, lounge & dining rooms, music practice spaces, a photo lab, an art studio, and a fabulous view of the city.
How to Apply
Contact Rebecca Biggs for an application
Complete a pre-acceptance interview at RLC
Submit the completed, original application to ICISP, and a complete duplicate to RLC
Obtain a passport
Register for classes at RLC during the normal registration period for the semester. You will not be allowed to register late for these classes.