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Salzburg, Austria (Semester)

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In partnership with Salzburg College and the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), ECC students can spend a semester abroad in the cultural city of Salzburg, Austria. The city is situated in the northern foothills of Alps and is famous as the birthplace of Mozart.

Program Overview

Salzburg College is a private Austrian college situated in a 16th century townhouse in central Old City. Classes at Salzburg College are taught in English by local European professors. At Salzburg College, students can study:

  • German Language
  • European Studies
  • Music, Art
  • Communication
  • Business
  • Outdoor Pursuits (hiking, biking, rafting & skiing)

The program integrates traditional classroom instruction with practical field experiences to enhance the student’s study abroad experience. Field experiences include excursions, guest lectures, immersion activities and interaction with local professionals. Field experiences for the semester program include:

  • A week of travel in Germany
  • Five days in Vienna
  • Other visits to historic and artistic sites in Germany and Austria.

Cultural events in Salzburg include concerts, plays, and exhibitions.

All students participating in a semester program are required to take German language. This program does require a pre-departure orientation which is held at Heartland Community College in Bloomington, IL.

Program Dates

  • Fall semester: September  - December
  • Spring semester: January - May

Program Application Deadline

  • Fall semester: May 1
  • Spring semester: October 1

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Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in Austrian culture and history. Students need no previous study of German to apply to the program. All students are required to register for credit and participate in all classroom and program activities.

Applicants must meet the following minimum admission requirements:

  • 2.75 or higher GPA, based on 12 or more credits of college study
  • Two faculty recommendations
  • English Composition completed with a grade of B or better
  • Physician's approval to travel

Applicants must have no outstanding financial obligations to ECC and no disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development. Applicants can contact the Center for International Education and Programs (B105) to determine eligibility; admission into the program may require an interview. Admission is made on a space available basis.

Academic Program

Students earn 15-18 semester hours in college credit in the semester program. All students earn ECC credit; classes taken at Salzburg College are reflected as ECC classes on an ECC transcript. Courses are selected from an abbreviated list, though Salzburg College reserves the right to cancel any course with fewer than five participants. Students are required to take the following courses (semester program only):

  • Understanding Austria (3 credits)
  • A German course at the appropriate level (4 credits)

Students may then choose two or three additional courses, primarily from the humanities and social sciences fields. A complete listing of available courses is available from the Center for International Education and Programs (B105) or by emailing Prior to submitting your application to the ECC Center for International Education and Programs, please make an appointment with Sean Jensen in Academic Advising to select preliminary courses and review your educational plan. An appointment can be made by calling the Academic Advising department at 847-214-7390 or by visiting building B, room B120.

Lodging and Meals

The cornerstone of the Austrian study abroad experience is living with local Austrian families and experiencing traditional Austrian life. Assignments to families will be based on personal interviews held during the week of coach travel in Germany that begins the program. Meals will be provided by the host family except for lunch, which can be purchased at the college.


A current passport and visa are required for students in the semester program. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be provided with directions on how apply for a visa.

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Pre-departure orientation is typically held on a Saturday in Normal, IL at Heartland Community College. Attendance is required.

Program Fees

The program fee is $12,930 per semester, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • Tuition and related administrative cost at Salzburg College
  • Housing and meals in Salzburg, except during field trips and college break
  • Major field trips (two for the semester program)
  • Required cultural activities
  • HealthSelect Overseas Platinum insurance through HTH Woldrwide

Fees do not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Passport/Visa
  • Some meals during German and Vienna field trip
  • Personal expenses
  • Daily commuting expenses
  • Personal laundry fee
  • International Student ID card
  • Fees associated with certain courses

ECC and ICISP students participating in the semester program will automatically be granted a $1,000 scholarship from Salzburg College. This scholarship is reflected in the program cost.

Salzburg College requires students to make a $75 USD deposit in an account at the beginning of the semester to be used towards books, concert tickets and incidentals. Salzburg College will return the balance to the student at the end of the semester.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for this program. Awards range in size up to $1,000. Applicants interested in applying for a scholarship should complete an ICISP scholarship application and submit all required documentation. Selection is competitive.

Financial aid (grants, loans, other scholarships, etc.) are available to students who qualify. Students wishing to use financial aid for study abroad should contact the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss requirements. An appointment can be made by calling the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 847-214-7360 or by visiting building B, room B156.

Applying to the Program

To apply for the Austria program, please complete the following forms:

  • Salzburg Study Abroad Application
  • Financial Aid Certification
  • ICISP Founders Scholarship Application (optional)

Application can be submitted to the Center for International Education and Programs in building B, room B105.


For more information, please contact the Center for International Education and Programs at or stop by B105.

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