For more than 50 years, students of the University of Portland have had the opportunity to study for two semesters at the University’s most popular studies abroad program in Salzburg, Austria. In 2014-2015, the Salzburg Program opened two one semester-long programs allowing students to study in Salzburg for either the fall or the spring term.
The programs consist of students from all schools at the University of Portland (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, of Education, of Engineering, and School of Nursing).
Students take core classes in Fine Arts, German, History, Human Geography, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Statistics, and Theology. The various courses, taught by local professors, are designed to help the students appreciate the cultural experience in Austria and Europe.
A variety of tours and excursions is part of the calendar throughout the academic year.
During the fall semester, an intense exploration of the city of Salzburg, trips to the Salzkammergut, and three days of exploring the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Vienna provide the students with a good orientation to their host country. The fall tour takes the students to France for eight days.
During the spring semester, the students are exploring Munich for three days and they are taken on their spring tour to Italy for eight days. There, they have the opportunity to see and tour what they have been prepared for in lectures and classes.
Several local program and class excursions are organized and individual trips further contribute to an overall profound academic studies abroad experience.