Salzburg was a completely life changing experience. I made friends from all around the world and learned from them both in and outside of the classroom.
Jane Dietrich, Gordon College
The faculty were so accessible, that was one of the things I appreciated most. We saw our professors in professional and academic settings, demonstrating their expertise, but we could also interact with them in more relaxed settings outside of class. Discussions were encouraged and could occur anywhere; in museums, in coffee houses, or just walking along the river on the way back from a concert or lecture.
Julia Nelson, Gordon College
At the Institute, it was apparent to me that I was not only studying with leading intellectuals, but was being invested in by passionate, dedicated teachers. Doing so amidst Austria’s mountains, cathedrals, and museums made it a deeply enlightening, unforgettable experience.
Ian Good, Gordon College
The Salzburg Summer Institute was a not only a great opportunity to travel and see a different culture, but it was an experience that incorporated learning in all aspects of the culture within a Christian perspective. What we learned in class pertained to what we would experience on our excursions and helped me retain a lot of information that I probably would not have remembered if I learned the same information in a school classroom setting.
Maria Boukamp, Dordt 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
I know some of my greatest growth happened in the summer of 2011 from the faculty involved with the Salzburg Institute, and I cannot wait to see how that experience and push will continue to shape me in the future.
Lizzie Fipphen, Gordon College
My time with the Salzburg Institute allowed me to approach my education and my identity in a new light, one that encouraged me to be curious about life, people and culture and inspired me to find my calling in perspective of a greater community. I learned that the goal of an educated mind is not simply to know facts, but rather to understand what to do with them, and that one mind can spark an idea that makes the world a better place.
Mary Speta, Gordon College
Participating in the program really helped me to think about Christianity more holistically, because we learned to integrate the perspectives of several different disciplines, including history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, and music. It was also a great opportunity to experience European culture.
Si-Hua Chang, Gordon College
The Salzburg Institute classes were perfect – small groups, primary sources, and fascinating discussions about heavyweights like Marx, Kafka, and Freud. The philosophy was tough but our professors knew it and taught it well. Despite the struggles, I got so much more out of reading the original works rather than someone else’s summary. The main seminar class covered such a breadth of knowledge, from art and architecture to music, history, and literature. I enjoyed learning so much outside my own field, especially when I could apply my new knowledge to a concert, museum, or building that afternoon in Salzburg!
Jessica Kane, Gordon College
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 Salzburg 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 was simply just a comprehensively fantastic experience, proffering a time of education that not only connected what we learned in our morning classes to our surroundings, but also presented us the freedom to really venture out and explore the city and overall culture on our own time. We heard fantastic music, visited immensely historical sites, and ate great food. If I could, I would take part in the Salzburg Institute each and every summer.
James Cassell, Gordon College
Having the opportunity to participate in the Salzburg Institute helped to spark my love for learning. The city and all it had to offer truly became my classroom. One morning I would be in class learning about a famous painting and that afternoon I had the chance to experience the real thing in person!
Monika Krahn, Gordon College
One of the reasons I chose to study the liberal arts was because of the interdisciplinary approach to learning. No other program was able to combine so many of my interests in such a cohesive way as the Salzburg Institute. In only five weeks, I felt my world open up as we studied Bonhoeffer, Nietzsche, the art of singing, and the history of Germany and Austria. Coming home, I was inspired to incorporate what I’d learned in both my writing and my own classroom. The Salzburg Institute is where I learned to ask questions, wrestle with history, and explore my passions.
Catherine Hawkins, Gordon College
Being a part of the Salzburg Institute allowed me to further my exploration of my artistic style. It was so magical to be taking an art course in the Salzburg fortress. Every day I had to remind myself that I really was there, in a castle, creating art with so many international people that I had the privilege of getting to know and grow to love so much.
April Fleming, Gordon College
The single most striking facet of the Salzburg Institute is how the plurality of subjects discussed are interwoven to form a unified picture of history’s movement. Certainly, my two summers with the program taught me about the styles of Medieval sculpture, the symphonies of Schubert, and numerous philosophical or theological responses to the Holocaust; but more importantly, the Salzburg Institute helped me uncover the beautiful and all too human connections there within, elucidating a new method for learning about even the most disparate objects of human history. I owe my personal standards for a quality education to the Salzburg Institute and the instructors it amalgamates.
Thomas Reagan, Gordon College