McGeorge School of Law

Living & Studying in Salzburg

Upon arrival in Salzburg, you will receive a welcome packet that will include the final schedule, more detailed information about the city and helpful hints about living abroad. If you have any questions about the program, please email

Salzburg — City of Culture

Salzburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, home to a wealth of cultural attractions and activities. Since 1997, Salzburg's Old Town has been included on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, as a city of "outstanding value to humanity."

Salzburg is a walking city and you will find many of the historical sites and attractions are located within a few blocks of each other. It is only about a 10 minute walk from the student housing to the University of Salzburg. You are never far from a 16th century fortress or palace or museum. In Salzburg, you can experience 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 enjoying a sausage and beer from a local vendor at an outdoor market. You can also enjoy one of the world's leading music festivals, the Salzburg Festival.

Located at the heart of Europe, it is just a few hours by train or car from many of Europe's most famous and historical sites. Salzburg is home to the second largest international airport in Austria.

Getting Around the City

In Salzburg, the most convenient way to move around the city is by walking. Students will be able to walk to their classes in Salzburg's Old Town from the residence halls, just across the river. Click here (pdf) for a map of the city.

Although most students walk everywhere within the city limits, the City Bus system is an inexpensive and efficient way to get around Salzburg. If you are planning any excursions beyond Salzburg, you can take a bus or train. Tickets can be purchased at ticket machines throughout Salzburg, from one-way tickets to week-long passes. The train 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. Click here for more information about transportation options within the city and beyond.

Student Housing

Housing will be in two student residence halls located in the city of Salzburg, within walking distance of the Faculty of Law building and historic Old Town (approximately 15 minutes). For more information, please refer to your program webpage.


All classes are held at the University of Salzburg Faculty of Law building, a 16th century palace, in the heart of the Old Town. Most of the classrooms are not air-conditioned. For a map of the University of Salzburg campus, please click here (pdf).

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 Mary-Beth Moylan is the On-Site Director of the Salzburg 2018 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 Moylan in an emergency.

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.


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.

Most businesses and establishments also accept credit card payments. Although, some credit card companies charge foreign transaction fees, which can add up quickly! Check with your credit card company to determine if they charge these fees. If so, you may want to look into getting a credit card with a company that does not charge the foreign transaction fee.

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 do not need a visa to enter Austria, although you will need your passport with a validity of at least six months to enter. It is recommended to have your passport on-hand while traveling throughout the European countries.

State Department Travel and Health Information

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


Contact the Summer Abroad Program office
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Email | Phone: 916.739.7021