In partnership with Salzburg College and the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JALC students can spend 5 to 6 weeks of summer 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.

Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, where scenes representing the lakeside patio of the Von Trapp Villa were shot for the film The Sound of Music

Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, where scenes representing the lakeside patio of the Von Trapp Villa were shot for the film The Sound of Music

Program Overview

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

  • Austrian Literature & Culture
  • German Language
  • European Studies
  • Music, Art
  • Music history
  • Communication
  • Business & Marketing
  • 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 Austrian professionals. Field experiences for the summer program include:

  • 4 day trip to Vienna (only breakfast included)
  • Other visits to historic and artistic sites in Austria

Cultural events in Salzburg include concerts, plays, and exhibitions. Students also have the option of participating in side trips to other locations in Europe.

Program Dates

  • May to June 2014. Dates to be determined.

Program Application Deadline

  • February 1

Admission Requirements

This program is open to serious students, teachers, and others who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in another culture. Applicants are required to obtain a physician's approval as part of the application process. There will be a personal interview to determine the applicant's maturity, ability to adapt to a different environment, and function successfully as a member of the group. The successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. College students must also present evidence of a 2.75 GPA.

Academic Program

Students earn 6 semester hours in college credit in the summer program. Upon successful completion, these hours will be reflected on the student's JALC transcript.

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 prior to the start of the program. Meals will be provided by the host family except for lunch, which will be taken at the college.


A passport is required of all U.S. citizens to travel to Austria. U.S. citizens need a visa to travel to Austria; participants who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa to travel to France. Upon acceptance into the program, students will be provided with directions on how apply for a visa.


A pre-departure orientation will be held prior to the start of the program. Orientation will cover important information related to safety, security, insurance and program expectations. Attendance is required. Orientation is held at Heartland Community College' main campus in Normal, Illinois.

Program Fees

The summer program fee is $4,907, subject to change. Fees cover:

  • Instructional costs and related administrative cost at Salzburg College
  • Housing and meals in Salzburg, except during field trips and college break
  • Local excursions and social events
  • Required cultural activities
  • 4 day trip to Vienna (only breakfast included)
  • Day trip to Salzkammergut
  • HealthSelect Overseas Platinum insurance through HTH Woldrwide

Fees do not cover:

  • Airfare
  • Passport/Visa
  • Meals in Vienna
  • Personal expenses
  • Daily commuting expenses
  • International Student ID card
  • Fees associated with certain courses