The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg is the largest educational institution in the Salzburg region. As an integral part of both cultural and educational life, the University serves as a meeting place for teaching staff, students and academics, as well as the general public. Since its re-establishment in 1962, the University has developed into a modern, vibrant institution whose four focus areas – life sciences and health, Law, Economics and Business, and Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies and Sciences and Art.
- The University of Salzburg consists of four facilities, with approximately 18,000 students and 2,800 employees. Its national and international networking has made this university a modern knowledge hub in the heart of Europe. It is a centre for innovative research and is firmly integrated into the cultural and economic life of Salzburg.
- The campus occupies historical buildings in the Altstadt (Old Town), such as former parts of the Residenz Palace, the Toskanatrakt and in the Kapitelgass
- Salzburg's Altstadt has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
- Host to three universities and a large population of students, Salzburg is noted for its attractive setting and scenic Alpine backdrop.
- In the mid-20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music
- January is typically the coldest month in Salzburg, with an average temperature of 31°F. July is typically the hottest month, with an average temperature of 31°F.
Bachelor Degrees Offered
English and American Studies
History of Arts
Music and Dance Studies
Ecology and Biodiversity
Law and Economics
Romance Language Studies French
Romance Language Studies Spanish
Romance Language Studies Italian
Romance Language Studies Portugese
Compared Literature and Culture Studies
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University Language Centre
Foreign language competencies are an essential part of a person’s academic and professional credentials. The University‘s Language Centre offers a wide range of language courses, all of which are available to students, university staff, as well as anyone else who might be interested in learning a foreign language.
Language Classes and Courses for Non-German Speakers at the University
The Department of German offers German as a Foreign Language (DaF - Deutsch als Fremdsprache) classes to all interested students. For exchange students, these courses are free of charge. The classes are held during the semester, and prior to the beginning of each class there is an informational meeting. In order to attend a DaF class, interested students must take a placement test (except those without any knowledge of German). If a student cannot take the test as a result of late arrival in Salzburg or other extenuating circumstances, placement can be decided by a personal conversation with one of the DaF departmental members.
The University Language Centre offers “German as a Foreign Language” intensive courses (starting mid-September) before the official start of the term. These two-week courses are designed to both improve your language competence in German and to help you deal with day-to-day situations in Austria. These courses are open for pre-registration until the end of May. More information can be found here
The Language Centre also offers a semester course to students who would like to learn more about everyday life & study skills needed at an Austrian university, Austrian culture, and language. Depending on students‘ needs and interests, the contents of this course will be adapted accordingly. The course is taught in German, starts in the winter semester and will be continued in summer semester. But it‘s also possible to begin the course in summer semester.
The International Department of the Austrian Student Union, in cooperation with the University’s International Relations Office, offers a service called the “Buddy-Network.” The concept behind the Buddy-Network is to pair local students with incoming students from other countries to foster international friendships and help the incoming students acclimate to life in Salzburg. In order to be assigned a Salzburger “buddy,” students must contact the Austrian Student Union’s International Department.
The university housing office facilitates student housing possibilities throughout the City of Salzburg. To access housing information, click here
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply their award package to most semester or year long study abroad programs. Students are also eligible for either need-based subsidized or unsubsidized non-need-based federal direct loans. A list of alternative student loans is available in the CSULB Office of Financial Aid (BH-123).
Additional financing information can be found at this webpage