Ohio University

Austria: German Language in Salzburg

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Program Feature

Language Immersion

Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Language and Area Studies

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


Austria castle on river


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. 

Highlights and Excursions 

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. 

Good to know

Each year the program collect pictures about all of the excursions and events that go on, to find out more about what it is like to attend the Austria German Language and Culture program check out more Information about previous iterations!

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. 

Program Dates 

January 10 – April 25, 2022 (Tentative) 


Students will earn 15 total credits:


This sequence completes the Arts and Sciences Language requirement
*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)  


All 3000-level courses count toward major/minor requirements. 
*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 of these 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)   

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.) 


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner, and international health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 12-20 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2022 (TBA)

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

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 accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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 or reside in the country.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. 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 this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s   Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found   here