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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Universität Salzburg in Austria


Study in Austria!

Austria, the heart of Europe and home to the great composers Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is perfect for students looking for a taste of history combined with modern studies and technology. Austria’s magnificent landscape lends itself to numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, swimming, and biking.

There is a lot more to Salzburg than Julie Andrews and Mozart’s birthplace! Salzburg is a historical city of breathtaking beauty with a modern and lively feel. The University is comprised of four main faculties- Arts, Divinity, Law and Science, and ISEP students are welcomed by the International office with various activities, tours, and opportunities for cultural immersion. Music students especially will enjoy the wealth of symphonies, orchestras, operas and festivals that Salzburg offers access to. 

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about Universität Salzburg here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type



Salzburg, Austria

Languages of Instruction

German, English - One year of University-level German is required for admission

Program Dates

Fall 2018: Beginning of October to End of January

Spring 2019: Beginning of March to End of June

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP 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 junior status or higher before participation. 
  • 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 2.75.  
  • Language Requirement: One year of University-level German is required for admission, but it is highly recommended that students have at least two years of German
  • Students must submit ISEP language proficiency report in application, even if native speaker


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.


Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria and the capital of the federal state of Salzburg. Salzburg’s “Old Town” (Altstadt) with its world famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. It is the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the mid-20th century, the city was the setting for parts of the musical and film The Sound of Music, which also features famous landmarks in Austria. With three universities, Salzburg is filled with the liveliness of a large student population. Public transportation is excellent. 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.


Originally founded in 1622, Universitat Salzburg was reconstituted and now comprises four schools: Arts and Humanities; Divinity; Law; and Natural Sciences and is the biggest institution of higher learning in Salzburg. The university occupies several buildings all over Salzburg. In the Altstadt (old city), former parts of the Residenz Palace, the Toskanatrakt and in the Kapitelgasse now house university meeting rooms. The University library is between the Kollegienkirche (the University church) and the Festival Halls, attached to it is the “Große Aula”, or ceremonial hall. Arts and music are taught separately at the Mozarteum Art University.



Researching courses in English on an Austrian university homepage can be difficult and confusing. Here find a quick guide to navigating a university website, finding courses in both English and German, and some translations of common words and major fields of study. 
Download the ISEP Guide to Course Selection




For a current list of courses in English, please visit the Salzburg International Office Web site and scroll down to “courses provided in the English language” or click here.

Please be advised that not all courses listed in English are available to ISEP students. If a course is necessary, be sure to indicate that on your application or confirm before application.  Students wishing to take courses in English must be VERY flexible.

Here is the link for the University Home Page.



• 6 hours a week of German language courses plus 1-hour language labs are offered in addition to regular classes during the academic year and semester, included in ISEP benefits, for all levels. 

• Pre-session German courses are available through a private provider, not included in ISEP benefits.


Registration and Credit Issues
Students typically register for individual classes with the aid of the international office. Students often must register for each course at the institute that specializes in the target field of study.  Students must register for 30 ECTS credits to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.
Please note that courses will not be available for registering until shortly before the semester begins.
A Transcript of Records contains the grades of all successfully completed courses. Exchange students are typically permitted to enroll in a variety of courses. However, prerequisites for all courses must be met before the time of enrollment.

Examinations and Grading Scale

Examinations can take the form of oral and written exams, project work or artistic projects. Depending on the specific purpose of the various orals, they are subdivided into supplementary examinations, final examinations, bachelor, master’s, diploma examinations and doctoral examinations (Rigorosum) for doctoral degree (in form of course examinations, Fachprüfungen or comprehensive exams); with reference to the type of examination a distinction is made between examinations on a single subject and examinations on different subjects forming a single entity (comprehensive exams). Comprehensive exams can be organized as a series of exams or as one single examination before an examination board.

Most of the examinations taken by the students are single subject examinations, i.e. end-of-semester or continuous assessment-based examinations in the individual courses which they attend. Examination dates are to be arranged for the students to be able to finish their studies within the given duration of studies as stated in the curricula. Students have to register online for exams. Examination dates, prerequisites and the period of time during which students can register can usually be found on the university homepage.

The Austrian grading scale is similar to the U.S. system except the system is numerical and a “D” grade equivalent does not exist. An individual grade (Note) is awarded for a class, thesis or part of a large exam. An overall grade (Gesamtnote) is awarded for multi-part exams.

What to Expect
Independent, self-directed study is heavily emphasized at Austrian institutions. Courses often have no set assignments and students are assessed by one examination or project. While this style of instruction is less demanding on a daily basis in comparison to study at a U.S. institution, independent study may ultimately be more rigorous in its demands.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Course Approvals

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


Student Life


Salzburg is a quick train ride away from the Munich (Germany) airport, and is very conveniently located to all other points in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, with an excellent public transportation system and discounted train tickets for students.

Orientation upon arrival culminates in a one-day general information program for all new international students with speakers from different organizational units of the university, student representatives, OAD housing office, German language program, Contactlanguage center, etc. ISEP students are encouraged to meet each other during this program. The contact information of all arriving ISEP students will be mailed to each student beforehand together with the Admission letter from U Salzburg. Additionally, the International Office staff is there to provide any information to students at any point before or after the official orientation.


The international office sponsors regularly scheduled meetings for exchange students and their “buddies” at an International Stammtisch. Excursions are offered for a nominal fee to sites such as the National Park, breweries, or the opera.

Housing and Meals

ISEP students are housed in students residence halls and receive a meal stipend.

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 a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application




ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


*Students placed on ISEP Exchange may be eligible for up to $750 airfare award. 


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, 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.

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, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

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.