In 1997, Salzburg’s Old City was selected as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in order to protect and preserve the baroque character of the city. The annual Salzburg Festival, one of the most vibrant and prestigious music and theater festivals in Europe, draws thousands of visitors to Salzburg. The Festival, which coincides with the Salzburg Institute Summer School, regularly features musicians such as Ricardo Muti, András Schiff, Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko as well as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.


Moreover, unlike other culturally rich cities in Europe, Salzburg has played a demonstrable role in church history. Known as the “German Rome,” Salzburg is home to the oldest monastery, St. Peter (696 AD), and nunnery, Nonnberg Abby (714 AD), north of the Alps. From Salzburg early missionaries were sent to evangelize the territories east of the Alps, including parts of today’s Hungary. As a result, Vienna’s oldest church was named after St. Rupert, Salzburg’s first bishop. The Lutheran Reformation proved fruitful in Salzburg, much to the chagrin of the Catholic archdiocese which between 1731 and 1732 forced more than 20,000 of its Protestant citizens to emigrate.


Today, Salzburg is largely shaped by Catholicism, but the city’s openness to ecumenical dialog is undeniable. Studying in Salzburg offers students both a vibrant academic experience in a city with an incredible musical and cultural heritage, and the intellectual and spiritual challenge of collaborating with churches and Christian institutions.


What Students Are Saying

“The Salzburg Institute offers far more than a traditional classroom. The whole city is an environment for learning and it caters to a wide variety of interests for its faculty, students, and natives alike. As a Biblical Studies major, with a minor in German, I could cultivate both interests, both in and outside of class, in addition to my passions for music, history, fine arts, tourism, and the outdoors. As a member of the Sazlburg Institute, I also had a wealth of resources at my fingertips. The city is simply stunning, blending the best of Europe’s old and new worlds, as it sits at the foot of the Alps within a train ride of many other western European landmarks and cities.”

Andrew Pottorf, Gordon College

“The Salzburg Institute offers a chance to experience the daily life of one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Any student with an interest in art, architecture, music, or history would be well served to experience it.”
David Truschel, Biola University