How to Apply to the Salzburg Academy

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Where do I go to apply?

U.S.-based students who are interested in applying to the Salzburg Academy to earn academic credit can click HERE.  Please note the application opening and closing dates for the program may mean that the application forms may not be available.  

Students and faculty may also contact the University of Maryland, College Park, Education Abroad office at Email:  •  Phone: +1-301-314-7746  •  Fax: +1- 301-314-9135

International universities that are interested in becoming a partner institution and international students who are interested in applying should contact Dr. Paul Mihailidis:  We welcome all inquires and applications to the Academy program.

Who comes to the Academy? 

From the start of the first Academy in 2007, hundreds of students from five continents and scores of faculty and deans from universities around the world have taken part in the summer program.  The Academy welcomes all applicants, from all countries.  

When is the Academy session held?

The Salzburg Academy runs every summer from the end of July through the middle of August  — the only time period when schools from both the global north and south can reliably come together.  In 2015, the dates are July 20 - August 9.

Where is the Academy session held?

The Salzburg Academy takes place just outside the city center of Salzburg, Austria, snug up against the northernmost Alps, on the border of Germany. 

For three weeks every summer, students live and work in residence on the grounds of the world-renowned Schloss Leopoldskron, an 18th-century Rococo palace built by the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg, renovated by Max Reinhardt, the co-founder of the Salzburg Music Festival, and filmed as the home of the von Trapp family in the movie The Sound of Music.

As part of their tuition, Academy students — as well as faculty — receive full room and board at the beautifully renovated 17th-century Meierhof building next door to the Schloss, which includes bathrooms for all single and double rooms, and buffet-style breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks.

What happens at the Academy?

The peaceful setting outside the Schloss Leopoldskron belies the beehive of activity going on within.  Every year, undergraduate and graduate students from five continents work with a multinational faculty on methods to promote global media literacy.  Students work individually and in cross-national teams to create a global media literacy curriculum of multimedia case studies, that includes critical thinking and analysis questions, exercises and assignments, and videos and infographics.  The completed lesson plans are posted on this site for use by a wide variety of educational institutions around the world, at no charge to them.

Students work alongside senior scholars and fellows from the worlds of academia and journalism, and hear guest lectures from such global leaders as actress Vanessa Redgrave, novelist Richard Ford, playwright Tom Stoppard, human rights activist Bianca Jagger, US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and conductor Daniel Barenboim.  The students' academic activities are supplemented by screenings of documentary films and side trips to the Austrian Alps and to the World War II Nazi concentration camp at Dachau, Germany or Mauthausen, Austria.

In the evenings and on weekends, students can also enjoy the concurrent Salzburg Music Festival, attending free programs in the city at night, as well as attend Salzburg Red Bull football (soccer) matches, visit museums, explore the famed local Salt Mines, and go shopping on the walking streets in the Old Town.

Who can apply?

Applications for the annual Salzburg Academy are open to students and institutions from all parts of the world. Students should be excited not only about traveling to Salzburg and experiencing Austria's rich history and spectacular cities and mountains, but interested in living and working alongside students from all over the world.

Why should I apply to the Academy as my Study Aboard program?

Summer study abroad options are ubiquitous these days, but in Austria you may have a real chance to help change the world.

The Salzburg Academy lesson plan topics range from how the world's media have used the term “fundamentalism,” to how bloggers in the Middle East have created pathways for freedom of expression through digital media, to how media coverage of health crises and climate change influences how the public understands these issues.  These lesson plans are in use by students, faculties, high schools and universities across the globe, helping to teach media literacy and initiate conversations about local, national and global solutions to shared problems.