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Study Abroad and Domestic Study Away

AIFS Abroad in Salzburg

Study international relations, art history, music, sociology, German language and more during a summer, semester or year abroad with AIFS in Salzburg, Austria. The historic Altstadt is much the same as it was when Mozart lived here over 250 years ago.

AIFS also offers excursions to Munich, Prague, Innsbruck, and Vienna. From Salzburg, you can easily reach the mountains, meadows, and lakes of the Austrian Alps, see the Blue Danube, drift through the old world charms of Budapest or cross the Alps into the medieval villages and gentle hills of Northern Italy.

Program Type

Approved Third Party Provider


Salzburg, Austria

Languages of Instruction

English and German

Program Dates

Fall 2018: September to December

Spring 2019: Early February to Late May

All dates are tentative and may change.  AIFS will alert all accepted students of final dates


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have second-semester sophomore status or higher before participation. (Transfer students may participate after the first semester on campus)  Junior status or higher is strongly preferred.
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5.  


Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. The city is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments.


Founded in 1622, the University of Salzburg achieved great prestige and was one of the most famous universities of 17th and 18th century Europe. An interdisciplinary Department of International Relations and Political Science draws students from around the world to meet with faculty and each other to help solve the problems of the 21st century. Faculty from this department teach classes in English exclusively for AIFS students. The majority of courses are taught in English apart from German language and some music and history courses.

All students take a 2-week German language orientation course at the start of the program for 2 credits. You can then take up to 5-semester courses. Each course is recommended for 3-semester credits. Classes are held Monday to Friday.

Lake Forest College and AIFS strongly encourage students to take a German language course as one of their 3-credit courses for a full cultural immersion experience and to enable you to participate in all aspects of University life. A placement test on-site will determine the language course appropriate to your level.

Students with at least two years of college level German may matriculate directly into the University of Salzburg courses and study along local students.  Dates and fees will be different from the main program. See Ashley Sinclair for more details.

Though letter grades will appear on the Lake Forest transcript, they will not factor into a student’s GPA except in calculations of honors or the Dean’s List.  Students must take a minimum of 15 credit hours to obtain the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest College credits.

More information on courses can be found on the AIFS website


Course Approval

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Student Life

En route to Salzburg, all students visit the exciting city of London. AIFS also offers excursions to Munich, Prague, Innsbruck, and Vienna. From Salzburg, you can easily reach the mountains, meadows, and lakes of the Austrian Alps, see the Blue Danube, drift through the old world charms of Budapest or cross the Alps into the medieval villages and gentle hills of Northern Italy.

Housing and Meals

Living with a homestay family is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Austria and many students who choose this option to consider it to be the most rewarding aspect of their time abroad. It is the best way to learn German, gain an authentic insight into Austrian culture and integrate into the local community. Each homestay is unique and individual - your host may be a single woman whose children have grown up and left home or a professional couple.


Or, you can choose to live in one of several residence halls throughout Salzburg. Each residence has double rooms with a private bathroom, a direct phone line for incoming calls and a shared kitchen. Students who bring laptops or tablets can access the Internet from their rooms.

All students receive a meal allowance worth approximately $1,100 to subsidize the cost of purchasing food and meals. 

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee.  The program fee for the AIFS Salzburg program includes orientation, a language course, on-site director, housing, several excursions, university fees, and insurance.  A stipend is provided to help cover the cost of some meals.

Here is an estimated budget for your Fall 2018/Spring 2019 program:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)


Lake Forest College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


Lake Forest College Deposit (non-refundable)


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, books, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses




Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Deposits to other programs, if required, are paid by the student to the host program, and will appear as a credit on your study abroad term bill from the College.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate.

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students

Notes from Abroad: Casey in Salzburg, Austria

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