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Living & Studying in Salzburg

Information about Salzburg

Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it is located at the heart of Europe, just a few hours by train or car from many of Europe's most famous and historical sites. The city is small enough to negotiate on foot, yet is home to a wealth of cultural attractions and activities, including one of the world's leading music festivals, Salzburg is surrounded by mountains and lakes that offer a wealth of sporting activities. It is also a place where life can be savored by taking advantage of such experiences as waking up to the sound of church bells, listening to a street musician perform Mozart in front of a 16th century church, sipping a cappuccino at a café that has been serving coffee for three hundred years, or having a sausage and beer obtained from a vendor at an outdoor market.

Student Housing

Housing will be in one of two student residence halls. All facilities are located in the city of Salzburg within walking distance of the Faculty of Law and the historic Old Town.

Lodging includes a daily breakfast. While every effort is made to honor requests for single or double rooms, with or without an en suite bathroom, rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and room preference cannot be guaranteed.


All classes are held in the classrooms of the University of Salzburg. The Faculty of Law building is located in an historic 16th century palace. Most of the classrooms are not air-conditioned.

Accommodations and Other Policies

Every effort is made to accommodate persons with physical, medical and/or learning disabilities; however, McGeorge cannot ensure that the housing and classroom facilities used in the Salzburg summer program will meet the same standards for accessibility as do the facilities of the school's campus in Sacramento. Persons with disabilities that affect mobility should particularly note that historic European cities such as Salzburg present significant barriers to mobility over which McGeorge has no control Please contact our Dean of Students about possible accommodation needs.


Final examinations may be in-class or take-home. All examinations will be given upon completion of the course. Grading will comport with McGeorge's grading practices.


Students will be able to walk to their classes in Salzburg's Old Town from the residence halls. The walk takes about 20 minutes.

The main rail station in Salzburg is on the major rail lines of Europe. The station is about a 20-minute walk to the center of the city. Buses regularly depart from the station to various areas of the city.

The City Bus system is an inexpensive and efficient way to get around Salzburg and beyond. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines throughout Salzburg.


ATM and debit cards normally offer the easiest and least expensive way to convert American dollars into European currency. There are ATMs located throughout Europe; they are the standard way for American travelers to change money.

Cultural Awareness and Local Law

When traveling abroad, you will have many new cultural experiences. You are reminded that you will be governed by the laws and regulations of the host country, and you need to be mindful that some of Austria's rules will vary significantly from the United States. An important aspect of the summer study abroad program is to be alert to these cultural and legal differences.

Visa Requirements

United States citizens and citizens of EU and Schengen countries do not need a visa to enter Austria.

State Department Travel and Health Information

The U.S. Department of State lists current travel advisories, if any.

Administrative Office and Support in Salzburg

The administrative offices of McGeorge School of Law are located on the Third Floor of the University of Salzburg Law Faculty at Chufuerststrasse 1. The office will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily during the Summer Program in Salzburg.

The office telephone number is (43)(662) 8044 3080 and the fax number is (43)(662) 8044 3082. Should it be necessary to contact the administrative office prior to the commencement of the Salzburg program, Ms. Petra Bachleitner, On-Site Summer Program Coordinator, can be reached at these numbers and will be able to respond to questions or concerns.

Professor of Law Christine Manolakas is the On-Site Director of the Salzburg Summer Program. She can be contacted by email: Students will be given a local cell number on site that they can use to contact Professor Manolakas in an emergency.


Contact Ly Lee, Summer Abroad Programs Coordinator
McGeorge School of Law
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA  95817
Email | Phone: 916.739.7021 | Fax: 916.739.7363