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UMD-Summer: Austria: Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change (JOUR/HONR/AMST/GVPT)

Salzburg, Austria
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The Salzburg Academy is a summer abroad program in Salzburg, Austria, open to graduate and undergraduate students from all majors. Students can elect to take their credits in Journalism, American Studies, Government & Politics or in the Honors College. Regardless of students' majors, they will learn digital media literacy skills transferable to any field. Students discuss pressing global issues, produce multimedia projects and engage in research and debates with 75 students and 15 faculty from 5 continents — all while exploring Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg, at the edge of the Alps.

Other highlights:
1. Students earn 6 credits for 2 courses — many have been able to graduate early as a result.
2. Students study and dine in the famous 18th-century Schloss Leopoldskron, the palace featured as the von Trapp family home in the movie The Sound of Music, and live in the 4-star hotel immediately next door.
3. The program's fees include full room and board. The three meals a day, plus morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks, are buffet-style.
4. The program's fees also include two field trips — one into the Alps and the second to a World War II concentration camp.
5. Students make new friends and build lifelong contacts from all over the world — and they daily work alongside renowned faculty, industry and government leaders, journalists and activists.
6. The Salzburg Academy coincides with the world-famous Salzburg Music Festival, just a short walk into town.
7. Salzburg, widely regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities, is also home to Red Bull and the Stiegl Brewery and beer garden.
8. Past participants have called the Academy "a life-changing experience."

*The first 5 Journalism students to commit to the program will receive a $500 scholarship!

For more information visit our partner site or our Facebook page: 

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD and non-UMD undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in this program.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in two of the following UMD courses for a total of six (6) credits:

  • Course 1: Global Media Literacy
    You will choose to receive credit for one of the following:
    • JOUR434: Salzburg Seminar: Global Media Literacy
    • JOUR734: Salzburg Seminar: Global Media Literacy
    • AMST498F: Special Topics in American Studies: Global Media Literacy, or
    • HONR338B: Advanced Honors Seminar: Salzburg Seminar: Global Media Literacy and
  • Course 2: Global Change, Global Cooperation, Global News
    You will choose to receive credit for one of the following:
    • JOUR435: Salzburg Seminar: Global Change, Global Cooperation,
    • JOUR735: Salzburg Seminar: Global Change, Global Cooperation,
    • GVPT399J: Seminar in Government and Politics: Global Change, Global Cooperation, Global News or
    • HONR338G: Advanced Honors Seminar: Salzburg Seminar: Global Change, Global Cooperation

The courses your complete during this program will count as resident credit. In addition, JOUR434 and JOUR435 have been approved for the Diversity-Understanding Plural Societies and Scholarship in Practice requirements of the General Education program.

The program fee includes housing on the grounds of Schloss Leopoldskron, in the four-star 17th century Meierhof hotel immediately next door to the palace. Shared room with in-room bathroom is provided during the program.
All meals for the program are included in the program fee.  Students will be given 3 buffet-style meals and 2 coffee/tea breaks each day, served at the hotel.  

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
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*Costs are current for Summer 2020.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Optional activities/incidental expenses
Optional trip cancelation/interruption insurance

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Dr. Susan Moeller, Faculty Program Leader, is the Director, International Center for Media and the Public Agenda, UMD. A graduate of Harvard and Yale universities and an author of books on media, international affairs and human rights, Moeller is a professor at Maryland’s College of Journalism and its School of Public Policy.

Paul Mihailidis, Academy Director, is a professor at Emerson College, and one of the world’s leading experts on media literacy. 

Moeller and Mihailidis will be joined by over a dozen faculty members from the Academy's partner universities around the world.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Work alongside faculty in workshops to better understand how social and mainstream media have contributed to the fracturing of societies across the globe;
  • Learn skills in media design and create multimedia projects to rebuild community norms based on accuracy, fairness, trust and civil engagement;
  • Complete student projects, published on Medium, that will enunciate a global vision of social justice and accountability — one that transcends borders, connects cultures and bridges divides. See here for the publications that students produced in past years: Re:Action & MOVE
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/01/2020 02/17/2020 07/18/2020 08/05/2020
Students who are in Europe prior to the start date must be prepared to arrive in Salzburg on July 19th.