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Austria: German Language in Salzburg



The Department of Modern Languages offers the opportunity for students to study German language, and Austrian literature and culture in Salzburg, Austria. The program is open to students from all majors and colleges, who are currently enrolled in German courses.

In addition to attending classes taught by OHIO and local instructors, students in the program will make a number of group trips to sites in Austria and Germany and will take weekly field trips to significant and interesting sites throughout the city and province of Salzburg. Students also have the option to travel independently on the weekends.

Information about previous programs

Program length

Spring Semester (Early January- Early May)

January 10th-April 25th, 2020

Eligibility and selection process

The program is primarily designed for Elementary (1000 series) and Intermediate (2000 series) students, but is open as well to students at Advanced levels (3000 series and above).

Selection to the program will be based on the student's academic and judicial record, the student's performance in her/his current German course, an interview with the program director, letters of recommendations, and the compatibility of group proficiency levels.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

This program welcomes applications from Non-Ohio University students.  Please contact the Office of Global Opportunities for application details.

Applicants must be matriculated OHIO students. Non-OHIO applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.


Application deadline

Admission to this program is by a rolling admission procedure. Applications are reviewed by the program director as they are received. Early application is encouraged;.

Final application deadline for the Spring 2020 program is October 1, 2020.

Interested students should apply online at:  https://webapps.ohio.edu/eais/student/index.cfm

Living arrangements

Students live together in a modern Austrian dormitory in doubles or triples with a private toilet and shower. The dorm is located conveniently on a bus route to the university, the town-center, and the train station. A number of supermarkets, restaurants, fitness opportunities, and a shopping center are within a short walking distance.

Courses and credits

Students on this program will earn 15 credits:

*Must successfully complete 1110 during Fall Semester

  • GER 1120 Elementary German II (4 cr.)
  • GER2110 Intermediate German I (3 cr)
  • GER2120 Intermediate German II (3 cr)
  • GER2930 Independent Study/ Special Topics in German (2 cr)
  • ML 2910 Field Study Abroad in Austria (3 cr)
    This sequence completes the Arts and Sciences Language requirement.

*Must successfully complete 2110 during Fall Semester

  • GER 2120 Intermediate German II (3 cr)
  • GER 3110 Advanced Conversation & Composition I (3 cr)
  • GER 3120 Advanced Conversation & Composition II (3 cr)
  • GER 3349 Austrian Culture and Civilization (3 cr)
  • ML 2910 Field Study Abroad in Austria (3 cr)
    All 3000-level courses count toward major/minor requirements

*Must successfully complete 3310 or 3120 during Fall Semester.  

  • GER 3349 Austrian Culture and Civilization (3 cr)
  • GER 4529 19th/20th Century Austrian Literature (3cr)
  • GER 4900 Special Topics in German (3 cr)
  • GER 4450 Advanced Language Skills Application (3cr)
  • ML 2910 Field Study Abroad in Austria (3 cr) 
    All of these courses count toward major/minor requirements. 

Note: If you have already taken any of these courses, please consult with Program Director for alternative course offerings.

If accepted, all students must be enrolled in and successfully complete a Fall semester German course and ML 2491 during the second half of Fall Semester. (This course will be added to your schedule by instructor permission after you have accepted your nomination to the program.)


In recent years, program highlights, in addition to our tours of the many sites in Salzburg, have included viewings of local theater performances or film screenings, a visit to the former concentration camp in Mauthausen, an excursion to a former STASI prison in Berlin, a long climb up the St. Peter church tower overlooking the Glockenspiel in Munich, visits to soccer matches with the powerhouse Red Bulls of Salzburg, and a hike up the Gaisberg mountain.  Located in the heart of Europe and the Alps, Salzburg has been a convenient departure point for student travels on the weekends: many have gone skiing and hiking in Austria, and others have traveled across Europe, with popular destinations including Prague, Budapest, Venice, Rome, Florence, Amsterdam, Nürnberg, Berlin, London, Dublin, and Paris.


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet, Spring 2020


Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Additional Information on Austria

To learn more about this study abroad destination, please visit the  CIA World Factbook

Health and safety 

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination.

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  State Department website  for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Requesting accommodation for disabilities

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form . We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States.  If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now. 

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.   Please review the  entry and exit requirements for Austria. US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. (Please note: If you plan to travel before or after the program, you may need a visa).  You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country.  

Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program.  Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

More information on visa can be found here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found  here.  

For more information, contact: 

Professor Nikhil Sathe
Modern Languages 
Gordy Hall 283 
Phone: 740-593-2765 

Cherita King
Office of Global Opportunities
Phone: 740-593-4583







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