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Programs & Activities - Salzburg, Austria  


General Course Information

Our programs provide students of all ages and nationalities a chance to learn the German language, and enjoy many of the leisure time activities available for students in and around Salzburg.



The curriculum is well organized, and classes are held in small group. There is active participation, on a day-to-day basis, by all students in the group. Individual lessons focus on the different skills required to become fluent in a language: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. Courses help students to develop a thorough knowledge of grammatical structures, increase vocabulary, and encourage communicative interaction through discussions and role play. Students are encouraged to take an active part in their learning. Afternoon classes are taught, with an emphasis on a variety of focused topics, to reflect the interests of the student. This provides a forum for focused vocabulary study and interchange of ideas in German.

Students at all levels, beginning to advanced, are welcome.



Adult Language & Culture Course

The Adult Language & Culture Course is comprised of two main components:

• Morning Language Classes
At the beginning of each session students take a proficiency exam. Based on the results of this exam students will be placed into small work groups of 8 to 10 people. Each student will be encouraged to take an active part in their learning through work in pairs, group discussions and role playing. The curriculum will teach listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Students will develop a thorough knowledge of German grammatical structures, as well as, increase their vocabulary. These compulsory classes total 45 minute lessons daily on Monday through Friday.

• Afternoon Classes and Activities
During the afternoons, students may participate in excursions or cultural and educational activities where they learn about Austria and practice German on a social level. Students can either choose intensive language courses to supplement compulsory morning classes, participate in various cultural activities or in sporting activities on the lakes and mountains around Salzburg. Students can choose according to their own interests and hobbies.

• Students range from 16 to 25 years of age and represent a variety of nationalities.

Music Festival Course

Combined with morning language classes, this program is designed for those who love music and theatre, culture, art and history. The course enables you to get in close contact with the "Salzburger Festspiele" (Salzburg Music Festivals). Many of the most famous artists and directors work in Salzburg during summer, and you will have the opportunity to see how they prepare themselves and their orchestras (Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) for operas and concerts. Topics reviewed/activities include:

• Introduction to the history and culture of Salzburg
• City tour and visits of important sights
• Introduction to the "Salzburg Music Festivals"
• Visit of a rehearsal, concert of the Salzburg Music Festivals
• Visit of a rehearsal, opera or theatre, Salzburg Music Festivals
• Visit of the festival halls, back stage, visit of the festival exposition
• Visit of the opera in the "Marionettentheater" (Puppet-show)
• Classical concert in the "Fürstenzimmer" of the castle "Hohensalzburg"

Day - At - A - Glance

09:15-10:05 Reading and Grammar
10:05-10:55 Video and Discussion
11:20-12:10 Listening and Oral Activities
12:10-13:00 Grammar Troubleshooting

* Day-At-A-Glance is a sample day and will vary depending on enrollment, time of year, lodging, etc. It is designed to show content rather than precise scheduling.

Teen Summer Program
For students ages 12 - 18. A great way for teens to get immersed in another culture while learning something valuable for their future.

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Admissions & Academic Credit

Amadeus welcomes students age 15 years and older regardless of educational background, occupation or nationality. Students enrolled in the Summer Teen Program must be between 12 - 15 years old. No previous knowledge of German is required except where otherwise indicated.

Students desiring credit for their study program should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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Certificates & Exams

Those students who have participated regularly in class and who have successfully completed a final exam will receive the Amadeus Certificate of Completion at the end of their stay. This certificate will demonstrate the student's progress as a result of the course.

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Adult Language &Culture
Music Festival Course
Teen Programs

Admissions & Academic Credit


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